Determining what gear to bring with you on vacation?

8 years 11 months ago #193705 by Lindsey
Hubby just surprised me with a March trip he has planned to Hawaii! :banana: I've never been to Hawaii and already thinking about all the pretty photos I'm going to be able to take. Then I come back to my gear, how do you decide what to bring and what not to bring when traveling? Bringing everything will be a lot, and in my head I can think of a purpose for each lens, filter etc., but will I actually use it when I get there? Or will I just lug my big ol heavy camera bag full of all my gear down there only to use a couple items?

How did you pick what to bring during your last travel?


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8 years 11 months ago #193714 by Dan13lle
Well what lenses do you have? I would without a doubt take a wide angle. Congrats on the vacation!


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8 years 11 months ago - 8 years 11 months ago #193715 by scifitographer
Wow, that's a great surprise! I guess the first thing to do is find out what your exact plans are. Will you be staying in one spot the whole time or island hopping? Do you plan on visiting any of the parks or go hiking or just stay on the beach?

We usually have a pretty detailed itinerary a head of time so when we travel so I know that I need my landscape gear or my wildlife gear on a certain day. I'm not saying we don't change our plans at all, but if we're not planning on wildlife viewing then I know there isn't any reason to lug a 100-400mm lens with me. Generally I pack one dslr body, 17-40mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm lens, plenty of cards and a hyperdrive colorspace to download cards to a harddrive on the go without a computer. Tripod and shutter release cable are usually also standard. After that I'll add in what is needed according to the itinerary.


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8 years 11 months ago #193736 by KCook
For plane travel I'd take a lighter tripod than I might use at home. Otherwise, make darned sure every valuable bit of gear has insurance that covers travel.

Kelly Cook

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8 years 11 months ago - 8 years 11 months ago #193749 by mattmoran
I love Hawaii.



Your profile doesn't list any equipment, so I have no idea what your options are. However, I would want my DSLR, a tripod, a good wide angel lens (zoom or prime) and a good normal lens. A polarizing filter for both. All of that ought to fit in a small backpack. If you want to skimp on anything for space, maybe swap the tripod for a tabletop type tripod. (I've used the GorillaPod - it is small and good for what it is.)

-Matt
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8 years 11 months ago #193916 by mattmoran
I just realized I didn't mention a flash. You will want one of those too, because two types of pictures you are going to want to take are:
1) pictures of your family doing stuff in bright sunlight.
2) pictures of your family with the sun setting into the ocean behind them.

Both of these are immensely improved with a good fill flash.

-Matt

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8 years 11 months ago #193950 by Alex
I'll usually just bring a few lens 24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm, one off camera flash and tripod

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8 years 11 months ago #193986 by crystal
Congrats on the vacation. My husband surprise with a trip to Yellowstone in June (and going up to Glacier). I plan on taking every single thing I have...plus more (I'm buying new toys after I do taxes). I know I will use everything that is in my bag.

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