We are off to Turkey for three weeks to make some images, rest and take it slow. For fun trips like these, it is alway hard trying to decide which gear to pack. Take too little and you are kicking yourself at the end of the first day for all the missed opportunities; take too much and you just might develop camel back, both are equally unpleasant.
In order to keep it light, simple and ensure all our style requirements are covered, the kit for this trip is almost identical to our casual street photography setup, two camera bodies and three lenses.
The primary camera body we rely on for everything is the Fujifilm XT1, it always goes in the bag. It's view finder is astounding, the body is tough, weather sealed and ticks all the right image quality boxes. You really cannot go wrong with one of these in your kit.
The XPRO1 also comes along. It has been with us since the beginning. Even though it is getting a little long in the tooth, it still packs a punch and is more than capable of producing the goods in an emergency. The XPRO1 will probably stay locked away in the hotel suitcase and function as a backup should the unthinkable happen.
Alot of travel photography is pursued with zoom lenses, it offers unparalleled versatility and in most cases significant weight advantages. Unfortunately we cannot afford that luxury and opted for three of our favourite prime lenses from the Fujifilm lineup instead. Packed is the 14mm F2.8, 23mm F1.4 and the 56mm F1.2.
With these three fixed focal lengths, no matter how vast or tight the framing may have to become in order to achieve a composition, there is always something in the kit which will get us most of the way there. The rest is achieved by seeking out a different angle and zooming with your legs.
Fujifilm cameras are infamous for their short battery life and hence a low shot count per charge. We normally carry 2-3 spare batteries at any given time no matter what or where we are shooting. The last thing you want is to miss the shot because the battery level indicator is pulsing RED!
For this trip we are traveling with 80Gb of SD card space (16Gb cards x 5). We prefer many smaller cards as apposed to a single large one. If you are the victim of a theft and some guy is taking off down the road with your camera and days work, by having your captures spread across multiple memory cards and in different locations, you hopefully don't go home empty handed.
Last but not least is a lens cloth and business cards. If you are caught in the rain or fighting dust, in the field it helps to have something more appropriate than the corner of a sweaty T-Shirt to give the front lens element a quick once over.