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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-13-2018, 10:22 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Ron Boggs
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Traveled to an Inuvialuit whaling camp 350 miles North of the Arctic Circle during the warm season. The frozen line of the permanent ice shelf was visible from camp. I think you'll be fine. I didn't even have to worry about battery power in the seasonal warmth. But you may be much closer to the pole?

As long as you have a second body, your kit is more than sufficient. On Alaska and NW Territory trips, I tended to cut back even more than that, but also carried 67 as my primary kit with 35mm backup. I've always been a Pelicase guy for excursions and boats and run them with individually bagged lenses (just standard Pentax pouches) so I don't waste space on the foam interior (I keep the lid foam in place and the thin foam on the bottom. I keep 5 different sizes and fit the "kit of the day" to the right size Pelican). The gear packs together quite solidly and carries like a briefcase...more field-ready than you might think. Set it down anywhere you want...closed lid works great as a board for cutting cheese and bread etc. Tripod over one shoulder with kit case in the other hand for balance. Works fabulous for walks up to a mile...cumbersome for longer. But way easier to work from than most soft packs (no issues with dirt, mud, moisture. Pack straps are notorious when you set the pack on the ground with straps down--every time). Pelican-cased the Pentax 67II kit, Hassy XPanII kit and for 3 decades now with all the Pentax 35mm and APS kits.

Remember you will be in a marine environment--even when onshore--which will quickly reduce your number of lens changes and number of lenses you really use. The salt air tends to become almost greasy just from invisible mist depositing it. (Salt and magnesium camera don't mix! Magnesium is hyper corrosive. Keep your hands/gloves clean and carry hand towels to wipe surfaces).

I always found the 80-200 to end up being a workhorse when shooting from a boat at things outside the boat. When the action is inside the boat the 24-70 range is highly applicable...so I have tended toward the two lenses you've rejected. But hey, the other options didn't exist when I was traveling 150 days a year.

Also, took a couple trips to Yellowknife NWT without any macro lens. Took one of the multi-element achromat screw-in adapters...the 77mm Canon 500D works really well on 80-200 and also on various 300mm lenses, though I've never tried it on the DA*300. It gives me very sufficient half-lifesize macro with more than passable sharpness. If the likelihood of shooting really tight macro is not that great, you could save space this way, but if you don't take the 80-200 that leaves you with the 300 as your macro.

For many summer trips up North, the mesh bug jacket was a necessary accessory. Don't know what shore will be like on "the continent" but you might want to ask.
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