Money Where His Mouth Is

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I continue to visit the Galapagos every few years, including teaching multiple workshops there. 

So what's my ideal Galapagos kit these days?

  • Two Nikon bodies. This tends to change with whatever is the latest and greatest at the time of my trip. Last trip it was D500 bodies, next trip, it’ll probably be a Z6 and Z7. 
  • Something compact. For several trips this has been a Sony RX-100 (whatever was the current model). These days, it’s likely to be Nikon Z50 with the 16-50mm kit lens, which is about as small a fully competent ILC camera as there is.
  • Nikon 1 AW1. Raw support, and works great for snorkeling. Unfortunately, Nikon doesn’t make these anymore. I’d probably go for an Olympus Tough next time.
  • Three lenses: wide angle zoom, mid-range zoom, and telephoto zoom. For DX: 10-24mm, 16-55mm, 80-400mm is perfectly fine. For full frame, a 24-70mm, 70-200mm, and something longer (a 300mm or 500mm PF).
  • Support. monopod and monopod head. Groundpod.
  • Aquapac 25L backpack. An inexpensive way of carrying things from the boat to shore on the panga that provides some protection. I put my own cobbled together camera storage system inside the drybag portion of the backpack.

Yep, I’m carrying a bit more than I suggested in the camera article

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