EBC Gear Series 5: Photography

LowePro Toploader Zoom 55AW
BlackRapid Women’s strap
Canon 40D camera (2 batteries)
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ATX DX lens
Canon S95
Hasselblad 500C/M body + 80mm f/2.6 lens
Hasselblad A12 filmback
Hasselblad A24 filmback
Various 120mm and 220mm film
Fujifilm 8GB CF card
SanDisk 16GB CF card
Transcend 32GB CF card
Transcend 32GB SD card
Transcend 4GB SD card
FreeLoader Pro Solar Charger
Freeloader Supercharger
Freeloader CamCaddy

Given that this is a trip of a lifetime for us, we would definitely want to keep a record of this adventure for ourselves and to share to family and friends. Naturally Socs will bring her Canon 40D and her everyday lens and her UWA lens. Most of the time the 24-70mm L lens will be more than adequate, but for the times that you may want to capture the grandness of the Himalayas, nothing beats an UWA lens. To carry all this during the walks we have devised a plan to mate the LowePro holster to her backpack for easy access.

She also got a new strap. Socs was initially concerned about using the BlackRapid system but decided to give it a try. She loves it. It’s very comfortable and keeps the camera quite safe. A total of 56GB of CF card storage should hopefully be enough.

As for me, I will bring our point and shoot camera and take care of the tourist snapshots. I won’t be fussing with exposure, composition and all that stuff with this one. Set it to auto and click away. This will serve as our video camera as well. Only 36GB of storage though, most of it will probably be self portraits with the StickPic. Its basically a device that let’s you connect your camera at the end of a pole. I’m quite excited to use this out there on the mountains.

I might also be bringing my Hasselblad with me. This is of course low on the priority list but I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to take pictures of the Himalayas with the Hasselblad despite the weight.

We’ve also acquired the FreeloaderPro Globetrotter pack which is basically a group of tech that allows you to charge nearly any tech gear using solar power. Electricity is definitely going to be a scarce commodity as you go higher, and might as well make use of walking in the sun for 5-8 hours a day. These babies will charge our phone and camera batteries so we’re sure not to miss any of the landscape.


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