The “Art” of Traveling With Your Camera

I recently returned from a trip to Peru, which included a trek to Machu Picchu.  As with almost any instance of international, “just-for-fun” travel, the trip was a heck of an experience, which allowed me to see new things, meet new people and revel in the fact that I managed to escape the confines of the desk for a while. (insert sound of author’s excitement here)

As a photographer, I could barely contain myself in the days leading up to the trip knowing that countless photographic opportunities awaited me. However, getting to that point would take a healthy bit of research, some head-scratching and tough decision making.  Below I have outlined seven bullet points that represent some of that head-scratching and decision making.

As I am quite sure that I’m not the last person who will ever encounter tricky situations when traveling with a camera, I thought it would be helpful to share my experiences and invite all of you to chime in with your own thoughts in the comments.  Here goes:

1)  Consider Your Equipment Carefully
It’s important to be realistic about what your photo goals are and what that means in tangible terms. If you’re on assignment, sure, go ahead and bring the kitchen sink. If you aren’t, adopt the less-is-more attitude.  I chose to shoot with (and carry) only one lens on my DSLR. It was a 24-105 which suited most every situation just fine and challenged me to make due with what I had. Plus, when it came time to hike over a 14,000 foot pass, I was glad to not have a bag full of camera equipment.


Do you really want to carry a full camera bag up this?

2)  Learn the Airline Luggage Restrictions
I’m sure some of you reading this can recite all the restrictions for every airline in your sleep. Not me. I had to do some healthy research before packing. I didn’t want to check any luggage for fear it would take it’s own vacation without me, so I was bound by the “one bag and one personal item” carry-on rule of most airlines. And the one bag had to be somewhere in the ballpark of 24″ x 17″ x 10″ and not weigh over a certain amount, which is different from airline to airline. The personal item had to fit under the seat in front of me…in all of that “extra” space. If you are trying to travel light, these restrictions will pretty much dictate what you can/can’t bring … which forces you to simplify … and that’s a good thing. Not to mention, you will possibly save a boat load of money in baggage fees.


Pay attention to airline luggage specs before you leave.

 


Probably wouldn’t fit in the overhead bin…just guessing.

 

3)  Laptop. Really?
There are many reasons to take your laptop with you when traveling: photo editing, storage, communication. In most scenarios it’s a no-brainer.  That is, IF it’s right for you. I decided against it since I didn’t want to carry it, didn’t want to worry about it and quite frankly, didn’t want to use it.  I love editing photos on my big, beautiful Mac at home where my workflow and comfort are dialed in and the coffee pot is nearby.  I have found that editing in the field and on the go usually results in me re-editing once I am in a more prepared frame of mind.

4)  Batteries
This should be obvious. Take a battery and a backup battery. And then take one more. Knowing how fast they drain by just hanging out in the bag, I didn’t want to risk it on a four-day trek where outlets don’t exist, and the primary photo op is on day four. The cold Andean nights didn’t help things either. Every night, I wrapped the batteries in a jacket and put it in my sleeping bag to keep them warm(ish).

To drive this point home, let me mention this: Seeing the face of someone who realizes their only battery is dead after hiking for four days to get to Machu Picchu aint pretty.


Waiting for the sunrise to hit Machu Picchu. Terrible place to have a dead camera battery.

5)  Backing Up Files

Ug. This topic.  At home, I have a backup system that is automatic, redundant, and works great.  On my trip, things were a bit different. Actually a lot different.  I had no backup plan. Since I didn’t take my laptop, there was nowhere to dump files. I considered purchasing a portable, battery-powered drive, but it would have been expensive and yet another thing to carry and keep charged. So, I went with the “buy lots of memory cards” plan.  As Tony Rix, our IT guy here at RMSP, reminded me, “hard drives fail more than memory cards anyway.”

6) Take a Point and Shoot
No, not as your primary camera, but as part of your overall strategy of documenting your travels.  Face it, a big DSLR camera can be a burden to carry at times no matter how good of a bag/pouch/sling/strap system you have. Also, while hiking on the trail, it was easy to access and allowed me to not use battery life and storage space in my primary camera, thus allowing me to capture better, larger files when it really counted.

7)  Keep It On You. Always.
Shouldn’t be too hard right? After all, we’re photographers. If you commit to having your camera on you at all times, some of the other decisions actually become easier. For instance, my personal carry on item was my camera and thus never left my sight. It didn’t take up space in my one permitted piece of luggage and I never worried about it getting mishandled. My memory cards were in a pouch in a side pocket of the bag, thus allowing me to be uber-aware of the physical safety of my files. When you have no immediate back up, this bit of security is invaluable.

