|December 29, 2007|
The first question about equipment that usually crops up is whether we use Canon or Nikon. Right now we use Canon, they seem to have a better lens lineup for the kind of photography we do. I think it’s important to point out that the camera is just a tool, and whether you shoot Canon or Nikon, what matters the most is your personal creativity, not the gear you work with.
We Travel with the following gear:
Canon 5D – Traveling with Two different crop factors essentially means that all the lenses that we take have two focal lengths!
Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye!
Canon 28mm f/1.8
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Canon 85mm f/1.8
Canon 100mm f/2.8 – If you haven’t figured out by now, we love our primes!
Canon 24-70L f/2.8
Canon 70-200L IS f/2.8
Canon 580ex Speedlite (x2)
Pocket Wizards (x2) - For a little off camera flash flava.
SLIK Pro 714 Carbon Fiber Tripod – Because who wants to travel with a 10lb tripod? The tripod and manfrotto ballhead combination are strong enough to hold everything but the 70-200. We could have gotten something stronger but it would have ended up weighing a lot more and we’ve never used the 70-200 on a tripod.
Canon Powershot G7 – We use this camera for little video clips. We also have a little underwater housing for it.
Macbook 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo – Probably could have gone bigger, but it’s so easy to travel with.
Western Digital Pocket Drive (x3) – These little drives are nice because you don’t need an external power supply!
Wacom 4x6 Tablet – Makes editing photos about a million times faster.
Misc: Probably like 50gb worth of flash cards, tons of camera and flash batteries, and chargers of every kind.
Lowepro Stealth Reporter D650 AW – This bag holds all our camera gear and the Macbook.
National Geographic NG 2475 shoulder bag – This is more like a day camera bag that we use when we don’t want to take all our gear with us. These bags look so cool and they’re so comfortable!
For all things non-camera we have a MEC 110-liter roller duffle bag. Having backpacked pretty extensively before I’ve found that there is almost nowhere you can’t roll your bag along. That being said this is the first time I’ve traveled with a rollerbag, though it does have some nifty straps on the back if you need to carry it backpack style. We also have a smaller 65-liter MEC travel pack which will be used as a daybag but could easily double as a full backpack when we go on a safari or something. Everything will fit together like this
I’ll try to do a little video at some point to show everyone what everything looks like and how it all fits together. I put a lot of thought into buying gear that would make traveling as comfortable and easy as possible. If you’re not fighting with your bags then you have more time to be taking some great photos!
I’m certain I’ve left some essentials out of this post, but I’ll try to update it whenever I think of something new.