Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The gear you want to take while traveling.......

So, you have decided to take a vacation and are wondering what gear you will need to pack.  This is not an easy  task.   It really depends on where you are going and what you plan on photographing.  I have put together a list of items that you can start with.  Of course you will need to decide on your own what you will really need, but this should give you the general idea.

1. Camera
2. spare batteries
3. Charger
4. wide angle lens
5. medium range telephoto lens
6. long lens
7.  Lens cleaner and cloth
8.  filter set
9.  flash and sync cable
10. tripod
11.  and last, a durable camera bag to protect your equipment.

When packing your gear for traveling you also need to consider the weight of what you are taking.  If you are doing a lot of walking or hiking, you might want to slim down to cut some weight from what you will be carrying.  You might be going to a place where you can't use flash, so forget the flash. If you won't need a tripod don't take it.  The downside is that you might end up needing something you decided not to take, so pack carefully.

Another thing you should always consider if possible is a second camera body.  If you are traveling to a foreign country this could be a problem though.  Sometimes customs will stop you and question you about a second camera body.  The reason being that some people try to sell their equipment while overseas without paying duty.  If this happens to you, be cooperative and patient.  Answer their questions. Remember, being mad is not going to help you at all.  A good idea is to get your equipment registered with customs. The best way to prevent this always check allowances beforehand.

Most important of all is to have fun and get some great photos. Just think, if you get some nice shots, you could sell them and maybe pay for your next vacation!

Let me know if you can think of something I have missed or should add to this list. Thanks for reading!!!

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