Perhaps the biggest lesson I learned in the process of traveling with a camera is that the decisions that have to be made are specific to each trip and each photographer. As long as you dedicate some mental energy to thinking through various scenarios, and knowing your own comfort level with taking photographic risks, you will most likely be fine.

Thoughts?


The views from the tent weren’t half bad.

 

41 thoughts on “The “Art” of Traveling With Your Camera

Cherlyn Wilcox

Remind me of the point and shoot you took since someone, er hum, lost our camera…won’t say names-PAUL!

marty

Less IS more!!!!

Castorani

Andy – perfect timing for this article – I leave in 12 days for a 19 day tour in China; Beijing, Chongqing, Yangtze river cruise, Tibet and then Shanghai. I’ve traveled by car many places in Europe where I had easy access to my gear but I will be moving more on this trip. I know I will use every tip listed here in planning for my trip! Also, you helped me to decide to just take my 18-200 lens – I’ll thank you again when I’m walking up the Great Wall of China!thanks so much!

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andy kemmis

@Castorani, you’ll have a great time in China, and an 18-200 will be more that adequate. Have fun!

John Cushing

Don’t forget to insure your equipment. I had my camera stolen on a trip to China last Oct.

Suzie

Not to mention the Chinese airlines carry-on size and weight restrictions are some of the most strict in the world! Enjoy that trip – it will be one your most memorable ever!

Suzie

Not to mention the Chinese airlines carry-on size and weight restrictions are some of the most strict in the world! Enjoy that trip – it will be one your most memorable ever! And…make sure your camera gear and any other electronics are registered with US Customs before you leave. Otherwise you run the risk that they will suspect you purchased the gear overseas and are attempting to bring it back to the U.S. duty free. It’s a simple form to complete. Just go on-line with U.S. Customs and check it out!

Joel Bader

There are exceptions, of course. I recently returned from a vacation in Colorado where I just brought along a lightweight Panasonic DMC FZ40 along with a few filters. I often wonder if I had brought along my Canon Rebel (with better resolution than the Panasonic) if it would have been worth paying for luggage fees and the like. As it was, I had lots of trouble with buffer and image write speed, among other things. One lesson I would share with everyone: If you’re going to take great shots, bring your best gear. Don’t use a lemon.

Doug Rosenoff

@ Joel – I like your advice but I’d amend it slightly to say that one should take the gear with which one is most confident. It does no good to haul amazing gear you don’t know how to use or don’t trust.

Kate Cooper

Good timing for this post, I’m off to India on an endurance driving trip, I like what you said about not taking a laptop. Thanks

Carol Marshall

In lieu of a laptop, I like to take my Wolverine for offloading files from memory cards. Lightweight and so far very reliable.

Jeff Lovinger

I’ve travelled extensively over the years, mostly S. E. Asia. I spent almost 4 months in India last winter. I wrote an article which is on my website (slightly outdated, but still ok)www.lovingerimages.com You can also see my travel photos.

I took my laptop, which I loved having, as well as my Hyperdrive, and 3 back up drives, one which I sent home half way through my trip. I took my Nikon D3, 24-70 f2.8, and 70-200 f2.8, along with Lensbaby, and filters, etc. I also took a light weight Gitzo tripod.

So, I had about 35lbs of camera gear in my Lowepro sling bag, which is great. The bag I mean, not the 35 lbs. I also had a small back pack as my personal item with my laptop, and all my chargers. I wore a vest with lots of pockets, like a photo vest, on all flights, as well as a Scottevest tropical jacket. I never once had a problem, but I could have put most of my camera gear in those pockets.

On my next trip this winter, I’m thinking of travelling a bit lighter. I would have to buy the new Nikon D800, whenever that comes out, and the 28-300 lens (I think that’s the one). I will miss the 2.8 lenses though. I’m also thinking of taking my iPad instead of my laptop. I’m hoping Lightroom comes outwith an ipad ap, as I do sort and process along my travels.

GMan

35lbs…
Was that for an “Assignment” or for pleasure?
One Body and 2 lenses….Laptop 35lbs???
Seems like a lot for that stuff…, leave the Laptop, iPad, take a 10 16gig cards, your back will thank you in a few years.

