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Outhouse Jan 20, 2011 1:56 PM

Travel Photography Advice
 
We just booked a cruise through New England and Canada for June, 2011. I've got a Sony A200 with the kit lens (18-70?) and a Sony 55-200 lens. What other gear should I consider? Tri-pod? Additional lens? Filters? Maybe one of you guys will tag along to teach me about landscape photography????:homer:

shoturtle Jan 20, 2011 4:37 PM

extra batteries and cards. a travel tripod is always nice like a gorilla slr zoom. Personally I would not travel with a full size tripod on vacation. And nice low light lens would be good it you have one.

donp Jan 21, 2011 9:25 AM

You're probably going to be going out on a whale watch trip so I would take a polarizing filter and a ND filter. I carried my 28-90 & 70-300 and they were all I needed although having a fast lens would be nice too.

frank-in-toronto Jan 21, 2011 9:49 AM

I know you won't forget your charger. I would always bring a small notebook. even a netbook is fine. editing and sending back pics to friends mired at home is always a way to perk yourself up on a rainy day. I think your kit zoom will be fine. You can pump up the iso to 3200 and still get pretty good images for viewing after downsizing. don't expect to crop too much tho.

shoturtle's suggestion of the gorillapod tripod is a great one. you can hook it to staircases and get shots looking down. self-portraits on deck will be easy.

give yourself a project to make sure you get out EVERY day with your camera.

tclune Jan 21, 2011 9:54 AM

If you're going to go on a whale watch, you might also want to get a rainsleeve. You can get a two-pack for something like $5 and keep them in your camera bag. Put one on before you go where your camera might get soaked from spray and you will avoid a lot of grief.

frank-in-toronto Jan 21, 2011 9:57 AM

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Originally Posted by tclune (Post 1192669)
If you're going to go on a whale watch, you might also want to get a rainsleeve. You can get a two-pack for something like $5 and keep them in your camera bag. Put one on before you go where your camera might get soaked from spray and you will avoid a lot of grief.

I shoulda said that. i love the rainsleeve. There are a couple including camo. I used this simple cheap one:
http://www.henrys.ca/28252-OPTECH-RA...8-9001132.aspx

altho they give a little hole to push over the viewfinder, i just use live view.

Ordo Jan 21, 2011 12:46 PM

A portable hard drive will help.

shoturtle Jan 21, 2011 3:06 PM

I would skip the portable HD, went on a trip 34 days, and have a couple of cards and you will be fine. Just make sure you have a sd card holders. Those plastic ones work just fine.

zig-123 Jan 21, 2011 5:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Outhouse (Post 1192344)
We just booked a cruise through New England and Canada for June, 2011. I've got a Sony A200 with the kit lens (18-70?) and a Sony 55-200 lens. What other gear should I consider? Tri-pod? Additional lens? Filters? Maybe one of you guys will tag along to teach me about landscape photography????:homer:

Whenever, I go on an extended trip I pack the following;

extra batteries
battery charger
lens cleaning solution
lens cleaning cloth
a couple memory card
I like using a monopod ( Velbon neo7)
owner's manual; cruises are a great time to read your manual, experiment with different settings, how to shoot sunsets, best way to shoot a landscape, etc.

Also, I look over the trip information that the cruise company has given me and then google the locations for possible locations I want to visit that the cruise company may have overlooked. New England and the Canadian Provinces have a myriad of beautiful scenic locations. Planning an itinerary with a list of must photograph helps me a lot.

I'm sure your cruise will allow you to disembark and travel the local countryside. I have a Tamrac velocity kit bag that I can wear all day without tiring and yet, it's able to hold all of my gear. Make sure you have a camera bag that will do the same.

Last, a wide angle lens such as the 11-18mm Sony lens would be a great addition as it would be perfect for landscape as well as interior shots.

Have fun time on your cruise.

Zig

Outhouse Jan 21, 2011 9:31 PM

I've got a mono-pod and I think I'm going to pack it. I've never seen the rainsleeve and it looks like something I need as I take my camera on my long range fishing trip out of San Diego annually.

I checked out the shore excursions last night I found that two of the stops have guided photo tours by a professional photographer. I'm definitely going to consider those. Thanks folks for your helpful tips. Keep them coming!


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