Reader George asks:
For leisure traveling which gear would you take with you Michael? I’m off to China for 3 weeks in September and still can’t decide what to take with me having 6 lenses /3 primes;28,50,85 and 3 zooms 16-35, 24-120, 70-300/ and one body d300. Looking to buy a used second body either d700 or d7000 since I believe I need a back up just in case. As for packing I have already few Think Tank bags to chose from.
Well. Here’s what I will bring to Europe when I travel to the Netherlands late August:
- A camera – Canon 1Ds Mk3 or 1D Mk4 (if I had an 1Dx I would bring that).
- A backup camera (quite so, George): a Canon 7D in my case.
- Two speedlights
- 16-35mm lens
- Probably also the 24-70mm lens, but this is not strictly necessary – after all, the 16-35, when used on the 7D crop body, is like a 24-50 lens.
- If I have space, the 70-200mm lens: but unless I travel to Africa to shoot lions, this will be my least used lens.
- A prime lens: probably the 35mm f/1.4.
- A light meter.
- Batteries, chargers, plug converters
- Memory cards
- Flash modifiers
- Ziplock bags, dental floss, pen, business cards, and so on.
And indeed, a Think Tank air travel bag that everything fits into. so I can bring it on board rather than checking it. Packing this bag is an art and will take me many hours: the restrictions of airline policy is the greatest factor in limiting what one can bring on a trip.