This would depend on which latest model and the type of pictures the shooter wants to take. If it were me, I'd bring my 50mm 1.8 and my 135mm, or just one of my Yashica Electro GSNs and my video cam---actually the later sounds better but then I'd have to take a bunch of video gear as well---hmmm, maybe I'd just take my FM2T with the 50mm?. Tough choice.
I guess we could pick any camera to use with the two lens we select but since I own a D70 I will stay with that bit of reality and for the two lens........ 1. In the real world, taking size and weight into consideration, I would take: 12-24DX and the 18-70DX Kit lens. This package is small and light and gives useful range. 2. In the dream world, where a pack mule carries the equipment, I would take: 12-24DX and the 70-200 AFS G VR. Of course with that combo I would also take a 1.4 & a 1.7 converter, gitzo CF tripod, and an SB 800! This leaves a big gap in coverage but having both these lens I really like the results they offer! When do we leave? Mountainman.
I'd go with the same selection with the D70. With my F100 (no way I'm hauling the F5 around) I'd bring my Tamron 28-75 f2.8, and TC17E and Gitzo monopod to work with the 70-200 VR. I recently visited China and Vietnam with the F100 and Tamron and was very pleased with the results, shooting Velvia and Velvia 100.
Well, the D70 and the 18-70 kit lens is my no-brainer basic setup.
I did a trip to Belize and one to Chile with a much less capable rig - a Leica and a 28-35-50 TriElmar, so I'd be sorely tempted to limit the load to just the D70 kit. However, it's going to be a year, so...
Realistically, I'd take two bags - the "travelling bag" with all the stuff I might need, and the "walking bag" just big enough for two extra lenses and some chazerai (junk). The extra lensess I'd take along for a year would be a 12-24, a 50/1.8 and a 70-200 VR.
The accessories would add a bit - two 40GB FlashTrax (a year is a lot of pictures, even in RAW), an SB-600, extra batteries and cables, and my Leica TT tripod. And hey, it's going to be a year, so a second D70 body is a must. All in all, a manageable load, most of which gets left behind on any given outing.
I think it all depends. If the entire purpose of the trip is photography, I'd be willing to suffer and carry the good big stuff.
But if it was for touring, site seeing, and other pursuits the big stuff would have to stay home. As much as I'd like to have the extra focal length, my 80-200 2.8 (and pretty much anything comparable) just isn't a lens I'd be willing to pack and carry around. Simply too big.
From my current arsenal it would be the 20mm 2.8 and the 28-105, with my N80.
If money was no option, I'd replace the 20mm with the 17-35 2.8 AF-S, but believe it or not, I'd still take the 28-105. I just don't think there is a better, more versatile compact travel zoom out there.
Given all of my lenses, I would take two I don't own. I would take a 24-120 VR and an 80-400 VR for one of my film cameras. This would allow me to take a monopod instead of a tripod and still serve most of my photography. For a world tourist trip of any length of time, I would not want to carry a tripod if at all possible.
For a purely photographic trip, I would take my F5, 17-35 and 80-200 along with my CF tripod.
Shoot nature with respect and don't trample it or startle its inhabitants. :)
One more or less bulky zoom for general use, and one flexible lightweight lens as mini equipment. For manual focus, I don't use zooms. This summer I was in Italy with my D2H and above lenses, and I never missed anything I left at home.
I assume a real world trip would last several weeks and presumably at least 3500 pictures.
For me that rules out digital - dozens of cards for quality RAW files, a lap top to edit and a DVD writer or other storage device do not fit into the concept of only 2 lenses.
Having done many "other continent" trips my most used and most useful lenses have been 24-120 and 80-400. I can pick up 95% off subjects quite well with these 2 lenses and they have the advantage of VR. There are better specialist lenses, but for convenience and versatility there is nothing to compare with this combination.
I would choose an F100 for slides or an F100 for prints. It should be possible to get the odd print film developed locally to check everything is working OK.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
That does sound like a good combo. Not fast lenses but the VR certainly gives a stop or two. I've seen an 80-400 VR but have never held or carried one. It appears fairly large, but isn't it also fairly light? Is it significantly lighter than an 80-200 2.8? If it is about the same weight as the 80-200 2.8, the 80-200 with a 1.4 TC would be a reasonable, but less convenient substitute.
I woudn't want one of Nikons latest, thank you very much. I'd keep the one I have, my F3T, one of the toughest and most reliable cameras the world has ever seen. The two lenses I'd take are two that I don't own but have heard very good and excellent reviews on respectively, the 28-50 f3.5 AIS and the 75-150 f3.5 series E. Both lightweight, sharp, constant aperture zooms, only a half stop slower than a 2.8 but with less than half the weight of a comparitive 'pro' series lens. I woudn't even take a flash with me (more weight), nor a tripod. Use whats available to lean on, and/or the fastest film you can find.
I am assuming this must be limited to a body and two lenses - no flashes, tripods, ambient light meters, laptops, other accessories, right? Lack of flash and/or tripod REALLY raises the importance of FAST wide-aperature lenses for mostly available light handheld shooting. VR is also great if wide aperature is not compromised in the process (i.e. no 24-120 f5.6 VR - but 70-200 f2.8 VR is perfect). You'll also noticed that my preference is for a tele plus a wide/medium lens, rather than an ultra-wide and a medium. This is because, when traveling, I often find more need to "reach out" to get a photo that I am somehow prohibited from walking closer to (i.e. need for good tele), rather than "stepping back" to fit everything into a single image frame (i.e. ultra wide need). To me, this need to "reach out" to get a photo that is not reachabl by foot makes the extra weight easily worthwhile.
