Planning a trip to Maui in April and would like some recommendations on lenses to take. I currently own Nikor 18-200VR, 18-300VR, 80-400VR, and 12-24 lenses. Obviously, I don't want takes all of these with me. Any comments would be a appreciated.
I was just there in April. Looking back I mostly used the 24-70 and 50 f1.4 but I was wanting for wider a few times like at the top of Haleakala. Given your list, I would take the 12-24 and 18-300. If you have anything fast, like the 35 f1.8, bring it for nights and low light. You'll love Maui. Be sure to get lunch or dinner at Mama's Fish House.
Most of Maui will be well covered with the wide end of your midrange zooms. There are, of course, some shots where the 12-24 would be useful but I don't consider it essential. If you plan on a whale watch cruise, the 300mm or 400mm length is necessary — the whales are not close.
I'm not familiar with the 18-200 and 18-300 lenses, but I recommend you take whichever is better in the 18-50 range. Take the 12-24 if you don't mind carrying extra glass. Take the 80-400 specifically for a whale watch or for surfing shots.
I also recommend you book some trips in advance, notably the Haleakala sunrise tour and the Road to Hana tour.
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I would recommend taking a macro lens like the 105/f2.8, When I was in Maui I visited a couple gardens (I can't think of the right word)and the flowers are just terrific, My favorite photos from Maui are my macros.
I went there for my honeymoon in 2011. I brought a range from 15mm to 210mm on a pair of FX bodies (1 film, 1 digital). That was fine for what I encountered. With those selections of lenses, I'd take the 12-24 and the 18-300. Not all that fast, but a wide enough range to shoot what you will likely encounter. The 80-400 is just too big and heavy unless you are looking for wildlife.
I was there two summers ago and took a 12-24, 24-70, 70-200 and 105 macro. I used only the 24-70 and the 105 with the others staying in the bag except for a few shots with the 12-24. My camera was a D300 and I believe, by the lens you mention above, that you are also using a DX format body.