photo: slide montage Palma-Amber

The choice of photographic equipment is a personal matter and is based on individual preferences; experience and brand loyalties and this checklist should serve only as a guide.

Cameras – one body or two? On a tour it makes sense to have some sort of backup should your main camera fail.

Lenses – wide-angle, telephoto, macro? Depending on the tour and intended subject matter, it’s good to have your bases covered by carrying a range of zoom lenses such as a 24-70mm, 70-200mm and perhaps a 100mm Macro lens. These three lenses could cover the vast majority of photographic subjects encountered on a tour and if wildlife photography were envisaged, something a bit longer between 300mm-500mm would be recommended.

Camera bag – a suitable camera bag capable of carrying your equipment over rugged terrain for short distances. A rucksack type is most desirable such as the Lowepro Nature or Photo-Trekker, which distributes the weight between your shoulders and hips and is designed for use in wild places. These bags feature an all weather cover giving protection against rain and snow.

Tripod – as important as your camera, a tripod is essential equipment for all photographers. The model is a personal choice, which needs to be robust enough to give solid support whilst being light enough to carry. Whilst carbon fibre tripods by Gitzo and Manfrotto are expensive they offer the best stability in a lightweight construction. Equally important is the tripod head, which needs to be fit for purpose.

Ich verwende digitale Canon-Spiegelreflexkameras mit APS-C-Sensor (10 Megapixel und 18 Megapixel). Das Gehäuse muss kompakt und leicht sein. Wichtiger sind mir gute Objektive und eine sehr schnelle Scharfstellung!
Eingesetzte EF-Objektive: EF 17-40 mm 1:4L USM, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM.
Eingesetzte EF-S-Objektive: EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
Eingesetzte Speicherkarten: CF- und SD (SDHC)-Karten von SanDisk und Panasonic.

Zur Analogfotografie: Ich arbeitete ausschließlich mit Farb-Umkehrfilmen der Hersteller Fuji und Kodak. Jeder Film hatte seine Charakteristik, die ihn mehr oder weniger deutlich von anderen Filmen abgrenzte. Das verwendete Film Portfolio umfasste: Fuji Sensia 100 , Fuji Provia 100F, Kodak Professional Elite Chrome 100, Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100G, Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100GX und Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100VS.
Die Aufnahmen wurden mit den analogen Kameras Canon AE1, EOS 10 und EOS 3 gemacht.
Um Diaaufnahmen in digitaler Form zu erhalten, scannte ich sie mit dem Nikon Coolscan V ED.