I took the 12-24 and 28-105 combo on a trip to Spain in May. I used them both extensively, but found that the focal length break between the two was very awkward for me.I'd be more inclined to take the 12-24 and the 28-105. The 28-105 is awesome, and going past 70mm will be very handy to bring in interesting features. 55mm will be quite short, certainly if you are in the shores of Katmai or somewhere equally pretty, you'll want to be up to 100 or even 200mm if you get decent sky. 55mm will be too short for this - you can mitigate against this by taking a second body with a longer lens.
This is a great point, but not for the reasons Frank intended. If your "best glass" weighs you down to the extent that you can't hike to where you want to shoot, then you might as well leave it at home. For hiking, I'd take your D40 with the 18-55. That is all the camera you're going to need on the trail, and you can replace the extra weight and room with food and water so you can hike further, and get more great shots!If you don't bring your best glass, you might as well leave your dslr at home and take your cp5700.
Interesting point, David. The fact is that my wife and I tend to be pretty independent in our shooting, so we need two complete kits. For her, a "complete kit" is the D40+18-200VR. The 18-55 is along for when she wants a really light combo for longer walks.If you are going to bring both bodies, one of the 18-200's and the 18-55, why do you need something else to cover the 18-28mm range below the 28-105?
I was undecided until this. I've never had the good fortune to go so I don't know what "evening" is like or your exact definition of evening but based on my definition of evening at home the f2.8 of the 17-55 would be the winning factor in an otherwise close call.So the 17-55 (or 18-70) will largely be used for roadside shooting and evening walks.
Thanks, Eric. We think we'd better be doing these trips now while we're physically able. At our age, one never knows .Hey Jim -
Geez! *Another* trip for you two to a photographically-rich wonderland?? I should have become a nuclear engineer (almost did actually - lol!).
The 18-70 in good light has always served me very well, with one singular exception: it vignettes at 18mm when I use it with my (quite thin) Hoya "Super Pro-1" CP.
The light weight of the 18-70 should be a plus, I'd think . . .
Say hi to Beth, and have a(nother) great trip,