If you were going on a road trip...

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

  1. tonyeck macrumors 6502


    Sep 3, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    So, the question is: If you were going on a road trip... East Coast of USA to West Coast USA hitting:

    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

    Jun 22, 2006
    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
    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

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    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

    Mar 17, 2005
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    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
    -Speedlight (I don't have one, but if I did....yay!)
    -Spare battery
    -Spare memory

    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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