What gear for Iceland

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tomiga Forum Member • Posts: 72
What gear for Iceland

In few weeks I going to Iceland for 7 days. We will drive through the half of the island by rented car.

I just trying to figure out which setup will be the best one.

I have three cameras:
A6000, A6300 (default onet), RX100IV

And following lenses
Zooms:
- SEL1018
- SEL1670Z
- SEL18135
- SEL55210

and primes
- SEL16F28 + UWA
- SEL30M35
- SEL35F18
- SEL50F18
- SEL85F18
- Batis 135

I do not want to take too much gear so probably I will take A6300 and RX100IV (while two Axxxx bodies would be nice it would solve the problem with switching lenses it is still problem during the flight - cheap flights limited bag size on the plane)

For lenses definitely will take
SEL1018 (landscape)
SEL35F18 (low light)

I am hesitating between SEL18135 vs SEL1670Z

The weather on Iceland is changing non stop so I think it is not the best environment to changing lenses.
So I suppose 16 mm at the end would give me some more wide angel options without need to switch lens.

From other side I heard that landscapes on Iceland are very big so extra reach to 135 maybe useful and maybe it is worth also to take SEL55210?

What is your opinion / experience. If you have some examples of photos from Iceland with different lenses please share to show the results you got.

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sgkoala Senior Member • Posts: 1,042
Re: What gear for Iceland
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Here is my trip report from Iceland, althogh I went in winter:

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59113588

10-18 and 18-135 should do well.

There is no issue to change lenses, just don’t do it when at a beach with strong winds and sand blowing in your face, common sense...

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Euell Veteran Member • Posts: 3,391
Re: What gear for Iceland

tomiga wrote:

In few weeks I going to Iceland for 7 days. We will drive through the half of the island by rented car.

I just trying to figure out which setup will be the best one.

I have three cameras:
A6000, A6300 (default onet), RX100IV

And following lenses
Zooms:
- SEL1018
- SEL1670Z
- SEL18135
- SEL55210

and primes
- SEL16F28 + UWA
- SEL30M35
- SEL35F18
- SEL50F18
- SEL85F18
- Batis 135

I do not want to take too much gear so probably I will take A6300 and RX100IV (while two Axxxx bodies would be nice it would solve the problem with switching lenses it is still problem during the flight - cheap flights limited bag size on the plane)

For lenses definitely will take
SEL1018 (landscape)
SEL35F18 (low light)

I am hesitating between SEL18135 vs SEL1670Z

The weather on Iceland is changing non stop so I think it is not the best environment to changing lenses.
So I suppose 16 mm at the end would give me some more wide angel options without need to switch lens.

From other side I heard that landscapes on Iceland are very big so extra reach to 135 maybe useful and maybe it is worth also to take SEL55210?

What is your opinion / experience. If you have some examples of photos from Iceland with different lenses please share to show the results you got.

I took the 18-135, the 10-18 and the 16mm F1.4 and found the 18-135 to be the most useful. Attached a photo of the Dettifos.  We were there in late May- early June and experienced a lot of overcast skies in the western and southern portions of the island, including fog just above the deck in some locations.  Not here, obviously.

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maccam
maccam Senior Member • Posts: 1,039
Re: What gear for Iceland

tomiga wrote:

In few weeks I going to Iceland for 7 days. We will drive through the half of the island by rented car.

I just trying to figure out which setup will be the best one.

I have three cameras:
A6000, A6300 (default onet), RX100IV

And following lenses
Zooms:
- SEL1018
- SEL1670Z
- SEL18135
- SEL55210

and primes
- SEL16F28 + UWA
- SEL30M35
- SEL35F18
- SEL50F18
- SEL85F18
- Batis 135

I do not want to take too much gear so probably I will take A6300 and RX100IV (while two Axxxx bodies would be nice it would solve the problem with switching lenses it is still problem during the flight - cheap flights limited bag size on the plane)

For lenses definitely will take
SEL1018 (landscape)
SEL35F18 (low light)

I am hesitating between SEL18135 vs SEL1670Z

The weather on Iceland is changing non stop so I think it is not the best environment to changing lenses.
So I suppose 16 mm at the end would give me some more wide angel options without need to switch lens.

