Friday I am going on a three-week trip to beautiful India. A colleague from work is Indian and he gets married. that’s a whole week of celebrations with over 400 guests. After that we will travel another two weeks through Rajasthan. We are pretty excited !

My little photographer’s heart is even more excited. I did an equipment check this evening. Here is the pre-final selection of gear I want to take with me:
Fotogear India-1

I’ll try to give a keft-to right-and-up-down listing, hope you can follow:

  • Nikkor 105 mm f2.8 Micro
  • Samyang 8 mm f3.5
  • AA battery charger
  • 2 sets of 2.400 mAh Sanyo Eneloop batteries
  • Nikon SB-800 flash unit
  • Nikon D70s with the
  • Nikkor 70-300 f3.5-5.6 VR
  • Memory card safe with a total of 43 GB storage (should suffice…)
  • a 76 mm hama Polarizer with a step-down ring 67=>62 mm
  • additional battery for the D70s
  • lint-free cloth
  • Nikon battery charger
  • USB cable
  • Solmeta Geotagger charger
  • D300s standard camera strap (in case I get bored of the next item)
  • Blackrapid R-Strap for the D300s
  • Nikon D300s with the
  • Nikkor 17-55 mm f2.8
  • 2 extra batteries for the D300s
  • cleaning equipment: rocketblower, cloths, lenspen
  • Solmeta N2 geotagger
  • Remote control for the D300s and finally
  • a DIY string tripod…. string monopod is more accurate.

Now as I look at the list, the D300s strap is the first item I will kick from the packing list. Other candidates are:

  • Nikkor 105 mm Micro…. will I really make that many pictures of pretty flowers and beetles on the trip ?
  • D70s… do I really need a backup camera ?
  • flash, batteries, charger => perhaps nice for the wedding, but is it really necessary ?

So whats your opinion ? What should I take with me, what should I leave at home ?