Travel Kit Question

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Steven Wandy, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Steven Wandy

    Steven Wandy Guest

    How many, when they travel (not including professional photography
    traveling) leave their main (read - better bodies & lenses) at home
    and take lighter equipment?
    Either a P&S camera or a different body and lighter lenses?
    Or even a higher-end body but possibly not their best (read
    largest/heaviest) lenses?
    What started this discussion was a discussion that a good friend of
    mine and I were having over dinner last night. Just curious what the
    general consensus was.
    Thanks,
    Steve
     
    Steven Wandy, Apr 20, 2009
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  2. Savageduck wrote:
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    Same here. I used to have a whole lot of lenses for my 35mm SLR, many of
    which were hardly ever used. Now I take all I have: P&S, DSLR, 16-85 &
    70-300. For a single "compact but quality" kit I also take an 18-200.
    The exception is a tripod - I hardly ever use one out of doors (preferring
    higher ISO and VR/IS lenses). I took one on the last holiday but never
    used it once. Sometimes, I take just the P&S (Panasonic Lumix TZ3, 28-280
    image stabilised).

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Apr 20, 2009
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  3. Steven Wandy

    Bruce Guest


    I take exactly the same body (Nikon D700) but with a small selection of
    fixed focal length lenses, perhaps one lightweight zoom, rather than my
    heavy pro lenses (14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm - all f/2.8). The D700 is
    neither unduly large nor unduly heavy, and I select from a list of
    primes that are mostly light and compact - 24mm f/2.8, 35mm f/1.4,
    35-70mm f/2.8 zoom, 50mm f/1.4 and f/2, 85mm f/1.4 and 180mm f/2.8.

    Until 2008 I used to leave my (D)SLRs at home and take a Leica M film
    outfit, but now I shoot mostly digital and the Leica M8 digital body
    does not offer anything approaching the image quality that I routinely
    get from the Nikon D700. I could shoot film and scan it for even better
    quality, but I no longer have the time as I am busier than ever.
     
    Bruce, Apr 20, 2009
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  4. I take what I can fit in this:

    http://products.lowepro.com/product/Off-Trail-1,1980,7.htm

    usually a body and some walk around lens, a 70-300 telephoto, a 50mm 1.8 and
    various small goodies.
     
    Brian Sullivan, Apr 20, 2009
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  5. Steven Wandy

    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    What would be the point, then, in traveling, or in owning a decent
    camera?

    If I won't be doing photography, like if I'm going somewhere for a
    business meeting, I'll just leave everything at home. Otherwise,
    the camera gear gets packed first, and then anything else that will
    fit can come along, too.
     
    Jeremy Nixon, Apr 20, 2009
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  6. Steven Wandy

    Robert Coe Guest

    :
    : > How many, when they travel (not including professional photography
    : > traveling) leave their main (read - better bodies & lenses) at home
    : > and take lighter equipment?
    :
    : What would be the point, then, in traveling, or in owning a decent
    : camera?
    :
    : If I won't be doing photography, like if I'm going somewhere for a
    : business meeting, I'll just leave everything at home. Otherwise,
    : the camera gear gets packed first, and then anything else that will
    : fit can come along, too.

    At last, someone who has his head screwed on right!

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Apr 21, 2009
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  7. Steven Wandy

    Charles Guest

    Unless I am traveling to good photographic location (lots of unique
    opportunities), I take only a decent point and shoot (an ultra zoom).
     
    Charles, Apr 21, 2009
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  8. Steven Wandy

    Robert Coe Guest

    :
    : : > How many, when they travel (not including professional photography
    : > traveling) leave their main (read - better bodies & lenses) at home
    : > and take lighter equipment?
    : > Either a P&S camera or a different body and lighter lenses?
    : > Or even a higher-end body but possibly not their best (read
    : > largest/heaviest) lenses?
    : > What started this discussion was a discussion that a good friend of
    : > mine and I were having over dinner last night. Just curious what the
    : > general consensus was.
    :
    : Unless I am traveling to good photographic location (lots of unique
    : opportunities), I take only a decent point and shoot (an ultra zoom).

    I wish you'd tell us how you know. The inability to figure out in advance
    where the unique photographic opportunities are going to be is all that
    separates half the readers of this newsgroup from the second coming of Henri
    Cartier-Bresson.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Apr 21, 2009
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  9. Jeremy Nixon wrote:
    []
    I always try and take at least a compact camera even if it's a trip for a
    business meeting.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Apr 21, 2009
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  10. Savageduck wrote:
    []
    A compact, but wide zoom range, camera is handy for photos from the
    aircraft window.

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Apr 21, 2009
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  11. Steven Wandy

    Bruce Guest


    In the past, there were several camera and lens systems that were
    ideally suited to "travel photography" in its broadest sense.

    The classic travel camera would be a Leica. The sheer excellence of the
    Leica lenses meant that you would sacrifice nothing in the way of
    quality by leaving your film SLR at home.

    Then there were the small SLRs that had considerable appeal to walkers,
    hikers and mountaineers. The Olympus OM Series, the Pentax ME Super and
    MX and the Nikon FM(2)(3A) and FE(2) were all small and light for SLRs
    and came with a selection of small and light lenses that were optically
    extremely good. Later still there was the Contax G Series.

    All these were decent cameras by any standards. Many people used them
    all the time, not just when travelling light.

    There isn't really a modern digital equivalent, except perhaps the
    Panasonic G1. The jury's still out on that one.
     
    Bruce, Apr 21, 2009
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  12. Steven Wandy

    Celcius Guest

    Hi Steve!
    The only time I took a PS (Canon Powershot A-650) and not my SLR's was when
    I went to walk the Way of Compostela
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago_de_Compostela). Mind you, I didn't
    walk it all, nor was it a pilgrimage as far s I'm concerned, but travelling
    on foot at the rate of 20 to 25 km per day for more than 2 weeks with a
    backpack, I figured I should take a PS instead of my usual gear. However, I
    did meet another walker, an American woman and her daughter. She was a
    photographer and had a Canon Eos 40D with assorted lenses with her.
    Take care,
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, Apr 23, 2009
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  13. Wouldn't it have been more in the spirit of a pilgrimage to have
    carried along every single item of photographic gear you owned?
     
    Chris Malcolm, Apr 23, 2009
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  14. Steven Wandy

    Celcius Guest

    Very funny Chris,
    But as I said, it wasn't a pilgrimage in my case, just a long walk and the
    possibility to take in the beautiful scenery
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, Apr 23, 2009
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