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  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl

    Just wondering what everyone is taking with them to the states and what they still need to get?

    I'm pretty sure this question gets asked every year so it would be good to have a topic about it that we can update and move over into the chase forum at a later date. It might give everyone some more ideas of stuff they need as well.

    Got/Bought

    Camera: Canon 400D with Standard, Zoom and wide angle lenses. 2 batteries (Already had)

    Vid Camera: Sony HDR-SR10E with 40GB hard drive and memory card slot. For HD storm goodness :lol: (Bought)

    Storage: WD passport 250GB external hard drive. (Bought)

    2 8GB Scandisc Extreme 3 compact flash cards for the camera (Bought)

    Laptop: An ageing Packard Bell of some sort...

    Other: 2 Tripods. Probably only take one with me though (Already had)

    4 Way British plug extension thing with american plug. (Bought)

    Memory Card reader (Already had)

    Want/Need

    Another Battery for video camera - Maybe

    Filters for camera

    Clothes

    Laptop - Maybe

    I will update when i remember any more... I wont be buying much more until i can find out if i am going definitely though :)

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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley

    An excellent Thread Ross and One i had completely forgotten to add to the Chase Forum - Thanks

    Got/Taking

    Barons Wx - An essential piece of Kit

    Streets and Trips 2008 (GPS Kit)

    Laptop Wifi Enabled

    3 x Microsoft GPS Recievers

    Verizon Datacard to run GRLevel3 and Live Stream whilst on the Move

    Tripod

    2 x Canon EOS Batteries

    2 x Panasonic Video Recorder Batteries

    1 x CanonXs

    1 x Canon 400d

    1 x Panasonic Handy Cam

    1 x 1Gb Scandisc Card

    1 x 2Gb Scandisc Card

    12 x DAT (Digital Audio Tapes)

    Polarising Filter

    Remote Release Cable

    70-300mm Canon Lens

    18-55mm Canon Lens

    10-28mm Canon Lens

    About 10 cables and Invertors for what we need to run in the Cars

    4 way adaptor (Essential for when we are in the Hotel)

    1 x UK/USA Plug Adaptor

    1 x Dashboard Suction Mount

    2 x Radio Units (6 Mile Range)

    2 x Weather Radios

    Clothes

    Shades

    Open toe Sandals

    Trainers

    Waterproof / Fleece

    Cd's - This is useful as we can alternate the Music XM Radio gets repetative

    Passport

    Money

    Flight Tickets

    INSURANCE

    The list goes on and On

    Will also add on things as I remember them

    Paul S

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    Heres my list

    Got/Bought

    Asus Eee 1000 webook 120gig Wifi enabled

    External HDD 500gig

    5 x 4gig ScandiskIII Extreme

    12gig CFC Cards

    Canon Rebel XTI Digital ...for Lightning shots

    Casio EXFI..camera HD/FHD....video/pics

    Small Olympus camera for general use

    LIghtning Trigger...my pride and Joy

    Vortex camera Ruck Sack for cameras(waterproof)

    10 pp3 batteries(lightning Trigger)

    5x Np-100 casio batteries

    2x Canon batteries

    3 usb leads

    1 suction mount

    3 battery chargers..one for back up

    1 black filter

    UK to USA plug

    4 way extension

    4 way lighter extension

    plug in Power pack in car for Casio ExF1

    One Tripod

    One Water Proof Camera Sleave with rubber padding for Hail damage :)

    Remote Casio lead

    Remote Canon lead

    Infra red Canon remote

    Waiting for 2 more Casio NP-100 batteries

    Im all set :)

    and oh my God Paul...you have a Electronics Shop :lol:

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  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything Extreme!
  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.

    That's a lot of stuff! What type of bags are people taking? looks a lot to fit in.

    Someone mentioned a while back that it would be easier to buy a tripod from Wallmart, but are you all packing your own?

    I'm going to get another 1 or 2 batteries for my 450D, and another couple of big SD cards too.

    I would love a wide angle lens, but they are a bit expensive. I might have to just dig deep and get one as I imagine it's pretty essential out there. For zoom i've got a sony H9 with 15x optical zoom and a 1.5x telephoto extension.

    Also thinking of getting a HD camcorder used off Ebay then selling it when I get back, hopefully at little or no loss.

    Good thread this, i'm sure i'll be checking your lists often to make sure I don't forget stuff.

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London
    That's a lot of stuff! What type of bags are people taking? looks a lot to fit in.

    Someone mentioned a while back that it would be easier to buy a tripod from Wallmart, but are you all packing your own?

