What Made The Cut

In my last entry, I talked (and complained!) about the 26 lb weight limit I faced for a safari trip to Africa. After much weighing of my options, literally and figuratively, here's what made the cut:

Canon 1D Mark III body

Canon 30D body as backup

Canon 300 mm f/2.8L IS (heavy as heck, but I love it)

Canon 70 - 200 f/2.8L IS (also heavy, but again I love it)

Canon 17 - 40 f/2.8L

Canon 1.4 teleconverter

Gitzo carbon fiber monopod

Blower brush

MacBook (which I consider essential photo gear)

250 GB USB-powered back up drive for my Aperture library

A handful of 8 GB, 4 GB and 2 GB CF and SD cards

Battery chargers for all of the above

Extra cables to connect all of the above

Here's what didn't make it:

A tripod (I think I will miss this)

An external flash. My Canon 580 EXII weighs as much as my 30D body, and doesn't add the same usefulness. Also, in a pinch, the 30D does have a built in flash.

Phew! That's a lot of delicate equipment to be carting around!

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Photo credits: Thomas Perkins.

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August 11, 2008


Hah-hah. Thanks for all the comments. Tangie, all those are important, but not as much as my 300 mm ! Parrypix, I think I could do some curls with my bag. And Bugsy--I know that YOU know how to travel!

August 11, 2008


:) Where is the toothbrush? And the clothes? and the hat? and the sunglasses, and the tan lotion? and the pajamas? :P :) this is why I will never make it on a list for safari candidates .......... well, happy shooting but only with the camera pleaseeeee and make sure you bring back some cute cute animals - alive, unharmed and in images.

August 11, 2008


still drooling over this list.

August 11, 2008


Hah! Thank you. I might have some heavy gear, but you have TALENT. I loved your interior photos. I know how hard they can be.

August 10, 2008


Wow you have some wicked gear. I would have trouble not taking it all.

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