Well my time is the Desert is now officially over! The camera gear held up well but I did baby it. When not in uses it was in a zip lock bag and inside a case. I didn’t take the cameras out during the sand storms so not really a good test. Really my job limited the time I could get out and take pictures. I did have a few friends there whose job it was to take photos and videos and their equipment took a beating but when not in uses it often sat out on a deck accumulating fine dust. Then again all pro-equipment takes a beating and when you’re not paying for it yourself…..
I absolutely love my P7000, this camera I took everywhere and probably used for 90% of the pictures I took. I’m thinking Nikon needs a DX sensor, “range finder” format camera like the Fuji X-Pro 1(but that’s another thread).
Next time would I do anything different? Not really, I’d bring the equipment I have and make the best of it. If money were no issue I would consider I would consider getting the Fuji X-Pro 1 and leaving the DSLR home. Traveling with big equipment is problematic. The DSLR traveled to the Desert on a container ship for 3 month, in a pelican case, in a trunk, in a shipping container without any issues. On the way home it traveled in the same pelican case but this time in the belly of a 747, I really should see if it’s still working :-).