So I'm going to Europe for 10 days starting next weekend. Spain, Portugal, and France. It's with a church tour group, traveling with my family (sort of marking the beginning of my mother's transition into retirement).
What do I need to know in terms of safety and loss prevention and general preparation?
I assume I should travel as light as possible. Which likely means one or two lenses. For my Canon 70D.
Should I bring (Camera: Canon 70D):
- EF 24-105 f/4L as my main lens or EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8?
We will be looking at cathedrals and I'm guessing I'll want a wide angle lens. Should I bring:
- EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 STM or EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM. (The 10-18mm costs half a much, and is smaller, which is nice. More range and slight faster lens with the 10-22mm for likely dark cathedrals.)
Or any other combination of these lenses?
I know I should be prepared with enough SD cards and batteries. What kind of rain gear should I get? I'm told the weather can be sporadic. I know I should also have everything on me and never leave it in the room. Perhaps bring a gorilla pod as small, easy to carry tripod if I need one?
Any and all tips are welcome. I've never gone to Europe before and don't know what to expect.
Edit: Oh yeah, I can also choose to bring my Canon EOS-M if I want. Perhaps attached to a second lens with the adapter? That way I won't have to stop and switch lenses while with the tour group? The difficulty is making sure whatever I have on it is safely secured and not easily pick-pocketed while we're all distracted.
I would go 10-22 and 24-105. just for best focal length range
Don't forget don't spend your holiday looking through your camera viewfinder all the time.
Also take a mono pod as many places don't allow tripods. As for weather gear then if it is raining keep it in a bag I prefer shoulder bag to rucksack. as it allows quicker access to your camera. Also if you haven't already buy a cheap lens protector, as many of the buildings are dusty, and the wind outside will blow the Autumn debris around. so much cheaper to replace a £20 lens protector than a new front element.
Bring your canon M as-well for those days you don't want to carry a big SLR around with you. I always say many smaller capacity cards are better than one or two big capacity. If you are visiting many places, when you have taken shots of one building then if possible swap cards and keep the used one safe. losing a memory card with only one days photos on them or one cathedrals photos etc is less of a blow than loosing the one card with a weeks worth of photos on them. (invest in eyefi cards) they will automaticaly send them via wifi to your phone or ipad or laptop. Always back up once more than you think is needed.
Oh and if loads of photographers gather in one place go in the opposite direction.
enjoy your trip
@Rallier: I bought a single plug adapter... I guess that means I should probably bring some kind of multi-outlet surge protector since plugging things in one at a time is not going to be enough. And it looks like not Barcelona. It's going to be Avila, Burgos, and Pamplona for Spain. And Lourdes and Paris for France. And yeah, I'm nervous about pickpockets. I've been pickpocketed in San Francisco and that was bad enough. I don't want that to happen when I'm in another country. I have a waist belt for my wallet and stuff, just in case. And I just picked up the Click Elite Trekker which I hope will be big enough to hold everything. (And that includes the Manfrotto Compact Monopod@oddjobkia. I'm surprised it was less than $25.) The Trekker conveniently has a rain sleeve packed in the bottom.
I'd say Sagrada wears the crown of commercialism ;)
Take this stuff and leave everything else at home.
So this is what I took:
Forgot to bring:
Some quick bullet points:
That's all I can think of at the moment. I still have to sort through and process my friend's engagement photos before I can touch these. Time to spend time on the other side of photography and sit at my computer for hours on end sorting and processing. We'll see how my attention and enjoyment fairs on the flip side of the photography coin. I'll post some vacation pics when I can.
Oh, and my computer rebooted in the middle of importing pics on my 64GB memory card. When I insert the card to select which pics to import, Lightroom tells me that some did get important, while others did not, yet when I try to continue to import the rest of the images Lightroom tells me there's nothing new to import. Could I perhaps... revert to a previous backup of the catalog as a method to fix this?
@Anominal: Any chance we might get to see some of your pictures soon?