    I'm going to get another 1 or 2 batteries for my 450D, and another couple of big SD cards too.

    I would love a wide angle lens, but they are a bit expensive. I might have to just dig deep and get one as I imagine it's pretty essential out there. For zoom i've got a sony H9 with 15x optical zoom and a 1.5x telephoto extension.

    Also thinking of getting a HD camcorder used off Ebay then selling it when I get back, hopefully at little or no loss.

    Good thread this, i'm sure i'll be checking your lists often to make sure I don't forget stuff.

    check out these bags.............

    I got mine off ebay which was cheaper than the Retail price

    Fit lots in these

    http://vidego.productvideocast.com/player.php?p=l744z674

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  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
    That's a lot of stuff! What type of bags are people taking? looks a lot to fit in.

    Someone mentioned a while back that it would be easier to buy a tripod from Wallmart, but are you all packing your own?

    I'm going to get another 1 or 2 batteries for my 450D, and another couple of big SD cards too.

    I would love a wide angle lens, but they are a bit expensive. I might have to just dig deep and get one as I imagine it's pretty essential out there. For zoom i've got a sony H9 with 15x optical zoom and a 1.5x telephoto extension.

    Also thinking of getting a HD camcorder used off Ebay then selling it when I get back, hopefully at little or no loss.

    Good thread this, i'm sure i'll be checking your lists often to make sure I don't forget stuff.

    I have one of these for my camera stuff and laptop: http://www.tamrac.com/frame_adv.htm although not in red! It's the one i use for hill walking as well so it should be up to the task :D

    One thing you can do and i just remembered about it! You can rent lenses and probably video cameras before you go. I'm sure i have seen a good website that offers this.

    I would never risk re-selling something on ebay, you will most likely make a loss!

    As for the tripod, i might just pack them. If i want to take 2 i can throw one in my bro's luggage. Although, i guess if people on tour 1 buy cheap tripods from walmart they might just leave them in the car instead of taking them back? :lol:

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  • Location: Midleton, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Midleton, Cork, Ireland

    OK, here's my stuff so far. I'm sure there will be more....

    Canon 450 D

    Sony DCR 40 Handycam

    Fujifilm Finepix J90 point and shoot

    Canon EFS 18 – 55 mm Lens

    Canon EF 70 – 200 mm L Series Lens

    2 x USB Cables

    2 x 4 GB SDHC Cards

    Spare HC battery for Handycam

    Remote Cable for Canon 450

    Infared Remote for Canon

    Infared Remote for Handycam

    1 Small tripod. Will buy cheap bigger tripod over there.

    1 Dell Latitude D530

    External 250 GB HDD

    Strikealert portable lightning detector

    Home made lightning trigger addon that plugs into strikealert.

    6 way UK / Ireland socket board with US plug

    Pocket Loox Sat Nav with US Maps

    12v to 230v 350w inverter with UK / Ireland Socket

    12 Pairs of socks

    2 Pairs of jeans (brought 4 last year) wont be wearing jeans that often

    6 or 7 pairs of shorts

    Sandals

    2 pairs of underpants. 1 for chase days and 1 for down days :D :lol:

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  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
  • Location: Leigh On Sea - Essex & Tornado Alley
    OK, here's my stuff so far. I'm sure there will be more....

    2 pairs of underpants. 1 for chase days and 1 for down days :D:D

    :D :lol: :lol: Dirty Boy!

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  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything Extreme!
  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
    I have one of these for my camera stuff and laptop: http://www.tamrac.com/frame_adv.htm although not in red! It's the one i use for hill walking as well so it should be up to the task :D

    One thing you can do and i just remembered about it! You can rent lenses and probably video cameras before you go. I'm sure i have seen a good website that offers this.

    I would never risk re-selling something on ebay, you will most likely make a loss!

    As for the tripod, i might just pack them. If i want to take 2 i can throw one in my bro's luggage. Although, i guess if people on tour 1 buy cheap tripods from walmart they might just leave them in the car instead of taking them back? :lol:

    My Uncle has just said I can borrow his, I think it's the Adventure 7 on this page...

    http://www.tamrac.com/frame_adv.htm

    Here's a couple of the rental websites...

    http://www.lensesforhire.co.uk/index.asp

    http://www.hireacamera.com/

    I think i'm just going to buy a wide angle lens though, i'm sure it'll be useful after the storm chase, and i've been wanting one for a while. Maybe the Sigma 10-20mm.

