New Zealand advice

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Pa, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. I wasn't sure where to put this query, so defaulted to here.

    My wife and I are leaving for New Zealand in just under two weeks, to be there about 4 weeks. We will, of course, be taking a lot of pictures.

    Equipment: we'll take a D70 and a D70s body, 18-70, 28-200, and 50/1.8. I have a 70-300 but plan not to take it because I don't want to haul a tripod.
    I was hoping to get a new 18-200 VR for this trip, but it looks like that's not gonna happen. I'll have a small laptop for downloading the pictures and burning to DVD.

    I noticed Bjorn recommended to someone else to take UV filters for all lenses. I don't have these - how necessary would they be?

    Any other suggestions from knowledgeable photo travelers will be appreciated.
     
  2. MontyDog

    MontyDog

    Jan 30, 2005
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  3. PJohnP

    PJohnP

    Feb 5, 2005
    Pa :

    If you are to be in the mountains, the UV filters will be essential. You could also benefit from a polariser in some circumstances.

    I envy you the trip. NZ is one of my favourite places on earth.


    John P.
     
  4. Flew

    Flew

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    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Pa, I can't comment intelligently on the need for UV filters, but I do highly envy your trip. NZ is one place that I'd really like to visit.

    Have a great trip, and bring back a bunch of beautiful pictures. :smile:
     
  5. nfoto

    nfoto Guest

    I spent the year 1996 in NZ as a visiting research scientist and had the pleasant opportunity to travel the entire country, North and South Islands, for many months. Since I travelled in the company of the natives I was treated on an equal footing with them, which added immensely to the experience.

    At that time I still used film, so brought with me two F5 cameras and the following lenses: 25-50/4, 58 Noct, 85/1.4, 105/4 Micro-Nikkor, 50-135/3.5, and 300/2.8 plus the TC14B. Initially I didn't have UV filters with me, but fortunately enough I located an excellent E6 film lab in Christchurch and had them process my films after each shooting. I very quickly realised that the high UV levels in NZ led to colour casts and in particular, washed-out sky renditions, so I purchased a complete set of filters for my lenses and used them for all shots unless it was a shot into the sun.
     
  6. Thanks to all for your responses. I find that I have a UV filter for the 28-200, but not for the 18-70. Does anyone have a specific recommendation? The selection in the B&H catalog is pretty daunting.:confused:
     
  7. Pa,
    It so happens that I still have my 67mm MC UV filter from when I had the 18-70 lens. It is a Quantaray brand. Will send it to you free if that will help.
    Dave
     
  8. Wow, that would be wonderful. I'll be happy to pay your cost and shipping.
     
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