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Channel Islands Ca. & Equipment to bring

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Postby vchiline » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:36 am

Hi there everyone,

I'm heading down to the Channel Islands soon, and I'm stuck in a "pickle". I am doing 3 days of diving, followed by 3 days of hiking at Joshua Tree National park... hence I'm bringing underwater and above water gear. I'm trying to streamline my gear for airline travel allowances.

For the underwater portion, should I bring all 3 of these (well, the macro for sure), I'm hesitant between the Sigma 15mm fisheye and the Canon 17-40 wide angle rectilinear lens.

I'm debating taking the additional gear for the 17-40 lens (I have an Aquatica setup, so have an extension port for that lens). I'm already packed like a camel....

Hope somebody can shed some light on this :)

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Postby scottg » Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:52 pm

well at a minimum you'll want your macro setup and the sigma 15mm fisheye for sure.

Most people I know normally don't shoot with a mid-range lens like the 17-40mm, but a few do.

Most photographers cut back on clothes or shoes before they cut back on camera gear :)

Be sure to check out our catalina page and channel islands page ... underwater ... nds-diving

good luck!

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Postby vchiline » Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:47 am

Thanks Scott. Actually your site is what sold me on booking for the Channel Islands. Your thorough articles were just a great read.

I'm think you're 100% right, the mid-range is of little use, so I will leave the lens port and focusing rings at home for that lens.... allows me to pack up more gear!

I sure hope the airlines aren't going to make life hard. I think I'll bring my lenses and camera gear onboard, and the rest will go checked with the clothes, etc.... Think that makes the most sense? I usually have a Pelican case with my UW gear, but with the resent additional of the macro port... doubt it will fit snuggly. If I wasn't doing UW and above water photography there'd be much less gear I think (the tripod must come as well... sigh).


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Postby seekncritters » Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:04 am


What are your limits/what are your constraints that you're working with? If you're bringing all of your gear including drysuit, BC, everything, undergarments, tripod, DSLR camera setup with multiple ports, I'd guess you're going to have two bags checked in, up to 50 lbs each, and use both carryons that are usually allowed (one rolling bag that could fit in the overhead compartment and one that can fit under the seat in front of you).

One tip I heard about photo gear is that you can "wear it" and it doesn't count towards your carry on luggage. In other words, you can stuff lenses, filters and what not in your jacket pockets (or photographer's vest, for example). You could also wear your camera body around your neck. This would leave more room for things you could put in the carry on bags...

You don't need alot of clothes. Less clothes, more gear. :-)

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Postby vchiline » Fri Aug 13, 2010 12:02 pm

True that: I'm actually renting most of the stuff from the dive center. So that should liberate me lots (I didn't want to lug around tons of luggage being all by myself on this trip). Only bringing flippers, mask/tuba, gloves, boots.

I have the following which I want to bring gear wise:

UW Gear:
Aquatica 5D MrkII Housing
Macro Port
Macro Extension for 100mm Macro
Macro Focus ring
8" Dome port
2x Inon Z240 w/arms
1x Focusing light w/arm
Tons of batteries

Above water gear
Canon 5D Mrk II body
Sigma 15mm Fisheye
Canon 17-40mm
Canon 100mm Macro
Canon 70-200 f2.8 or 100-400 or maybe neither (Joshua Tree National Park)
Tripod w/ball head
Various filters

& Macbook Pro, card reader, etc.

I just read the article on this same site about baggage, does help out: ... ggage-fees

Taking off very soon! Always stressed about which lens to put on when I go under :D

Thanks for your help!
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Postby seekncritters » Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:08 pm

I'd plan on putting the tripod in your checked baggage, since it's probably an odd size and you don't want to be stopped at the gate with them telling you you have to check in your tripod. They may let you carry on the tripod, but you just never know.

Have fun! Hopefully you'll tell us about your trip when you come back?

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Postby vchiline » Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:38 pm

Thanks Dana!

This is gonna be my 2nd "dive trip" with camera in hand.... truly hope this turns out awesome!!! In the mean time, I can share diving in Antigua in the caribbean (ignore my domain name on the photos, it's been cybersquatted just recently by some folks in Russia ... sigh).

Thanks so much for help! Tripod is gonna go in the checked luggage (way to cumbersome, and can be considered a weapon on a plane lol).

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