Packing the correct wildlife photography equipment for your next trip need not break your back.
As both a wildlife and general outdoor travel photographer, deciding on which lenses to pack for my travels can be a difficult decision. There will always be a compromise between, size, weight, focal lengths and practicality. I try and travel as light as possible and have a maximum of two pieces of luggage when flying.
Keeping the weight of your main bag down is highly recommended, especially if you are going to be traveling using public transport and hiking with your bags.
On our last trip to South America, traveling from Beunos Aires in Argentina to Patagonia in southern Chile, wildlife and bird photography was going to require a longer lens. Using a cropped sensor camera can help get that extra reach (in my case a Canon 40D).
In my camera bag I had a Sigma 17-70 F2.8, a Canon 85 f1.8 and a Canon 400 f5.6. I also packed a set of extension tubes and a flash. Although there is a fairly large gap in the focal range i was carrying, what i did have suited my style of photography and the subjects i wished to photograph. The 85 f1.8 is a great lens for general shooting and coupled with an extension tube doubles as a very useful macro lens as does the 400 f5.6. Depending on the brand you shoot with, you may need to pack a shorter focal length such as the 70-200 f2.8 and add a converter, to get that extra reach. I chose the 400 f5.6 over my heavier, but more versatile 70-200 f2.8. I think my decision was vindicated by the images below.
1. Downtown Park in Beunos Aires: ID?
In this post, the first in a series on my travels through Argentina and Patagonia, it is all about bird photography and what can be accomplished with a very light kit bag.
2. Rufous-collared Sparrow in the Central Pampas
2. Long-tailed Meadow Lark in the Central Pampas
4. Black Vulture
5. Black Vulture
6. The kitchen for 4 weeks. Travelling light is an art!
7. Magellanic Woodpecker
8. Brown-hooded Gull
9. Southern Lapwing
10. Brown-hooded Gull
11. Chimango Caracara
12. Upland Goose
13. ID ?
19. Lesser Yellowlegs?
20. Upland Goose
22. Black-faced Ibis
23. Andean Condor
24. Andean Condor
25. Rufous-collared Sparrow
26. Plumbeous Rail in Patagonia
27. Black Swan in Puerto Natales
28. Magellanic Oystercatcher
28. Puerto Natales and Black Swans on the banks of Last Hope Sound