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Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005

What do I leave BEHIND??

This South African is finally going to have a white Christmas, and is going skiing in Italy, Dec 2008. We're travelling through Paris, Milan and Rome, and obviously I want to take great pix, BUT to take the whole kit with seems crazy. Do I take the 350D or the 30D, do I take the 24-105 ISLUSM, or just the Sigma 17-70, do I take a Polarizer,flash, monopod (just can't lug the tripod on planes and trains!!!), do I take a Sigma 18-200 or 28-300 zoom, or just make do with the 24-105 as a walk-about. I've hiked with the 70-200 IS lens, and its damn heavy. I want to get the best shots, but also not land up hating schlepping gear. I want to limit myself to my Lowepro Slingshot 200AW. Obviously I'll take the charger and ALL the memory cards - but I worry about security/camera body weight.
PS if anyones ski-ied in Italy and has tips on ski/clothing/equipment hire, I'd love to hear from you :)

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6/23/2007 10:50:37 AM

Mary Iacofano
Oh My! spounds like a wonderful vacation! Of course you know as soon as you leave something behind, you will need it. I always travel with my tripod, that goes in a suitcase. And I pray the suitcase does not get lost. Also, I use the tamrac rolling/backpac case that is carry on sized approved. I would never baggage check my equipment and hang on to that case with my life! It fits all my equip, canon 30D, and all 5 lenses. I include my 100-400 lens wherever I go. I Then use a smaller bag for my outings at any destination because you never know when you need that extra lens.
Good Luck!
Have fun!

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6/23/2007 11:19:24 AM

Alan N. Marcus   Hi Robyn,

Probably we are at opposite ends of the spectrum, me being nearly 70 and you being probably nearer to 20. However for 60 of these 70 years I have been taking pictures and over the time period I accumulate lots of gear. Nevertheless, I traveled to Rome and Paris last year. Now my idea of camping out is Caesars Palace in Los Vegas however, I donít want to be encumbered by gear on a fun trip. I purchased a Nikon S4 just for this one.

Fits in my shirt pocket. Has a 10x zoom equivalent to 38mm Ė 380. With 4x digital zoom it reaches out to 1520mm. Has micro capability. Lens swivels for shots of the ceiling. Best of all it uses two AA battery. No charging. 6 mega pixels good enough.

Chief disadvantage is no viewfinder thus the LCD small screen is often next to worthless in bright sun. However, I am proud of the shots I took.

Add a monopod to steady the camera when in lowlight.
Thatís my travel camera, next South America

Alan Marcus

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6/23/2007 11:39:31 AM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  It's always good to plan early, but that sure is a long way off. Who knows what gear you'll have by then!

If I had to choose, I would go with the 24-105L.

Keep in touch!

Chris A. Vedros

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6/23/2007 12:57:16 PM

Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Thanks Mary, Alan and Chris - (LOL for me being closer to 20 Alan - yeah, with another 27yrs experience!!!)Mary much as I'd love to take it all, we're doing lots of stopping/planes/trains - with 2 teenage daughters, so I know the family is going to growl at me if I try to set up a tripod in the middle of the Champs ELysee :) Alan, I did think of a good point & shoot, but don't really have the money to invest in ANOTHER camera. Chris, I'm also more with the 24-105, not sure though which body, the 350D is lighter though. We're going to have heavy clothing (remember, I'm used to minimalist, beach clothing...!)jackets, ski stuff etc - and only 1 pair of hands! LOL I definitely will take it all on the a/c with me, would NEVER consider putting anytning in the hold!

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6/23/2007 1:27:27 PM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Robyn,
I know its a pain but having a tripod allows so many more options for shooting. I would definitely take a wide angle to get the landmark & landscape photos and a medium/long zoom. If I was taking this trip I would take my 17-40mm, 28-75mm (for the casual walking around lens)& my heavy 100-400 along with my tripod.
I haven't skied the alps since the late 70's but I did get quite a sunburn one year by not having enough sunscreen on. I would take a heavier suit and a lighter one and see what the conditions are when you get there. The conditions can also change quickly as well so you could use both suits in the same week.
Good luck and have fun.

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6/23/2007 9:32:24 PM

Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Thanks Carlton, but I know I'll never be able to carry it all - how about a monopod as a compromise?? :) Re the clothing, remember I live in SOuth Africa, so we don't have ANYTHNG remotely snow-usable. Which means buying or hiring (trying to find friends who can loan stuff out), but its all big and bulky and adds to the load!I wondered what the hire stuff is like at the resorts?

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6/24/2007 12:17:13 AM

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