I continue to visit the Galapagos every few years, including teaching a workshop there 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 D7100 bodies, next trip, who knows?
- Nikon V3 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.
- Nikon 1 AW1. Raw support, and works great for snorkeling.
- Three lenses: wide angle zoom, mid-range zoom, and telephoto zoom. For DX: 10-24mm, 16-85mm, 80-400mm. For V3: 6.7-13mm, 30-110mm, 70-300mm. For AW1: 10mm AW.
- 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.
Yep, I’m carrying a bit more than I suggested in the camera article.