Bit the bullet, and I'm off to the Antarctic in a little over a month's time! Should be...unique. Anyone have any tips or tricks, essential photography gear you think I should take?
My main interest is landscape, wildlife a close second. The 5DII is (obviously) coming along, regardless. Not so sure on the infrared converted 30D, unless someone can convince me otherwise. Might be intriguing, but I'm not sure what to expect from Antarctica's ER spectrum, and I'll be backpacking my way down so I don't want to pack too heavy. Only worry is going down there without a back-up body. If need be I can afford to buy (and re-sell) a second 5DII or 7D - thoughts?
In terms of glass, probably the 100-400L (whales, sea life), although I wonder if I'll miss the sharpness of the 70-200/2.8. Most of what I read indicates you don't need that much tele, but experience has taught me you can rarely have too much tele Then the 24-105L (completing the very wide range travel combo). B&W CPL just in case, 1 kg carbon travel tripod is a no-brainer for landscapes.
The primes/fast glass is where I start dithering. Will likely take the Contax Ziess 35/2.8 for landscapes and semi-discreet street photography on the rest of the trip (prefer the micro contrast to the 35L, which is also huge, and much as I love the lens, stopped down it has little to nothing to offer over the 24-105L at 35, F9), as well as the 50/1.4 planar, as they're tiny and it's kind of a no brainer. Nothing to break down. Also very tempted to just take the 135L, mostly for the rest of the trip, as it's a hands-down favorite portraiture/animals in closeish quarters lens. But it's big, highly specialized, and the 17-40 might be the smarter choice as 'extra glass' should I have the bulk. If I wasn't doing the antarctic I'd probably take all primes (35, 50, 135) and be perfectly happy.