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1. Posted by monika72 (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

What photo gear do you pack and take with you when travelling?

Every time I start packing I want to take everything I have. Unfortunately this is not possible. So, after a few years of adjusting I have found my perfect compact set. I travel with a Canon DSLR, Tamron 28-300, Canon 10-22 and a Feisol carbon fiber tripod. I also take a few filters, spare bateries, memory cards and a laptop. This way I have the whole range (not talking about African Safaris :)) and my bag is light.

2. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 7y

i've managed to cut down to the bare basics. I no longer take my DSLR and lenses (too heavy and takes too much space).
So the kit list is: 1 x Canon SD750 (ixus75 in the UK)
1 x Sanyo Xcite waterproof camcorder
2 x spare 4Gb SD cards
2 x spare batteries
1 x USB cable
Both use SD cards, so no problem with running out of memory, both have compact charges so don't take up much space, battery life on the canon is grand (video is pretty good also) the sanyo battery life could do with being a bit better, both are very rugged (yeah I've managed to use and abuse these both big style) yet still take good images.
I've spent a bit of time trying to reduce the amount of charges etc i drag about as it was getting to the point that your carrying more electronic kit and charges about than clothes, hence when buying i look at items that have USB charging (phone, MP3 player) nowdays.

3. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 7y

1) D70 (my old warhorse)+ 24-120mm VR + polarizer. Love this combination for portability and versatility.

2) Lately I've been taking a 70-300mm ED + 2x teleconverter. I like zooming in and 600mm is a lot of zoom. And it beats lugging the alternative. It focuses like crap, but I use it when I see a shot.

3) 2x1GB and 1x2GB Compact Flash cards

4) 2 batteries for the D70 + charger and adapter

5) long sleeve shirt to wrap the camera in

6) backpack, map, money, water bottle, etc.

[ Edit: typo fix ]

4. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

Quoting Jase007

i've managed to cut down to the bare basics. I no longer take my DSLR and lenses (too heavy and takes too much space).
So the kit list is: 1 x Canon SD750 (ixus75 in the UK)
1 x Sanyo Xcite waterproof camcorder
2 x spare 4Gb SD cards
2 x spare batteries
1 x USB cable
Both use SD cards, so no problem with running out of memory, both have compact charges so don't take up much space, battery life on the canon is grand (video is pretty good also) the sanyo battery life could do with being a bit better, both are very rugged (yeah I've managed to use and abuse these both big style) yet still take good images.
I've spent a bit of time trying to reduce the amount of charges etc i drag about as it was getting to the point that your carrying more electronic kit and charges about than clothes, hence when buying i look at items that have USB charging (phone, MP3 player) nowdays.

I gotta ask...why even own a SLR if you are not going to take it with you when you see the world?

If I left my camera at home when I went away, it would've felt like I was wasting the money I spent on it, even if it were to get stolen or broken along the way.
Granted my camera looks like it's been dragged through the outback and to the summits of volcanoes but I've gotten a lot of good shots out of it.

5. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 7y

Quoting Cool Paul

I gotta ask...why even own a SLR if you are not going to take it with you when you see the world?

If I left my camera at home when I went away, it would've felt like I was wasting the money I spent on it, even if it were to get stolen or broken along the way.
Granted my camera looks like it's been dragged through the outback and to the summits of volcanoes but I've gotten a lot of good shots out of it.

I use it on trips where i have the space e.g. bike racing, short breaks.

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

New D-SLR's are just a joke, unless you wanna do 10 frames a second. That's all they're any good for.
I have an Olymous F-130 (7.1mpx) compact digi. It fits in my shirt pocket.
Now before you start.... 'Oh yeah - a toy for an amateur etc. etc.' I still have my Canon EOS and 3 electric AF lenses. It was a hurtful thing when the world went digital, just after I'd spent a months wages on my new equipment.
However, I have taken some stunning shots with this new little beauty and unlike the new SLR's, it weighs less than a small potato, rather than a sack of them.

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 7y
  • Nikon D200
  • Nikon 12-24 f/4 (+ UV filter)
  • Nikon 18-200 VR (+UV filter)
  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4 (sometimes; it's really small and lightweight, but I find myself only rarely using it while travelling).
  • One spare battery (still need to get a second spare one)
  • 1x 8GB Ultra II card + 1x 4GB Ultra II card + 2x 2GB Ultra II card + 1x 1GB Ultra II card (Probably will buy myself another two 8GB cards the next time I head out, or maybe even two 16GB cards if their price will have dropped enough by then.)
  • 1 laptop (12", weighing 1kg) for immediate backup and burning long-term backup DVDs to mail home.
  • No tripod. (A painful decision every single time, but I just never can justify the bulk to myself, considering that probably not even 5% of my photos would've benefited from one.)
8. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Post #7#.... Have you ever considered a miniature tripod?? They're under 6" long and will fit in any pocket. OK - they're not quite as versatile as a fully extending tripod, but they have the universal screw thread fitting for any D-SLR, camcorder and digi-compact - and take away the burden of walls, books (well you know what i mean) etc. etc. I picked mine up for €4. Excellent little accessory.

9. Posted by monika72 (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

One way around the heavy and/or uncomfortable for carrying tripods is a carbon fiber monopod. It's just like a long stick that can be folded to fit in your backpack. I have one and although it is not as stable as a tripod, but it's much easier to carry. It's good if you go to places where tripods are not alloed as well.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-May-2009, at 14:43 by monika72 ]

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

A monopod is OK - bit not so clever in windy weather. A large monopod - v - a pocket tripod.... I think the tripod wins.
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