Sunday, August 19, 2012

David's Gear

Aside from clothes and medication, this is the gear I'm planning to take on our travels.  While it looks large when spread out, it all fits in my backpack (the toiletries, journals, Kindle, and backup drives will be in my carry-on sized bag, along with clothes).

Starting in the center, and roughly spiraling out:
Canon 7D
EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM
EF 70-200 f/4 L IS USM
67mm hoya multicoated filter on 70-200 for weather resistance
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
EF 1.4x II Extender
Body/lens cap pair
Four 16GB CF cards
Ultra-light gloves
77mm circular polarizer
Two spare batteries
Battery charger
Rocket blower bulb for dust mitigation
Disposable rain sleeve for 7D & lens
Neoprene sleeves for lenses
Crumpler Haven (nearly all of the above fits in that, which in turn rests in the bottom of my backpack)
Zip-ties and gaffer's tape--my equivalent of bailing wire and duct tape

Above the 7D:
Canon G12
3 16GB SD cards
1 spare battery
Waterproof housing (for some portions of the trip only)
Mini tripod
Lightweight monopod

Photo processing and backup:
Lenovo x220 laptop (secondary photo backups)
Silicon Power A80 1TB USB 3.0 drive (primary photo storage)
Western Digital 1TB USB 2.0 drive (primary photo backups)
Multiple 2.5" SATA drives (incremental tertiary photo backups, to be shipped home)
Mukii ZIO impact/water resistant cases for 2.5" drives
Mukii ZIO SATA to USB 3.0 cable for SATA drive backups
Mukii ZIO SATA to USB 2.0 cable (spare/redundant)
Kingston USB card reader for photo import
Spare/redundant USB card reader (not pictured)
USB mini cable for direct camera photo import (in case both card readers are lost/broken)
16GB USB flash drive for generic storage (not pictured)
USB flash drive configured with bootable UBCD recovery tools (not pictured)
SD card that doubles as a USB flash drive, configured as bootable Ubuntu 12 in case of drive failure or paranoia attack
2.5" 9mm SATA drive (clone of boot drive in Lenovo, in case of drive failure)

Reading, writing, and other:
Journals
Kindle keyboard
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 (not pictured)
Multiple USB Micro chargers
Steripen (USB-rechargable UV water sterilization)
Black Diamond Spot headlamp
Headphones, stereo splitter and extension cables
Passport, immunization records, and decoy wallet (small bills, expired credit cards)
Toiletries:
Folding toothbrush
Small comb
Portable electric razor
Toothpaste
Tissue
Toilet paper (sans cardboard tube)
Soap and shampoo
Cotton swabs
Ear plugs

The clothing list will be determined by some trial and error on our road trip.

The backups and redundancies are probably overkill, but I'm professionally responsible (for one more day) for backups, and I know how terrible it is to have a backup failure, and also how to reduce the chances of having one, so I'm going with the overkill option, rather than underkill.

We've been living by lists for the last two weeks as we've been moving out and preparing our house for a renter, as well as planning the trip, and this list was easy--just copied from one of our existing lists.  I'm looking forward to some listless weeks ahead.