Hi all, I am going on vacation to Disney World and Universal Studios in about 2 weeks. I plan on taking my new Nikon D5000.
I have 3 lenses. 18-55mm VR and 55-200mm VR kit lenses - I also have a Nikkor 35mm f1.8. Should I take all 3? Or maybe just the 35mm f1.8 and the 55-200mm? Should I also bring my SB-600? Any advice is much appreciated - Thank you.
BTW all the above fits in my Lowepro Fastpack 100.
#1. "RE: What to bring to Disney World?" In response to Reply # 0
Tallahassee, Florida, US
If you don't mind carrying them, take all three. I went last year and only took my 18-200VR, which was great for everything, except that I would have liked to have had the 35 f1.8 at night. I think the 18-55 would be more useful than the 55-200, but if it's easy to take both, why not? And, the 35 is so small and light that you might as well take it for night shooting.
That said, I suspect you're going for a vacation, possibly with family or others, and its not really a photo trip. It's just a vacation on which you want to take pictures. So, you could take just the 18-55, travel light, still get some great photos, and enjoy your vacation.
#2. "RE: What to bring to Disney World?" In response to Reply # 0
I agree. If you don't mind carrying all three, then do so. Bear in mind that it's the summer and that traveling light is a heavy consideration, so you may want to research which places you really want to take pictures.
Your lens choices, the 35mm and the 55-200mm is probably best for almost all situations (especially with the versatile options you'd get with the 35mm's f1.8). The days in DW are filled with beautiful color contrasts. If you think the sunny commercial vacation posters and adverstisement pictures are awesome, wait until you get there. You'll have the opportunity to create your own!
Evenings at DW are a great place to practice night shots, especially with the gorgeous sunsets that juxtapose the international buildings in the World Showcase. You can have an infinite amount of backgrounds to make memorable photos. The same can be said of the scenery.
Just a suggestion: The night shows are awesome, but can be a challenge to capture. The SB-600 may not be useful if you're going to take pictures of the night show at the World Showcase. Actually, unless you really really want to bring it along, I'd leave it in the hotel.
Ok, I've babbled long enough. Have fun and post some pics in Nikonians
#3. "RE: What to bring to Disney World?" In response to Reply # 2 Thu 08-Jul-10 04:44 AM by sbninja
Thanks! I definitely don't want to take away from my family's vacation. I will be conscious of Fun first pics second
Being as all I listed fits into the Lowepro fastpack 100,and that I am a newbie (like a kid with a new toy) I will just take everything. If I don't use one item, no biggie. I also have a spare battery and spare memory cards.
#4. "RE: What to bring to Disney World?" In response to Reply # 0
Seattle, WA, US
Based on my experience at Disney World, most of my shots were done with the 18-70mm. Take all the gear, but you don't need to carry it all all the time. My telephoto, flash, and 50mm f/1.4 did get used, but outside the park at other shows.
While at Disney, take advantage of the staff photographers. They are everywhere, will give you a magnetic "photo" card to track your photos so that you can buy the photos later (or get them all on one CD).
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D200, 17-55mm f/2.8 DX, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR, 50mm f/1.4 D
#5. "RE: What to bring to Disney World?" In response to Reply # 0
I'd carry the 18-55 and the 35. Theme parks usually call for more wide-shots than tele. The most fun I had was actually doing Disney using nothing but a 12-24 - it was a blast just holding the camera up a little in the Rocket Rides at Tomorrowland and taking WA shots of myself and my kids mid-air with the park in the background. The 35 is there for when the light drops (indoors and after dusk).
#7. "RE: What to bring to Disney World?" In response to Reply # 0
For what it's worth, here's the focal length usage from our trip to Disney World last year. I had my 18-200mm VR on the camera during the day.
18-24mm 62 26-70mm 93 75-135mm 68 150-200mm 99
We stayed at Animal Kingdom and nearly all of the longer focal length shots are of wildlife. The mid-range was good for parade elements and close-ups. Wide-angle was used to capture the family with scenery.