With travel photography, one of the issues is prioritising equipment. You simply can’t carry everything you could possibly want to bring. If you do then it often hampers the overall travel experience as you’re weighed down by equipment and have to constantly look after it. For me, on my current trip that meant I couldn’t justify bringing a dedicated macro lens, especially when I had the XF56mm and XF50-140mm covering the similar focal lengths offered by the two available macro options. Instead I chose to pack both the 11mm and 16mm extension tubes (MCEX-11 and MCEX-16, about $90 each). Offering camera-lens communication that allows autofocus, these simple compact devices can turn nearly any lens into a macro option (but please check lens compatibility).
Canon DSLR destroyed by Leafcutter ants in overnight wildlife shoot in the Amazon rainforest
When entomologist Phil Torres, along with wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer, set up a Canon 7D and infrared sensor in the Amazon rainforest to get some shots of a jaguar or other wildlife at night, they hoped they’d thought of everything.
As it turns out, the local leafcutter ant population had very different ideas. After chewing up much of their protection measures, the ultimate demise of the electronic equipment was caused by the weather.
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