Gondola time approaches and today I had my first look at the camera bag. I know you all want to know what I shall be packing so here, for the photography buffs amongst us, is the answer to “what’s in the bag?”
1x Fujifilm X-T1 – the lightest principal camera I have travelled with in 20 years. 4 batteries
1x Fujifilm X100s – my back up. A fixed 35mm lens. Great IQ for a small camera. 3 batteries
1x 10-24mm zoom.
1x 14mm prime lens
1x 18-55mm zoom lens
1x 23mm prime lens (maybe, not decided yet)
1x 55-200mm zoom
1x 56mm prime
1 small clip on flash.
various UV, CPL and ND filters
1 blower, 1 brush and a box of lens cleaners
1 Gitzo carbon fibre tripod with ball head
All that will fit in a backpack, my Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW. The ‘pod goes on the side. There is a side pocket for water and some zip pockets for guidebook etc.
I considered a larger flash. The Fujifilm X-T1 comes with a tiny flash and it will do for very close work but it isn’t going to illuminate St. Marks. The bigger version weighs as much if not more than the camera body. Travelling light then adding something heavy I don’t envisage using seemed totally pointless to me.
The other thing I am taking, though not in the bag, is Mrs. Ha. As Frankie Howerd used to say, “titter ye not!” Mrs. Ha will have her own Lumix that will fit in a matchbox but her real secret weapon is her eye for a picture. I get rather frustrated. I will spend 10-15 minutes faffing about trying for a decent composition. She will then show me the LCD screen of her camera and say “what about something like this?” And invariably she has seen what I have not. Almost grounds for divorce, some might say.
So, what should I add or jettison? Any polite suggestions appreciated. I have booked a local photographer for 3 hours on the first full morning. He has a mandate to show me places I might otherwise not find. Local secrets. We start before sunrise at 6.30am. I shall have to find a breakfast bun somewhere.
High on my hit list is Burano. Of course every photographer, who ever visited Venice has probably done the same route and I doubt I shall discover an angle not yet attempted. My e-download of the Karma Photographica has suggested positions I would never have thought of but I am not sure I shall be able to focus properly let alone get up again. Perhaps I should throw in a can of WD40 for the knees. Five days to “do Venice” without a DSLR. I can hardly wait.
I wonder if my 2 girls are still waiting for me.