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Old 07-09-08, 08:29 AM   #1
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Photographers.. a dilemma.

So my wife and I are starting a 2 1/2 week tour in 2 weeks- Northern MT (Glacier), into Alberta, up to Jasper via Banff. It will be our first tour, and will be quite mountainous.

One of my passions is photography. Thus, I have a DSLR, with some nice glass. We will be in some of the most beautiful areas in North America, so I will be wanting to do quite a bit of photography. That being said, everything I bring, needs to be hauled through the Rockies on my bike.

We have 2 cameras:
1) A Canon SD630. Its a tiny 6mp thing that takes pretty good pictures, though not great.
2) A Canon 300D (DSLR), with a 17-40mm L lens, and a 70-200mm (non-L).

My wife is already planning on bringing her SD 630. Then the question is:
Do I bring the 300D? Do I bring it with just the 17-40 L? Or do I lug the 70-200mm as well? The 300D + 17-40 is maybe 1.5-2lbs. The 70-200 adds at least another 2lbs. My gut instinct says bring the 300D + 17-40, but leave the 70-200 at home. That being said, there is all kinds of wild life, etc.. that would be great to have a nice zoom for.

I ask here, as the touring group will definitely say "leave the DSLR at home stupid!" Am I nuts for considering lugging this stuff over our ride?
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How many chances in your life are you going to have to photograph the Banff area? I'd personally take both lenses. 2lbs may add an extra few minutes of riding each day, but the memories you capture with it will be worth the weight penalty.
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Bring the dslr, and if you only want to take one lens take the 70-200. Your wifes cmaera can handle the close stuff, you can use yours for the scecnic stuff. A mini tripod would also be good to have.
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Whenever we go on vacations, my wife brings her point and shoot. Sometimes I bring my SLR and one or two lenses. I am happy when I have my SLR. When I don't bring my SLR and at least a few lenses I always regret it. YMMV.
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+1 on the DSLR.

Perhaps consider a newer Canon point and shoot as well, so you have as detailed pictures as you can, if using that camera? Something like the SD770IS that has 10MP, but is thin and easy to stuff in a jersey pocket. Cameras cost, but the images you take are priceless.

Don't forget to take a lot of memory cards. Some people say take 2x what you need. I'd go with a wider margin that, personally. Take a LOT of CF and SD cards with you. I think the EOS 300D can go up to 8 gigs. I'm not sure how big a SD card the SD360 can take, so guessing up to 2GB.
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for the landscapes you'll take with the 17-40L....it will be worth it.
do it. DO it.
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Are you car camping or backpacking?
If I am carrying all of my belongings on my back, I'll ditch the SLRs for a Cannon Elph or something small and light.
If I have a locking vehicle at a short distance, I'll cary nearly an entire studio.
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Are you car camping or backpacking?
If I am carrying all of my belongings on my back, I'll ditch the SLRs for a Cannon Elph or something small and light.
If I have a locking vehicle at a short distance, I'll cary nearly an entire studio.
Neither.. Bicycle touring (though the cameras will be on us if we leave the bikes)...

I think I have come to the conclusion that I'll take the DSLR + 17-40mm, as my favorite type of photography is landscape, and I'd hate to miss the opportunity. Maybe I can lose a lb or 2 off my gut before we leave
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Consider a trailer, especially if you want to carry a tripod.
Wide angle is my favorite too.

I took my favorite camera bag and added Ortlieb replacement parts to it.
It is now the best camera pannier I've ever owned, so much so I did it twice.
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How many chances in your life are you going to have to photograph the Banff area? I'd personally take both lenses. 2lbs may add an extra few minutes of riding each day, but the memories you capture with it will be worth the weight penalty.
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I think I have come to the conclusion that I'll take the DSLR + 17-40mm, as my favorite type of photography is landscape, and I'd hate to miss the opportunity. Maybe I can lose a lb or 2 off my gut before we leave
If it's the 17-40 that I'm thinking of, you can't go wrong there. I'd still take the long one as well, though, if possible. If you don't, you'll find that shot that needs it.
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