What Made The Cut
August 10, 2008
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!
- Before You Mess Up That Hotel Room. . .
- What I Wish I Knew Before Going on Safari, Part 2
- Things I Wish I Had Known Before Going On Safari, Part 1
- Mountains and Mountains . . .
- Taking the Long Way Around, Looking Down
- Learning from the Pros
- What Do You Have in YOUR Attic?
- My First Safari Photo
- Removing Tourists
- The Inspiration of the New
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