Advice for Galapagos and Ecuador Amazon

AlanF

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Aug 16, 2012
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We are off soon for a week on a small boat around the Galapagos and then a few days at a lodge in the Amazon and then some day tours. The 100-400mm II on the 5DSR is a must, but will be used by my wife. I'll take the RX10IV for general use and a TG5 for any wet outings. But, will I find the 400mm II on the 5DIV important or should I take my other 100-400mm II? The bare prime can do longer shots slightly better, and more so with the TC. It also has an extra stop if it is dim light. But, it is heavier and bulkier, and zoom is sometime essential. Any advice would be welcome.
 

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I would personally go with the zoom as it is often the case that one minute you will be shooting birds at 20m and the next iguanas at 2m. I don't know how you are getting around but most tours and shore landings(if on a boat trip) are done outside of low light periods so the extra stop of the prime won't make much difference. And zodiac landings are always easier with smaller kit. Whatever you take just enjoy the trip. You will see some cool stuff. My profile pic of the two sealions was on my final shore landing of my trip last November.
 
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AlanF

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Thanks for that. If most birds are going to be far away, then I would go with the prime. However, the 100-400mm zoom will always get me a shot that the 400mm can, though not quite as good, but the 100-400mm will get me shots that the zoom can't. So, if there are going to be many like the superb Galapagos Hawk close-up you have just posted, it will be the second zoom, though the RX10IV is really very good for close ups.
 
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It's one of those things. No matter which one you take you will have times when you which you had the other one(there were a few occasions i wanted my 150-600), but i think if you have the prime you will be left wanting more often. Can I ask who you are going with and which Islands you are doing?
 

AlanF

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We are organising our own trip, using a "budget boat" for the Galapagos part, and staying at an eco lodge on the Amazon and a few days in Quito, where we will use local guides. Hotels are booked through Expedia. The Galapagos islands are:
Sunday: Baltra - North Seymour
Monday: Chinese Hat – Bartolomé
Tuesday: Genovesa: Darwin Bay - Prince Phillips Steps
Wednesday: Puerto Egas – Rabida
Thursday: Darwin Station - Highlands of Santa Cruz
Friday: Española: Playa Gardner - Pta. Suarez
Saturday: Santa Fe - South Plaza
Sunday: Black Turtle Cove – Baltra
 

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@brett.guy.photography
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We are organising our own trip, using a "budget boat" for the Galapagos part, and staying at an eco lodge on the Amazon and a few days in Quito, where we will use local guides. Hotels are booked through Expedia. The Galapagos islands are:
Sunday: Baltra - North Seymour
Monday: Chinese Hat – Bartolomé
Tuesday: Genovesa: Darwin Bay - Prince Phillips Steps
Wednesday: Puerto Egas – Rabida
Thursday: Darwin Station - Highlands of Santa Cruz
Friday: Española: Playa Gardner - Pta. Suarez
Saturday: Santa Fe - South Plaza
Sunday: Black Turtle Cove – Baltra
Sounds good. I did some of those islands but missed others. Hope you enjoy it. The Amazon should be amazing.
 

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@brett.guy.photography
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No doubt the Amazon will be a very different situation than the Galapagos. Light will be much lower. But if the guide recommends a zoom then I would trust theor experience. Looking forward to seeing the images.