Planning A Photography Trip - Equipment

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Planning A Photography Trip – Equipment

This is where you all find out about my OCD when it comes to being prepared! The list below is the photography related equipment I will take – as a minimum – on every photography trip I undertake;
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D600
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D700 converted to infrared
  • Nikkor 24-85mm f2.8 (for use on infrared D700)
  • Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8
  • Nikkor 18-35mm f4.5
  • Nikkor 50mm F1.4
  • Nikkor 70-300mm f5.6
  • Sigma 105mm macro f2.8
  • Giottos Silk Road Tripod GTYTL 8213 with Manfrotto ball head 468MGRC4
  • Giottos Silk Road GTYTL 8353 with Giottos ball head MH1001-652
  • QR plates on each camera body plus a spare
  • Two hotshoe spirit levels
  • 128GB flash memory cards (max 16GB cards)
  • 256GB SD memory cards (max 16GB cards)
  • Lee Filters Big Stopper
  • Lee Filters Little Stopper
  • Lee Filters ND Grad Soft Set 2+4
  • Lee Filters ND Grad Hard Set 2+4
  • Wireless shutter remote for each body
  • Wired shutter release for each body
  • Three batteries for each camera body
  • Spare batteries for all wireless shutter remotes
  • Laptop, mouse, mains lead, portable HDD
  • iPad, mains charger and USB charger, headphones
  • Personal WI-FI unit and SIM card with 16GB data
  • iPhone, USB charger and in car charger

Other items I will take;
  • Sat Nav unit
  • Printed itinerary
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Cash and cards
  • Medication
  • Books
  • Maps
  • Three pairs of glasses (one at base, one in car and one in bag)

Whilst I know this list is pretty extensive, I obviously do not carry all of that in my bag at once! But I will take in my bag two bodies, three lenses, one tripod, remotes, cleaning clothes, filters, iPad, iphone, spare batteries, memory cards, WI-FI unit, glasses, medication, food and water and maps. I weighed it once, and without tripod it weighed in at 17kg (approximately two and a half stone in imperial). A considerable weight but experience has taught me to pack what I may need. I have had a camera body fail in the field, wished I had packed a certain lens practically every time I go out, forgotten spare batteries, wished I had something to do whilst waiting for the light for hours, and wished I had more water more times than I can remember and I have had to cut a hike to a location short and return to the car miles away as I had forgotten my medication and didn’t realise until I stopped for something to eat.
Be prepared!

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