Robbie

Even if I take more than one lens, I almost always pick a lens-of-the-day and live with it. Much of my travel is to places where we walk in towns or cities. On my last trip, I took my iPad 2 with camera connector. Worked great to back up and share with others on the trip.

One thing I did learn – I need a compact camera for times when I want to be less conspicuous or travel light.

jonas

have you gone to mexico before?? i am planning of going this winter for a friends wedding and would like to know if you got any tips you could provide?? do i need to worried about checking in with a full bag of camera equipment and find out that the mexican border guard wont allow me in.

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andy kemmis

@jonas,

Sorry for the delay in responding to your question, but here goes:

Yeah I have been to Mexico, but it was over a Spring Break week in college…so needless to say…photography was not my first thought.

My first suggestion for you is to not check a bag with your photo equipment in it. Take a good long look at the gear you think you will need (not want) in Mexico and then make that gear fit into your carry on. It’s handy to think about two worst-case scenarios here:

1) What if your checked luggage with your camera and lenses goes to Messina, South Africa (airport code MES) instead of Mexico City (airport code MEX)? Bummer, huh?

2) What if your camera bag is being handled by a disgruntled airline employee who enjoys hearing glass rattle inside of strangers’ luggage? If you’ve ever seen the movie Ace Venture: Pet Detective, you might remember this scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V64r3q4FuA

What if that were your 70-200 2.8 IS?

If you carry your camera you should be A-OK. On my way to Peru, I flew through Mexico City and had to put my carry-on camera bag through the machines, hand inspections, etc. No worries whatsoever.

Hope this helps!

Andy

David Elesh

In May, I was in a workshop in Paris where the instructor asked that we use a single lens with a focal length between 28-36mm and at least f2.8. The material sent out before it began indicated that any up to 60mm would be ok. I had a 20mm f2.8 (effective 30mm with my DSLR)that failed the first day and nothing faster than f4 as a backup. Fortunately, the instructor lent me a substitute. The experience is a reminder travel is often expensive and not having a backup (lens or body) is not a good idea.

Debbie

I also say less is more – but take 1 extra lens – I’ve seen a lens get dropped and cracked on day 1 – and they had no back up. Bring lots of batteries too… I use my canon 24-105 as my primary and a tamron 18-270 as a good back up

Greg Schmidt

Good info. Next Feb. my wife and I are traveling to China, Viet Nam and Thailand. I usually travel with my Lowe Pro Sling, my Mac Book Pro 17″ and every lens, and gadget that I can fit in it. Not good for my back. I just purchased a Tamrac shoulder bag and my motto for it is “If it doesn’t fit, it not going on this trip”
I will take my iPad, Nikkor 10-24mm, 18-200mm, SB-700 flash, D-90, filters and a small tripod. My wife will take her D-90, 18-270mm, SB-600 3 batteries, and filters. I’m sure I will find a few other “things” to put in the bag.
I have made a commitement to shoot RAW for this trip. I just purchased LightRoom 3 so I have 5 months to learn it.

Greg Hines

Very good article! While every trip has it’s own situations I would emphasize a couple of the points above: bring lots of memory cards and have a nice point and shoot with you for the reasons above! I love to shoot 4×5 large format, but learned years ago that it is a bear to take on trips (we backpack often) so I started only taking 35mm cameras. Now with the airlines tightening restrictions I too have lessened my load again. I use a Panasonic Lumix LX3 which shoots RAW and is very good in low light. I have considered taking only this camera with me, but still cannot part with my dslr for those “great” shots! And having just come back from Germany I would choose to leave the laptop at home next time. My experience is the same; I re-edited everything again at home anyway. It was extra weight and worry. Remember, enjoy your trip and shoot, shoot, shoot!

James

So having come just come back from Africa where a two week trip saw several flights, packing, unpacking and thousands of pictures. My advice is as follows:

Memory Cards – bring way more than you think you will need. 8gb is the perfect size and eliminates the risk of having all your shots on the same card if one should fail.

Gear – One Wide, One Prime 35 or 50, One Zoom 70 – 300 (as this was a safari trip I did rent a 50 – 500mm just for the Safari – the lens rental worked great) D90 – 2 Batteries and 1 Battery charger (extra batteries are always a good thing -especially when you can’t find power)
Consider a small walk around bag for daytime or when you don’t need or want to lug all your equipment.
A point and shoot is essential for the quick shots, food, landscapes, streetscapes etc.

Clothes – ended up taking way too many. Plan in advance, there should be no “just in case clothes” You should have enough clothes for seven days only. Underwear and socks are premium so pack lots.

