When you guys go on cruises, do you bring your DSLRs and a lens or two, or do you stick with the phone or a small PowerShot type of camera?
We are planning a 7-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera, hitting Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, and I was thinking of bringing my T6 and the 18-135mm STM lens. What do you cruisers recommend?
The 18-135 is a great choice. You may want to think about a lens for shooting indoors without a flash, or outdoors at night.
Thanks, Waddizzle. I have the EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM lens. I'll bring that as well for indoor photography.
[EDIT] That'll work.
The wider the aperture, all the better. You will want something for low light. Your built-in flash only has a range of 8-10 feet. Using it as your primary light source will create photos that looks like someone turned on a big flashlight. However, the built-in flash works quite well as a fill flash, but again you will have the same reach of 8-10 feet..
Your camera has one cross-type AF point, the center AF point. When you use an f/2.8 or faster lens, then that AF point will become more sensitive and more accurate, due to the simple fact that the f/2.8 aperture is letting in more light to the AF sensor.
One thing I thought about, but never attempted was to go to the stern of the ship and try to capture either the phospheresecent wake or just a dark-sky shot, with a tripod obviously.
I went to scope it out once, but was unsure whether the vibration would cause issues. The 24mm would do nicely for that, I think.
We are big Viking River "Cruisers". Rhine, Danube, Russia and are going to Alaska next (first ocean ship)
I normally bring 3 lenses. 2 are primary and one back up. For day carry I use a black rapids sports breathe and my Sigma 24-70. If the weather is bad, I use a Lowenpro x250 sling pack which is very water resistant.
For the Alaska trip, I'll bring my 24-70 and 70-200L. I plan to bring a tripod as well for Glacier photography. I usually get there's the "camera guy", but I share my photos with folks in the lounge evenings before dinner. The people who are less mobile really appreciate this. Oh, ya.. I bring a yoga laptop too and several memory cards. I keep 2 copies of all photos (card and laptop) every night. Bringing your equipment and carrying your gear doesn't have to be a hassle, if you buy the right stuff. With my sports breathe, I have both hands to look at maps, eat and hold my wife's hand if I want.
I'm kind of extreme, but the memories are all you have when you get home. Pictures are a great way to relive some of the best moments of your trips.
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