I just re-read this thread for photo ideas and decided to post something to see if anybody has anything new to add.
My wife and I are taking our two sons, ages 4 and 17 in June for 3 weeks. We will be splitting time between Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island. This is a family vacation. My wife and boys are pretty tolerant of my photography, but I work hard to not let it get in the way of having fun. My normal vacation routine is for me to get up super early, while they are still sleeping, do most of my landscape photography and then not do anything to keep them waiting during the day and evening.
I'm planning to take the following equipment:
- 16-35 f/4 IS
- 24-70 f/4 IS (taking this over my f/2.8 II since its smaller and lighter and has IS and semi-macro, have the 35 f/2 IS for low light)
- 70-700 f/2.8 IS II
- 35 f/2 IS
- 1.4x and 2.0 x extenders
- Lightweight travel tripod and with ball head
This will cover a broad focal length range with the 35 f/2 thrown in for low-light.
I currently plan to leave the following at home:
- 24-70 f/2.8 II
- 50mm f/1.8 STM
- 100 f/2.8L Macro
- 300 f/2.8 II
- 600EX-RT (x3) and 430EX-RT speedlights
I hate leaving the 300 at home, since I love it, but its a heavy monster and since its not whale watching or big wave surf season, I'm not sure I would use it much. I'm sure there will be some interesting birds to take pictures, but I can get buy with my 70-200 and extenders. I'm torn about leaving all the speedlights at home, the little 430EX could provide some fill flash if needed and not take up too much space.
Also looking for suggestions about things to see/do and photo locations. We have a some relatives who we will be visiting on Oahu, and I expect they know most of the good Oahu sites, but suggestions for Hawaii and Kauai would be appreciated.