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« on: July 02, 2007, 20:14 »
I am leaving New Jersey in the USA on Friday for a week in Ireland. I am bringing:

Camera (Canon XT)
External flash and batteries
Three 2 gig flashcards
A Wolverine 100gig storage unit
70-300 lens
24-70 lens
10-22 lens
travel converter so I plug stuff in over there
3 camera batteries and charger

I am leaving my 100mm macro and my 50mm f/1.8 at home to save space in my bag.

Am I missing anything? I do not want to get there and find I should have bought/brought additional equipment.

« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2007, 02:40 »
A raincoat! for sure.

Summer not very good hear at the moment but I do hope it improves for you. Enjoy!

« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2007, 16:17 »
UV and PL filters
cleaning tissue and fluid, blower
lots of zip bags

I'd also take a P&S camera, just in case...  It also allows me to record movies.


« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2007, 09:29 »
A notebook and a good pair of walking shoes.  I had an absolute blast in Ireland when I went in '05, but there is a lot of walking required.  I took along a small notebook so I could record some info on my shots.  That way when I got home, it would be much easier to keyword and describe.  Also, it was nice to have a record of everything I saw and did for the family and friends back home when they got subjected to my DVD of images!  ;D

Most of all, have fun and good luck on your shooting!


« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2007, 20:01 »
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I do have raingear and cleaning fluid packed. Good walking shoes too. Zip bags and a notebook will be added.

Great idea about making notes in a notebook. Thanks.

« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2007, 20:55 »
Well, I am back. The suggestion to bring a P&S was a good one. Late on the second to last day before I left, I was out on a Jetty made of rocks on Galway Bay and I stepped on a mossy, wet rock and fell. My Canon XT and my Sigma 24-70 lens were shattered. My hip was almost shattered too.

Many of my photos have really bad skies due to the gray overcast conditions. So I will be learning how to replace skies in photoshop. I have just tried with one photo but have so far been unsuccessful.

I will need to get a new camera. It will be between the Rebel XTi and the 30D. Any suggestions on which to go for?

I will also need to replace my "normal" range zoom. Instead of the Sigma I broke I will get the Canon 24-70 or the 24-105 F/4 L. Any suggestions here?
« Last Edit: July 15, 2007, 20:58 by sbonk »

« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2007, 03:20 »
Hope you enjoyed the trip despite the fall and the weather.

Not one of our best summers- for sure!!

« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2007, 05:38 »
Oh yes. The trip was great. We saw a lot of beautiful sites with The Cliffs of Moher topping the list. Galway City is very nice (we stayed in Spiddal not far away) but I could not keep my wife out of the shops.

I did have some trouble driving. I was driving a Ford Transit rental which is a very large van and was not used to something this big or the very narrow streets in some locations. But driving on the left side of the road was not much of an problem.

I loved the fact that it stays light out so long. One day when the sun was out I had from about 5pm to 10:30pm with great light. I spent the time photographing Gallway Bay with the Burren in the background.

« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2007, 07:43 »
Glad you enjoyed and hope you got some rewarding pics.

« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2007, 09:24 »
Good to hear you had a nice trip, despite the fall and your broken camera.
Well I would go for the 30D. I just bought it and it is amazing compared to the D60 which was a quite good camera. The colours are amazing, the speed is amazing, the auto focus is amazing, the iso is amazing. That is compared to the D60. I do not know the rebel XTi. I just had it once in my hands. It felt too small and I missed the adjustment wheel on the back.
Regarding the lens, I do not have any experience with these lenses, but I want to get the 24-105L lens myself one day. Just waiting to justify it with my income.
The 24-70 L is more expensive, has less range and has no image stabilizer, but probably it has a better Image quality and it is faster. Thats what I heard..

« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2007, 17:27 »

Sorry to hear about your camera!  I once let my camera fall (I thought I had the straps around my neck when I get off the car), it resumed working days after, but anyway I had it inspected by Minolta and they changed the body (not a bad deal, they charged US$100).  Then years later I let some water splash on it at the beach and it stopped working.  I let it dry, and it did turned on a couple of times, but then died.  Last year my second Minolta simply stopped turning on.  At least in the previous cases I knew why...

I have the XTi, bought it two months ago.  It is my first DSLR and I'm liking it.  It's good to be able to look through the viewfinder again!


« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2007, 21:55 »
Sorry about your fall and your camera too.  Hope you're doing okay with that.  But, other than that, I'm glad that you had a good time and got lots of images.  I can't wait to see them!


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