I have just returned from Panama and I used this trip as a test for the one camera solution I have been searching for travel stock photography and stock video clips. First let me say that Panama City, Panama is like Disney World for Adults there is so much to see and do. The city is beautiful and desperate at the same time, from millionaire properties to the under privileged Panamanians who work so hard for so little, in the middle a definite middle class who enjoy world standard amenities in this fascinating and crazy city. If you have not visited Panama do so you won't regret it.
The camera solution I decided upon was this:
This worked great for street and general stock photography and video, I did take a "disposable" $39 tripod from Walmart the Soligor T157 I took this for video so I could get locked down shots, it is a light weight tripod, no good in strong wind, having said that the center column does have a bag hook for extra weight stability. The tripod itself comes with a bag that has a shoulder strap and weighs around 3lbs so you can carry this for a long time and the price is right which can be covered by selling one clip on Pond5. The tripod wont last years but did work for me very well, I don't do much panning or tilts so the crappy head is OK.
I love 24mm as a wide lens on a full frame sensor, it's wide enough for me, the only comment on the lens I have is that f4 isn't wide enough for low light, on the other hand the Canon at ISO 640 is still usable for stock images. I would replace the lens with an f2.8 variant if I could or if Canon introduces one.
The dirty little secret which shoots holes in my one camera solution is that for video some times you need speed of set up and more reach from the lens or a better way of shooting time lapse, one where the camera stitches the frames together. For this reason I did pack my Panasonic TM700 which did great work at filling the gaps that my Canon gear could not cover, it also turned me into looking like the typical tourist like a Harry Potter cloak of invisibility. The Panasonic was able to be packed in the top compartment of the Sling Shot along with three batteries, wide angle lens adapter and lens hood.
The Sling Shot 102 AW held everything and the total pack with cameras was 10 lbs which was my carry on allowance with the charter airline I used.
My reflections of the trip, I didn't feel I missed any shots because of equipment, I did have additional grip items and the tripod in my checked luggage and I felt a lot freer to shoot, the bag fulls of equipment were not weighing me down or becoming a barrier to shoot by having too much choice. You can't do studio photography or a wedding with this set up but you can bring back lots of usable travel stock photography and video clips.
My trip worked because I hired guides, one in Panama City and one in the interior of the country, using their local knowledge and driving skills and my shoot list I had researched prior to leaving made this trip a total success, I strongly recommend you look into using local people to guide you to the best shooting locations and restaurants. We ate in one Panamanian restaurant in the country for three of us for a very large hearty meal of the national dish, a soup called Sancocho de gallina, total cost including a plate of rice each was $ 9.75 for all three meals.