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Your Desert Island camera kit (and what you'd leave at home!)

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Dec 20, 2010 11:19 |  #1

What would be your minimal kit for making 80-90% of your keepers?
This could have been a 'dream list', but with so many 'what accessories should I get?' threads, it seems to me that there's too much 'Gear Acquisition Syndrome', so a barebones list would be a good way to separate the good purchases from the bad in your collection of photographic equipment.

A body, lens, battery and memory card goes without saying, so I think this thread belongs in the Accessories forum rather than the Cameras or Lenses ones.

My list (and a template you might like to use):
Body: 60D
Lens(es): 10-22 - i love ultra wide, 85 1.8 - fast and good for faces (spose I should keep the 17-85mm too)
Memory Cards: 2x 8Gb would be nice
Batteries: just 2x for the 60d
shoulder bag - lowepro nova 160aw
tripod - i have manfrotto 055XPROB & 804RC2
ipod/iphone - full of audiobooks and podcasts

Things I'd leave at home:
remote trigger - built-in 2sec delay will do
580exii + cord - flash doesnt excite me.
ef 50mm 1.8 - too long for photos of friends at restaurants
ef 28mm 1.8 - 'normal' is boring
ef 70-300 is usm - get closer! plus I hate lack of fulltime manual
lowepro nova 170aw - a bit too big
lowepro slingshot 200aw - so heavy when full and never sits straight on me
hoya 58mm filter kit - circ-pols are nice, but I'd be better off buying some NDs. I don't use protective filters.
neck strap - if you're using it, hold it up to your eye. otherwise, put it away. So why do you need a neckstrap?
photo technique books - enough free help online, otherwise spend that money on workshops
400d(xti) & grip - got a new body with better low light and longer batter life

Please - I know I'm weird -- I don't like flash, zoom or long focal lengths -- I'm not making judgments about the equipment, just pointing out they're not at the top of my list. Same with my choice of body -- it's not the point of this thread.

Now, I'd love to see your list of 'leave at home' items.

I like making photos and sometimes I think I'm getting better... then I realise it doesn't matter. I like making photos!

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Dec 24, 2010 17:45 |  #2

450D, tripod, da camera bag, laptop with PS3 and LR3 50mm 1.4 :wink:

That was my set up last time I was on a desert island.

Gear: 450d, 18-55mm, 17-85mm, Canon 50mm f/1.4 Tiffen 67mm CP, Dolica AX620B100 Tripod, CS4, DA camera bag​photos/buckieh/ (external link)

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Location: Shelby, NC
Dec 24, 2010 17:49 |  #3

My Pelican 1510 Case!

While everyone else's equipment is getting full of sand and water on the island, mine will be weatherproof!

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Dec 25, 2010 18:49 |  #4

A Canon PowerShot D10.

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Oh, and have fun with lens fungus, mucked up internals, and anything else that comes with putting a SLR into a humid and sandy environment. For me, I'll go down by the shore and wash off my camera.

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Dec 25, 2010 18:56 |  #5
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Ill bring one of those inflatable studios too so I can be protected from the elements. - or use it as a boat.

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Dec 26, 2010 12:13 as a reply to  @ Hot Cocoa's post |  #6

My minimum kit...

My minimum travel and general photography kit is:

Canon 30D and 40D (soon will replace the 30D with a 7D) each with RRS Arca Compatible L Bracket...

17-55mm f/2.8 IS and 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses (I will occasionally include a 12-24mm f/4 Tokina)...

550EX and 270EX flashes with Joe Demb Diffuser/Reflectors for each...

2-CPL and 2-UV filters one 67mm and one 77mm. 1-ND 77mm filter, 77-67mm adapter ring...

Extra batteries (for camera and flash) and plenty of flash cards...

Charger for Canon and Eneloop AA batteries...

OPTECH Rainsleeve for each camera...

Modified SLIK Pro 330D Tripod with short center column and Flashpoint F-1 Arca compatible ball head (weighs 2-pounds 11-ounces)...

Calumet 8105 8x Carbon Fiber Monopod...

Lowepro Mini-Trekker AW to carry gear...

OPTECH Dual harness strap...

I can shoot 90-95% of my imagery with the above kit...

miscellaneous small tools including an AA flashlight...

See my China Galleries shot with the above kit: http://rpcrowe.smugmug​.com/ (external link)

See my images at http://rpcrowe.smugmug​.com/ (external link)

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