From other side I heard that landscapes on Iceland are very big so extra reach to 135 maybe useful and maybe it is worth also to take SEL55210?

What is your opinion / experience. If you have some examples of photos from Iceland with different lenses please share to show the results you got.

10-18; 16-70Z; 55-210 should do it. I would keep the 16-70 on the 6300. Just bring the RX as a back up.

JAW

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dquangt Senior Member • Posts: 2,496
Re: What gear for Iceland

I went last year, I would post examples but it's a pain from mobile phone. However there was another recent thread about same subject where I posted samples

From your list I would take 18-135, 10-18 and 35 f1.8.

REDunnLev
REDunnLev Regular Member • Posts: 421
Re: What gear for Iceland

I just returned from a series of trips to various places the US.  I am also preparing for a real vacation for a few weeks overseas.  For my vacation I was contemplating a kit with the 18-105 f/4, 35mm f/1.8, 10-18 f/4, and 30mm f/3.5 so I limited myself to these lenses for the past 5 trips.  I found that I did not miss the other lenses a all.  I also did not need anything more than about 75mm.  The constant f/4 was great for my indoor shots.  If you’re not doing any macro shots you won’t need the macro lens, but it really came in handy for food photography.

I think the 18-135, 35mm f/1.8, and 10-18 will serve you well in Iceland.  The 18-135 and 10-18 will likely stay on your camera though.  You should not need anything beyond those three lenses.

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Euell Veteran Member • Posts: 3,391
Re: What gear for Iceland
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maccam wrote:

tomiga wrote:

In few weeks I going to Iceland for 7 days. We will drive through the half of the island by rented car.

I just trying to figure out which setup will be the best one.

I have three cameras:
A6000, A6300 (default onet), RX100IV

And following lenses
Zooms:
- SEL1018
- SEL1670Z
- SEL18135
- SEL55210

and primes
- SEL16F28 + UWA
- SEL30M35
- SEL35F18
- SEL50F18
- SEL85F18
- Batis 135

I do not want to take too much gear so probably I will take A6300 and RX100IV (while two Axxxx bodies would be nice it would solve the problem with switching lenses it is still problem during the flight - cheap flights limited bag size on the plane)

For lenses definitely will take
SEL1018 (landscape)
SEL35F18 (low light)

I am hesitating between SEL18135 vs SEL1670Z

The weather on Iceland is changing non stop so I think it is not the best environment to changing lenses.
So I suppose 16 mm at the end would give me some more wide angel options without need to switch lens.

From other side I heard that landscapes on Iceland are very big so extra reach to 135 maybe useful and maybe it is worth also to take SEL55210?

What is your opinion / experience. If you have some examples of photos from Iceland with different lenses please share to show the results you got.

10-18; 16-70Z; 55-210 should do it. I would keep the 16-70 on the 6300. Just bring the RX as a back up.

JAW

Having used both the 18-135 and the 16-70, I think the 18-135 would be more useful for Iceland, particularly if he brings along the 10-18.  a telephoto would be useful for puffins and other bird life, but I've never liked the 55-210. It is compact, however.

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Euell Veteran Member • Posts: 3,391
Re: What gear for Iceland
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Below a few  more Iceland shots. You will have a great time !

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Lepewhi Senior Member • Posts: 1,205
Re: What gear for Iceland

Warm, waterproof clothes 😀

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OP tomiga Forum Member • Posts: 72
Re: What gear for Iceland
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Thank you for all suggestions and examples.

I will take SEL18135, SEL1018 and SEL35F18 and RX100 IV

Of course warm clothes also included

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OP tomiga Forum Member • Posts: 72
Re: What gear for Iceland
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As I am back from my Icelandic trip it is time to make short summary of my experience with photographic gear.

Thanks to your suggestion I finally took setup which we discussed:
Sony A6300 + RX100IV and lenses SEL1018, SEL18135, SEL35F18.

