So it's official I've booked my trip for Costa Rica later this year. It's a trip purely for photography. My main goal is to photograph as much wildlife as I can. I would like to get some sunset shots and general rain forest shots as well. I'll probably only be spending a day and a half at the most in San Jose, the rest of the trip will be on the Osa Peninsula.
I wanted to get some opinions on what to bring/leave at home. What I have:
Canon 5D Mark iii
Canon 7D Mark ii
Canon 100-400 L ii
Canon 24-70 L ii
Canon Speedlight 430 EX ii
One of the things I'm worried about is packing light but still having some versatility. The planes to get to some of the remote areas have weight limits for carry-ons. I can probably leave the 16-35 at home. The other lens I was thinking of getting before leaving is the Canon 100 L Macro. Going to be doing some evening rain forest exploration hoping to get shots of red-eyed tree frogs. I've learned from other outings to always keep my gear with me and ready to shoot. I've missed some great shots because of that. So most likely I'll being carrying two lenses on most days. Yeah, it's heavy but I've done it before. At least my bag will be much lighter.
The 100-400 might as well be glued to my 7D2, I swap around the 16-35 and the 24-70 on the 5D3. I would think that the 100-400 on the crop body of the 7D2 should be long enough, though I will probably have to crop down some photos of smaller birds and animals, etc.
Right now I have a Sirui tripod and monopod. I will most likely get a lighter carbon fiber tripod to bring on the trip. But I am debating on whether to bring the monopod. I would think that I will have to shoot at some slower shutter speeds while in the rainforest. But I think a monopod is easier to carry/set up than a tripod. Though I would love to due some dark sky photos by the beach using the tripod. Maybe I'm over ambitious?
Any tips on what I should bring for photo gear and other essentials? Thanks!