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Sidney shah , Jul 02, 2007; 02:23 p.m.


I've been reading and learning as much as I can from the site as well as forum for the last 2 years. I am going to Costa Rica for a vacation at the end of July for 6 nights. I have the following equipment and was wondering what else, if anything I need to buy/rent. Canon 350D (XT) with vertical grip (for my big hands) Canon 50 f1.8 Canon 28-135 IS (my usual walk around lens) Tokina 70-200 f2.8 ATX-Pro Canon 420EX flash Tamron 90 2.8 macro Tokina 19-35

I am planning on buying a backpack style case. Any recomendations?

What do you recomend that I carry as well as do you think I need to buy anything? Will a Macro be necessary? I have been thinking about the Canon 100-400 IS plus a monopod and carry that so that I can leave the 70-200 at home. I was also thinking about the canon 10-22. I am not sure if I should rent or buy.

Thank you all very much in advance.


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Michael Ziegler , Jul 02, 2007; 03:02 p.m.

I was to Costa Rica two years ago any you must be aware that a good deal of your shots will be from a shaky boat of monkeys and birds far away. It?s not to easy carrying around a monopod or tripod or even a big lens. The most convenient setup I saw on that trip (not me) was with a EF70-300 DO IS USM on a crop camera, relatively small and light with good range. It?s not a great lens but very effective in the right hands.

Harry Joseph , Jul 02, 2007; 03:37 p.m.

That's allot of gear to be lugging around. I dont see why you need to bring the 90mm since you already have the 28-135mm IS. The same goes for the 50mm 1.8. Leave that stuff at home and save some room in your bag for plastic bags incase of the high humidity or if it rains.

Sidney shah , Jul 02, 2007; 04:49 p.m.

Thanks for all of the ideas. I was planning on just carrying the body, flash, 28-135, and maybe the 50 1.8 since it is so small. I like the idea of the 70-300 IS DO, but it is almost the same price as the 100-400, which is a L lens. I feel that IS will be essential. I feel that I will need a tele zoom lens too. I've bought the large Ziplock bags to protect my gear in as well as well as I will be carrying my SD 550 with a water proof housing for snap shots as well as if the weather gets too bad. I will basically be doing a bunch of tourist activities, like hikes and going on the zip lines. Do you think that a wide angle lens would be used much in Costa Rica? Thanks again for all of your help.

Mark Chappell , Jul 02, 2007; 05:23 p.m.

You neglected to tell us what you are interested in photographing. If it's landscapes and street scenes you what to shoot, our suggestions will be very different than if you are after birds, mammals, reptiles, flowers, insects....

george gilbert , Jul 02, 2007; 07:13 p.m.

My experience in Costa Rica included trips to botanical research sites,and several of the National Parks. For the photography of wildlife, I used a 70-200 zoom, and 1.4X and 2.0X extenders. Much of the wildlife was in the overhead canopy of the forest. To get shots of the monkeys, birds, sloths, etc. a flash extender such as a Better Beamer was helpful. Make sure you understand how to use the Better Beamer before you fly to San Jose.

James Sigle , Jul 02, 2007; 07:16 p.m.

Your cary on must be 22"x14"x9" or smaller. This limits the long lenses as carry on luggage somewhat. I would not try to tell you what to take and some airlines will allow two cary on pieces. I took a Canon 200mm f2.8L with 1.4X and 2X telextenders to Belize last year instead of a bulky super zoom. It was smaller, lighter, versitile and didn't mark me as a rich tourist. I also took a macro because there are lots of interesting small fauna and fauna. Since you have the 90mm, I assume that you are interested in these too.

I might add that the 200mm focuses to a meter and with the 2X it gets me as close to some of these critters as I want to get.


Sidney shah , Jul 02, 2007; 07:18 p.m.

To be honest, a bit of everything. There in lies the problem of what I should bring! I will surely try to take of photographs of the wild life. I have mainly shot potraits in the past, but I just want to doucment my trip. This is not a trip solely for photograhy, my wife would not like that, but I know i would regret it if I only brought a small point and shoot. I think I will borrow my brother-in-law's 10-22, but I am still thinking about a tele-photo zoom. I am assuming that I would be using that the most. Thanks for your help.

James Sigle , Jul 02, 2007; 07:19 p.m.

Sorry there are two r"s in carry and I should have said flora and fauna not fauna and fauna.


Mark Chappell , Jul 02, 2007; 09:25 p.m.

If you want to do a bit of everything, I'd take the 10-22, 28-135, and try to get (buy, borrow) a 100-400 zoom. Maybe the 50/1.8 for low light. The Better Beamer suggestion is a good one for wildlife shots in the dim forest.

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