And finally I made one additional decision which was crucial. I have taken also my old body - Sony A6000. And this was great decision!

So I had two bodies A6000 + SEL1018 and A6300 + 18135.

Thanks to this I didn't have to switch lenses which not only saved a lot of time (and we make only 70% of planned locations to visit because there were so many spectacular views to see) but in some places conditions were extremely not friendly to do it (some waterfalls and windy and rainy Diamond Beach).

In fact mostly I have used A6300 + 18135 - zoom was really helpful.
I have never used SEL35F18 we were there still in the summer and sunset was around 10 p.m. And in Reykjavik we spend only one evening.

I have two tripods. Bigger Benro Slim and small Manfrotto Pixi which also was good decision as not always there were a time or I wanted to set up the big tripod.

Of course I had polarizing filter and ND filter (ND1000).

Very useful was also my new straps by Peak Design: Slide Lite and Leash. They anchor system allows quick change setup and adjustments.

From other hints of course worm cloths (multi layer to adjust to changing weather conditions) and car 4x4 is a must if you want to go to interior the bigger the better

So summary my gear setup fits perfectly and Iceland itself is simply amazing... I think 3 more weekly trips is needed to see the most interesting places there...

I have written some longer text about gear setup (in Polish - you can try to auto-translate) with some photos example (straight out of camera).

https://tomiga.wordpress.com/2018/09/09/jaki-sprzet-fotograficzny-zabrac-na-islandie/

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Lepewhi Senior Member • Posts: 1,205
Re: What gear for Iceland

Beautifully photographed.  I was only at the airport in Iceland, but now want to visit.  I understand that it is very expensive?

I'm glad you had a great trip and thanks for sharing your spectacular images.

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OP tomiga Forum Member • Posts: 72
Re: What gear for Iceland

Lepewhi wrote:

Beautifully photographed. I was only at the airport in Iceland, but now want to visit. I understand that it is very expensive?

Unfortunately it is quite expensive country. But as always you can make some preparation to reduce costs (buying food in Bonus or Netto shops).

But hostels/guesthouses are quite expensive.

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dquangt Senior Member • Posts: 2,496
Re: What gear for Iceland

tomiga wrote:

Lepewhi wrote:

Beautifully photographed. I was only at the airport in Iceland, but now want to visit. I understand that it is very expensive?

Unfortunately it is quite expensive country. But as always you can make some preparation to reduce costs (buying food in Bonus or Netto shops).

But hostels/guesthouses are quite expensive.

If you have a small group of friends it's quite affordable I found. By splitting costs my friends and I all stayed in nice places all around the island, we loved all the guesthouses. Plus we split the car rentals and bought food at the grocery stores. We only splurged twice by going to restaurants over 2 weeks.

However, if you are solely responsible for your family and kids, then yes it will be expensive

Lepewhi Senior Member • Posts: 1,205
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So, it looks like back to Portugal for me, until I win the lotto.

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OP tomiga Forum Member • Posts: 72
Re: What gear for Iceland

Lepewhi wrote:

So, it looks like back to Portugal for me, until I win the lotto.

Yeah, Portugal is much cheaper

Next destination... Porto

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Lepewhi Senior Member • Posts: 1,205
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Maybe will see you there.

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D Lynch Veteran Member • Posts: 3,911
Richard Franiec

Richard I remember seeing your photos of Iceland. They are incredible.

What equipment did you use?

Did you have any regrets when you arrived? Should you have taken something else?

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Richard Franiec
Richard Franiec Senior Member • Posts: 2,542
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D Lynch wrote:

Richard I remember seeing your photos of Iceland. They are incredible.

What equipment did you use?

Did you have any regrets when you arrived? Should you have taken something else?

Thanks Dave,

It was a long time ago.

At the time I was using Canon 1D Mk4 and 24-105 and 70-200 (L) lenses.

No regrets. That was the best set-up I could come up with at that particular time.

Today... We have a lot more choices for lighter and better gear. But it was fun then and a wonderful memories.

Cheers,

Richard

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