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Oct 31, 2008 08:35 |  #1

Nothin doin in the "Talk about Urban Life & Travel" section, so I'll try here.

I've already posted concerning this trip, and from help here and other blogs, I have compiled a gear list I think will work. Tell me what you think.

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70-200mm f/2.8L IS [rented]

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Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home (Day Bag)
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I'm not willing to rent more stuff, but if their is a crucial flaw in the stuff I am renting, tell me. I'm open to any praise or criticism. All of it is more than appreciated.

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Oct 31, 2008 10:39 |  #2

What are you expecting to be shooting?


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Oct 31, 2008 10:54 |  #3

GilesGuthrie wrote in post #6597851 (external link)
What are you expecting to be shooting?

The unique wildlife of the galapagos I guess.

That looks like an awesome place of photo opportunities. Don't forget to show us your best shot when you get back!


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Oct 31, 2008 20:38 |  #4

GilesGuthrie wrote in post #6597851 (external link)
What are you expecting to be shooting?

Mostly the wildlife on the islands, but I'll also have a chance to shoot an open-air market in Quito, Ecuador. I've been looking all around and found that ost photographers use their extreme telephoto end more than anything else. Behind that is usually their wide end (<20mm), so I hope my 24mm (more like 38mm with crop factor) will suffice.

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Nov 01, 2008 00:44 |  #5

I don't know about you but I would want a wider lens for landscape. But that's just me.




  
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Nov 01, 2008 08:42 |  #6

First, I'd suggest a second body. If you are taking the standard tour (ie, not a photographic tour or one geared towards natural history) you will not have time to change lenses. They will move you along the path very fast. I went on a trip geared towards natural history and we spent double the time at each stop than the general tours did and I was still very glad to have two bodies and not have to waste time changing lenses.

Along those lines, maybe keep the monopod but ditch anything else requiring setup.

I'd recommend a zoom instead of the prime, but that is a personal preference sort of thing. However, you are stuck to a path and cannot move off of it while the animals go everywhere. Expect them to be anywhere from right at the end of your camera to out at the horizon. I found the zoom to be invaluable.

Polarizers are good, just remember to take them off when you photograph frigate birds. The male birds have a green or purple sheen on their backs which the polarizing filter will remove.

Oh, and I do hope you have some sort of photo storage device. If you shoot RAW 5Gb isn't nearly enough memory.


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Nov 01, 2008 09:01 |  #7

tiktaalik wrote in post #6602676 (external link)
First, I'd suggest a second body. If you are taking the standard tour (ie, not a photographic tour or one geared towards natural history) you will not have time to change lenses.

Wow, that's a lot of great advice, thank you. I might be able to grab a second body from my high school journalism advisor, but other than that, I'm not sure I can get one. And about a wider lens, anything wider than 17mm at my local camera store is atleast $100 per week to rent, so I can't really afford that on top of the 300mm and 1.4x Extender.




  
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Nov 01, 2008 13:37 |  #8

Well, the 300 must be an expensive rental. How about renting 100-400 and 10-22?


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Nov 01, 2008 13:43 |  #9

Agree with Giles...

The 100-400 on a 1.6x body will work just as well as the 300+TC.
And you are limiting yourself at 24mm on a crop body as well.

I'd also consider either renting or purchasing a legitimate tripod. Especially if you decide to go ahead and use the 300 f/2.8


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Nov 01, 2008 14:52 |  #10

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #6603840 (external link)
Agree with Giles...

The 100-400 on a 1.6x body will work just as well as the 300+TC.
And you are limiting yourself at 24mm on a crop body as well.

I'd also consider either renting or purchasing a legitimate tripod. Especially if you decide to go ahead and use the 300 f/2.8

I'm trying to avoid the 100-400mm b/c I know I'll miss the 2.8. I got spoiled on my 24-70mm. And I do own a tripod, but every other blog I've read has said that if they brought their tripods, they just left them on the boat and didn't bother with them after the second day.




  
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Nov 01, 2008 15:31 |  #11
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More or less, but haven't you to include a tripod or something?




  
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Nov 01, 2008 16:02 |  #12

400dabuser wrote in post #6604363 (external link)
More or less, but haven't you to include a tripod or something?

Read the previous post, bud.




  
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Nov 01, 2008 16:08 |  #13

Nistelrooydude wrote in post #6604142 (external link)
I'm trying to avoid the 100-400mm b/c I know I'll miss the 2.8. I got spoiled on my 24-70mm. And I do own a tripod, but every other blog I've read has said that if they brought their tripods, they just left them on the boat and didn't bother with them after the second day.

And how many of them were lugging around 8+ lbs of body and lens combo all day?

You're certainly free to do as you please but to me this is akin to renting the Ferrari but telling the guy to just mount the Goodyear All Seasons instead of the low profile Pirellis.

I think your keeper rate would be much higher with a good, steady tripod under that lens.


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Nov 01, 2008 16:09 |  #14

Won't the 300 be really heavy to lug about on that tour? Plus, isn't the Galapagos famous for being able to get really close to the wildlife so making the 300 a tad too limiting?


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Nov 01, 2008 16:10 |  #15

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #6604532 (external link)
And how many of them were lugging around 8+ lbs of body and lens combo all day?

You're certainly free to do as you please but to me this is akin to renting the Ferrari but telling the guy to just mount the Goodyear All Seasons instead of the low profile Pirellis.

I think your keeper rate would be much higher with a good, steady tripod under that lens.

^That's a good point.

For those wondering, these were my two main sources:

http://norvig.com/gala​pagos-photography.html (external link)
http://www.bythom.com/​gallens.htm (external link)




  
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