If you were going on a road trip...

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by tonyeck, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. tonyeck macrumors 6502

    tonyeck

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    So, the question is: If you were going on a road trip... East Coast of USA to West Coast USA hitting:

    Chicago
    Badlands
    Yellowstone
    Yosemite
    Lake Tahoe
    San Francisco
    Big Sur/Route1
    Las Vegas
    Grand Canyon
    Bryce Canyon
    Canyon De Chelly
    Arches NP
    Glen Canyon
    Zion NP
    Rock Mountains NP
    Shenandoah NP

    (+ more on the way)

    What Camera Gear would you take....

    The reason I ask is, I am leaving on this trip next week and am planning on heavily documenting it via photography. I have:

    Canon Digital Rebel XT with kit lens
    100mm F/2.8 Macro
    Tokina 12-24 f/4
    50mm f/1.8

    Tripods, filters, wireless trigger, bags

    What would you all bring? And I am looking to replace my kit lens with a better walk around lens, maybe 28-105mm and then adding a zoom lens?

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. beavo451 macrumors 6502

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    Personally I would take:

    Camera Body + batteries, memory, laptop, charger (maybe a backup body as well)
    Lenses to cover around the range of 12mm-200mm with a macro
    Speedlight + batteries
    Tripod
    A UV filter that fits on the lenses in case I get into harsh conditions
    Good camera bag
    Pelican hardcase

    EDIT: I would also make sure my equipment was insured.
     
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    I don't think 28mm is wide enough, You will be switching to the 12-24 to much. On my Nikon I used the 18-70 which seems about right 80% of the time. Canon must make something in that range too. I'd say get the fastest 18-70 you can an f/2.8 if they make it.

    If you intend to do any wildlife shots you will need a longer lens to. the 80-200 f/2.8 is the ideal lens for that

    But you asked what (in addition) I would take. I'd say for sure a 4x5 field view camera with at least a 90mm lens. Then some Tmax100 and Velvia sheet film. If the purpose of the trip is photogrphy then I'd for sure want a few images with better image quality. Scan the film fter you gt home.
     
  4. triotary macrumors regular

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    Are you asking me to choose between the 3 lenses that you own? If that's the case, then I'd choose the Tokina 12-24 mm and 50 mm f/1.8 and leave the rest at home. You won't need to take macros. That Tokina 12-24 mm f/4 lens will be useful for what you're doing and I imagine would be on your camera all the time. I'd only bring the 50 mm f/1.8 because it's so small you may as well.

    If you're asking us which lenses we'd bring if we could bring anything (including what we don't have), I'd list a bunch of the best, fastest lenses, so obviously that's not the point.


    If I were to pack my own bag, I'd have:

    -Nikon D50
    -Tokina 12-24 mm f/4
    -Sigma 24-70 mm f/2.8
    -MacBook
    -Speedlight (I don't have one, but if I did....yay!)
    -Spare battery
    -Spare memory
    -Charger
    -Waterbottle

    I'd put all this in my Crumpler Sinking Barge

    I'd consider this quite light, but that's how I'd roll. HERE is my review of the bag. I just got back from a trip to Brisbane with this bag used everyday, and it's fantastic. The fact that I can carry my iPod, map, water bottle, and jumper in the general compartment; my MacBook in the laptop compartment, and my D50 with lens, and another lens is perfect. :)
     

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