View Full Version : Which setup to bring to Canada?

18th July 2011, 08:12 PM
Hi folks.

I will be departing the emerald isle this friday for a 2 week trip to Toronto/Montreal and also stopping over for a night in Algonquin park and Niagra falls. Im in to all sorts of photography, i just love taking photos no matter what the subject or challenge is. However while on this trip, i'm hoping to get a few snaps of moose or even bears in Algonquin park.

Here is my predicament, what aresnal of lenses/ bodies do i take. I'm trying to keep it to a minimum. Also the worry of having a 2k+ euro worth of camera gear on your back is a bit unsettling. so from the following list what would you bring and why? P.s weight is not an issue, still young :cool: my travel bag for the trip, lowepro flipside 200.

body- E5/E500
telephoto- 50-200 swd without hood and collar/40-150 mk1
prime-50mm F2
wideangle-14-54mk1/samyang 8mm

Would love to hear from your opinions.
Thanks Wesley

18th July 2011, 10:53 PM
If it was me, I'd take the E5 with 14-54 and 50-200 because they're weather and Niagara proof. If I was going to make a substitution it'd be to take the 40-150 as it's more than 'good enough' and reasonably compact too.

The Samyang would probably stay at home but that's because I don't have the imagination to use it well! The 50mm would probably sneak along just in case!

David M
18th July 2011, 11:13 PM
E-5, 14-54 and the 50-200 with hood from your selection. The 50mm doesn't take up much room so I'd add that if possible.

I'd throw in a wide angle zoom and EC-14 but you don't list them

19th July 2011, 07:25 AM

From performance point of view: I don't have experience using the E5 but I believe this is the one to bring out of the two listed. Regarding lens selection - I would bring the 14-54 for architecture and street photography (assuming this is what you will do in the cities) and the 50-200 for wildlife.

Your post indicates that you are concerned about theft. If that is a serious concern and you want to mitigate the potential economic loss then you could consider bringing the E500, and swapping the 50-200 for the 40-150.

Lastly - why not bring the hood?


19th July 2011, 10:16 AM
It's always worth having your camera and lenses insured for all risks so that if you do lose them or they get nicked you'll be covered for a replacement. I agree with the others about E5/14-54/50-200.

19th July 2011, 11:51 AM
I've been to these places a few times and agree with what's been said above. One thing I'd add is, if you're driving, keep a camera with long lens attached handy. The times I've moose and the like have often been by the road and by the time a camera's been found they've invariably scarpered.


The Saint
19th July 2011, 12:01 PM
Well I've been back from Canada near 3 months now and only just sorted through our 2,700 images!

My 11-22 stayed on the camera most of the time as the landscapes are the main feature of canada, 50-200 came in very handy for the wildlife (also had the EC14 to get me a little closer) and to close in on specific landscape features (was lots of frozen waterfalls and the like).

I hardly used the 50mm f2 but it was early spring for us so there was not much in the way of flowers and the like to make the most of this lens. I also took my fisheye, which had a few outtings but it is quite a specialist lens.

What was really of value was taking the PEN along with the 17mm pancake as a nice unobtrustive and light setup while in the cities.

Finally I took a tripod, which I wouldn't be without (we hired a car so weight and bulk was not an issue), not only for self portraite shoots, by also panarama's and HDR (The dark trees and bright snow causes havoc trying to expose correctly).

In terms of insurance I checked with my house content insurance and I was covered for loss/theft/damage outside my house anywhere in the world, so didn't need to look for seperate cover.


19th July 2011, 12:29 PM
Went in 2006 to Vancouver, the Rockies and Toronto with e500 and the two kit lenses. Most of the shots are on the 14-45 but the 40-150 despite being a good little lens didn't have enough reach for the bears.
Best advice I can give is don't be like me, I carry too much. But given you are probably like most of us this will be ignored, take the 14-54 and 50-200. If you are not taking a tripod or monopod take the collar off the 50-200, it's bl***y heavy. Whatever you take enjoy.

19th July 2011, 06:53 PM
Got the camera and lenses covered under house ins as of today so looks like the E5 14-54 + 50-200 is coming with me, possibly the 8mm as im quite fond of this lens.

Space is fairly tight with the flipside aw200 with all of the above, i want to leave the aw400 at home, the hood on the 50-200 swd is pretty big :eek: and with it included it takes up the space allocated for the 14-54 and 8mm.

also video on the E5 is nice to have. the E5 should allow for some shots from the bottom of Niagra to.

A pen would be great, the Ep3/Epl3 are looking mighty tempting. :D

i'll report back when im home and post some pics.

Thanks for the feed back. *chr

Cathrine Stephansen
19th July 2011, 09:21 PM
Have a good trip! I think the E5, 14-54 and 50-200 should keep you covered! Make certain it's insured, and take daily back-ups (or enough cards and store them somewhere else to avoid theft). Otherwise, Canada must be one of the friendliest places I've been to, I wouldn't worry too much.

20th July 2011, 01:19 AM
I was going to the Indy race in Toronto, as well as a trip to Niagara.

I went for lightweight, as flying airtransat (never again!) there was a weight and size limit on hand baggage.
I'd never have managed to get the Canon 1DSmkII, 1DmkIIN, 24-70, 70-200 and 300 prime out in hand luggage!

So I went for my micro 4/3 for compactness.
I took E-P1, GH-1 and an XZ-1 with VF-2 in my pocket.

I know that micro 4/3 is not the ideal choice for motorsport, but on a street circuit there's not much opportunity for race shots without credentials to get trackside access.
I had to make do with pit lane and paddock.

Lenses were Panasonic 7-14, 14-140, 45-200, 100-300 and the oly kit 14-42.
No tripod because of size/weight, we were travelling with only one case.

I actually used the 7-14, 14-140, and 100-300 so I could have lightened the load :)

I'm astonished at the shots I got with the XZ-1, comparable to the wide end of the E-P1 with the 14-140.

So with E-system I'd go for the same focal length range, if available.

On the 39th floor of embassy suites at Niagara, the 14mm was not wide enough to cover horseshoe falls and the American side. 7mm was more than wide enough.
For chasing birds against the backdrop of the falls (only partially successful) I needed the full 300mm, but 200mm would probably be adequate for long shots of the falls.

As a general walkabout lens, the 14-140 covered almost everything, and I'd probably have made do with just that one lens if I had to.
The extra reach to 300mm and width of 7mm was a bonus.

I wish I'd been able to take a tripod, but the soft camera bag was good enough as a beanbag - and I did take the wired remote releases for both cameras.

What was missing?
A big black cloth.
Shooting from high in the hotel, with 7mm the reflections on the glass were an issue and the cloth would have been a great non-reflection cover for the low wooden table and camera bag support.
I used the black bag my waterproof packed in to support the E-P1 and wideangle, best I could do with what I had.
Even then several of the dawn shots are ruined by unnoticed reflections :(

I suppose I have to go back for another photo-vacation :D

Oh one more thing if shooting from the hotels at night, take a torch to check the window for insects! I have several landscape shots of the falls with flies in, because I couldn't see them while shooting. Yes, even right up on the 39th floor, an amazing height.