What gear for Galapagos Islands?

1 month 3 days ago #625333 by Roy Wilson
I just booked trip to Galapagos Islands in August of 2019.  What gear would you bring to something like this?

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1 month 3 days ago #625335 by Stefan-Olsson
For that kind of special trip I would bring it all. At least so you can cover it all basis lens wise and filters.


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1 month 3 days ago #625343 by Nikon Shooter
I used the 14mm as much as the 600mm and some in between.
Sure, it was sweaty at times but it was worth every cl of it!

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1 month 3 days ago #625346 by Roy Wilson
I think I might need to get a bigger bag.  My Lowepro backpack can fit about  90% of my stuff, but it's STUFFED.   Have any of you looked at one of those large 70L f-stop backpacks?  

Canon 5D Mark II, 30D, 40D, 50 1.2L, 16-35 2.8L Mark II, 24-105 4L IS, 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 2.8L IS, 85 1.8, 4 x 580 EX(II)
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1 month 2 days ago #625355 by Jared-Weaver
I use a Mountainsmith Tanuck 40 and I can HIGHLY recommend it if you're feeling short on storage space. It'd also rugged, probably the most adventure designed bag I've ever seen. The base is waterproof, the rest of the pack is Cordura nylon and the zippers are heavy duty. I cant say enough good about this pack honestly. It's a true adventure pack. It uses gear cubes of large and medium size. Top access can expand to accommodate additional gear as well. 

If you're interested in something more bespoke, check out Atlas packs. They have 3 frame sizes to choose from. If you're a human of impressive size, they have a frame for you. They use an integrated storage area that can be expanded and shrunk a bit based on your gear needs. 

Both are excellent pack and feature excellent comfort and ergonomics. Shimoda is also a decent choice although some find the lack of numerous exterior pockets a bother. 


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1 month 2 days ago #625377 by Prago
Plenty of dry socks and cold weather gear 

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1 month 7 hours ago #625712 by Jessy Page
Thats going to be a fun trip.  Honestly aside from the cold weather gear, I would make sure to have 5-6 batteries and a few memory cards.  Oh, and a solid telephoto lens.  


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4 weeks 7 hours ago #626299 by Roy Wilson
I really appreciate all your answers.  One item I just noticed that I need to update are a good pair of cold weather boots.  Can you recommend a pair please?  

What are you using? 

Canon 5D Mark II, 30D, 40D, 50 1.2L, 16-35 2.8L Mark II, 24-105 4L IS, 24-70 2.8L, 70-200 2.8L IS, 85 1.8, 4 x 580 EX(II)
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4 weeks 2 hours ago #626358 by Don Granger

Roy Wilson wrote: I really appreciate all your answers.  One item I just noticed that I need to update are a good pair of cold weather boots.  Can you recommend a pair please?  

What are you using? 


Northface :thumbsup:


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3 weeks 6 days ago #626462 by Peter P
Batteries and many of them


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