In a couple of weeks I will be leaving for Namibia; this will be a kind of preparatory trip for the making of a movie about two native tribes of Namibia. The purpose of the trip is mostly to meet people, to see environments, to get a sense by first hand of the cultures (I have already been reading a lot). The temperatures will be fine, around 20 degrees celsius (sorry, I have no idea what that is in Fahrenheit), the roads will be very long and dusty through mostly desert areas, in a 4x4. Later in the year, probably october, I will return there to start serious shooting with my Red.
Now I am in doubt about whether I should take my Red on this trip already. A friend of mine, documentary maker, considers it insane to start "schlepping around that heavy machine" in such an early stage, and advises me to bring a lighter camera first. However, I have been frustrated in the past about bringing along a dvx100, making beautiful shots that could not be repeated later with a better camera!
Your thoughts and experiences would be very welcome!