Recap On Travel

I was fortunate to be able to get away on two trips this summer. They were for different reasons so my gear list varied for each trip. During my first trip, I realized I wanted to adjust my gear selection, so I sold some of my stuff, and bought some new stuff to streamline and downsize (you can read more on that here).

My first trip was to Chicago to visit the city and to attend the Out of Chicago Photography conference. This was a city trip so I knew I was going to shoot a lot of street photography and urban landscapes. At the conference we also had the chance to do some portrait workshops where they had models and lighting, so I knew I wanted to bring my 56mm (85mm equivalent) f/1.2 lens, which is my favorite lens for portraits. I left my other portrait lens, the 90mm f/2, at home because it is big and it’s a specialty lens that doesn’t travel very well. At the conference the Fuji reps were loaning out equipment so I decided to try out the 50-140mm f/2.8. This is a huge lens and it has the perfect portrait focal range (76-213mm equivalent). I used it for about two hours and after a while I didn’t notice the size and weight. I enjoyed using this zoom lens and the convenience of not having to switch lenses. I also borrowed a X100F when I went out for a street photography workshop for a few hours. I knew this was a mistake because I was going to fall in love with this camera. My all time favorite camera is the X100T and this is a nice improvement because it has a lot of new features that I have become accustomed to on my X-Pro2 (read about that here). Here is my gear list for Chicago (my wife was using the X-T10 camera and the 18-55mm lens and the):

  • Cameras- Fuji’s: X100T, X-T10, X-Pro2
  • Lenses (14mm, 23mm, 35mm, 56mm, 18-55mm, 55-200mm)
  • Batteries: (6) X-Pro2/X-T10 and (4) X100T; 3 Chargers (2 for X-pro2/X-T10, 1 for X100T)
  • Fuji flash
  • Tripod: MiFoto Air
  • MacBook Pro
  • IPad Pro 9.7
  • Bags: Ona Bowery, Crumpler Haven, Chrome Niko Backpack (I won the Domke F-803 Fuji X edition, so I came home with that)

I’m packing for my second trip to New England and I will be shooting a larger mix of styles. I’m visiting family so I know I want to take some portraits. We will also be going along the coast in an area that I rarely visit so I will be shooting some landscapes and environmental shots, and then I will be in Boston as much as possible to take street and urban landscapes shots. Even though I will be doing a larger variety of different types of photography, I know I want to slim down my bag, and carry less gear. My new gear purchases helped me in having less items. The new X100F has the same battery as the other cameras and that allows me to only carry one type of battery and the new 50-140mm will cut back on the number of lenses. Here is my gear list for New England (again, my wife is using the X-T10 camera and the 18-55mm and 55-200 lenses):

  • Cameras- Fuji’s: X100F, X-T10, X-Pro2
  • Lenses 14mm, 35mm, 18-55mm, 50-140mm, 55-200mm
  • Batteries: (7); Chargers (3)
  • Fuji flash
  • MacBook Pro
  • IPad Pro 9.7
  • Tripod: MiFoto Air
  • Bags: Ona Bowery, Crumpler Haven (1 big, 1 small), Domke F-803 Fuji X edition
Carry-On Bags

Some notes and final thoughts:

Lenses

The 18-55mm lens stays on the X-T10 and is the camera that my wife uses to walk around and take photos. She isn’t a photographer and is mostly a tourist taking photos. I think the one thing I’d do differently is eventually get the 18-135mm lens to replace the 18-55 when I travel because she found herself wanting more reach. We’ll see how it goes this time around and if she uses the 55-200mm lens. I mostly use the X100F with the fixed 23mm (35mm equivalent) but I will also have my X-Pro2 with the 50-140mm but that lens is so heavy. I will also have the 14mm and 35mm prime lenses and the 14mm will be for those times when I need to get some wide angle shots.

Bags

The Crumpler Haven bag is a great little bag the gives a little extra protection for the gear you carry-on. After hearing nightmares about lost luggage I have started taking a small carry-on bag that I keep a few necessities like an extra change of clothes and a toothbrush as well as the two Crumpler bags filled with camera bodies and lenses. I will usuallytake either the Domke bag or the Chrome backpack because they hold my laptop and cameras. The Domke bag is a little tight because it wasn’t made for a laptop.

And off I go, I’ll post my New England photos soon.

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