I know most of the topics are from new people to Yellowstone asking questions, but I thought I'd post my experiences in regards to what Yellowstone has done to me, in particular with regards to cameras and optics. I encourage others to post their experiences and if you've never been to the park, maybe post what you plan to bring with you. This June will be our (my wife and I) 4th visit to the park, first was August 2008. Here we go:
August 2008 - First visit - We didn't have much, but we brought with us a borrowed pair of 8x30 binoculars, I had a 5MP digital point and shoot, and my wife had her film SLR with a 300mm lens. We got some good pics, but after seeing other peoples equipment, we were a little disappointed. We still had an AMAZING VISIT!!! We quickly got hooked on wildlife, especially the bears and wolves.
August 2010 - 2nd visit - Got some upgrades. Still had borrowed binoculars but this time they were 10x50 which was an improvement. I did buy a 20-60x60mm spotting scope (cheap from Walmart) and had a better 12MP point and shoot with a 10x zoom, and my wife still had her film SLR. Better, but still I wanted more. The spotting scope was the best purchase I made. (only $60)
June 2012 - 3rd visit - My wife had a friend with her who brought her 10x50 binoculars. I bought for this trip 12x50 binoculars, had the same scope, and I also bought the Canon SX40 HS superzoom (35x) camera, wife still had the film SLR. While I really like the scope I had, I quickly saw it's shortcomings. The superzoom enabled me to finally get some great grizzly and wolf pics, and the 12x50 binoculars finally satisfied me. But, I still want more.....
June 2014 - 4th visit - This year I will be bringing my last 2 cameras (SX40 superzoom and the last point and shoot) along with my new Canon T3i DSLR with multiple lenses (retired the film SLR). I will be buying a new scope 20-60x80mm with better eye relief, and will have another pair of 12x50 binoculars. All this equipment for the 2 of us :-) Why am I doing this? I guess it's because Yellowstone is like no other place on earth that I have been to, and I want to enjoy it to its fullest extent.
We will be in the park for 10 days this time, and we will not have an itinerary. The first 5 nights will be in Roosevelt, and will spend the mornings and evenings in Lamar Valley. During the daytime, we'll go where we feel, just "winging it."
Is it June yet? I hope to hear from others what changes they've made or how Yellowstone has made them buy, what I call, more TOYS!!!