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
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!
Photo credits: Thomas Perkins.