Looks like I'm off to Hawaii before too long. It's looking like I'll only be on Oahu for the trip.
I was planning on taking a couple days to shoot the area. Besides the obvious landscape opportunity, I will be doing some hiking as well. Landscape work will be the kitchen-sink approach with tripod, filters, etc., but the hiking will just be the body and a standard zoom.
not a landscape shooter (and when I do I'm certainly not a serious landscaper), though I have slowly started acquiring the tools to do that job.
I am planning on bringing the following:
- 24-70 F/4 IS + hood
- 70-200 F/2.8 IS II + hood + tripod collar
- Tripod / Ball head / mounting plate / shutter release
- Lens filters -- UV and CPL
- Lee filter kit + ND grads + Big Stopper (I almost never use these filters, but this got to be the perfect place for them, right?)
- 'Photo trip stuff' -- air blower, cleaning kit, filter wrenches, etc.
- Batteries / charger / backup cards / yadda yadda
I was not
planning on bringing the following:
- My standard primes (28 2.8 IS, 40 2.8, 50 1.4, 100L macro) -- I'm not shooting street and this is tourism central, so I see little need for discreet walkaround gear. It's Hawaii, right?
- Flash -- I usually take natural light with landscapes and don't try to fill the foreground (...but I could, I guess. I'm trying to not take up too much bag space with the unnecessaries.)
All that said, my questions are as follows:
1) Did I make the right calls on what to bring / not bring? What would you do differently?
2) Do I need an ultrawide lens, specifically a filter-able
ultrawide lens, say the 16-35 II or a Zeiss 18? I could certainly rent one of those.
3) What great Oahu locations do you recommend for the tripod setup? What about for hiking?
As always, I appreciate this forum's great advice.