What Camera Equipment To Take When Traveling

September 08, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Steven and I have been practicing all sorts of shots - wide angles, macro, zooms, and the like. For you techies, we've been working on locating the sweet spot for each lens, and the hyperfocal distances/optimum depth of field.

We need to decide which cameras and lenses to take to Portugal. No we can not just take everything - we will be hiking some days, city touring some days, and we need to limit our walk-around weight. Also, you might recall from an earlier post, we have already learned that with two people shooting, we will avoid redundancy in the shots so we were each practicing the types of shots we have assigned ourselves.

Here's the decision:

Canon 60-D with 28-200 for Steven. He will be in charge of  landscapes, using the zoom for whatever specific is of interest.

Canon Rebel SL1 with 18-270 Tamron for me. Wow is this set up ultra light. Just perfect for lil ol me. The Tamron is a little soft focusing with that big zoom but it gives us an ultra wide-angle and I can also do the zoom thing for what catches my eye. I will also carry along a 40mm for street scenes.

Here comes the cheater. We have an Olympus HD handheld (your basic $500 point and shoot as it were:). It goes in the pocket - and is our choice for macro. It actually has a 2x macro. Unless you are printing a wall-sized poster, I don't suspect anyone could tell the difference in outcome from this little guy versus the much heavier leave-it-home Canon 60mm macro.

Monopods rather than the bulkier tripods.

Extra SD cards, extra batteries, battery chargers, lens brushes, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, Mac Air + USB card reader and a LaCie external drive for downloading.

Good to go. 

Here is my favorite shot from all that practice. From right here in our backyard in Palm Springs -- 

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La vamos nos

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Palm Springs Sunset

 


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