I am not an equipment junkie (at least not anymore). When I traveled during my film days I would usually bring 3 cameras and maybe 4 or 5 lenses. I needed one 35mm for slow black and white film, another one for infrared film and my Mamiya 645 just because I loved that camera. This worked out ok, but it made for a very heavy backpack.
I always laugh a little under my breath when the first thing someone asks me is “what camera do you use?”. Equipment is overrated and this is proven everyday with some of the amazing images I have seen coming out of iPhones and other “point and shoot” cameras.
My first digital camera was the Nikon D80 which I had converted to shoot infrared only. A year later (after accepting and then embracing digital photography) I bought a Nikon D300. I only own two lenses. One is my Nikkor 105mm 2.8 Macro lens. I use this primarily on my D300 for flowers. It is a beautiful but very heavy lens. My other lens is a Nikkor 18-200mm 3.5 lens. Sure it would be nice to have a longer lens, but for most of what I shoot, this is just fine. This brings me to why I am writing about this.
I have a tendency to over pack when I travel. I don’t want to do that on this trip and that includes my camera equipment. At one point I thought about renting another lens to put on the D80 but I changed my mind and decided to bring the D300 with the 18-200 lens. Not having to make any decision about which camera, or which lens to use frees me up to simply concentrate on the image I want to make. I considered leaving my D80 at home to really lighten up my camera bag, but I think it would be a good idea to have a backup camera “just in case”.
In some ways I am finding it difficult to put my “flower project” on hold, but I know once I get out to the coast and allow myself to slow down, I will be inspired, relaxed and eager to shoot.
Of course I will still have to bring my laptop, external hard drive, card reader, cable release, tripod……………………….