A&P Budget gear for 2 months of European exploring.

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  1. VD

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    What am I gonna want?

    I have a 350D with an 18-55 & 75-300

    i need the grip/battery and a 50mm 1.8 (from what i hear)

    What's a decent, lightweight travel tripod?

    Are there full-sized backpacks that have specific storage for a slr's? :dunno:
     
  2. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    I wouldn't worry with the 50mm, especially when you're traveling. grip and extra battery are a good idea, though.

    a Tamron 17-50/2.8 would be an awesome replacement for the 18-55 without breaking the bank

    what are you going to be using the tripod for? a good monopod may be better suited for you than a cheap tripod

    for bags, check out Crumpler
     
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    I'm glad I'm one of seven people that aren't on your IL ;)

    Tripod would just be used for anything long exposure that my hands aren't steady enough for :o
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    i would second the 17-50. i love mine. look for a good used tripod, i bought a cheap tripod and hate using it. :o there are plenty of backpacks, just look at b&h or adorama to find one with the features you want.
     
  5. MSIGuy

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    Instead of some cheap generic tripod that's going to be a pain to carry I'd suggest a Gorilla Pod SLR. They're lightweight, pretty darn sturdy and you can attach them to damn near anything!
     
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    Skip the 50 unless you will be shooting people.
     
  7. Bob Loblaw

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    werd
    350d
    17-50 f/2.8

    just those two on their own would be an awesome combo
     
  8. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    a great monopod would be $150-200. for that you can get a carbon fiber model that doesn't weigh anything and folds up really small. just can't take self timer shots with a monopod.

    in comparison, a great tripod setup would be $300+ and won't be nearly as compact, but a tripod does have more uses.

    for great stuff, check out Manfrotto. their website is kinda retarded, but they have a PDF catalog here: http://www.manfrotto.com/webdav/sit.../GB_MANFROTTO_PHOTO_Catalogue_09-2008.pdf.pdf
    and a "Photo Support System Configurator" here: http://configurator.manfrotto.com/manfrotto.html?a=b&matrix=4415

    cheapest route for a usable tripod will probably be a walmart/sams club model.. but I don't know how big/heavy it is to know if you're likely to mind carrying it around europe
     
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    you can get Manfrotto monopods that look pretty good on Amazon for under $100.. they might not be as compact/light as a $150-200 carbon fiber model, but if it's a Manfrotto, I'd assume that it's good.
     
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    Depending on what you're shooting, the most important thing here is definitely a grip and several batteries. You never know when you'll see another outlet so don't take a chance.

    On trips like this, I like to keep it simple so i'd sacrifice a little quality for convenience by using either a super zoom (18-200) or at least a decent zoom (55-200) and wide angle (17-50)
     
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    Is the 17-50 a good all-around lens?

    Like for people/landscapes/etc?
     
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    yeah grip + second battery and extra memory cards are most important
     
  13. Bob Loblaw

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    yeah, it's awesome
    one of my friends uses that as his everyday/walkaround lens
     
  14. dmora

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    The 17-55(50) range was my fave for walking around. And the 2.8 helps a lot. I'd say get a real TRIpod and not a monopod if you want to take some night shots of architecture. Drop it to ISO 100, F/16 and long delay exposures.
     

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