Camera and Lenses
Yuval shoots using a Canon
EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT.
Besides being great value for money, the camera is light and small,
qualities appreciated by the traveling photographer. It has most
of the functionalities at similar qualities to its professional
big brother, the heavier and bulkier 20D.
Some users will complain about the user interface on one wheel
only, as opposed to the two wheels design of the Canon 20D. Yuval
used to shoot on a two wheels design Minolta Maxxum 700si and found
it easy to adapt to the one wheel design of the 350D, especially
when the weight is in his back pack!
The Sigma 8mm fisheye is one of the most popular choices for shooting
full spherical panoramic. In this combination it is possible to
shoot a full spherical at a resolution of 7000x3500.
Victor Hugo and a few other panoramas shot during a stop-over
of a few hours in Paris, France.
Curial and a few other panoramas shot an afternoon in Chambéry,
- A view above Sion,
Switzerland, during a weekend visit.
University and more sight of Zürich, Switzerland.
du Cap de La Madeleine (using braketing and exposure blending)
and other heritage sites in the province of Québec, Canada.
If you intend to shoot higher resolution, partial or full panoramas,
you might want to consider additional wide angle lenses and appropriate
nodal point adapters.
For "normal" photos, the lenses to pack depend on the
available space, the intended use, and the risks the traveler is
willing to take. Yuval has found the Sigma Two Lens Kit for Digital
SLR to be an excellent compromise on weight, size and price. The
18-50mm and 55-200mm leses are compact and light, making it for
excellent travel companions. The resulting image quality is not
as good as that of more professional Canon lenses, but then would
you take the more professional Canon lenses to the beach where sand
can scratch them or to unknown locations where they can fall, break,
get stolen, etc.?