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perfect travel kit?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by lovD300, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. lovD300


    Feb 25, 2008
    I am still thinking of what would be the perfect travel kit. I would think that the 11-16 tokina, sig 30 f/1.4, 18-200, and the 60mm 2.8 macro for lens. and the d300 with the mb-d10.

    The 11-16, and 18-200 would be your main grab and go lens, and if really needed the 60mm. Then you have the sig 30 f/1.4 for at night (low light shots). So far I have not traveled much, went to the DR and Jamaica. And from those trips I only had a d300 for Jamaica. So with this small experience I found that with the 18-200... it pretty much does it all! But once and a while it would of been nice to have a wider lens just to catch that punch you in your face view shots. Plus it would of been nice to have a nice low light lens for night time. and now owning the 60mm af-s macro it is a good macro for those flowers/bug/portrait lens. And I was at an all-inclusive in Jamaica and found most of the macro shots would of been right at the resort! which means when heading out/off the resort all you really need is the 11-16, and the 18-200. The 30mm and 60mm would pretty much be for on the resort unless you are off doing something at night off resort, then you just grab the 30mm.

    Now since I have only traveled a few times and am fairly new to photograhy I thought I would ask everyone what they figured would be the perfect travel kit? And what they thought of the setup I am thinking about?
  2. I shouldn't answer this...

    I am the wrong guy to advice on the perfect travel kit... I have two camera bags with me when I travel... The heaviest clocking in at 15 kilos ... :rolleyes: 

    Wide and long as well as a fast lens would be an ideal travel kit and you coudl save yourself a little bit of weight by using the 18-200 as your flower/bug lens.

    You already have a fast lens in the guise of the 50/1.8 and the 18-200.

    Bring the 60 since it is 2.8 and all you really need is a wide angle lens, the 11-16 tokina keep in mind you can crank up the iso on that D300 and even use the 18-200 for low light shots or combined with the camera flash and you are covered.
  3. I think it depends on your goals. However to me, the ideal travel kit consists of one lens. Or maybe two.... Try going out for a day trip with only the AF-S 60mm and see what you can do. (Seriously.)
  4. lovD300


    Feb 25, 2008
    I can see what you mean about going for a day with the 60mm that has bumped the 18-200mn aside as my walk around lens ever since I picked it up. but me and my wife in Jamaica went for a ride dowtown to go shopping and if I would of just brought the 60mm I would of missed what the 18-200 did get. But for only grabbing the 60 for a walk around on the resort I can totally see me doing.

    But it should be something I should try...:biggrin: as It would change my view from just grabbing a zoom and make me think about each shot more
  5. JDann24


    Dec 15, 2007
    Garland, Texas
    When I travel, I like to travel lightly. I wouldn't bring the grip and I would only bring two or three lenses. I would bring your 11-16, 18-200, and the 30mm. Or bring the 11-16, 18-200, and a flash.
  6. I cannot call it the "perfect travel kit" but it works for me. Here we go:
    1- D70S body.
    2-Tokina 12-24.
    3- Nikon 18-70.
    4-Nikon 70-300 VR.
    If in a pinch, then I take the D70S with 18-70 and 70-300. The 50mm f1.8 usually travels with me.
    William Rodriguez
    Miami, Florida.
  7. I'm going for a week to Luxembourg in 2 weeks and I will probably bring the following:

    - D200
    - Tokina 12-24 (not sure about this one)
    - Nikkor 18-70
    - Sigma 70-300 Macro APO DG (maybe I buy the Nikkor 70-300VR instead)
    - SB-800
    - Velbon Sherpa Pro CF-435 tripod and Marking M10 head

    This will be put in my Lowepro Rover AW-II (for hiking) and I will also bring my National Geographic 2475 as a shoulder bag.
  8. My vacation kit is:

    70-300 (my son's :wink:) ​
    I like that the 28-105 since it also has the 1:2 macro feature.
  9. Depending on the purpose of the trip and how much time and effort you will be able to devote to your photo-taking, there are endless ways in which to kit yourself out for travel. Somewhere between "The Dude" and using your cellphone camera is where most of us fall :wink:

    My travel kit may be 12-24 + 30/1.4 + 85/1.8 but depending on the reasons for my travel I may substitute a 50/1.4 for the 30 and take something longer too instead of the 85.
    If you have the time and opportunity, learning how to properly use flash can make a huge difference to your photos.
  10. Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    May 16, 2006
    My travel kit:

    Nikkors: 12-24 & 80-200 2r with KenkoPro1.4 TC and Canon 500D for Macro.

    All in a little AW2 LowPro either with Belt and/or sholder straps. holds everything I need to cover a lot of imaging situations.

    For those "non photo trips" -a D70 with a 24-85 D as my point and shoot.
  11. The thing about the perfect travel kit is that it is usually limited to what people already own, therefore you get a slightly tainted list. I have all of what I would recommend:

    For a light weight kit:

    Tokina 11-16mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Nikon 70-300mm (or the 300mm f4)
    D300 without grip
    SB-600 flash (or leave this at home as the small bag may not have room)

    For a slightly heavier:
    Tokina 11-16mm
    Nikon 28-70mm (or 24-70mm)
    Nikon 70-200mm (or the older 80-200mm)

    For an all out - no weight limit -- you pick 'em. I would simply add the 300mm VR f2.8 to the above list, along with a couple of teleconverters.
  12. my travel kit is
    35 f/2
    55-200 vr
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