Here is the 7D case:
Inside is or should be:
- Canon 7D (1.6x crop sensor) body
- small Pelican box for memory cards
- memory card reader
- another small Pelican box with all the items like in the 5D2 box
- power supply that should be around somewhere
- Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS standard zoom lens
- Tokina 12-24mm f/4 wide angle lens
I love this kit but these two lenses are not weather-sealed. The 17-55mm lens is superb, will challenge L-class lenses and probably beat them on image quality, but is not weather
sealed and this will lead to trouble when used as everyday on-board lens. It is also not compatible with full sensor camera bodies like the 6D, 5D & 1D.
So, let me now try to list the ultimate starter DSLR kit for aboard a boat:
- Canon 7D body
- Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
- Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
The 24-105mm will be on the camera by default and gives top value for it's price. This is a no-brainer. It's stabilizer is perfect and it provides the weather-seal for the camera-body.
The 70-300mm puts a smile on my face every time I use it. Fully weather-proof and at a lovely price. This lens becomes a favorite of many wildlife photographers because it is compact and light and has incredible image quality coupled with good AF and stabilizer. Of-course there is a catch and that is that it needs enough light but we have plenty of that on the water
. The reach on the 7D becomes 480mm which finally gives us the tool to pull those images
ashore a bit closer.
This leaves us a bit short on the wide angle. The 24-105 is a standard zoom on a full sensor body but becomes a tele-zoom on the 7D. Resist buying
a lens that is not weather-sealed. The Canon 17-40mm f/4L is weather-sealed and the most affordable L-class lens and would be my choice when 24mm isn't wide enough.
There are some extra's you really need aboard. The 24-105mm is a 77mm diameter lens while the 70-300 is a 67mm lens. This means that you need every filter in both sizes unfortunately.
- UV filter
- Circular polarizer
Buy the best quality of these. B+W is about as good as it gets, Hoya is pretty decent too. The UV filter is only used when there is dust or water-spray in the air, to protect the front element of the expensive lenses.
Pictures with blue skies and waters without glare are made with the circular polarizer. It's like using polaroid sunglasses, a huge difference. After mounting this filter you can turn it to adjust it's effect.
All above is for use aboard the boat, but this also gives you a very decent kit for use ashore.
Maybe we have a Nikon fan around to describe the point of view from the dark side on a starter kit for aboard
Here is a nice picture done with the 7D and the 100-400mm at it's 400mm setting. This should clearly show the potential of this gear