Computer – Leave it at home – I would consider an Ipad or similiar tablet for future trips for blogging and notes but unless you are working – you really have no need for a computer. There are internet cafes everywhere if you need to check email.

It sounds cheesey but copy all your documents and credit cards – copy with you, copy in your luggage (safe) – copy at home with your loved ones. It is extremly useful to refer to these should you need to replace something (a lot less stress when it does happen – especially passports)

Also check your credit cards – many charge a premium for International transactions. Aligning yourself with the cards that do not charge can save you a hefty sum if you are going on an extended trip.

I am impressed by people who can pack everything they need for a long trip into a carry on bag. I have yet to succeed at this, perhaps the next time.

Happy Travels.

Suzie

Great article. I have almost mastered the art of traveling for 4-6 weeks with only a carry-on and a personal item (which is usually my camera bag). I read a quote somewhere which I always find appropriate no matter where you are headed:
“When preparing to travel – lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money!”

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andy kemmis

@Suzie,

Love the quote! It’s totally true….except I always seem to struggle with the “twice the money” part!!

thanks,

Andy

Debbie

The other thing I’ve learned is too many clothes take up too much space. I have resorted to taking a couple outfits that I can wash in the hotel sink and have them dry before morning – the nylon mesh shorts and breathable shirts work great.

Mary

I too, just returned from 19 days in Africa…Kenya and Tanzania. No laptop, lots of memory cards, no flash and an adapter so I could charge batteries at night..that is, when the electricity was on! I wanted to take my iPad but Apple wasn’t sure if the change in voltage would be okay…even with the adapter. Since I just got the newest iPad, I didn’t want to take a chance. I used a Nikon 18-105 lens and a 70-300 while on safari…also had my good old 50mm for when we weren’t looking at lions! We changed locations every two nights so always had to have easy gear to handle. I used a duffel bag, my camera bag, and a small day back. Laundry was available at some of the places we stayed, otherwise I had packets of Woolite to launder whatever. DO NOT wear white tennis shoes…the red dust never comes out. I had trail hikers from REI with Patagonia label and they were already red.. Loved everyone’s travel tips…very helpful!

Jason

Going on vacation with my 60D and was wondering would you recommend having smaller gb cards for pics and larger ones for video? Which memory cards would you recommend?

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andy kemmis

@Jason, I took several 8 GB and 4 GB cards with me on my trip (Sandisk and Lexar and some other off-brand i can’t remember), and the 8 GB seemed to be a great size. Any smaller and I would have had to change cards more often and keep track of them; any larger and i would have been putting “too many eggs in one basket.”

As I don’t shoot much video, I can’t totally recommend what you should do, but my first thought is that you probably aren’t going to change out your card to shoot a video and then switch back for stills. If you take along a mix of sizes you will be covered. If it were me, I would just want every card to be big enough to handle whatever I felt like shooting at the time – video or still.

Jason

I can’t agree more. Having recently moved to beautiful Colorado, I find myself going out on more and more “hiking” trips with my camera gear and some friends who also shoot. One friend who has been here longer takes a small shoulder bag with one camera, one lens and an assortment of extra batteries and memory cards. I have, for the moment, been taking my main bag with a single body but an assortment of lenses and other attachments and accessories, which proves to be a burden more often than I would like to admit.

After a half-dozen of these hikes with “too much” gear, I’ve found that I am primarily shooting with one lens 70% of the time and one other lens the other 30%. I could easily swap these items into a much smaller, lighter bag and transfer the extra battery and media cards to that bag just for these day trips.

I think having gone out with everything and the kitchen sink has helped me realize what I need and what I can go without on this sort of adventure. After all, it’s about enjoying the beauty of these areas. Don’t make it a burden on yourself (like I have been).

One thing I won’t leave without is a sturdy tripod. Although they can be a weight burden and somewhat difficult to carry at times, I’ve found that it does come in handy as a walking stick, and in low-light situations, you WILL need that stability. (Tip: Use the self-timer or a remote release for ultimate sharpness.)

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Kathy Eyster

Great article & comments. A tangential question…what is your “automatic, redundant” backup system at home that “works great”? Having just missed a complete hard drive crash, I’m wondering if I need to tweak my redundant system. (Wasn’t automatic due to problems that resulted in said crash.)

Thanks!

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andy kemmis

Kathy,

Well hello there Ms. Eyster! Thanks for checking out the blog and for posting your question.