    As for the video camera, I think i'll take the risk with Ebay, the loss should be smaller than the rental cost.

    Have you got your exam dates yet Ross?

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  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
  • Weather Preferences: Thunder, snow, heat, sunshine...
  • Location: Beccles, Suffolk.
    OK, here's my stuff so far. I'm sure there will be more....

    2 pairs of underpants. 1 for chase days and 1 for down days :lol: :D

    Shouldn't that be three pairs - just in case an F5 gets too close?? :lol:

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  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
    My Uncle has just said I can borrow his, I think it's the Adventure 7 on this page...

    http://www.tamrac.com/frame_adv.htm

    Here's a couple of the rental websites...

    http://www.lensesforhire.co.uk/index.asp

    http://www.hireacamera.com/

    I think i'm just going to buy a wide angle lens though, i'm sure it'll be useful after the storm chase, and i've been wanting one for a while. Maybe the Sigma 10-20mm.

    As for the video camera, I think i'll take the risk with Ebay, the loss should be smaller than the rental cost.

    Have you got your exam dates yet Ross?

    That is the lens i have and it is great for the price :lol: Copying my bag and my lenses, i should have kept quiet :lol: Only kidding :D

    Good luck with the video camera, you could always keep it?

    I will hopefuly be getting exam dates this week, i'll let everyone know and probably book flights if i can go. Are you flying from Heathrow yeah?

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  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything Extreme!
  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
    That is the lens i have and it is great for the price :lol: Copying my bag and my lenses, i should have kept quiet :lol: Only kidding :D

    Good luck with the video camera, you could always keep it?

    I will hopefuly be getting exam dates this week, i'll let everyone know and probably book flights if i can go. Are you flying from Heathrow yeah?

    Yes, Heathrow on the 19th, American Airlines flight 51.

    Not sure how i'm getting down there yet, probably train but if i'm lucky my Mam says she might take me in the car.

    I was looking to get a good HD video camera, at around £500. I don't think I would use it again anyway so probably best to sell it on.

    I'll keep an eye on Ebay, I would like to get that Sigma lens under £300 if possible.

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    Multi...Try http://www.megabus.com/landing.php

    Im going to London return for 8 quid...they do National....

    Anyone know of a link that shows the difference from Standard lens to Wide angle lense....pics

    Considering getting one...Probaly just about manage it now as Im slowly getting to the end of my budget

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  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
    Yes, Heathrow on the 19th, American Airlines flight 51.

    Not sure how i'm getting down there yet, probably train but if i'm lucky my Mam says she might take me in the car.

    I was looking to get a good HD video camera, at around £500. I don't think I would use it again anyway so probably best to sell it on.

    I'll keep an eye on Ebay, I would like to get that Sigma lens under £300 if possible.

    They have shot up in price hugely with the exchange rate haven't they? If we are talking about the same lens i think i got mine for £200 or less brand new!

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  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything Extreme!
  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
    Multi...Try http://www.megabus.com/landing.php

    Im going to London return for 8 quid...they do National....

    Anyone know of a link that shows the difference from Standard lens to Wide angle lense....pics

    Considering getting one...Probaly just about manage it now as Im slowly getting to the end of my budget

    Never thought of the bus, those prices are great. I'll keep that in mind :lol:

    They have shot up in price hugely with the exchange rate haven't they? If we are talking about the same lens i think i got mine for £200 or less brand new!

    This is it on Amazon...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sigma-10-20mm-f4-5...M/dp/B0007U00X0

    Can't find any cheaper than that for a new one from the UK. Some on Ebay go for around £300. Looks like you got lucky!

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  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
    Never thought of the bus, those prices are great. I'll keep that in mind :D

    This is it on Amazon...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sigma-10-20mm-f4-5...M/dp/B0007U00X0

    Can't find any cheaper than that for a new one from the UK. Some on Ebay go for around £300. Looks like you got lucky!

    Ouch! Thats the right one, not a chance i paid anywhere near that much for it! I notice it is 480 on jessops as well :lol:

    It is the lens i use the most, if it wasn't i would consider selling it seeing those prices!

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    I will to stick to my Standard Lens :lol:

    as I ve worked out my budget for the next 6 weeks and cant really afford this fantastic lens..Maybe next year.

    Got another 2 batteries for the video camera on order..

