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Old Jun 24, 2013, 8:42 AM   #1
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I'm taking my first professionally lead photo workshop this coming weekend to Reelfoot Lake in NW Tennessee and I need some advice on gear to take. I live in the same town as Lensrental.com, so I can rent anything I don't have. The workshop is mostly based around sun rise and sun set, but there will be some nature macro work for those that don't need a nap.

I am taking the following gear:
Sony A580
Tamron 17-50 2.8
Sony 70-400
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Small travel tripod

Thanx in advance for your suggestions. I'm told much of our time will be on a large, stable pontoon boat.
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Old Jun 24, 2013, 9:21 AM   #2
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You've got a nice kit already. For this, I'd add a macro lens, possibly the Sigma 70 or the Sony 100, and maybe a wide angle.

I'd also pack extra SD Cards and batteries.
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Old Jun 25, 2013, 8:35 AM   #3
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Agree nice kit,

maybe add either a macro lens or extension tubes if you plan to do any macro.
Also I'd bring along something to use as reflectors.

Did the workshop leaders have any recommendations on what would be useful to bring?
Maybe ask them as they would be the ones who should know what gear would prove most useful on their planned outing.
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maybe add either a macro lens or extension tubes if you plan to do any macro.
Extension tubes are great if you've got a good, fast prime to use them with. Outhouse doesn't. Also, they're not great for using outside.
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Very nice gear recommendation. I am currently using Sony 70-400. and its best gear for any photographer

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I would ask the question to the professionals you are paying for this. They know what exactly they're going to have you do - they should be able to make a recommendation on any additional gear. Anyone conducting a workshop that is a legit instructor should respond to your questions - you're paying them to help you learn.
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Maybe it's just me, but I generally find that I don't use a lens to its best advantage until I've lived with it a while. So I wouldn't want to rent a lens I didn't already know well, nor buy a new lens before I went off for a class. Until I'm at home with the equipment, I'm spending too much time learning that and not enough time learning what I took the course for.
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Good point.
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great point tclune
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Guys, I had a magnificent time this weekend. If anyone ever wants a recommendation of someone to guide you through Reelfoot Lake, I have a wonderful guy that can take you to some unbelievable scenery. I got some simply wonderful shots, taken mostly with my Sony 70-400 lens.
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