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Midlife Crisis - Alaska here I come
« on: March 01, 2014, 01:57:28 PM »
Well, this is the year I turn the big 4-0.  Instead of buying a car or getting a large tattoo, my family and I are taking a trip to Alaska.  For the trip we plan to see wildlife, big and small, as well as plenty of beautiful landscapes.  I am using this trip as an excuse to get some more gear and was hoping to get some thoughts from others out there in a similar situation, ie, buying gear for a big trip when you have a good excuse :)  Specifically I would like to purchase a back-up camera.  In general, any thoughts about travel and photography in Alaska are also welcome.  We plan to spend time from Seward and Denali for about 10 days in August. 

As of now, I plan to take a 5D MkIII with a 24mm TSE, 40mm pancake for hiking, 100mm L macro, and a 300mm f/2.8 with extenders - already have a good tripod and backpack.  I am considering the 6D or Sony A7 as a second camera option.  I definitely want a camera I can use without purchasing new lenses. Thanks.

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Midlife Crisis - Alaska here I come
« on: March 01, 2014, 01:57:28 PM »

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Re: Midlife Crisis - Alaska here I come
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2014, 01:43:01 AM »
Fuji x100 or x100s. You can hike around all you want without feeling any weight on you.
The IQ will amaze you.
Besides, for years to come, after the trip is over you can use the Fuji as your family camera. Even at the trip when you go for dinner etc with your family would you carry your 5d3 with a flash and your 40mm?


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Re: Midlife Crisis - Alaska here I come
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2014, 11:21:16 AM »
Fuji x100 or x100s. You can hike around all you want without feeling any weight on you.


Ok. Thanks.  I will look into it


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Re: Midlife Crisis - Alaska here I come
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2014, 03:45:00 PM »

As of now, I plan to take a 5D MkIII with a 24mm TSE, 40mm pancake for hiking, 100mm L macro, and a 300mm f/2.8 with extenders - already have a good tripod and backpack.  I am considering the 6D or Sony A7 as a second camera option.  I definitely want a camera I can use without purchasing new lenses. Thanks.

I'm also planning a trip to Alaska in June or July.  Currently planning to take the following:  6D, Rokinon 14mm 2.8, 24-70 2.8 II, 100L Macro and will probably rent a longer tele, maybe a 300 2.8 II and 2xIII or maybe just buy the Tamron 150-600.

For a second body, I'm taking my EOS M and 22 f/2 and 18-55 lenses and EOS adapter.  The M will be my backup body and I plan to use it for times when I don't want to lug the heavy DSLR gear around.  There are better mirror less cameras available including those from Fuji and Sony, but the M is a terrific little camera for the price and has the significant advantage of being able to use all my Canon lenses.
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Bodies:  6D, EOS-M (22/2 and 18-55)
Lenses: Rokinon 14mm 2.8, 35mm 2.0 IS, 85mm 1.8, 100mm 2.8L IS Macro, 135mm 2.0L, 24-70mm 2.8L II, 70-200mm 2.8L IS II, Extenders: EF 1.4xIII, EF 2xIII ; Flash: ST-E3-RT, 600EX-RT (x3)

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Re: Midlife Crisis - Alaska here I come
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2014, 12:26:44 PM »
Sell the wife and kids. By a 600L and a Harley  ;D

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Re: Midlife Crisis - Alaska here I come
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