What I meant when I said “automatic and redundant” and “works great” is that I have a system for backing up my images that happens on its own (automatic), exists in 2 places (redundant), and hasn’t blown up or melted YET (works great).

Admittedly, I am no tech wiz like our buddy David Marx, but my lil system seems to do the trick…for now anyway. Speaking of Dave, he’s the one who – through his blog – got me set up with how I do things. Essentially it goes something like this:

I finish a shoot, copy files to an external HD, get into Lightroom and do my thing (rate, rename, keyword, curse myself for whatever mistakes i made during the shoot, etc). Then, every 24 hours, Carbon Copy Cloner is scheduled to copy the external drive to another external drive so I now have two copies of the files. Then, at an interval I can’t remember right now, a service called Mozy backs up the files to somewhere in the stratosphere. Granted, it does not back up every file I have and it took eons to upload it in the first place, but it does provide another layer of security off site. And at very rare times, I also make a rather poor, but noteworthy attempt to back images up to DVD as well. Then I bury the DVD’s in my backyard in a copyrighted time capsule. :)

hope this helps. Thanks again.

Andy

Ugo

When I am on 2-7 day backpacking trips I make due with one lens, in my case a 24-105. I have in the past taken a second lens and tripod backpacking, but I find them to be more trouble than they’re worth. I have a GorillaPod that in a pinch can stand in for a tripod. I use a top load camera bag which I rig to my front backpack straps, this keeps the camera accessible without having to take off my pack.

When I travel out of hotels I am more likely to bring my 70-200 f2.8, which is a lot of lens but in a day pack is manageable. In India it got a lot of use. I bring my tripod but generally leave it in the hotel room unless I know I’ll be needing it. Lugging a tripod around while sight-seeing is a pain.

Next time I backpack I may bring my monopod. There’s a minimal weight and space penalty to packing a monopod, and in low light shooting it may save some otherwise “soft” shots.

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Kathy Eyster

Thanks, Andy. Exactly what I wanted to know. Now I just need to translate it into Windows-speak! :-) Still don’t trust the stratosphere backup thing though….

Stan

I also went to Machu Picchu, but bus/train from Cuzco, day+overnight+next day@dawn,etc. Many other Europe/Asia etc. trips. Generally agree with your comments, one other suggestion: if hiking or on horse/donkey/camel or other motion area, with camera always ready around the neck, stabilize it from swinging and banging into things with a chest strap similar to the OpTech or kinesis straps, which release the camera instantly. Answering queries from others: never had problem with camera bag anywhere( China/Mexico/India/Europe/others). Brought tripod years ago, didn’t have time to use it, not any more.Also:try to keep bag with me always, in sight, even at dinnertime, to avoid theft. When at Machu Picchu, another photogrpher left camera in hotel room during dinner and it was stolen.

Jonathan

Great timing on the article!
I’m heading to Machu Picchu as part of a month long South American trip next month and was asking myself the same questions about what I should/need to take on this trip.
While travelling to on the trek to Machu Picchu I’ll be away from modern living for 8 days or so, so I’ll be needing enough battery power to last that long. The camera I’ll be taking (Sony NEX) can take about 400 or so shots on one battery and I’ll be taking at least 2, but I’m now thinking it should be 3 if not more. On the memory cards I like the idea of many and in not-so large sizes so everything’s not all in the one place if something should go wrong. In regards to lenses I was thinking 3 lenses; one wide, one kit-zoom and one bigger telephoto lens (300mm equivalent and I think having either the gorillapod or the monopod for shot stability/self portrait when needed would be good.
I was also considering a lightweight laptop (not for the trek part) to take on this trip, not sure though…
Has anyone tried a solar powered battery charger on a trek?
I’ll be investing in a Wolverine, it’s what I’ve been searching for on the internet but couldn’t figure out what it was, thanks Carol!

I hope I’m heading in the right direction in my thinking, I just wish I could take everything I need, but I have learnt my lesson in the past by taking too much on a trip (clothes in that case).

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@ Jonathon,

Thanks for your comment on my article. Glad to hear that you are heading to Machu Picchu. I normally would say “have a good time,” but I think it is almost impossible NOT to, so I won’t say it. :)

My first inclination to hearing that you are going to be out for 8 days trekking, is to urge you to take AT LEAST three batteries. 4 or 5 would be better – each charged up 100% and kept as warm as possible as you are “away from modern living.” Yes, this sounds extreme even to me as I type it, but even more extreme is explaining to your family, friends, future or current grandkids, and most importantly… to yourself, why you don’t have pictures from your experience-of-a-lifetime 8-day trek in Peru. Right now, go look in the mirror and say to yourself, “I don’t have images from trekking in Peru because my batteries were dead.” I bet that didn’t feel so good, huh? Now go buy another battery.

