Am I bringing too much???

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I’m going on a 2-week trip to Alaska (one week cruise of inside passage with the usual stops and the other a small guided tour of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Denali National Park). I’m planning on bringing:

D2H
D100 (as a backup)
300 f/4 AFS
70-200 VR
17-55DX
12-24DX
10.5DX
28 f/1.4
TC 1.4
TC 1.7
Kenko 25mm Unitube
SB800
Tripod
Monopod
Epson P2000
Plus all of the associated cords and chargers
Carrying it all in a Lowepro Dryzone 200

My question is, am I bringing too much stuff and if so, what would leave home. Thanks.
 
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I think I would leave the following at home
10.5DX
28 f/1.4
1 of the TC

That is a lot of gear to lug around, but on the other hand, if you think use all of it, take it with you..
 
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Jeff, if you don't mind packaging all of that equipment up, bring it all with, the worst thing is that you might not use something. Just be careful not to break something during your journey.
 
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Jeff, I think you will love the Epson P2000. I just returned from a week at Yellowstone and the Tetons and fell in love with it.
 
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After having just spent two weeks in Italy I would say that you are taking too much gear. I would leave the following home: D100, 12-24mm, 10.5mm, 28mm and perhaps one of the TC's. I didn't have near as much gear as you and I was tired at the end of the day. I might even consider leaving the 300mm behind. Hope you have fun no matter what you decide to take.
 
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I am always amazed at how much stuff people will bring along.

I never take more than two lenses. I will bring two cameras, though. One thing I like about the D70 is how light it is. I keep a 50 1.4 on it and it doesn't take up much room or add much weight.

Now, if you do have a place to leave things that is secure, I guess I could see bringin up to four lenses. But if you have to carry that everywhere you go? I hope you have the muscle to haul it.
 
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The two lenses I would NEVER leave home when travelling near or above the arctic circle is the fisheye and ultra-wide. I am always on the look-out for solar-atmospheric effects(halos, sundogs, pillars, azmuthal arcs, etc.), and some of them can take up the whole sky. The extreme north is where these are the most common.

I'd say, if you can fit it into one bag, and you feel you will have the time to mess with it all (and won't lose anything!) then take everything you think you might need.
 
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Well at first I was going to say that brining your printer is a bit over the top but then I remembered that Epson makes portable hard drives too. :)

I fall in the "take everything" camp. After all, vacations are likely to be the photographic highlight of the year; I didn't invest in the equipment I have just to leave it at home and only take a couple of cheap/light "travel" lenses on vacation. Some people will be miserable carrying a bunch of equipment around all day I guess, but I've never reallly found it to be much of a problem. As long as you can carry it comfortably I say bring it.
 
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Welcome to the amature photographers world of choices. Almost everyone here seems to have enough gear to open their own photography store, so I am sure that almost all of us can relate to your situation. I almost always carry too much and regret it about mid trip. The problem is that if you have never been to the location, it is almost impossible to know what you will want or need.

I think one thing you can do is to go to a travel agent, a library or a book store and look over brochures, magazines and books which will have many images that you might expect to see and seek out others who have gone there before you. Even if they are not photographers, they can tell you what you might most expect to see for photography. thsi might be helpful in determining if wide or long will be your priority.

One other thing to consider is that with the great software available, it is fairly easy to shoot two images panoramics with your 17-55 to get the same or better coverage as your 10.5 or 12-24 and your TC kind of makes the 70-200 and the 300 a bit redundant especially since the 300 is a f4. Also, i like to bring a tripod instead of a monopod. but definitly not both. Also consider a bean bag or similar device.

As a last resort, you could hire a caddy to accompany you, A wife or husband can come in handy to help lighten the load, but be prepared to listen to I told you so, if you want to bring everything. i know how tempting it is. Oh and no matter what you bring, just know that when the once in a lifetime shot comes and goes, you will always have the wrong lens on the body no matter how many lenses you carry,

Let us know what you decide and how it worked out. We all go through it here, I am sure.

Good luck
 
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OK, Here is my current thinking…

Bring:
D2H
D100 (as a backup)
300 f/4 AFS
70-200 VR
17-55DX
10.5DX
TC 1.4
TC 1.7
Kenko 25mm Unitube
SB800
Tripod
Monopod
Epson P2000
Plus all of the associated cords and chargers

Leave at Home:
12-24DX
28 f/1.4
Carrying it all in a Lowepro Dryzone 200 (and use my smaller Specialist 85 with the backpack strap instead)

Switching packs and dropping a couple of lens cut the weight from 28lbs to 15 without the 300 and 19 with it. This is much more manageable (I hope…)
 
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You're bringing a lot of expensive gear. Sign up for a personal articles insurance policy, which will cover you against loss or theft. They only run about $1.25 per $1,000, and are zero deductable.
 
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Hey! There's still enough time to get in some shopping for more equipment, so don't panic..... :lol:
 
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Uncle Frank said:
You're bringing a lot of expensive gear. Sign up for a personal articles insurance policy, which will cover you against loss or theft. They only run about $1.25 per $1,000, and are zero deductable.
Thanks. I've already got that coverted.
 

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