What gear should I take with me?
All around zoom
You probably have this kind of lens in your bag. If you do not, consider it seriousely before your trip.
Of course, you can shoot everything with quality fixed lenses, but this will mean changing lenses often.
Be careful when choosing it: especially check distortion at the wide end. This is a killer when shooting architecture.
Keeping your bag light
- wide angle zoom
- all around zoom / 50mm fixed focal
- 70-200mm or 70-300mm zoom
- one camera
- CF card / batteries
- A middle sized tripod
- A bubble level
- A cable release
The choice of a bag will depend on what you plan to do as well as on the amount of gear you are carrying.
If you plan photo sessions without too much walking, and change lenses often, sling backpack such as the LowePro SlingShot series will be fine.
If you plan to walk a lot, but do not carry a lot of gear, a mid-sized bag such as the LowePro FlipSide series is the choice.
If you carry more or heavier gear, or if you want to add a tripod to it, you will have to invest in a larger backpack.