« on: March 17, 2012, 03:46:49 AM »
Congratulations on nabbing your MkIII!
I was going to side with wickidwombat, and suggest you buy one enroute or in the PI's, to reduce cost and avoid your VAT! But, you will have one in hand, and that would make me breathe easier!
I think getting the kit and ending up with a 24-105 was a blessing in disguise! Excellent focal range, IS, L quality, and I have seen some amazing landscapes/portraits shot with this lens! Probably because it was the kit lens for the MkII (a great camera) and there are a bunch of them out there!
Why don't you pick up a 16-35 II or a 17-40 when you get to Manila? The 17-40 and your 24-105 can share filters since they are both 77mm. Or, buy the 16-35 (with an 82mm CPL) and a 82mm-77mm step down ring. If you don't have a Speedlight; also a great time to pick up a 580II or a new 600! Use the money you saved to buy a tripod that you plan on leaving behind! (GREAT idea, AJ! I am so stealing that for my next trip!) Since you already own it, I would probably bring the 100mm macro for flowers and little critters...
Landscapes - Tripod! I think I am pretty steady, but I have never matched IQ, side-by-side, with a hand-held shot versus a tripod. I use mirror lockup in conjunction with the RC-6 wireless remote to minimize vibration. You have a CPL - and don't forget the lens hood... A lot of shooters advocate Live View with an Hoodman for landscapes - this will eat your battery - but you already bought an extra one!
The Wedding - Bring or buy a flash! As already suggested; extra batteries and a charger... Shoot RAW+JPEG on your CF and mirror to your SD - A lot of wedding shots look just fine as a JPEG... For the real memorable ones, I would want to work them from RAW... This will eat up a lot of your memory, so transfer this stuff to a laptop + external HDD as soon as possible...
Have a great time and be sure to post some of your shots!