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Gene Duprey

Cedar Rapids, US
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"RE: Only One Lens"

Gene Duprey Registered since 08th Feb 2013
Sun 17-Feb-13 07:09 PM

>Don,
>
>For most of your European images you would do fine with the
>18-105 lens. However, we took a one-day cruise on the Rhine
>and shooting villages and castles from the boat we definitely
>needed more telephoto for many of those shots. We have the
>18-200 precisely as a one-lens travel solution and we love it.
> I have not compared the reviews of the 18-200 with reviews of
>the 18-300, but I would recommend that you do so and select
>one of these as your lens for this trip. The longer focal
>lengths will serve you well for images from the boat (and
>maybe occasionally from land) while the short focal lengths
>will serve you well in the small, narrow lanes and interior
>shots. The VR feature will come in very handy when
>handholding the lens at long focal lengths, and at short focal
>lengths when indoors. (Locations like churches, cathedrals
>and others often forbid use of flash and you must use slow
>shutter speeds in the available light. ...and even if you can
>use flash, the spaces are sometimes so large that the flash
>cannot illuminate it anyway.) Note that at 200mm you will get
>about a 6x magnification over a "normal" lens for
>your D7000, so the image captured is like using a 6-power
>binocular. At 300mm you are getting about 9x magnification.
>To be quite honest with you, if I were buying today and the
>lens reviews for these two lenses are not too far apart, I
>would probably buy the 18-300 just for the extra flexibility.
>After all, you can always shoot the 18-300 at 200mm if the
>shot calls for it, but you can't zoom the 18-200 out to
>300mm.
>
>As with any equipment you want to use for a special trip like
>this, be sure you get your gear far enough ahead of time to
>practice and learn how to best use it before your trip. You
>will likely find that shooting at the middle range of
>apertures (say around f/8 to f/11) will give you the best
>images. In good outdoor light these apertures are easy.
>However, you should practice shooting indoors without flash to
>find out what is the best compromise between wider apertures
>and higher ISO settings to satisfy your personal needs for the
>images. (You probably won't want to shoot at f/11 and
>extremely high ISO indoors because of the increased noise at
>very high ISO settings, but each of us has different desires
>and expectations for our images so you need to find what will
>work best for you.)
>
>Good luck,
>Richard

I will echo what Richard says here about no flash for inside the churches and many other venues. I would practice low light shooting at slow shutter speeds hand held, as tripods are also not welcomed in most of these places. This is where a rangefinder shines over a DSLR, but since you do not have one, you can with proper technique shoot with slow shutter speeds, and wide open on the lens.


Cheers,
Gene

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