Even though I have a D700 and D800 I'd pack my D300s without MB-D10 for something small and light. What lenses would you take? For wide angle I could take my 12-24 f/4. I'm not sure what to take for a walk around lens. Would you take the 16-85 or 18-200 VR? Do I need to carry a fast lens? If so, would the 35 f/1.8 be good enough for photo's in evening light? Not a lens question but I'll ask; would you take a SB-800 or could I get by with my SB-400? What about a tiny or small tripod? Could you recommend one? The idea is to take essential gear only and leave the things I don't need at home. I'd appreciate your thoughts and opinions.
I believe your equipment choice should be determined by your photographic style rather than by the location. If you want to take a lot of pictures of different subjects, I suggest you take the D300, 12-24 and 18-200. If you want to photograph specific kinds of subjects, this should determine your choice of lenses. A couple of examples: I took the circle line around Manhattan with D700 plus 70-200, took pictures in the Cloister Museum with D700 plus a 35/2 prime, did street photography with D800 plus Zeiss 25/2 and architectural photography with D700 plus 14-24.
You shpuld definitely limit the number of lenses you carry, using a tripod in NYC might be problematic, and I have never used a speed lite in the city.
Depends on what you're going to take pictures of in NYC. Without literally checking my catalog, I'm pretty certain that I've used every focal length from 8mm to 500mm (FX) within the boundaries of NYC, including both perspective control and macro lenses.
If you're interested in the details of mid-20th-century architecture you might need 200mm - I know I've used my 180/f2.8 a fair amount for that. If you shoot within, say, Grand Central, I've wanted as wide as 12mm (FX = 8mm DX), and certainly I've used the 70-200 there too, probably more than 200 frames. (And I don't live in NYC.)
Walking around outside you could probably easily use 16mm and probably wider - some parts of NYC are pretty narrow, or alternatively relatively wide but very, very tall, which is kind of similar.
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From your choices, I'd take the 16-85 for day time, and the 35mm for night time, nothing more, nothing less. Very good quality and portability. OK, maybe a speedlight, too, if travelling with a beautifull lady, but make that something CLS-compatible.
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I also own a D800 and a D300. I don't perceive the size difference or weight as that big of a deal. My D300 is just a back up these days. If you plan to bring the D300s then I would bring the 18-200mm plus the 35mm f/1.8. A fisheye would be cool. I would not bring a flash.