Getting the final equipment ready for my trip to the islands.
Taking the D610, 16-35, 50 1.8 and 70-300vr. I feel this is a good range to bring, but a little concerned the 16-35 is a short range lens BUT again I love WA.
Question: I had a D300 and a 16-85 and it was my walk around setup 90% of the time. I have a Think-tank size 40 case "not version 2" and it fit my D300/16-85 perfectly.
I just got my 16-35 and it fits a little snugly in my think-tank case 40. Does anybody know it the ver 2.0 of the think-tank 40 is bigger in the diameter? with the 16-85 being a little wider diameter it’s a snug fit.
does anyone have an idea for another brand of carrying case similar to the think-tank? I love the way it looks, carries and the flap that protects the screen so that the straps don’t scratch it.
Almost got the 24-120 and a prime 20mm, it might have been better setup/carry around 80% of the time. I am a sharp-aholic and from what I've read the 16-35 is sharper then the 24-120 in general, thus the reason for the 16-35.
I was quite satisfied with the 16-85 I had on my D300, and I'm sure the 24-120 would be sharper then it was.
Final question----return 16-35 and get the 24-120? Just looking for comments
Pearl Harbor----16-35 and 50mm "will carry the 50mm in my pocket" or 24-120 again just looking for comments.
Thanks for any info!
PS--I'm probably reading too much, brain overload.
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#1. "RE: Getting ready for trip" | In response to Reply # 0Sat 09-Nov-13 11:51 AM
I think that it might be completely impossible to tell the difference in sharpness between a Nikkor 16-35 f/4 and a Nikkor 24-120 f/4. With just a bit of attention to technique, both lenses can be used to produce startlingly sharp results. There's little (if any) visible difference in contrast and colour accuracy between the two lenses - both are excellent. There's little difference in carry weight between the two lenses (the 24-120 is 30 grams heavier, so no noticeably difference). AF speeds are essentially identical. The only difference between the two lenses is angle of view.
I have travelled for several years now with the 24-120 f/4 I bought when it first came out. Pre-ordered at the announcement date and never looked back. It's a great lens - tremendously versatile, and it fits, mounted, in a Think Tank Urban Disguise 40 (V1). Same goes for the 16-35 f/4, except my preferred view angles and subject compositions don't lend themselves to wider angle lenses often enough for me to carry the lens when travelling. It will fit, mounted, in the UD40.
If you want to have a look at travel photography results shot exclusively with the D700 + 24-120 f/4 or the D800 + 24-120 f/4, click my Nikonians Gallery link and have a look. Every single shot was made with the 24-120 f/4 and one of those two bodies.
#2. "RE: Getting ready for trip" | In response to Reply # 0Sat 09-Nov-13 12:04 PM
My question exactly, but with an added twist: Lens changing and sensor dust. And I'm heading to Japan, 73 years old so weight does matter some.
Would like to know how much lens changing really goes on. I have a D610 and a slew of primes: 20, 24, 35, 50 85 and 105 Micro. I also have the 17-35 f/2.8 and the 70-300. Final bit is the 1.4 teleconverter which I love On the 85 and 105 it is great.
Sharp is my friend first and foremost which has led me to primes. But I change lenses a lot as a result when I cannot use my feet for proper framing. And I don't like to crop all that much even though I don't make huge prints.
I am thinking the 70-300 stays home because the 85 and 105 with the converter get me almost all that and are sharper. But I don't want to be cleaning my sensor on this three week trip and I know lens changes in the field can lead to the issue.
At this point I'm thinkin' the 17-35 as it really is razor sharp and weighs about what the three lenses it replaces would, just bulkier in the bag. Then the fast 50 with the 85 or the 105 with the converter.
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#3. "RE: Getting ready for trip" | In response to Reply # 2Sat 09-Nov-13 12:40 PM
>Would like to know how much lens changing really goes on.
> (. . .)
>But I change lenses a lot as a result when I cannot
>use my feet for proper framing. And I don't like to crop all
>that much even though I don't make huge prints.
You've gone a long toward answering your question because if you're travelling to Japan, know that the country and its cities offer just as enormous a range of photography opportunities and subjects as any other place in the world.
Travel light. The 17-35 plus 50mm f/1.4 plus 105 along with your D610 is more than enough kit to cover an enormous range of subject matter. Depending on what you like to shoot most, the 17-35 plus the 70-300 and you D610 may be a better kit. Either way, the sharp, light load will make it easier to walk, trek, explore and do whatever you want with less effort.
A 50mm f/1.4 may never come out of the bag. Want to do some night shooting - city lights and interesting sights/sites and whatnot? Leave the 50mm f/1.4 at home too. Instead, bring along a red-size POD screw-on bean bag, perch it on any handy post or fence or wall or table or bench or whatever is available and use it to stabilize the camera for clean, sharp night shots.
#4. "RE: Getting ready for trip" | In response to Reply # 3Sat 09-Nov-13 01:21 PM
Howard..I like your thinking except the 50mm has to go along. Been my buddy too long and it is such a light, compact toy.
As for the bean bag, which I have, I always take a tripod now. Issue of age I am afraid. I need VR to be at level 5 these days and so I have become a tripod shooter anytime I am below 1/250 with and distance to the subject. Quick release clamp and the strap never comes off by body for protection against a drop. Gotten used to it and what it requires. I pray for sun for faster shutter speeds, more shadows,less clothing and I get to leave the tripod in the room!
Frankly, faster lenses are a savior for those of us that are less steady than we used to be. Unfortunately, faster means heavier which means tripod for Mike when not in good light conditions where I can shoot at 1/250 and faster hand held.
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#5. "RE: Getting ready for trip" | In response to Reply # 4Sat 09-Nov-13 02:07 PM
Yes, yes and yes to everything you're adjusting to as time goes by. You obviously do careful self-observation and make adjustments as needed. I think that's smart and can only result in better photography and a better travel experience.
I think Japan has loosened up socially, slightly, over the past two decades. But I'd still recommend a 105 for street shooting to help provide more physical separation from personal-space-conscious subjects. If a long zoom is something you normally use only rarely when travelling, then I advise leaving the 70-300 at home and consider the first kit I suggested. Even if you're planning on seeing and photographing the snow monkeys (Japanese macaques), your 105 will provide an ideal field of view.
#6. "RE: Getting ready for trip" | In response to Reply # 5Sat 09-Nov-13 03:08 PM
Yep. The 105 because it has the benefit of Micro, albeit I rarely use it, and the 1.4 converter works well with it. Tack sharp. I have also been known to shoot DX with the FX body for more reach and when doing that with the 105 and the 1.4 converter, I have my telephoto shot with a ton less weight to lug around. The DX is about 15MP, and while not the same as FX size, it is plenty for any reasonable image size.
No one ever seems to admit to shooting DX on a FX body, but I'm guessing some do to get focal length extension. Sometimes outside the box really works. I tend to do it when between primes by a little, dandy solution in my opinion.
Thanks for the dialogue.
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#7. "RE: Getting ready for trip" | In response to Reply # 6Sat 09-Nov-13 03:45 PM
>No one ever seems to admit to shooting DX on a FX body, but
>I'm guessing some do to get focal length extension. Sometimes
>outside the box really works. I tend to do it when between
>primes by a little, dandy solution in my opinion.
If you do a search here on Nikonians for "DX lens on FX body" you'll find quite a few detailed discussion threads of interest. It's not the most common subject, admittedly, but it does pop up from time to time. I think Nikon designed the mode to work well for just the sorts of uses you've found.
>Thanks for the dialogue.
Thank you too.