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Re: Ok, so I took my T3i/24-105 combo to Mexico
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2013, 03:41:40 PM »
I'm not real sure where this thread is supposed to be going...but for the past few years my standard travel kit has been the 15-85 EFS and the 70-300 L. Those two lenses cover about 95% of situations I am in. (Used on a 7D).

This year I added a Fuji X-20, which I used for hiking the Grand Canyon. I was very glad I did. I took it to the bottom on the Canyon and left the 7D and lenses in the hotel on the rim. I saw several hikers lugging their DSLRs and could tell they were too miserable to think about taking pictures. I think the X-20 will be seeing a lot of use in future years when hiking and biking and I don't want to carry a DSLR. It will be when the pictures I'm taking are for personal memories rather than portfolio building. That little camera is just fun to use.
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Re: Ok, so I took my T3i/24-105 combo to Mexico
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2013, 03:41:40 PM »

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Re: Ok, so I took my T3i/24-105 combo to Mexico
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2013, 04:49:05 PM »
She was photographing and doing video with an iPad. 

Smart lady.

My uncle uses his iPhone to make local documentaries.  Even has a small steadicam attachment.  The videos all look good too.
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Re: Ok, so I took my T3i/24-105 combo to Mexico
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2013, 05:23:39 PM »
Although the 24-105 is a great lens on a crop camera, its not wide enough in many situations.  I prefer my 15-85 for general use.

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The 15mm is just so useful - the 15-85 is a much more useful range on crop than 24-105.
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Re: Ok, so I took my T3i/24-105 combo to Mexico
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2013, 05:55:22 PM »
My Mexico kit has 7D, 10-22 plus a prime or two for evening shots (mostly people). I usually take 28/1.8 plus 85/1.8. This kit is quite small and not too heavy. I never had any need in a longer telephoto..
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Re: Ok, so I took my T3i/24-105 combo to Mexico
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2013, 01:33:43 PM »
You didn't have the lens to take the shots you had pre-determined that you'd wanted.   But think of the shots that you didn't take, and could have, because you were wishing for more.

Not exactly true.  I had no photographic plans per se.  This was not a planned photographic outing.  In fact, my original thought was just to hang around the resort and spend the time reconnecting with my brother who I haven't seen in 3 yrs.   Other than our usual Wally-mart trip for groceries, I could have easily remained at the resort.  Travel arrangements at this particular resort are handled by Thomas More Travel. 

Everybody wants to go to Chichen Itza, Tulum, Xcaret, Xel-Ha.  I've been to those places.  Its the excursions like Sotuta de Peon and Ek Balam that are hit or miss and more likely to get cancelled.  As it stands both groups for these tours were small (Ek Balam there were 6 of us; Sotuta de Peon and Merida, 15).  These were perfect size groups but I just got lucky and why I basically was pessimistic of being able to go to Ek Balam in particular in the first place.  As far as Ek Balam is concerned, I think I got what I wished for.  Sotuta de Peon wasn't even on my radar. 

If the travel agent hadn't mentioned Sotuta de Peon as an alternative to going to the Mayan ruins at Coba (which is where I WANTED to go), I would not have gone.  Up until that point, I new absolutely nothing about Sotuta de Peon.  It wasn't even on the tour board at the desk and there were no tour brochures.  The agent went in the back office to get one for me after he told me about it.

The T3i/24-105 (with the exception of the 17-55 or maybe a G11), was really the only combo I considered taking.

I wasn't looking forward with having to deal with TSA and especially Mexican customs personnel.  I've had enough trouble with the later to not even want to take anything that might get confiscated.  For example, my last trip to Mexico in 2006 resulted in having my cologne confiscated, even though it was well within the regulated size.  Security/Customs in Mexico can be unpredictable.  There have been times where I've had absolutely no issues entering or leaving Mexico; and there have been times where I felt I was living a nightmare.  Generally speaking, I don't travel with both a camera and a laptop in my possession, so this was my first time where I had both.  I like to travel light.  The less I have to carry and/or check the better.

My next trip to Mexico will be a planned photographic outing.  I will definitely be taking a tripod on that trip along with a variety of focal lengths to cover most possibilities.
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Re: Ok, so I took my T3i/24-105 combo to Mexico
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2013, 01:33:43 PM »