bob_r wrote:I like Gordon's idea about adding a flash, but I'd add a big one (580) plus a "Better Beamer" flash extender.
Bob, I thought specifically about flash size, which is why I recommended a small flash. I spend a lot of time in wilderness situations canoeing and backpacking and preparing for a trip I lay out everything on the floor and look it over to determine what is the most important. Got to do that because I always want to take more stuff than what my pack will hold and my back will support...grin.
Choices can be really painful. Do I take my telephoto or the macro lens? (Which is more important? The ever-present, but under-photographed wilderness bugs and flowers or the possibility of a moose or caribou?) Do I take a flash or an additional camera battery?
And it goes even further than that. If I add an additional piece of camera equipment, I will have to prune something else such as an extra emergency meal that will be needed in case I get lost or get windbound on some distant lake far from other resources. I'm not sure how our Alaskan friend travels or how far from that transportation he may have to walk or what sort of load he may be involved in carrying back to that transport, so don't know if that difference in space/weight or added capability might be worth to his particular applications.
So, I look at what a large flash would give me over a small one and see very little gain. A Better Beamer would certainly add to taking photos in some instances, but wouldn't find its way into my wilderness pack.
But if space and weight wasn't an issue, then I'd certainly go with your suggestions....