Good Cruise lense(s)

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Going on a cruise in january that will stop off in the Grand Cayamans, Jamaica, and Cozumel.

What should I take? I have my 50 1.8 and can probably borrow a Sigma 12-24 from a friend. Do I need much more? look at a more versatile zoom lens instead?

Sorta far off, but if I need to save for a lens it gives me time :)

cheers - michael
 
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Well the 18 200 is a good walk around lens, a lot of people dis it, and it is soft on the long end. i bought it when they were brand new, to take to Europe, with the intent of selling it as soon as i got home. still have it. It is a bit slow, but a good traveling lens. I also took a 50 1.8, it is a bit long for interior shots, but I made it work in museums.
 
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I'd pick up a used 18-70 for around 200 bucks. It's a very usefull focal range and a sharp lens for the money.

Cheers

Ted:smile:
 
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I took my 18-200 VR and the 50/F1.4 on my Med cruise last spring. Didn't really use the 50mm much. The 18-200 was on the D300 pretty much full time. It's not fast or as tack sharp as the pro glass, but it has great range and it is nice not to have to carry a bag of lenses around with you everywhere. I took quite a few landscape (seascape) pics from the ship at full 200mm reach, and they blew up to 8x10 prints very nicely.
 
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On my last cruise, I had the 18-200, 18-35 and 70-300. I could have gotten by with just the 18-200, but did like the 18-35 for around the ship.
 
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I picture most cruise shots being in very bright sunny conditions. I think the 18-200 would shine in these conditions since it can be stopped down. It's when shot wide open it can be a bit soft. For indoor/evening shots I would take a 35/2 but since you already have the 50/1.8 I would just take that.
 
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Hi Michael,
I have done 3 cruise in 4 years all Europe. I have carried different lenses but realized 18-200 is the best. You'll need wide angle on the cruise and and shoot 200mm when you are reaching shore. Carry 50mm, f/1.8 for interior of the ship. You already have 18-55, so my suggestion is to buy 70-300 VR or 55-200 VR. When on shore carry only one lens 18-55 to be light because it will be very hot. Enjoy your trip.
 
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Michael: I recently returned from a cruise to Bermuda. I took an 18-70mm, a 35-70mm, a 70-300mm (non VR), and my 50m 1.8, and the Sigma 10-20mm. Of those I used the Sigma and the 35-70mm 2.8 the most. The Sigma was always on one of the cameras I brought. The third most-used lens was the 70-300mm.

I did not shoot much indoors, but the few times I tried my 50mm, which I truly like, it was just too tight for what I wanted - besides the 35-70mm 2.8, as a zoom, gave me more flexibility. Frankly, I did not see much I wanted to take shots of indoor -- handheld. I took a few shots of family at dinner, but the family portrait I took with the tripod (and the very nifty Phottix Cleon remote).

I don't have an 18-200, but it sounds like a fine lens to take on a cruise, and you save yourself many lens changes. I would have used the 18-70 more but the 35-70mm 2.8 is just a darn nice lens.

Have fun!
 
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I'd take the 18-200, my 50 1.8, and the 10.5 Fisheye. Toss in the SB-800, just in case.
 
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I took a cruise a few months ago and was quite happy with just the 18-200. Probably should have taken the SB600 as I was asking the pop up flash to do too much. :cool:
 
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Going on a cruise in january that will stop off in the Grand Cayamans, Jamaica, and Cozumel.

What should I take? I have my 50 1.8 and can probably borrow a Sigma 12-24 from a friend. Do I need much more? look at a more versatile zoom lens instead?

Sorta far off, but if I need to save for a lens it gives me time :)

cheers - michael

You've already got the 18-55mm, which is a good walk around lens and covers wide to normal focal lengths. The speedy 50/1.8 will satisfy your needs for low light stuff. What you're missing is coverage of the longer focal lengths. The affordable 55-200VR would complement your 18-55 perfectly (that was Nikon's plan :wink:), but if your budget allows, I'd suggest the 70-300VR, which is a forum favorite. Jmho.
 
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On and around the ship, I always use my 18-70. It's size and weight is perfect for a walk around lens. A little off topic, but what cruise line are you cruising with? Just curious cause I work for NCL. :smile:

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thanks all. i ended up selling my 18-55 to a new d50 mom needing a kit lens and picked up the 18-70 per your suggestions. will be spending the next few months getting friendly with it. i'll probably pack along my 50 1.8 and borrow the sigma 12-24 from a friend.

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The 12-24 will be great for shots at sea... although the fisheyes are fantastic for these too...

If you're doing "busy" excursions, I'd avoid packing a whole lot of gear, which makes lenses like the 18-200VR a real benefit.

A fast lens like the 50 f1.8 you have will be great for the on-ship entertainment (the musicals/shows are terrific).

18-200 / D70s:
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50mm / D70s:
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10.5mm fisheye / D200:
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10.5mm fisheye / D200:
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50mm f1.8 / D200:
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On my last cruise I used 10.5 around the ship, and 70-300 VR shooting of a balcony. When on land, take only one land (small prime or something...).
 
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the only port we plan on doing a formal excursion is cozumel. otherwise we plan on spending some time drinking with the locals and getting a feel for each port to see if we want to come back for a dedicated trip. thanks all for the suggestions. :)
 
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Hi Michael,

When my wife and I go on a cruise, I usually try to have the 14-200 focal length covered with my lenses. In Italy, the 28-70 stayed on the camera most of the time. In Alaska, the 70-200 got the most use. In both places, I used a 14-24 for landscapes and cityscapes. Carrying a bunch of lenses is a pain for me, so I try to limit it to three lenses. I'm also a fan of the 18-200. It's a great lightweight walkaround lens, and the IQ is pretty good for most purposes.

Have a great time on your cruise, and I hope you get some super pics!
 

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