You can put a towel inside your drybag to get a bit of padding without much of a weight penalty.... or a t-shirt..... I have been known to put lenses in fluffy winter socks.....Dry bags are pretty cheap and I'd get more mileage out of them than just this trip. We recently moved to a very lake-y part of the country, so this is surely not the last time I'll be facing this hurdle. But I was thinking about bumps before you said it -- I'd probably have to carry it on my back or in my lap whenever we'd be traveling at speed from place to place.
But if there are properly well sealed + buoyant/floating purpose built photography bags, lay 'em on me. I'm just worried about weight -- the LowePro Dryzone 200 is something like 7 pounds by itself! The membranes / outers are usually quite thick and heavy.
You can put a towel inside your drybag to get a bit of padding without much of a weight penalty.... or a t-shirt..... I have been known to put lenses in fluffy winter socks.....
'But what's the bigger polarizing priority in fishing photography, though? Taming a bright sky or taming water reflections?'
The biggest problem for me is always reflections off the water. It’s like trying to get shots of a chrome car bumper that is changing position all the time in very bright sunlight. Dazzling light and burned-out highlights. Any benefits in terms of muting the sky or saturating the colours of vegetation are just bonuses.
And yes, hemostats (artery forceps as we call them in Brit land) have been a vital piece of basic angling kit for decades. Nothing else works as well for getting a hook out of a fish’s mouth!
And thanks against about the artery forceps, but do they obviate the need for me to have dedicated pliers, Leatherman multi-tool, etc.? I don't expect to catch much, but I'll surely need to apply new hooks, tie knots, etc.
Have to agree with the CPL, I use them primarily to tame/control reflections on pools and granite counter tops.
As for a Leatherman, unless you are going to check it on every flight you will lose it to TSA.
The leatherman would actually work for this trip -- we'd be driving across the border before a puddle jump Canadian private charter. But point taken on flying traditional passenger routes, that is certainly something to consider.
Are there any non-bladed leatherman tools expressly for TSA compliance, i.e. a multi-tool without a knife?
It wouldn't be crazy to leave it on because you plan on using it for wildlife only. Assuming you're focal length limited (usually the case), it doesn't hurt too much. But if you start using the 100-400 for more distant environmental portraiture, I'd take the 1.4x off.I sort of figured. Thanks for the guidance.
Also: 'be mindful to not smash your glass elements together' is the same thing as 'never ever try this' to me. Zero chance I'd extend that 70-300L what that proviso in play. That's a non-starter right there.
Another question: if I rented a 100-400L + 1.4x, would I be nuts to just leave the TC attached the whole time? People often speak of the IQ with the 1.4x attached, but how snappy/reliable is the AF with it attached?