I'm off on safari in a fortnight and I've managed to beg, borrow and steal quite a quite a bit of equipment to go with my Canon EOS 600d/T3i and Sigma 18-250.
I will definitely be taking:
2 x 16GB SDHC
1 x 4GB SD
1 x 2GB SD
but I also have the following questions:
monopod or tripod?
I've been lent a monopod and a tripod, both decent bits of kit. I only want to take one and am leaning towards the monopod due to weight and the possibility to use inside the vehicle. Is this the right choice?
My friend suggested taking the head of the tripod as sometimes the vehicles have mounts you can clamp into. Is it worth the extra weight on the off-chance and, if so, wouldn't it be better just to take the whole tripod?
20d or Powershot SX130IS?
I've been offered a 20d body to borrow for the trip. I'm not sure whether to take this or my Powershot SX130IS. Advantage of the body is that i can have the 10-22mm lens or the 18-250 attached on it to complement the 100-400. Disadvantage is that it is heavier, bulkier, requires a different charger and uses CF cards (which i don't have but could borrow one or two) and only has 8MP resolution with an older DIGIC II sensor. The SX130IS has the equivalent focal range of 28-336 12MP and uses the newer DIGIC IV sensor. It also runs on batteries so need to take an extra charger (I'll take enough batteries). Downside of this camera is that it is missing the UWA, which is only a problem on the game drives, and afik, can't save in RAW. So I'm not sure which to take.
Third battery for the 600d?
Is two enough or should I get a third? We'll be spending two nights in a row in the Serengeti Wild Camp, and afik there is only very limited electricity supply. I decided against getting a grip (with 2 extra batteries) because of the extra weight but maybe I should reconsider this.
And finally there a few bits of kit I'm not sure whether to take or just leave behind:
x2 TC. quite good for those long shots but doesn't allow AF and once it is on the body for the day I can't be taking it off. I think I'd only get use shooting from the lodge.
430EXII Speedlite. Am i really going to be shooting that much in the evenings? Knowing me yes, but I can also use the on-board flash if necessary
Nifty Fifty. good for some portraits etc around the camp but would i really miss it that much with all the other lenses?
Have I forgotten anything important?
I'm really looking forward to this trip and I'm possibly over thinking the equipment but I'm quite new to the game and not that experienced so I very much appreciate any insights.