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Old Jun 21, 2009, 12:00 PM   #1
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Leaving Tuesday for 2.5 weeks in Hawaii and I've been packing the gear bag. Main considerations in lens and gear selection have been weight and range flexibility. I can't help but think I'm going to get there and find myself wishing for something left at home. In the Tamrac sling bag:

Pentax 20d
Panasonic FZ-28
Sanyo Exacti Waterproof camcorder

Chargers and spare batteries for each camera
76 GB of memory cards

Sigma 18-50 f/2.8
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 Macro
Pentax FA 50 f/1.4
Tamron 70-300 f/4.0-5.6
Kenko 1.4X TC
Macro extension tube set
62mm & 67mm Circular Polarizers
67mm ND Filter

Acer Aspire 9" laptop (in suitcase)
Pentax 540 flash and bracket (in suitcase)

Much as I would have liked to have their quality, weight was the main factor convincing me to leave the two Sigma big lenses (70-200 f/2.8 and the Bigma) at home. Harder was the decision not to take the Pentax DA*50-135. I finally decided that I could get most of the shots I would normally take with it using one of the two Tamron lenses. Adding the TC to the 70-300 will also allow me to reach out fairly close to what I could get with the Bigma for the limited amount of birding I will do. I'm also hoping to use that combo to get some surfing shots.

What am I leaving out?

Paul

BTW...I would be less than honest if I didn't also note that one of the reason I'm leaving the three high dollar lenses at home is that fact I had a lens bag stolen last summer, losing a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 and other lenses.
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 1:06 PM   #2
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Leaving Tuesday for 2.5 weeks in Hawaii

What am I leaving out?

. . .ME!!!!!

Scott

Have a great trip!! Looking forward to some great shots.
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 2:01 PM   #3
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Congrats on the trip to Hawaii, 2.5 weeks is a is a lot of time to get some great shots! I didn't see a tripod listed in the gear you are bringing. In hawaii where there are lava flows, waterfalls, sunset, crashing waves, and floral macro shots a tripod would be a necessity.

I know it adds weight and can be cumbersome, but everything time I without one (which isn't often) I wish I had one, especially if I am using a ND filter.
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Old Jun 21, 2009, 2:34 PM   #4
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You are taking a lot more than I normally do, so I guess it'll be ok.

However I normally don't do any birding.

Enjoy your vacation

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Other than a tripod, sounds like you got it covered.
Have a good safe trip Paul, wish I was going too.
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as scott said but it's not him but me.

also, adapter rings for the CPs. unless that's the only 2 you need..
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I thought about the tripod, but both of mine are heavy, and I would have had to pay $ 25 each way for them. I think I'm going to pick up a cheapie once I get to Hawaii, then leave it with my son for his P&S when I go home. I'm not taking any heavy lenses, so I think I'll be able to get away with that.

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oh??
also hoods for the CPs. i got one here for the fa50/1.4 and a pentax 67mm cap to fit it.. works great.
http://www.camerafilters.com/pages/cg.aspx
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Paul,

Looks like you have all the bases covered. Have a great trip and post lots of photos when you get back.

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Happy Holidays Paul.
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