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Poll - How much photographic gear do you tend to pack for a summer holiday?

Discussion in 'Weekly Poll' started by Liam Clifford, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. Liam Clifford

    Liam Clifford Active Member

  2. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Last year I'd just had a hernia op so it was a minimal amount, other years as much as possible
  3. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Very much destination dependant. Caravanning in this country, all of it. Flying abroad, one small bag, Joby gorillapod, one camera and an 18-105 zoom, unless of course it's a dedicated photographic holiday (not managed it yet!), then it would all go.
  4. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Well-Known Member

    It would very much depend if it were a Family holiday or a Photographic holiday or safari.
    It is nice to make a record of happy times on holiday, and a Phone would suit many of the shots people take.
    Other people like myself would be happier using a quality Compact, like something from the Fuji X range.
  5. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Only what would fit into a small bag. In my case that's three bodies and three lenses. Them there GM5s are tiny! :D
  6. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

    I don't do summer holidays and for once with these polls there was a relevant option! :)
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  7. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    A lot depends on the definition of "summer holidays" the days when it meant a seaside beach holiday are long gone and many people of my age take several trips a year not necessarily in the summer Anyway I voted for one camera plus one or two lenses which is probably the median value
  8. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    What I take is 6D and 4 zooms, M3 and 5 lenses, Lensbaby, tripod, one flash, action camera and sometimes a compact. It all fits - just - in one bag. What I carry at any given time is a subset of that, and carried in a much smaller bag.
  9. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    I voted for a camera, 3-4 lenses and tripod, though I've recently tried cutting down. When I went to La Palma last year it was just a Fuji X-T1, kit 18-55 and my 90 f/2 Summicron R with adaptor.

    This year I may stump up for a tracking camera mount, and add my ZWO ASI1600, narrow-band filters and the 180 f/3.4 Apo-Telyte-R in addition to my normal kit.
  10. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Well, I don't do summer holidays, but I do go places to take pictures, which for me is much the same thing, and a lot depends on how I'm travelling. Usually a couple of bodies, one as back-up, and 3-5 lenses. And a tripod.

    When I go to Arles next month, I'll still take two bodies, but I might only take a couple of lenses, and no tripod (unless I leave an old one in the back of the car). I'll be there mainly to look at pictures, after all, rather than shooting them. But having only one camera body makes me nervous.

    I think the most I've ever taken on a trip (photographing American Civil War battlefields for a book) was a couple of Leicas, a couple of Nikon SLRs, and 6-8 lenses from 14mm to 400mm. And tripods, of course, table-top and full size.


  11. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    I can't afford Summer holidays now but, when I used to go on them, I took two bodies ( colour and b&w), a tripod, two or three lenses and a good supply of slide film. Perhaps a b&w film if the one in a camera was almost fully exposed.

  12. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Well it all depends doesn't it. There is no way I'll take everything I own on holiday and I have a CSC "travel pack" but if I intend anything other than snaps I'll take a SLR and appropriate lenses also.
  13. secretpost

    secretpost Member

    I usually bring my GoPro camera along side with DSLR cam for quality pictures.
  14. Digitalmemories

    Digitalmemories Well-Known Member

    Similar for me. GoPro Hero 4 plus floating selfie stick, Fuji body plus one prime and one zoom.

    But choosing which prime and which zoom can take longer than packing my clothes!

    I've been known to nip back to the house just after leaving for the airport, not for a forgotten passport or tickets, but to swap a lens, as I've changed my mind on which 2 I 'need'.
  15. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Me, too.

    Liam, why no option for 'It depends on the type of holiday and location' ?
  16. Petrochemist

    Petrochemist Well-Known Member

    It depends on the Holiday, the last couple of times off for a week with the family, it's been the tripod & my smaller bag (2 mirrorless cameras, 4 or 5 lenses, filters, a flash & cable). If not going with the family the big bag with a slightly bigger DSLR kit may be brought, probably with the IR camera fitted in somehow, or if flying I may restrict cameras to what can fit in my pockets (still quite a bit if I'm wearing the right jacket).
  17. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    It depends on where we are going, which airline/s we are using and the expected subject matter.
    If the airline with the lowest hand baggage limit is 12Kg or one bag then camera body, two lenses, spare batteries, card reader and a computer.
    If the airline is more generous, two bodies, three lenses and a 1.7x converter, flash, various spares, cleaning kit, spare batteries, card reader and a computer.
    The battery charger goes in checked baggage.
  18. William Parker

    William Parker Well-Known Member

    As little as possible in case it gets nicked or lost.
  19. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    I suppose it depends on why you're going away.

    If the idea of your holiday is to unwind, laze on a beach and drink things with umbrellas in them beneath the shade of palm trees, then fine, take as little as possible.

    If, like me, the main thinking behind your choice of holiday is how good it is as a photographic destination, then taking anything less than the best kit you own would be defeating the object.

    Cheers, Jeff
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  20. Learning

    Learning Ethelred the Ill-Named

    This is really a very old thread, but I suppose until the AP staff pull their finger out in this room we just have to recycle.
    I guess that when the thread started, with a bit of exageration, I could claim a Spotmatic ll with 35, 50 and 90 mm lenses, plus an f4.0 300mm if we were going on safari.
    Today a Sony DSC-RX100M3 with one of a brace of D500, and a 16-80 zoom as backup. For safari both D500, 16-80, 70-300, 105 macro and 200-500, of course with the little Sony as backup. If the trip included many social occasions then most pictures would be shot on the little Sony.

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