Almost finished with packing and in particular, packed all the camera gear I was planning to take with me to Pushkar Camel Fair 2013 and here is what it looks like.
I am taking 3 cameras with me, Canon 60D and 1000D and Chaika 3, half frame Russian film camera, which belonged to my dad. I am also taking Tokina 11-16 f2.8 II, Canon 18-55IS, 55-250IS and 50mm 1.8 II lenses, along with Canon 430EX-II Speedlight.
There is also a light modifier, Benro T-800EX tripod, Asus Netbook, Sony Powerbank, Cokin GND Filter and Black Rapid Curve RS-7 Curve Camera Strap in my kit, apart from the usual paraphernalia, including 84gb worth of memory cards!
Apart from light modifier, quite a few of memory cards, Cokin GND and maybe even Chaika 3, I am sure I will end up using rest of my camera gear thoroughly, so carrying 7.6kg of this weight in my Lowepro Flipside 400AW is worth it (does not includes weight of tripod, chargers etc.).
Of course the real question is, whether or not I would be able to do justice to all this camera gear and this is something I will only find out after I am there, but one thing is for sure, I am sure as hell going to try my best to come back with some lovely photograph of my beloved, Pushkar Camel Fair.
For those of you heading there now, there is BCMT Dinner Meet on 16th and you are most welcomed to join in, even if you aren’t a member of BCMTouring (though if you love photography or travel, you should become one ASAP!)
See a lot of photographers carrying Netbooks/Laptops while travelling. Always wondered why, especially since it is easier to carry several extra memory cards and cards very, very rarely fail. What am I missing here?
Also, since you have a 50mm prime and a 11-16, why carry the 18-55?
I use my laptop for backing up memory cards at the end of the day, even though I do not format them. Plus I need to have access to a proper computer, in case any issue crops up with YogeshSarkar.com or BCMTouring.com, even though we have techs in US managing the backend, but still a computer comes in handy.
As for 18-55IS, it is great for video and for environmental portraits. Though I rarely used my Tamron 17-50, after I bought Tokina 11-16, so 18-55 will likely just be there for just in case scenario.
Have always been interested in portability and travelling light myself. Let me ask you this, in your experience, have you ever missed out on a potentially great snap because you were carrying too much gear? Or put it this way, have you ever felt that if you were carrying less gear, you could be more ‘free’ and mobile to move around to better spots/ or into more different angles/situations? (You understand that I’m not trying to say what each person should or should not carry, this is just a topic that I think about a lot.)
Oh, and btw, have a great Pushkar trip!
Sorry Amit couldn’t reply to you earlier. I am back from my Pushkar trip and apart from my GND, film camera and 18-55IS; I used each and every bit of the camera gear I was carrying. I could have and should have used the 18-55 while traveling to Pushkar, but I only had my 60D with Tokina at hand at that time and missed couple of shots due to it (from the moving car).
As far as carrying gear goes, I haven’t missed a shot yet, because I was carrying too much gear. With two camera bodies, I usually have my 11-16 and 55-250 mounted on my camera bodies and switch to 50mm when the light gets too low for 55-250.