Travel photography - what's in your bag?

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Herbieo
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Travel photography - what's in your bag?
4 months ago

Hi all!

Off to China in a few weeks visiting Shanghai and surrounding countryside. Expecting to take a lot of cityscape, street and landscape photos. Some landscapes including large bodies of water such as lakes.

My kit is as follows:

X100S
X-E2
10-24
18-55
56
Rocket blower
Lens pen/cloths
Lee Seven5 filter system with adapters for X100S and 10-24 with 0.9 hard ND grad, CPL & big stopper
Eclipse cleaning fluid/papers
2 NP-95 and 4 NP-W126 batteries
2 x 8GB, 2 x 16GB & 1 x 32GB SDHC cards
Tripod
MacBook Air for storing photos

Is there anything else I should be thinking about packing?

I haven't travelled with my kit on a longish holiday for some time. Last trip was 2 years ago with D700, 24-70, 50, 70-200 and 2 x converter - much heavier and took up much more space than everything listed above.

I have considered getting more ND grads but usually only use for landscapes, little experience for cityscapes and understand soft grads are more useful for city shooting. Any thoughts?

For those of you that have been to Shanghai before or maybe live there now do you recommend any photo hotspots both in and around the city? I will be visiting for 2 weeks.

Thanks for any helpful and constructive comments. Looking forward to the trip and hope to get the most out of a new photo opportunity in a very different setting to the English countryside that I'm familiar with.

Chris

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In reply to Herbieo, 4 months ago

Is there anything else I should be thinking about packing?

Yes.  Passport.

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In reply to flyxray, 4 months ago

Is there anything else I should be thinking about packing?

Yes.  Passport.

Thanks would be a short trip without it.

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In reply to Herbieo, 4 months ago

How do you like your hard grad? On wa (less than about 70mm in FX terms) I prefer soft grads. Lee themselves suggest hard grades are best used on Tele lenses and I find myself agreeing.

Personally, on such a trip, I would leave the 56 at home and take a lens you do not have, the 55-200 zoom.

Very much an individual choice, I agree, but I often like tele landscapes.

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I would pack a bus-powered external hard drive, for backup purposes, unless you have enough sd cards to not format any during the whole trip.

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My travel kit includes an x100, EFX20 flash and an Ona bag. And passport.
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Two chargers for each type of battery.

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I use a small bag with X-E2, 18-55, 55-200, EF42, 3 batteries, polarizer, small tripod, cable release, blower, charger. Very light, I can walk for hours.

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In reply to Herbieo, 4 months ago

I would probably leave the 18-55 at home to save bulk and weight. The x100s and the X-E1 with the 56 make an excellent travel kit. Throw in the 10-24 and you have everything covered.

My travel kit: x100s, X-A1, 60 macro and 14mm lenses. It's a tiny, lightweight, versatile and very high quality kit.

+1 on extra chargers.

+1 on lots of memory cards. Hard drives crash, computers and camera bags get stolen, memories get lost. When on an important trip, when a memory card gets full, I download the files to my laptop and mail the card back home.

Take 2~3 tall white plastic kitchen-sized trash bags and a few zip lock bags. No specific reason, but they don't add any bulk or weight and I seem to always find a use for them. A few desiccant packs can come in handy too.

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In reply to MrFlash, 4 months ago

X100 in leather case

Charger + 2 batteries

Memory cards and microfiber cloth.

And that's it.

Over the last couple of years I've travelled with a combination of X100, Xpro-1 and various zooms, primes and flashes and have found that the best experience has been with the least gear. As others have said, one focal length can be an incredibly liberating experience and I've found this to be especially the case with travel.

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Your American Express card!

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My current travel kit is:

Fuji X100
Sigma DP3 Merrill
Gorillapod Hybrid
Memory cards and batteries
Netbook for backup and image culling.

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My travel kit is the Fuji trinity:

10-24
18-55
55-200

Your covered for nearly everything - wide, normal, tele.

