What gear for a college/NYC trip?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by wmmk, Mar 24, 2008.

  1. wmmk macrumors 68020

    wmmk

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    Hello MR'ites!
    It's been a while since I last posted. Anyhow, my dad and I are going out to the east coast this week to look at Columbia and Princeton Universities, see family, and explore NYC a bit. I really want to take some photos, but I'll be rather occupied with things other than photography. Thus, I figured that bringing my complete kit (1D, Elan 7, 70-200/4L, 17-40/4L, 50/1.8, 85/1.8, SB-26, LowePro slingshot 300) would probably not be the best idea.

    My presumption is that either a 17-40 + 50/1.8 or 17-40 +85/1.8 would work well. FWIW, I'm not bringing the film body, so any lenses brought would be on a 1.3x body. Which of these combos would work better? Is it OK that I'm leaving the 70-200 and one of the primes at home? I don't really think I should need a flash, lightstand, or any other misc. gear other than my camera, lenses, batteries, charger, cards, and reader. Am I forgetting anything?

    Finally, I need to figure out how to carry my gear. It'd be ideal to have my slingshot bag with me, but since we're not renting a car (which implies walking and public transit), I'm only bringing a bag for my clothes to keep in a hotel room and something else for my laptop and photo gear. Since the LowePro bag doesn't exactly accommodate the laptop, I think I'll have to carry the camera, laptop, and whatever random college brochures I pick up in my trusty Swiss Army backpack (basic backpack, used for school). It has a nice padded laptop compartment and plenty of room for everything else, but I'm not sure of how well it would protect my camera/lenses from the expected jostling of the NYC subway. Any suggestions for either protecting the camera in the school backpack or getting a laptop securely fitted into the LowePro?

    Thanks a lot!
    -Will
     
  2. Eauboy macrumors regular

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    Can you leave the laptop behind? Can you check in to the hotel room and leave the laptop behind while you're out on foot?

    Less is more. Carry the camera and one lens (17-40?), one spare charged battery and that's it. Don't do much/any flash and you'll make it easily.
     
  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Bring one body with a lens attached and leave everytrhing else. I'd favor wide angle over anything else. Your 17-40 would be perfect. How to carry it? Use a shoulder strap when you are shooing and wrap it in a small towel or jacket and put it in a backpack. I prefer to use a jacket or sweatshirt to pad a camera because it was multiple uses - I can put it on it it gets cold.

    Will you actually use the notebook computer. If not leave it.
     
  4. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    I would bring the 17-40 I think that would work best it has a nice wide angle but your going to want some zoom as well.
     
  5. wmmk thread starter macrumors 68020

    wmmk

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    Wow, thanks for the replies, everyone! I think I'll bring the 1D, 17-40/4L, and one of the primes. I think the 50 makes more sense, but I'd be willing to hear arguments for the 85.

    I'll need the laptop on the trip, but I think I'll just leave it in the hotel room while I'm exploring the campuses.

    I definitely want a tripod with me, since a lot of the shots I'm envisioning are HDR or night shots (gotta love those long exposures with blurred car lights). Unfortunately, my 'pod doesn't exactly fit nicely into my backpack. Should I just cram it in, or is there some other easy way to carry tripods that I'm overlooking? Or would a cheap, small travel monopod keep my camera steady enough to get sharp 1 sec. exposures at 17mm?

    Thanks again!
    -wmmk
     
  6. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

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    Does your tripod have a handle? If so, you could use a carabiner to attach it to the outside of your bag. This way you get quick access to it too, no need to open up your bag. I absolutely LOVE carabiners when traveling (works well with attaching draw string bags to the outside of the main backpack too etc.)
     

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