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post #11 of 49 (permalink) Old 05-12-2016, 10:38 AM
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My wife and I are going to Switzerland in September for our 30th and I plan on taking a ton of pictures. I am usually in the 1500-2000 picture range when we travel.

My older Nikon D700 is only a 12.1mp camera, and I have (2) 16GB cards that can store about 5000 pictures. I am also taking my new Garmin VirbXE action camera and hope to shoot hours of videos as we ride the trains between the cities via the Alps. This action camera can store up to 128GB on a SD card, but when it gets full, I will need to empty it. I may also experiment with shooting RAW images with the Nikon and I know that these really use up storage space.

With all that being said, I am bringing my laptop for internet access (for sites that don't work 100% on an Android tablet), some digital storage if necessary and an external 1.5TB hard drive for transferring the pics and video from the (2) cameras for backing up. I also plan on taking an external battery to charge my VirbXE, phone and anything else that uses a USB port. I've been really anal about backing up since I almost lost 10000 digital pics a few years ago.

Mrs. Mults and I love to travel, but it can get a little cumbersome when you feel like a "pack mule" while carrying all this digital stuff. Oh well, it's still better than working...

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I may also experiment with shooting RAW images with the Nikon and I know that these really use up storage space.
I keep kicking myself for not shooting RAW when I got my first camera capable of doing so. "I can't process it, yet, so why save it that way?"

Unfortunately, you can't go back once you ARE able to process RAW and recover what you didn't do to begin with.

I *strongly* recommend that you buy more media (it's relatively cheap) and start shooting raw+jpeg. Use jpeg as you normally do and when you decide to start processing raw, you can go back and get the additional quality from your previous shots.
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I keep kicking myself for not shooting RAW when I got my first camera capable of doing so. "I can't process it, yet, so why save it that way?"

Unfortunately, you can't go back once you ARE able to process RAW and recover what you didn't do to begin with.

I *strongly* recommend that you buy more media (it's relatively cheap) and start shooting raw+jpeg. Use jpeg as you normally do and when you decide to start processing raw, you can go back and get the additional quality from your previous shots.
Thanks for the advice...my camera does allow me to store RAW on one card and .jpg on the other.

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@Rojhan ;
Wow, you are way ahead of me on equipment, and thanks for sharing. I want your laptop with those external drives

Once you've tasted SSDs, it's hard to live with spinners afterwards. BTW I recently got a Crucial MX-200 (500GB) thinking the few extra bucks would translate into more speed : nope, the MX series seems to have a controller issue that hurts write speeds as the drive fills (not near full just, say, more than 50%). The Crucials (consumer) are good reliable drives. I have installed quite a few here and for friends/family and am really impressed. And prices on the SATA IIIs are really good ($118 for 480GB is the lowest I've seen for one). M.2 PCIE seem to be the future, can't wait to get them cheap and large, for my next build.

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JPEG is just the RAW processed on the camera. Being a sports photographer on the side, I've dealt a lot with switching between these formats for speed vs quality, as you can often get faster fps from JPG, at least that was how it traditionally went. Newer, quality, cameras have so much better processors (some have multiple processors) that FPS is increasing at the max MP with RAW files.

If you are landscape shooting, shoot RAW. IMO. Maybe other photogs will differ that. Adobe Lightroom and most editing software will initially auto white balance or make initial modifications to the RAW image display to give you a good starting point.

With some of the equipment you've mentioned, are you able to shoot redundant memory cards, i.e. you take 500 shots that are mirrored on 2 cards to reduce a single point of failure in the media going bad? Also invest in a decent card reader. Cheap ones can damage CF cards. But there are decent portable alternatives too. I use this after suffering a CF corruption from a $10 reader. Saved myself $10, and lost 1/2 a football game. http://www.lexar.com/readers/lexar-professional-usb-30-dual-slot-reader


I've also started using Samsung Portable SSDs. If anything I'm saving some of the moving-parts failures with the SSD, and I encrypt it so that if I lose it, someone doesn't get all my treasurers haha. I'm sure its technically faster than a traditional portable hard drive because its an SSD, but you still have a USB bus speed limitation.

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Final tally:
- Canon 6D FF body
- Canon 5DS-R FF body (rented, pending convincing MrsRojhan to purchase )
- Canon 24-105mm f/4L-IS as "walk-around" lens.
- Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L for buildings (eg castles)
- Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L-IS for a little extra reach. Could have used the 100-400, but I like the quality and speed of the 70-200 more)
- Canon 35mm f/1.4L - Night/City shots
- Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 Ultra-Wide-Angle for landscape and big buildings. (Canon 16-35mm wasn't wide enough )
- Canon 580EX-II Speedlite flash
- Leaving behind: Canon 100-400mm f/4L-IS. Not planning on birding or long-distance.
- Work-around: 1.4x and 2x TC in conjunction with the 70-200.
- 480GB of SD card (mostly 32GB and a couple of 64GB).
- 480GB of external SSD backup
- Intervalometer
- Digital inclinometer with hot-shoe mount (critical for tilt/shift)
- 2x multi-format card readers. 3x if you include the SD reader on the backup drive.
- 7x batteries
- AC/DC battery charger
- Kindle e-reader
- Google Pixel C tablet
>> All of the above in my carryon backpack

- Full-size travel tripod
- Backpack/portable tripod
- "walk around" camera bag (I'm not planning on hiking around with *everything* . Base-camp most of the items at the hotels and pick-and-chose depending on what we are doing).
- PeakDesign "CaptureLENS" for quick camera/lens swap
- USB battery bank
- Android-TV player with external 10GB HDD with our entire DVD and TV library for downtime.

I think I'm also bringing some clothes....



Oh, and a dashcam. :P
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@Rojhan If you can rent one before your trip, you could get a 1.4x or 2.0x extender for that 70-200mm 2.8

Hope you are sharing the pictures of your trip!

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Oh just seeing you did list that extender!

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@Rojhan

Jeez, I thought that I was bringing a lot of stuff...

Yeah, clothes are really overrated as you can always wear the same thing for multiple days.

My wife doesn't care what equipment I bring as long as I am the one carrying it

You mentioned a "carry-on backpack". Is it a camera dedicated one or just general purpose?

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Jeez, I thought that I was bringing a lot of stuff...

Yeah, clothes are really overrated as you can always wear the same thing for multiple days.

My wife doesn't care what equipment I bring as long as I am the one carrying it

You mentioned a "carry-on backpack". Is it a camera dedicated one or just general purpose?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003HHV0QQ
I'm still figuring out exactly how I'm going to use the MOLLE straps. I have a small auxilliary pack attached and am also setup to latch the tripod onto it.

I'm using some padded inserts to camera-ify it, like:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L0X0P4C

I just checked with a bathroom scale and I'm toting around 24lbs of camera gear (as carryon).

I've had various dedicated camera backpacks, but none of them ultimately worked out for me.

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