I continue to visit the Galapagos every few years, including teaching a workshop in 2014. So what's my ideal Galapagos kit these days?
- Two Nikon DSLR bodies. This tends to change with whatever is the latest and greatest at the time of my trip. Last trip it was two D7000 bodies, next trip, who knows?
- Nikon V2 body. This gives me a very small and portable body that can sub in for my DSLRs if necessary. Works nicely while in the Panga, too, as it's not as big as my DSLRs.
- Sony RX-100 camera. Nice all-in-one-compact.
- Coolpix AW100 or Olympus TG-2. No raw support, but either camera works great for snorkeling.
- Three lenses: wide angle zoom, mid-range zoom, and telephoto zoom. For DX: 10-24mm, 16-85mm, 70-300mm. For FX: 16-35mm, 24-120mm, 80-400mm. You don't need fast aperture lenses in the Galapagos for the most part.
- 10-30mm and 30-110mm Nikon 1 lenses. Small, compact, and also gives me a basic backup to my primary camera set.
- FT1 adapter. With the 70-300mm on the V1 gives me a usable 810mm equivalent that focuses remarkably fast and well. With the 85mm f/1.8 gives me a 230mm equivalent that's small and fast and works well for BIF (with a few shooting adjustments).
- Support. RRS monopod and monopod head. Kirk Groundpod.
- Aquapac 25L backpack. An inexpensive way of carrying things from the boat to shore on the panga that provides some protection. I put my own cobbled together camera storage system inside the drybag portion of the backpack.