Memory cards. I really liked having 8 GB cards for the reasons I mentioned. Only thing I would do differently, and urge you to do, is to take as many as possible and reasonable. Having extra cards that you never use is no big deal. Not having enough cards is similar to having dead batteries. It’s terrible.

Lenses. 3 sounds like a lot to me. If you have something that could cover wide ranges, take that and leave the other 2 at home. Again, as I mentioned, I took a 24-105 and loved it. Great for wide landscape shots. Good for moments when I needed to get closer. And when it wasn’t good enough, I used the other “zoom” tools i brought with me … my feet!

I loved not having a laptop on me, but taking a Wolverine-type device sounds like an awesome solution. Peace of mind is worth a few bucks in the long run. Definitely check what the manufacturer says about solar-powered chargers however. Somewhere in the dusty corner of my brain, I remember hearing that lots of photo-related devices don’t like the varying degree of charge solar power devices provide. Rather, they prefer constant charging from an outlet. Look into it as my advice is (obviously) not very technical and could be inaccurate.

All in all, you will eventually have to get on a plane without carrying 100 lbs of gear. Choose your photo equipment based on what will give you the greatest utility. And if you decide to take another piece of equipment, take out a pair of socks. And of course, have a blast!!

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marcy james

great article Andy!

Chris

Great article Andy! Very helpful! My wife and some friends are heading to Machu Picchu in about 2 months. We’re so excited! I read on the net that lenses 200mm and longer and large tripods are not allowed. Is there any restrictions on the camera bodies? I haven’t been able to find anything on this. I’m a bit worried that I’ll be turned away or charged a hefty fee if I bring my 1Ds MK II. I’m too worried about my lens selection : 15mm FE, 16-35mm and 28-70mm. Thanks!

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Chris,

Thanks for finding, reading and commenting on my article. Any chance I can get to talk about my experience in Peru, I’ll certainly take! You, your wife and friends are in for one heck of an experience. Just hearing about it is bringing back the pre-trip jitters and excitement.

When I first read your message, I thought “What? There’s no restrictions…” But then in a distant corner of my memory I remember reading something about this as well. A quick Google search, which I am sure you have done as well, confirmed your suspicions, however I didn’t find any definitive answer from any “official” source. My first question for you is are you taking the train to MP for a day trip, or are you trekking to MP over the course of several days? If you are taking the train to Aguas Calientes and the bus to MP, you will have to pass through the entry gates, where they take your money (and plenty of it), stamp your passport, etc. I suspect that if you had a big fancy camera with a long, white lens that screams “look at me!” you could easily get hassled. If that same set up were in a nondescript backpack, you’d probably be just fine. But again, I am just going with my gut feeling here.

My wife and I trekked to MP, thus came in via a different checkpoint, which we passed through at 5:30 am, and they didn’t check anything other than our passports since we had been hiking for four days, which meant we passed through a checkpoint on day one. Plus, our guide took care of any of the paperwork required here. There was never so much as a mention of my Canon 5D and 24-105 looking too professional. Once at the actual site, there were plenty of people with cameras, some pro-looking and even more point and shoots. I wouldn’t think twice about having a pro camera on me at the site.

As far as your lens questions, it really is a matter of personal preference, but I strongly suggest you think about what you want to carry, worry about, risk losing/breaking, etc. My 24-105 was awesome for almost everything. Yes, another lens would have been great, but not to carry. Of the lenses you mentioned, i would take the 28-70 only. Spend your time shooting, site seeing, taking it all in rather than fumbling with lenses, getting dust on your sensor, and trying to use the “right” lens for the “right” situation.

Here are some links to threads on the topic of pro lenses/cameras if you want to read more:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294318-i3352-k4261137-Camera_Gear_Restrictions_for_Machu_Picchu-Machu_Picchu_Sacred_Valley.html

http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/hardware/comparing-four-fantastic-lenses-for-travel/

Hope this helps. If you have more questions, feel free to post them here.

-Andy

Susan Wolfe

Nice article, Andy. Great advice and oh so beautiful photos.
Thanks!

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andy kemmis

Thanks Susan! Wish I could go again right now!!!

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