In your shoes, I would probably drop one of the lenses is favor of another flash for those early dark evenings where your photography is done in dimly lit conditions.
Hiya, and thanks for the welcome!
That's actually an angle I'd not considered. One of the things I need to do is experiment more with flash-photography, so the idea of taking multiple flash guns hasn't really occurred to me.
And you're absolutely spot on with your first 'reason'. It's actually a conversation I've had with the client. My landscape angel was more a case of knowing how spectacular the geography can be out there, and not wanting to caught short on the equipment front. My primary focus will be on capturing the people out there. If I happen to be able to do a little self-indulgent landscape work while I'm out there; well it's a bonus!
Right, so, think about taking an extra flash-gun: check
If you switch to a full-frame for your primary body and keep a cropped as a back-up, you might corner yourself with regards to lenses? (I'm not intimately familiar with Canon's lens-mounts)
Yeh, there's not any problem here. As has been pointed out, it's only an issue if I'm taking EF-S lenses which would work with the 50D but not the 5D. The EF lenses will mount to both.
one word on the slingshot-
That's a good point. I was considering the Slingshot simply because of it's uber-ease of access. I'll have a couple of guys with my, mostly because I don't speak Luganda, but security is another concern. So I figured the easier it is for me to slip the camera back into the bag - not having it on display, the better. That said, I'm likely to be going places where I'll be one of the first white people the population will have met. A large SLR hung around my neck isn't going to add much to my conspicuousness!
Comfort is definitely something I need to thing more on. I've a Boblbee Megalopolis I'd considered taking - it should just about carry everything I need, but it's a pain in the buttocks to get things in and out of quickly. On the plus side it is stupidly comfortable to wear, even when fully loaded. So I guess it's a trade-off...
As you mentioned rained etc, have you considered any weather sealed lenses + body? So you can actually walk about with the camera and dont have to worry about the gear breaking down?
I m pretty a know nothing when it comes to Canon, so i dont know what models + lenses are weather sealed, this might be something to consider because you will be working under such conditions....plus the dust
Yeh, weather and dust are important considerations, they are the other main reasons I was looking at the Sidewinder. If a sudden down-poor happens, it's simple to get the equipment back in the bag, even if I'm still wearing it.
As is though, all Canon's higher end kit is 'environmentally sealed', including their L-series lenses. With the kit I'm looking at, it's still an issue, but not as critical as could otherwise be the case.
thanks everyone for the input - I'm still interested in hearing more thoughts. Things like lens options I may not have considered etc... Please keep'em coming!