I did a search and besides the old forum did not see any threads on solar eclipse's. These are pretty rare, next total eclipse is 2024 for the US and I probably won't be around long enough for another US event. I have searched pages of websites and forums and some of the information is more directed at viewing the event with a telescope and others get sidetracked about the weather in the location they are looking to photograph the event from. I know a few members here have some experience with this and might be able to point me in the right direction. If I drive around 30-40 miles I can get between 2 min 15 sec to 2 min 36 seconds of totality.
The following is equipment I can get my hands on, if I can get some guidance it would be appreciated.
Gear list: D810, D7100, D200 (Lifepixel super color IR conversion), D700, F5
Daystar Camera Quark Hydrogen Alpha filter for Nikon mount (4.2x), Daystar energy rejection filter 130mm/100mm (this will cover the front element of the 200-400 but unfortunately not completely. With the 4.2x teleconverter inside I should not see any vignette I hope), 77mm White light solar filter.
All Nikon lenses:: 24-70mm F2.8G 85mm f1.8G 135mm f2.0D DC 70-200mm f2.8G VR II 200-400 f4.0 VRI 300mm f4.0D 400mm f2.8G VRII 600mm f4.0D EDII TC14 and 17 II, TC 20 III.
RRS tripod and gimbal head, extra tripod with ball head (I might have an old manfrotto heavy lens support somewhere but might not be able to find it), monopod with ball head.
My current plan (may not be a good one though) is to take the RRS tripod/gimbal head with the D200, Daystar filters and 200-400mm. I believe this will give the best overall outcome, figure the IR converted sensor would do better with the specific range of light being transmitted through the Daystar filter. MC-36 remote release.
A second camera, probably the D7100 with 300mm F4, TC -20 III, extra tripod with ball head, and white light filter. I predict that the ball head will be a problem, maybe a lower TC and just crop to what I want. I would have a bit more room for error and would not have to adjust the focus point as much. If I can find the manfrotto lens support might use the 600mm and use a 195mm white light filter (would need to purchase). ML-L3 wireless remote.
A possible third camera if I use the 600mm and D7100 setup. The D810 with 300mm and TC 1.4 and 77mm white light filter hand held.
Honestly, this is probably overkill, if I want to see pictures go look on the web. Some people have practiced this stuff for years and will have way better results that me just messing with it for a week (I do plan to take a few pics to test this stuff before the event).