Day 340 – Something Fishy
I didn’t want to get my feet wet – you know that isn’t going to last for long!
My travel kit for landscapes is now complete… that is of course until I upgrade to a full frame camera shortly. :) With the addition of a Samyang 8mm fish-eye lens and a Sirui T1005X 5 section tripod, my gear lust hopefully will be non-existent for a little while.
The Samyang fish-eye is a full manual lens, requiring both aperture and focus to be set manually on the lens. There are 2 ‘downsides’ that I can see some people would say to the lens; 1 – you can not use filters for the lens due to it being so wide (about 167° on Canon crop bodies and a full 180° view on Nikon and other crop sensor bodies), and 2 – you have to get in really close for a subject to fill the frame. Samyang is very well-known for exceptional quality manual lenses at great prices, so if you have not checked their range out yet, make sure you do.
Sirui’s T1005X tripod is amazingly small. Shown in some of the pictures below is my full size Manffrotto 055XPROB tripod along side, which is huge in comparison. The Sirui folds down to about 34cm in length, extends to over 1.4m tall (with ball head), and only weighs 1kg. I did a lot of research on travel tripods, and my main reason for going with this one was that even though it is small… it can still support 10kg making it very sturdy for longer exposures, or for use with my Nodal Ninja panoramic head.
Now everything fits into a compact Lowepro Passport Sling bag. Tripod, camera with lens attached, an additional lens, Lowepro S&F filter pouch 100 (with an assortment of Lee and Hitech filters), along with spare batteries and cards. Not shown is my camera, and my Nodal Ninja NN5, which I also plan on cramming in there somewhere. I think this will be the perfect travel kit for me.