Ferrino Manaslu 2P- Einglish

30 May


Ferrino Manaslu 2P

Like every natural photographer, I must sleep on the outside from time to time. Whether it's to get somewhere far off the road or if it's because I'm taking a day of photography that begins in the afternoon and ends the next day. The question arises as to which tent should be used for this purpose? Is a camping tent just enough from a gas station or a more durable tent? And why should a tent be needed? What is the problem with spreading a sleeping bag on a mattress and nothing more? Well in this article I will give all the answers required

Sleeping bag and nothing more

At the beginning, even before I was professionally engaged in photography, I travel a lot in the fields. In fact, at the age of 6, I went on trips for hours and at the age of about 13 I began to go on trips for several days. At first, I took only a sleeping bag with me and did not find it necessary to take a tent that only adds weight and requires a larger backpack. But after a few years I realized that a sleeping bag could not be enough. After more than once I got up with mosquito bites on my face. And even one morning I woke up with a viper snake between the legs that apparently saw fit to warm up on a cool night! In addition to that, I was sick of getting up soaked in winter time, and I went and bought a simple tent

A simple summer tent

At first, I bought a simple tent in a hiker's shop (at the time it was impossible to buy tents at gas stations) and it served me for about a year in the summer. It was a great relief to sleep in the area without jackals and more bother me. What was more, there were days of dew or sand rising in the desert air, and I finally slept comfortably. But during this year that I felt more and more sure I started trekking even in the days of strong winds and light rain. For those of you who outdoor only in warm weather and without wind, there is no doubt that a basic tent can suffice. But as you know the most beautiful photographs are precisely in the days of clouds in the sky and those days are cold and wet most of the time and a more durable tent is necessary

A little technical information 

Because I also look for photographs with clouds and to get special places for photography and because it also requires to go out to the field not only in a good weather. I took this tent . The Four Seasons tent is a tent that allows me to go out with it to warm and pleasant summer days, to days of sandstorms and strong winds, days of rain and even snowstorms. In fact, this tent is a tool for everything. And is part of the gear that accompanies my photographic equipment. Just like a sleeping bag, a backpack, a water carrier, a headlight, and more. And it also allows me to hold one tent instead of a tent only for rain and another tent only for the summer and all this weight is quite reasonable. In fact it is even light-weight

Some technical data

This is a double tent for those of you who do not go out alone (I usually prefer to work alone). Its weight includes rain cover and the guy-lines for only 2.6 kg, which is not much for a tent that can take up to 100 km/h winds (when you attach all the guy-lines of the tent, of course) it is resistant to rain and hail throughout the night (From personal experience, I slept with it on a mountain exposed to winds of 80 kl/h with strong rain that sleep well all night and morning, and the tent remained bone dry) It is designed to deal with snow (the weight of the snow does not crush it. The weight of the snow that sits on top of simple tents and they collapse because the tent collapses). You can use it without the rain fly during the summer and get off more than a kilo of weight


Thanks to the fact that the poles connect directly to the tent itself, it can be built without the rain fly and thus it is not too hot to use during the summer. The walls of the tent are made of fabric that does not allow dust and sand to pass through it. This is very important because it allows it to be set up during sandstorms so that there is a clean place form dust to replace the lenses without putting dust particles into the sensor. There are days when I set it up near the photography stand-out just for this purpose. I can have a clean place for photographic gear. More than once I see people changing lenses in desert conditions or on the beach, and that fills the photographic gear with sand. It is important to remember that dust-resistant photographic bodies are only partially resistant, not 100 percent. A tent that serves as a clean place for photographic equipment is important to any natural photographer. It takes exactly three minutes to set up, so I do not see it as complicating the work. On warm nights, you can open the ventilation hole in the tail of the tent and the inner door (the door consists of two layers, the net is for hot days and the second layer is more sealed for cold days and you can close only one or both). The structure of the tent poles allows it to withstand the desert winds even without rain fly. Of course, in the winter there are sandstorms of 50 kl/h or more then you need to take the rain fly with you

Winter time

In order to be able to take pictures during the winter, it is not enough that there will only be a durable rain fly, which undoubtedly has this tent. But also have a large enough vestibule to allow work under the rain. Most winter tents have a small vestibule designed to just put the backpack inside but there is not enough space to put a tripod or the opening of the vestibule does not allow photography without wetting the camera. The vestibule of this tent allows me to put a tripod with a body on it and take pictures from the tent under rain or snow without taking the risk and wetting the gear and me too (it is not fun to enter wet into the sleeping bag).

In the rain fly there is vent with an anti-insect net. This allows for the flow of air inside the tent and prevents too much accumulation of moisture and thus the tent remains dry even if cooked on the vestibule. For those of you who cook in a tent you know that if a tent that is not properly ventilated will be wet because the water vapor from cooking cannot come out. It can happen when you shoot from a tent and then moisture can trickle into the photographic equipment. This is also important because it is very unhealthy to leave photographic equipment in a wet place. Of course, the ventilation holes can be closed in very severe storms. The interior has an aluminizing coating that maintains the heat and produces a warmer tent to be used on very cold snow days. This is also good because the cold drains the batteries of the camera and the flashes

In the snow

Most people who go out to take pictures in the snow do not stay overnight. I think it's a shame, because it makes it possible to reach points far enough away from a settlement and are interesting for photography, and it is also possible to photograph at times of late sunset or early dawn. Of course, this requires clothing and other equipment, such as a sleeping bag suitable for such temperatures. Snow shoes, gaiters, and special clothing. But it's worth the great effort

And because the tent is designed for four seasons it is of course built specifically to deal with mountaineering. First of all it has as I mentioned inner aluminum coatings for maintaining relatively internal heat. It has a large vestibule for cooking and photography gear and one of the important things is that it has a flaps which means that the rain cover continues until it reaches the floor and thus prevents snow from getting under the rain cover and increases the tent's ability to maintain heat. This means that the photographic gear is more protected and less cold, and as I mentioned

A few words to sum up

Over the years I had several tents for photography. This is without doubt the best tent I have ever had. It allows me to go out in all weather conditions and all seasons. It is also used for photography under rain and for keeping the gear and of course it is also home away from home. Another thing I like about it, is it low weight. I used to have a couple of tents that were good for photography, but they weighed three and a half kl. I have enough photographic equipment to carry with me so that lowering weight from the back is important. I know most people are not equipped with sleep and a walk in the snow. But I highly recommend starting to consider this seriously

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