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Question for photographers: have you ever regretted not bringing a full kit on a trip? (Seville & Madrid)

Question for photographers: have you ever regretted not bringing a full kit on a trip? (Seville & Madrid)

Oct 2nd, 2007, 12:07 PM
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Sunny16, I have a D70, a D70s, and a D200. Although the D70 is a little lighter than the D200, not enough to make a real difference. I would only carry the D70 as a backup body, not as a substitute for the D200. A good compromise bewtween an ordinary p&s and a dSLR is the Coolpix 8800. I had its predecessor, the CP5700, and got very good results with it before moving on to the dSLR.
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Oct 2nd, 2007, 12:35 PM
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Hi Sunny!

I just tested my D80 with the grip both on and off (along w/ the 18-200vr lens, of course). Honestly, it's probably a matter of personal preference. Do you prefer your lens to hang pointing downward or more out in front of you? There are pros & cons for both points of view, I suppose.

Without the grip, the D80 body & 18-200vr lens hang lens-down. With the grip, it feels more balanced & secure to me. I prefer the latter. I typically have a polarizer & lens hood on my lens while shotting. So, in addition being really careful, I feel my lens is protected. I also love the idea of two batteries hanging-out in the grip.

Speaking of protection, I bought a PacSafe CarrySafe camera strap that is reinforced w/ steel cable.

I saw in an earlier post your mention of camera bags. As a woman, I think it's nearly impossible to find the right camera bag. On a recent trip w/ my family, I tried a top loading zoom bag & a separate small purse. Not convenient.

This time, I'm abandoning tradition and carrying what I hope will be the perfect blend between purse & camera bag. PacSafe makes a secure tote called ToteSafe, which I hope will carry my camera gear & "womanly stuff."

By wrapping my D80 (w/ lens, polairzer, lens hood in reverse & grip) in Op/Tech's neoprene soft pouch, it should be reasonably protected in my totebag. I have 2.5 gallon ziplock bags if it rains.

Camera accessories to be carried in my tote are an SB600 Speedlight, a couple of cheat sheets from PhotoBert, a rain sleeve, & some cleaning stuff.

The P&S camera along with spare batteries and a Gorillapod round-out my tote bag (hopefully, not physically!). Maybe I can squeeze a small sketch book in there. Better save room for my Advil! My tote arrived recently & I plan on testing all of this prior to leaving for our trip.

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Oct 3rd, 2007, 03:38 PM
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These days I travel with a small digital point and shoot and I bring a DSLR with a wide zoom lens (12-25mm) and a portrait telephoto lens (135 mm w/soft focus). The DSLR with a lens attached and one in the bag is not too much to carry around. My travel buddy usually carries the small digital point and shoot so that we can have a camera with a standard zoom lens and it can also do some fun movies.

I've never traveled without my DSLR and I probably would have regretted it. Why have the camera and not use it to take fabulous pictures?
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Oct 3rd, 2007, 05:30 PM
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The day before leaving for my trip this week (to Italy this Sunday, stopping on the east coast for a few days first), I made an impulse purchase at Costco: a Canon Powershot SD750, one of the tiny ones that is the size of a cell phone. My first digital P&S! Oh my god, it doesn't have a VIEWFINDER! That will be an adjustment for me. (Instant preview has never been a feature I've really coveted.)

I've got my DSLR and lenses but it's always a pain having to lug it around in the daytime, when I take a bunch of snapshot-type street pics that don't require a DSLR. So this little P&S should be fine for that - 7.1MP is plenty for that. I hope to get some dusk/daybreak shots with the DSLR and a tripod. I hope I like this new one, though!

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Oct 3rd, 2007, 06:02 PM
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Used tp travel with tripods, yes, plural, and a Contax G-1 system with 3 Zeiss lens. Took great pictures 00 nearly 3D. But no more. One high end P/S that will slip quietly in a small pocket. Life is simplier and my pictures are much better.
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Oct 3rd, 2007, 06:51 PM
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Get a Fuji P&S for high ISO shots.
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Oct 4th, 2007, 08:28 AM
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Oct 4th, 2007, 08:58 PM
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Cammie, thanks for the info. How's the PacSafe working out?

I went shopping and bought an Eagle Creek Instant Messenger bag. It's a bit of a tight squeeze but I can get all my stuff into it. I need to redo the padding I put in it and see if I can make it a little more efficient, but overall I think it is a good solution for this trip.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 05:10 AM
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The PacSafe seems to be working fine so far. I'm thinking a longer strap might be better to make access easier. The messenger bag you bought is a great idea. I hope it works well for you.

Have a great trip -- it's fast approaching.
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Oct 5th, 2007, 07:01 AM
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This has been a good photo thread to read. I've enjoyed the back and forth ideas between taking a P&S and a DSLR.

Sunny16, Love your author name! Curious that no-one has picked up on the old school reference.
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Oct 6th, 2007, 10:29 AM
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Kathleen, glad to be of help & glad you caught the reference in my name.

Our cab comes to get us in half an hour and I had a packing panic this morning - the new bag I bought just wasn't working as a camera bag. I almost changed which lenses I was using. I ended up committing to making this a photography trip (really, what trip isn't?!) and now I'm taking a Lowepro Stealth Reporter 100. It fits all the gear comfortably and has just enough room for one guidebook. For the flight, I'm sticking it inside a carryon with the other things I want to take with me on the plane. Problem solved, finally! Not the perfect solution, but it'll do for now.

See you guys in a week!
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Oct 17th, 2007, 10:23 AM
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I hope you have your photos back! I left for Colorado and NM about the time you left for Spain - I've only just started going through my photos.
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Oct 17th, 2007, 10:25 AM
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oops, when I say "did you get them back" I meant - did you start reviewing them, are they ready to share. My bad, I'm still using the old "drop off your film" lingo.
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Oct 17th, 2007, 10:32 AM
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I'm in Italy now. I have my laptop, 160GB backup drive, two cameras (one really nice one, one digital pocket camera), lenses, and a full-sized tripod. I shot two gorgeous sunsets here the last two evenings. I would have kicked myself had I not had a real tripod - would have been difficult if not impossible to capture them (minipods can work but are terribly awkward to use). I ran into more than one person trying to capture the incredible sunset last night (Vernazza - Cinque Terre) without a tripod and felt envy as they looked at me. (Not so much envy as I carried the folded-up tripod over my sholder through the ENTIRE Cinque Terre hike, LOL! But, how many times do you get to go there?)

My laptop actually died for the first few days in Italy, which freaked me out, but now it's working again, and it's a great boon for sorting through photos plus sending them home for review. I have probably taken 3000+ photos already although optimistically maybe 20% of those are keepers. Having a laptop is a great way to kill a few hours on the train sorting through the last few days worth of photos, believe me.
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Oct 17th, 2007, 11:02 AM
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Yes flygirl, I'm back! I have made the first editorial pass through my photos, but I'm off tomorrow for a long weekend in Atlanta, so I won't be able to process them in earnest until I get back.

Because I carried the camera in a shoulder bag, the D200 turned out to be way too much camera for city shooting, in terms of both bulk and features. Starting on Sunday I'm going to look into getting a D50 used or refurbished. My lower back and neck were a wreck by the end of last week! But I have no regrets about bringing an SLR - the Nikon 18-200mm and Sigma 10-20mm were the perfect combo for city shooting.

The Sigma i85 digicam appears to have performed well, and it was nice to have the built-in mp3 player for the plane.

In Atlanta I'm going to be in a wedding, so I'm just packing the Leica D-Lux 3.
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