Please pardon the quality of the photo - shot into a mirror because otherwise it's tough to shoot my camera with my camera. I'd been pondering what to do about photographing our trip, and actually considered purchasing a small point and shoot camera for the sake of weight and convenience. However, in the end, I couldn't bring myself to leave behind my old Nikon friend....I'll just have to suck it up and carry the load.
Now, if I'm going to bring my "go to" camera, it's because I hope to get some great shots - including low light and night time photographs. To do that effectively, you need a tripod. My aluminum Manfrotto tripod is great, but very heavy, and I wasn't even going to consider lugging it around for 5 weeks. So what to do?
I could purchase one of the cool new carbon-fiber tripods. Very light and sturdy - a great piece of equipment. However, a price tag of $200-$400 and more is an issue. I had almost decided to just go without a tripod when I came across the "GorillaPod", pictured above supporting my camera. Three fully reticulating and very strong legs, a ball head for maximum control, and even a level. This is perfect for me!
I ran it past my finance manager, who gave me the thumbs-up (thanks dear) and headed out to Henry's before leaving Halifax. I'm really anxious to try it out! I know I'm probably behind the times and my photographer buddies already use one of these, but as I get to use it in various situations I'll post some shots and let you know what I think.
Oh, and it's $79.95 at Henry's - hopefully worth it!