Cost effective, lightweight & good quality travel kit

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by TerribleTwins, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. ......Suggestions please.

    Having just been to Tokyo on a business trip & had some free time..took the 17-35, 35-70 & 70-200 - got to find a lighter way to travel:biggrin::biggrin: (yes I know the words light & D3 don't belong in the same sentence,but..)

    Looking for some suggestions....both obvious & none obvious

    e.g. obvious could be something like a 70-300VR & 28-105...none obvious might be some primes to compliment the existing zooms..

    thoughts & suggestions welcome.

    thanks
     
  2. Dee200

    Dee200

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    Jul 17, 2008
    USA
    Ive found the D40 to be nice and light. I hope to get the 18-200 lens and just carry that combo when I travel.
     
  3. D40 and the sigma 30mm 1.4, great combo!
     
  4. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    ya baby:Love:
     
  5. I absolutely adore the 28-105 as a light travel lens for my D3. It has very nice image quality (especially for its price!) and the built in macro ability is a bonus for either macro work, or simply close focusing.

    My current "light travel" kit is 28-105, 85 & 50mm (both are f/1.4). This gives me a real nice travel lens, but also some fast glass to play with. :smile:
     
  6. mchung

    mchung

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    Sep 17, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    I have two travel-light kits for the D3:
    - 28/1.4+85/1.4 (as light as I can get) so maybe a 35/2 would substitute OK.
    - 24-70/2.8 primary lens + 105DC for tele (135 would be nicer) and I'd potentially use a 70-180 instead of the 105

    Otherwise I'd also consider the 24-85/2.8-4 or 24-120 as a single lens solution.

    Back in the film days I had the 17-35, 50, and 80-200, similar to you. On my next big trip, I plan to bring the 16mm, 14-24, 24-70, 28/1.4, 85/1.4, and 70-180. I'd pack lenses according to what I'd be doing that day.

    Martin
     
  7. Thirds for the 30 1.4. I've been re-thinking my travel kit as the 18-200 just isn't what I want since I've gotten "fast" glass and good bokeh. Lately I've been using the 30, 85 1.4 and Sigma 150.
     
  8. mchung

    mchung

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    Sep 17, 2007
    Vancouver, Canada
    The OP has a D3, so might not want to use the 30/1.4 and DX crop... It's hard to go back to the 18-200 once you've gotten better glass, isn't it? I gave it to my wife to try and she likes it, so everybody's happy.
     
  9. I am already preparing for my next travel and I know that the 50mm f/1.8 is a must for me. Its very light and will serve its purpose in any low light places I visit (i.e. Cathedrals)

    I am also thinking about getting either the tamron 18-250mm or the Nikon 18-200mm. That should satisfy my travels.
     
  10. Randy

    Randy

    May 11, 2006
    d40,18-200,70-300
     
  11. ora-et-labora

    ora-et-labora

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    Mar 15, 2008
    Earth
    With a D3, I would take the 35/2 or a 28/2 (AIS, maybe the Zeiss). I usually travel with my D300 and just a Zeiss 25/2.8.
     
  12. LDB415

    LDB415

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    Apr 26, 2008
    Texas
    Are you looking for suggestions for light with a D3 or light? If the D3 is an absolute, light is probably a relative term. If the D3 is a must, FX glass or any glass? If the goal is strictly light the field is broader. If that is the case, are you looking for dslr suggestions only or any suggestion covering light (and possibly compact)?
     
  13. RedTownCats

    RedTownCats

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    Jun 23, 2007
    UK
    24, 35-70 and a 50 works for me with or without a 70-300.

    or replace the 35-70 with 28-105 and maybe drop the 24 or swap it for a 20 in this case -- That little extra width can be nice.

    I guess this would come down to how much you'd forgive an AFD 20/24 on your D3 for a small, lightweight travel kit. I've not seen much comment on their performance on the D3, and a future D3x would presumably negate any improvement.

    I'm waiting 'till the dust settles and am still using film for FF, so the 24 still works for me. Maybe when I buy one of the new FF bodies I'll have to accept some larger wide primes :frown:

    Or, if you're willing to look at AiS lenses... :smile:

    Then again the D40 is a great lightweight body. :biggrin:
     
  14. thrdprophet

    thrdprophet

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    May 13, 2007
    Modesto, CA
    It all depends on the travel that you do,

    If it's like a vacation lens w/very little workout... you could get away w/a couple of decent lenses...

    or if its a grueling hike up say... glaicers... you might have to resort to something ultra compact and small...

    but then you have to factor in, how healthy you are and if your willing to take the extra weight where ever you go.

    how would you rate your travel?

    1 being a stroll down Wakiki beach through 10 being taking photos along the trail head Everest.

    1-10?
     
  15. RedTownCats

    RedTownCats

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    Jun 23, 2007
    UK
    Another thought, how about an 18-35 -- wish I still had one.
     
  16. Sorry If I wasn't clear - the camera body is a D3 & I am looking for some lighter weight options for the lenses, but not DX glass, so the 18-200 is not an option.
     

  17. probably somewhere in the 5 region - e.g.

    going away on a business trip & you end up with a some free time for sightseeing - so combination of travelling through the airports etc & then walking round the city you are in.

    My problem is I try to cover all the bases - should learn to be more selective!!!
     
  18. Gretchen,
    Thanks for the comments - am seriously thinking about the 28-105 based on yours & Uncle Franks comments - question - what do you use for light long range?
     
  19. I'd recommend a d40 or d50, 18-250 Tamron, your 50 1.4 and TC 1.4.

    You'll have a good, light, simple, highIQ camera, the best optical superzoom on the market, a fast 50mm and a fast 70mm (50 + 1.4x = 70mm f/2) lens for isolation shots/portraits. It will all fit in one small holster case. Camera/lens in main compartment, 50mm and 1.4x extender in front compartment (most holsters have them).

    BTW, I carry almost the identical kit with a Sigma 18-200...it works.