Because of my holidays to Galapagos I was thinking to buy a telezoom lens because I had none. Normally for me in normal photo situations I don’t need it. But I knew that for taking photos of animals a tele is crucial.
Of course my first thought were to buy a Canon 70-200 L lens or the 70-300. Still undecided I browsed Amazon and discovered a new lens: The travel zoom „Tamron 16-300mm F/3,5-6,3 DI II C/AF VC PZD Macro“. And it has good reviews.
I know now the pro photographer starts his speech about that the quality is shit and L lenses are always the best…
But I’m lazy and often it is a matter of time to get a good shot and therefore changing the lens is not an option.
So I bought it and really that was one of the best choices ever. It is really an always-on-lens and I changed only very few times (even I also had the 24-70 with me).
I met on the Galapagos a guy also with a 7D but with the a 70-200 L lens and after I saw his photos I can say that they are not really sharper or better and he had a lot more stress changing between lenses all the time.
So the bottom line is that for me this lens really is perfect for a holiday. Nevertheless I normal photographer’s life changing lenses is okay and of course there are better lenses for special situations out there.
Since a long time I was looking for a solution to backup photos from my DSLR while travelling. Of course I want to carry as less as possible.
My first solution was my Nexus 7 incl. OTG cable + card reader and a USB stick. This worked good but the main problem here is that you need to have a rooted device which caused several problems to me like wired stuff on Android updates and other stuff. So I decided not to root my device.
My second try was buying a Wifi HDD with built in battery. I decided that 250 GB is enough for nearly any travel. And I found one which is only 60 EUR at Amazon: Intenso Memory 2 Move
Installation is quite easy. Just charge the battery and switch it on. Connect your tablet via Wifi (WPA credentials can be found in the manual) and then you are ready to use it.
The only pitfall I was facing is that I switched the DHCP IP range via the HDD’s web interface without changing the HDD’s IP address itself. In that case the IP address is automatically changed to the IP address to enter as Gateway in the IP configuration.
So for now I really can recommend that as a good solution for backing up your photos.