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My "2007" Vacation Kit....

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Jeff Lee, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    May 16, 2006
    I asked several months ago, what lenses to take to France. Well after shooting in several different local sites over the past months with various combinations, I have now have my 2007 travel kit assembled.

    I was considering getting rid of my 80-200 f2.8, but I did a lot of shooting with a buddy and his 18-200. For me the difference between my images and his (and he's pretty good, just had several images in the Nature's Best at the Smithsonian) were just to great (he just bought a 70-200VR to fix the difference:biggrin: ).

    So until I upgrade to the next version of the D200, here's my travel kit:

    80-200 f2.8 with KenkoPro1.4 (just couldn't file the tabs off either my E1.4 or 1.7)
    Canon 500D
    Sensor dust travel brush and blower, several batteries and lots of cards.

    All comfortable in a LowPro AW2 (love the rain coat, saved me the last two travel seasons).

    I just tested the 80-200 f2.8 with the Kenko and was quit pleased wide open, really good even compared to my 300.

    After two years of buying lenses (actually sold one, darn) and trying various combinations, for me this size bag and the versitility of these items is the perfect travel kit.

    What is your minimal travel kit for this year?
  2. Hmmm...you are missing a big chunk between 24 and 80 in my opinion.

    We are going to Florida (sure, not the same as France, but it does begin with an F :-D ) and I'm taking my 18-70 and 70-300 VR.
  3. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    May 16, 2006
    I thought so too at first, but my 24-85 D is staying home. Exif shows that most of my shots in test runs were shot with either the 12/24 or 80-200. I used a 35mm lens as my normal in film, so the 24 is really my "normal" now.

    I used to have the 70-300 ED before I sold it and got my 80-200. I found that I was always using the 300 end, so I ended up with the 300 AFS f4 and TCe1.4/1.7 (still way to short for the small birds:) .

    Have a great trip to FLA. I sure the two lenses you are taking will give you some great images.
  4. Donzo98


    Nov 10, 2005
    Merrick, NY
    I just came back from a cruise...

    I took the D200, 18-200 VR and the 50mm 1.4. I didn't use the 50 one time. :smile:

  5. DABO


    Jan 13, 2006
    To me, "minimal" and "travel" don't go together. I usually pack too much when I go somewhere that I think will have lots of different photo ops. But if I was taking a family vacation and had to travel with a minimal kit, right now it would be:

    70-180 macro

  6. I fly to Spain on Friday, and for various reasons I restricted myself to the Lowepro Topload Zoom AW, that means: D50, Tokina 12-24, the Nikon 28-105 and the 1.8/50 for low light situations. That should be enough. The 28-105 has a 1:2 macro ability, so I don't need my macro lens. Hope that'll work.. :wink:
  7. AndyE


    May 2, 2005
    Vienna, Austria
    Jeff, it depends on the type of travel.

    Via air - I take what fits in the LowePro Minitrekker:
    D200, 12-24mm/4, 17-55mm/2.8, 105mm/2.8 VR, 70-200mm/2.8, 200-400mm/4 (only if animals are there)
    Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available)

    if travelling with the car, the selection is day by day depending on photographic intent (too many choices :smile:) :
    View attachment 87338

  8. Dave


    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    I always take my backpack with me which includes my laptop and all of my lenses and my D50. Of course I only own 4 lenses so it's not that big of a deal.
  9. Tosh


    May 6, 2005
    Since my travel always includes my family, I go light and minimal.
    My Nikon travel kit is a D40 and the 18-200vr. I'm very pleased with the all-purpose nature of that lens for travel.
    I'll bring a Sigma 30 1.4 if I anticipate a need for low light shots and toss in an SB800 if there's likely to be indoor people shots.

    A few 18-200vr snaps from a February Caribbean trip:


    I also brought a 105vr along on the trip, but didn't use it. I've since passed it on to The Clam. I'm getting very minimal for this travel kit.
  10. gugs


    Feb 24, 2006
    My minimal travel kit is the D200+18-200VR+SB-800. If I have some more space I add a 12-24 and a prime (35, 50, or 85) or the Tamron 17-50 2.8

    When travelling for a few weeks I take a "full" config in my backpack, two bodies, 10.5, 12-24, 18-200VR, 105VR, 85 1.8, 70-200VR, 80-400OS(sigma), 17-50(Tamron), filters, tripod...
    A pic close to Mount Edith Cavell in Alberta, Canada... my wife thinks I am totally crazy and she might be right (shot with a Powershot :biggrin:) 

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  11. Shiny


    May 1, 2006
    London, England
    I'm off for a few days on the Isle of Wight next week (tiny island a few miles from southern England) but am suffering from 'Just'. In theory, I'm just taking my D200 and 18-200. Then again, I just might add my fisheye and maybe just add the 70-300 as well and maybe a flash..................blimey, I've just packed everything !
  12. Donzo98


    Nov 10, 2005
    Merrick, NY
    D200 plus 18-200 will be perfect!! Have a good trip. :biggrin: :biggrin:
  13. PJohnP


    Feb 5, 2005
    Jeff :

    "Minimal" ? Hmmm.... :rolleyes: 

    I'll hold this down to what would be brought on a trip, usually flights in my case, but not necessarily what I'd have in my hand every day, and I'll artificially list only four lenses per case, although I might go with three or five in certain cases.

    City with night shooting :

    • 12-24mm f/4 AFS
    • 28mm f/1.4
    • 58mm f/1.2 "Noct"
    • 85mm f/1.4 or 105mm f/2 DC

    City/suburb/exurb mixed case shooting :

    • 12-24mm f/4 AFS
    • 28mm f/1.4
    • 28-70mm f/2.8 AFS or 58mm f/1.2 "Noct"
    • 70-200mm f/2.8 AFS/VR or 105mm f/2 DC (and Canon 500D)

    Nature/landscape shooting (flight travel) :

    • 12-24mm f/4 AFS
    • 28-70mm f/2.8 AFS
    • 70-200mm f/2.8 AFS/VR (and Canon 500D)
    • 200-400mm f/4 AFS/VR

    Nature/landscape shooting with macro (flight travel) :

    • 12-24mm f/4 AFS
    • 28-70mm f/2.8 AFS
    • 70-180mm Zoom Micro-Nikkor f/4.5-5.6 (and 5T/6T)
    • 200-400mm f/4 AFS/VR

    Of course, these don't include things like filters, TC's, flash, or other support equipment like tripods (I have three different tripods for different travel cases).

    The next to last case for landscape/nature shooting is probably my most prevalent mix for my business travel, as The Four Musketeers mix offers me an incredible level of flexibility for shooting. With the use of the Canon 500D diopter and a TC like the TC17EII, I can shoot almost any circumstance with a high level of confidence. I even find the The Four Musketeers a better mix than The Trinity (17-35mm, 28-70mm, 70-200mm all f/2.8), because I can get the wider angle, and in most cases of very low light WA shooting, I'd use a tripod for my system anyway.

    I can bring this down to a three or even a two lens combo set when I need to; or, if I'm driving and have more capability for items, obviously increase my set (although I'll never ever be able to rival Bjørn Rørslett's trunk o' lenses - Bjørn's Lens Cornucopia).

    If there's a lens that I've liked for just walking around in daytime, that's not too big, has passable range and some wide angle, it's been the much-unfairly-maligned 24-120mm AFS/VR f/3.5 - 5.6. That lens has delivered crisp good shots for me in all kinds of circumstances, and it can be popped into a small bag with ease.

    YMMV, as they say... :wink:

    John P.
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