    Thats about it for me apart from buying a water proof Rain Mack :D

    Got enough long shorts for the journey...

    maybe buy another pair of trainers

    not long now :D

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  • Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire - 80m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Tornadoey
  • Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire - 80m ASL
    Anyone know of a link that shows the difference from Standard lens to Wide angle lense....pics

    Considering getting one...Probaly just about manage it now as Im slowly getting to the end of my budget

    I know you've said this morning that you are going to wait, but I thought I'd show you a comparison anyway since I've taken some :)

    Using a Canon 40d (1.6x crop factor) aiming in the rough direction of the transmission tower on the hill half a mile behind the house... It wasn't easy hanging out of the window, so don't judge the images against the lenses... There's some blurriness due to camera shake and the windows gets in the way in a few shots ;)

    I ideally want a zoom lens between the wide angle and the telephoto, but funds won't allow me at the moment. I'm torn between the 24-70L F2.8 and the 24-105L F4. Both are a little on the expensive side unfortunately ;)

    10mm - Sigma EX 10-20 F4.5-5.6

    IMG_2431.JPG

    20mm - Sigma EX 10-20 F4.5-5.6

    IMG_2432.JPG

    50mm - Canon 50mm F1.8

    IMG_2433.JPG

    100mm - Canon 100-400L F4.5-5.6

    IMG_2434.JPG

    200mm - Canon 100-400L F4.5-5.6

    IMG_2435.JPG

    400mm - Canon 100-400L F4.5-5.6

    IMG_2438.JPG

    The Sigma lens is a beauty when it comes to Lanscapes. You can almost be under the meso and still take in all the structure. Saying that, a lot of my structure shots were still done at the 20mm end so an ultra wide isn't always necessary. I'd propably use my nifty fifty for Tornado shots, and I'm only really taking my 100-400 for wildlife shots on down days (Golden Eagles and the like).I could see me using that at the 100mm end for distant tornadoes however if road options don't allow a safe intercept at a closer range.

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    wow...thats some telephoto lens...and so clear...

    Its like a telescope..lol...picture quality for that distance superb

    I did find a good video on you tube of pics taken in standard and the Sigma wide angle...

    I was very impressed....

    I also like the Canon telephoto lens you have there...

    All these lenses are extremely expensive...

    I nearly bought one on ebay but due to only 6 weeks to go I thought I better not....Still got to get some

    money together....

    So Im gutted but when I come back I will hopefully save up to get one

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  • Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire - 80m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: Tornadoey
  • Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire - 80m ASL

    The 1.6 crop factor gives it an approximate focal length of 640mm which is why it's so nice at the longer ranges. Completely impractical for photographing tornadoes of course unless you want to focus in on a suction vortex but then you'd have to worry about that lens' low light capabilities vs a fast moving object and I'm sure it would come out terrible ;) I should note that that also makes the 10mm wide angle appear equivalent to 16mm on a full frame camera so you lose out at the wide end but that is more than wide enough anyway :)

    You are looking at the best part of £1000 for that 100-400L also. My wallet seriously wished I'd gone with the 400L prime rather than a zoom lens ;)

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  • Location: south London
  • Location: south London

    good point about light source on telephoto lenses for storms..

    after seeing the YouTube clip of the Sigma 10mm 20mm thats going to be my first upgrade when I get back.

    Also I will have to check my casio and see what it can do...Havent had it long so still learning...

    but its a box of tricks my Casio Exilim

    thanks for the advice Nathan

    ;)

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  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything Extreme!
  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.

    Just ordered the Sigma 10-20mm lens, £330 was the cheapest I could find anywhere.

    Also got two extra batteries for my camera for just £9.

    I'm getting there!

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  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
  • Location: East Renfrewshire 180m asl
    Just ordered the Sigma 10-20mm lens, £330 was the cheapest I could find anywhere.

    Also got two extra batteries for my camera for just £9.

    I'm getting there!

    Congrats mate, you will enjoy it :aggressive:

    Anyone got any ideas what filters to buy so that i can get longer exposures during the daytime for lightning? I'm rubbish with filters!

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  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything Extreme!
  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
    Congrats mate, you will enjoy it :aggressive:

    Anyone got any ideas what filters to buy so that i can get longer exposures during the daytime for lightning? I'm rubbish with filters!

    You'll need Neutral Density filters, you can get ND2, ND4 and ND8, with ND8 blocking the most light.

    You can also get ND64 which i've just discovered, but they are expensive and hard to find in the UK.

    I have an ND4 but I haven't used it much in daylight so i'm not sure how long exposures it would do, I would think still only 1-2 seconds.

    The ND64 would certainly work though from what i've read.

    Good info here...

    http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Using-a-...ity-filter-4871

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