Small Lowe-pro bag with extra battery, extra memory cards, microfiber cloth, polarizer.

... passport and sense of adventure. Have fun

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Thanks for the tips everyone. Still no recommendations on good places to visit in and around Shanghai. Any suggestions? Anyone got experience of good photo destinations?

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  • X-T1 with battery grip attached
  • 18-55 OIS Lens
  • 55-200 OIS Lens
  • 23mm f1.4R Lens
  • EF-X8 stock flash (just in case)
  • Beseler Dust Gun (can) mini compressed air
  • B+W Kasemann Slim Circular Polarizer
  • B+W Variable 5 Stop ND filter
  • Lens Cloth(2)
  • Stock Batteries (3)
  • Battery Chargers (2)
  • Carbon Fiber Tripod with Manfrotto Ballhead

This would pretty much accommodate anything I'd need on the road. I would likely leave the 56mm f1.2R at home unless I felt I might run into some people stuff.

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In reply to Herbieo, 4 months ago

Lens no 1  is 18-55.  And the 10-24 can be a great companion with it - i really would like to get one !

Do you really need 56mm on a trip ?

And so many filters do you need so many of them ? ... i sometimes use a circular polarizer ( those lakes and waterways...)

And carrying a tripod on a trip ... you or your friends will hate it very likely.

A lightweight smaller bag will be much more comfortable when you walk around !

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18-55

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In reply to KariP, 4 months ago

I guess the point that might be missed by some is that taking items doesn't necessarily mean carrying them all day everyday, but not having them at all will stop me scouting and returning later with things I might have needed and not had on me.

Thanks again for all the kit suggestions I am taking note.

Chris

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P.S. My bag is a Hadley Pro with the detachable AVEA 5 add-ons. Pretty small and manageable when all trimmed down and comfortable with padded strap.

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In reply to Herbieo, 4 months ago

Me: X100S, 3 batteries, 5 16GB SD cards, microfiber cloth, EFX20 Flash and 4 Eneloop XX AAAs, Polarizer, and strap, all in a small Domke bag.    Chargers in carry-on bag.

Her: Lumix FZ200 (ok for pics but great for video), polarizer, 3 batteries, 5 16GB SD cards, and microfiber cloth, all in a small Lowepro bag.

We share a Macbook Pro 13" Retina for dumping off pics, and don't need no steenkin' tripods.

That's it.  We're happy

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In reply to Herbieo, 4 months ago

I just came back from a two-week Germany trip. Inside my Domke satchel , I had my

  • X-100s
  • X-Pro1
  • 14 mm 
  • 35 mm
  • 55-200 mm
  • extra x100s battery
  • extra X-Pro1 battery
  • Gordy's cross-body leather camera strap
  • EF-X20 flash
  • circular polarizer
  • ND filter
  • lens tissues
  • microfiber cloth
  • sunglasses
  • iPad mini

Not in the bag: Manfrotto Befree  travel tripod.

While I used most of my gear while on the road, I did get tired of carrying it during the last two days of the trip.

What I would consider doing for next time:

  • Leave the ND filter at home. My x100s already has one
  • Leave the tripod at home. Carrying a tripod will probably improve my photography, but it's hard to carry all the aforementioned gear, plus the tripod. I only used it twice in Germany.
  • Carry less gear. If I'm brave enough, like a previous forum poster, I will only bring my x100s. If i'm not that brave, then perhaps the x100s plus the X-Pro1 with 35mm attached
  • Bring a lens pen. My lens tissues ended up leaving a lot of lint on my lenses.
  • Bring my Macbook Air. I wouldn't be carrying it around all day because I would only be using it in the hotel. Having my laptop would probably encourage me to process my photos. Once I get home, life happens and I'm too busy/lazy to process and share my photos.

My fave tip: I replaced my Domke's shoulder strap with Tom Bihn's Absolute Shoulder strap. It made carrying all my gear all day so much easier. If you can replace your camera bag's straps, you should try this. I wouldn't consider buying another camera bag that can't have its straps replaced with this one.

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