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How much is too much?

14 Mar 2013 10:12PM
I decided to make the most of the weather today and took a trip to a nature reserve near me. Once there I decided my goal was to get images of the birds in flight, trees etc. So I mounted my Sigma 150-500, clipped it onto my BR RS Sport, locked my bag in the car and off I went. I was out for a few hours and didn't once miss my other kit. Other people I saw were laden with backpacks, scopes mounted to tripods hooked over the top of bags and so on. This set me thinking how much equipment do you all tend to carry on a day trip?


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gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
15 Mar 2013 12:45AM
That's exactly the same kit I carry when out walking, I decide when I leave the house what I am intending to shoot and attach the appropriated lens and leave the rest at home, at least then I am ready for action with little distraction or being flogged down with extra gear.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
15 Mar 2013 6:22AM
This is what I wrote on a recent upload re security at night/evening in town. Quite valid for your question as well.

" I tend to only use the one camera and try to be lens-specific for the task in hand.... ie my 15-85 lens will cover most angles I want. I have a 20L back pack that stays on my back and holds a couple of ND grads (that rarely get used), emergency mars bar (that always gets eaten!!), pac-a-mac, bin liner, drink etc etc. A bum bag (around the waist, under the jumper) holds spare batteries, CF cards, lens cloth and remote release (when not being used). More than two people that approach you at the same time is a signal to stop the photography and 'focus' on them!"
779HOB 6 1.2k United Kingdom
15 Mar 2013 7:10AM
Know your subject - carry the least possible.

My basic kit rules:

Product - tripod, lights, tent, body, 105mm, 50mm
Business portfolios - as above (minus the 105mm) 17-35mm, 70-200mm and iPhone

Both those don't always need everything it depends on the job.

Press/events work - two bodies, 17-35mm, 70-200mm flash, notebook, two pens and a pencil, mars bars.

Documentary - one body, 50mm
JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
15 Mar 2013 8:03AM
Back in the days of film, I only had prime lenses so tended to take all of them out with me most of the time. That is five in total.

Now, having moved over to digital I have a couple of zoom lenses which means with just two I can get the range 24mm to 300mm but I always usually include the 105mm macro as well.
If I am going to an " event " / " festival " just the 135mm comes with me as it is such a good lens with excellent results allowing post capture cropping / enlarging.

Trouble is, things like a tripod, filters, cable release, batteries, spirit bubble, CF cards etc. all have to come as well, so still have the backpack or messenger bag over my shoulder Sad

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