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Old Jan 26, 2012, 9:33 PM   #1
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Wife and I are about to take a trip to Gettysburg for a few days in April and we will finish up in Washington DC for a couple days. I have my new Sony A580, my Tamron 18-50 2.8, Tamron 18-250 and my travel tripod. I'll probably spring for circular polarizers for my lenses. What else should I consider? I want to combine my love of history with my new budding infatuation with photography.

We found a tour guide for Gettysburg that is also a professional photographer.
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Remember ample battery power and plenty of memory cards (for starters I usually say take double or buy if you don't already own double what you think you'll use for the trip).

If you need suggestions for what to see in DC are let me know how long you'll be in DC, will you have a car or not and I'll recommend some historical sites to visit complete with travel directions. Send me a PM if you wish.

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A CPL on the Tamron 17-50/2.8 might be a problem. Due to the wide angle of view, a CPL might cause vignetting.

You might also consider the Vertical Grip, just to be sure.
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I try to travel with some sort of system to back-up the memory cards. Preferably a dual back-up system of some sort.
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I try to travel with some sort of system to back-up the memory cards. Preferably a dual back-up system of some sort.
I've heard of some dedicated memory card back-up devices, but any laptop or even a netbook ought to be able to do the same thing.
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... or tablet.
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I can plug a micro sd card into my tablet, but nothing else. If a different tablet model has a usb port we'd be set.
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My back-up system is my laptop and external hard drive, since most of my traveling these days is by car and I like being able to do some basic processing right away. Lots of people don't want to take one along, and there are a number of other options besides that. That's why I left it so open-ended, what works for some might not be a great idea for someone else. If I were flying more I'd most likely have either a netbook or some other smaller and lighter option.
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I have one of the earlier version of this device and it served me well for both backing up and off loading memory cards (so they could e re-used) when I did some traveling in 2008 - 2010. When I traveled in 2011 I took my laptop with me.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...B_Digital.html

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