Travel Kit Questions?

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So I'm going to do some traveling again this year. Trying to decide between bringing a bulkier FX kit or a smaller DX kit. This is what I'm thinking:

D3, D3100 (for video) - 16-35 VR, 85 G, 70-200 VR-II

or

D300, D3100 (for video) - 10.5 DX (will buy), 16-35 VR, 70-200 VR-II

Any opinions or suggestions on what to bring? Thanks!
 
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Jonathan :


If you're going for the WA on the trip in DX, ponder either the Sigma 10-20mm or the Nikon 10-24mm. Less distortion than the 10.5mm, and more flexibility. If I didn't already have the 12-24mm, I'd have switched (and the body quality on the 12-24mm is also pretty darned nice).

I'd also counsel considering a teleconverter. I've recently come into the TC20EIII, and it's been nothing less than stellar. Might be handy along with the 70-200mm for either kit (I still use my TC17EII a bit, but the TC200EIII is rapidly eclipsing it - it's that good).


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hows about D3 + 16-35 + 70-300vr + dedicated camcorder??

on travels, i always bring a fast lens with me (ie: 35/1.8g for dx or sigma 50 for FX), and i NEVER end up using it. everything i shoot seems to not be moving fast OR i want great DOF, so speed is rarely an issue when i travel. f4 and f5.6 lenses never hinder me on travels, but VR is VERY useful. think dimly lit places where tripods are a no-no. this is where FX high ISO + VR make for a very useful combo. plus the 70-300 will be so much lighter than the 70-200.

just a thought, since your shooting needs may be completely different from mine...
 
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It seems with each trip I take the desire to downsize goes up. Even though my wife lets me go off on tangents I try to minimize those moments so we can both enjoy the trip. I now bring 2 lens max. Lately I have the desire to leave the 17-55 at home, and pick up a 35 to go with the 70-300 or just bring a 35 (wish there was somethign wider/fast) & 85. Have fun on your trip.
 

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Really, the D700 is the perfect travel camera. It combines the D3 quality with the portability of the D300. Sell either or both of these bodies if needed. Also, I wouldn't travel with a 70-200 unless you shoot sports or action during your trip. A 70-300VR would be much lighter, or don't take a tele at all. 16-35 plus 85 actually sounds very good to me. I travel with my D700 and 3 Zeiss lenses.

Oh, and get a Canon S95 for video. It fits into your pocket.
 
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a true holiday, and just holiday pics?....or a photo-holiday?
if its just a holiday then....
D7000 + 18-200 VRII....plus its got video
Canon G12.
and your done, and you get to enjoy the holiday.
 
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I'm going to North and Southeast Asia. Last time I brought my D3X 70-200 VR-II, 16 fisheye and 28 AIS. The 70-200 and 16 saw the most shooting. I was either in really tight spaces or needed to shoot subjects at distance.

First leg of my trip I'm shooting lots of sports action (horse races, wrestling, archery), landscape, low-light and family snaps. Second leg of my trip will include lots of tight spaces, family snaps and the need for discretion.

I know the D700 is what I need, but only for this trip! For non-vacation shooting I prefer my D3/D300. It's either bring the D3 to get the shots I want, bring the D300 for the size, but not have the ideal lens setup I like for travel or pickup a D700! The D3100 and 35 1.8 is my official video camera setup now. It's small enough to be a non-issue, plus it can use my other lenses if I need to switch out. Will also have the Casio Exilim FH-100 for compact shooting.

Plus I'm only bringing a backpack and Pelican 1510 case, no checked luggage. Though depending on the situation in Japan, my trip might be cancelled. :frown:
 
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First leg of my trip I'm shooting lots of sports action (horse races, wrestling, archery), landscape, low-light and family snaps. Second leg of my trip will include lots of tight spaces, family snaps and the need for discretion.
so much for the 70-300vr!! youre definitely gonna need speed and versatility, so the 70-200 becomes a must. do you think youre really gonna need the 85g?? im thinking you can get by with just the 16-35 and 70-200.
 
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Starting to lean with the D300. I was thinking of a 10.5, 35, 16-35 and 70-200 is all I'll need. From the results of my last trip, the fisheye was actually used quite a bit. I'll probably pick one up secondhand just for this trip. It's cheaper than grabbing a D700. Once I get down to my second leg of the trip, I'll just switch out to the 35 1.8 DX and the D3100. Keep it super simple.
 
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So I'm going to do some traveling again this year. Trying to decide between bringing a bulkier FX kit or a smaller DX kit. This is what I'm thinking:

D3, D3100 (for video) - 16-35 VR, 85 G, 70-200 VR-II

or

D300, D3100 (for video) - 10.5 DX (will buy), 16-35 VR, 70-200 VR-II

Any opinions or suggestions on what to bring? Thanks!
Hey, can you tell me if the D3100 has full manual video shooting? I tried it out and it seemed to be auto only. I set it to M mode and could not change any settings.

I'd go for a smaller DX kit, but use the most awesome 18-55VR, 55-200VR and 35/1.8, but thats just me.
 
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Hey, can you tell me if the D3100 has full manual video shooting? I tried it out and it seemed to be auto only. I set it to M mode and could not change any settings.

I'd go for a smaller DX kit, but use the most awesome 18-55VR, 55-200VR and 35/1.8, but thats just me.
I think you can adjust the settings before you record. I don't think you can adjust on the fly.
 
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