I definitely didn't want to be overloaded, but wanted to be confidently prepared. For the gear-nuts, this is what was in my bag:
- Sony a7ii - I shoot mirrorless. The batteries suck, but the small size is nice. Let's not fight.
- Sony a6500 - Mostly a back-up. Also handy when I have a need for speed.
- Sony 85mm 1.8 - Post the people.
- Sony 70-200mm 4 - Had some extra room in my bag...brought in case of fuzzy Icelandic wildlife
- Pentax ME Super w/ 50mm 1.4- Film is most certainly not dead
- Sony 16-35mm 2.8 GMaster - Astrophotography, landscape, etc., big pre-trip upgrade from my f4 version.
Guess which one I broke. Just guess.
It turns out that the Sony 16-35mm 2.8 GMaster is not an all-star in its impact resistance. I dropped the lens from hip height in the zoomed-out position, 16mm. In this position, the inner barrel actually sticks out the front of the lens. After hitting the ground, I picked up my body and lens to find the inner barrel actually bent to the side, jammed at an angle.
Needless to say, I panicked. I quickly removed the lens from the body, grabbed the inner and outer barrel, and forced the lens back into alignment. Admittedly, this was an aggressive move. That said, once things were aligned properly, it worked great! Engineering degree hard at work. It worked great at 16mm anyway. The lens focused well, was sharp across the frame, but was stuck at 16mm. The lens was covered under a drops & spills warranty, so all-good there, but more or less, I could have brought my Rokinon 14mm 2.8 prime that I already owned, saved $1900 and hours and hours of my time.
Once the panic subsided, a wave of realization swept over me that I literally could do nothing to resolve this. I was in the middle of an island, living out of a car and a tent. There were no camera stores for hundreds of miles, no opportunities for repair or replacement. I could do nothing to resolve this, except to start thinking ultra-wide, and take some ridiculous photos.