B&W film: I'd go for the ultra-light, ultra-wide aperture range prime lens set-up ... something like an N80 (pop-up flash would be handy) with a wide (35mm f2 or 28mm f1.4) and a short tele (85mm f1.4 or 105mm f2.8 macro). I'd concentrate on street scenes and "being there" photos. Take about 75% Kodak 400 Tri-X (normal use) and 25% Kodak T-Max 100 (occasional archetecture, landscape, portrait use). Might sub the F100 for the N80 if I thought rough conditions would be the norm.
Color film: The ultimate photo-journalist package - F5 with 70-200 VR and 17-35 f2.8 AF-s. The performance, versatility, and reliability would easily be worth the weight. Film would be Fuji 800 negative and Fuji Velvia slides. Would be REALLY tough though taking this gear without one good speedlight, though (would miss out on a LOT of opportunities).
Digital 1: D70 with 70-200 VR and 17-55 DX (I'm simply not a fan of the 12-24 and I think 17mm is wide enough - if I could sneak a third lens it would be the 10.5mm fisheye for the ultra-wide stuff). I'd take as many GIGANTIC CAPACITY CF cards as I could carry (2gig or 4gig cards), and at least 2 or 3 EN-EL3 batteries and charger.
Digital 2: D2x with 200mm f2.0 VR and 17-55 DX. Sure I'd have to lift weights for 6 months to prepare my back for carrying the weight of this package, but with the variable internal cropping mechanism in the D2x, this package would cover everything from 17-110mm plus 200 and 300 at f2.0 with VR to boot. Again, 50-100 4GIG CF Cards would be required. And 3-4 EN-EL4 batteries with charger and power outlet converter.
F6 with a 80-200AF 2.8 (two ring version) and 20-35 AF (my dream setup when I get the F6)
Travel photography is what I like/do - Film is easier to carry than laptop/converters/mem-cards etc... I can get more if I need more and I can develop along the way and travel with unmounted strips to save space. The F6 is smaller than the F5 with all its features (including using the camera when the batteries are dead)
I like idea of mechanical lenses when traveling hard. There are so many things that can go wrong and I like to keep things simple in the case of a problem. Its a silly feeling really, you can easily replace these lenses with the 70-200 and the 17-35 and still have the killer setup in my mind.
Okay, I finally decided. I wouldn't take my Nikon at all. Instead I'd take my worst Electro GSN and my worst miniDV cam. But if I did have to take my Nikon, I'd just take it with my 50mm screwed on---although the 135mm would also be handy. I would make sure I had a Canadian Flag pin on my shirt so that no one shoots me when I go around the world.
Tough question to answer and it really depends on the itinerary.
D70 w/17-55 (and I do not have either of these) and the 85/1.4. Of course if the mythical D200 came out, that would be the one.
Carrying a laptop for the digital is no big deal for me since I have traveled with a laptop everywhere I have gone for the past 10 years. I would need a way to connect up and upload my pics to Nikonians .
I shoot digital, so the lenses I use on my BICYCLE trips mean they have to be easy to carry. I use my D100 and the 12-24 and the 28-200. You can go into any copy shop or photo store or internet cafe and have the card burnt to a CD or DVD.
If it was a travel trip (as opposed to photo trip) I would take the 28-105 and the 50mm 1.8. The first would be on most of the time sunny days etc. The 50mm 1.8 would be for those low light non-flash situations. Let us know what you decide........take more than two if its a world trip. Ted
Body: I would take a F100 with MB-15 - to reduce battery changes. And a couple of spare battery trays with Lithiums and plenty of spares. Lenses: 17-35mm f/2.8D ED AF-S and 80-400mm VR Reason: Probably a non-repeatable lifetime experience, you need to cover the ground with the best possible glass for most situations.
I'd bring an FM2n, a 35 f2 and 200 f4 Nikkors, button batteries and a selenium Zeiss Ikophot meter (my favorite handheld meter from the late 1950's sensitive and accurate reads both reflected and incident) and lots of ISO 400 preferably Agfa print film (prints up warm)
If I was shooting digital it would be the D70 (unless a D200 were around) with the 12-24 and 24-120VR. For film it would be either the F100 or F6 with the 17-35 and 80-400VR. I also would consider a FM2 with a 24mm f/2.8 and 75-150 f/3.5.
I've been "out bush" for a while and haven't been able to access the internet. Anyway, I'm now on annual holidays and have time to digest the responses to this imaginary trip. I'm delighted to see such diversity in opinions. A quick count suggests that well over 100 lenses made the list!!! A few lenses get a regular mention, but seldom have the same combinations been chosen. I've done a bit of a tally of the first two (only) chosen lenses mentioned by each contributer - bearing in mind some people gave a lot of alternative combinations. The results are roughly like this in order of popularity: 70-200 12 12-24 7 17-35 6 24-120 6 28-105 6 50 5 17-55 5 80-400 5 18-70 4 80-200 4 135 3 And so on........with several sneaking in their 1.4 or 1.7 TC It's obvious that many people are passionate about their favourite equipment. I don't have the wealth of knowledge and the experience of many Nikonians, so when I chose and actually purchased two lenses in recent months to go with my D100, I selected: 17-55 DX 70-200 VR Cheers, Mark
I'm currently on that exact trip, except mine is only nine months. No really, its true. The fun part is I only have one lens. Its a Nikkor 28-80 D or G series. It works great. Light is the only way to travel.
Its not what you shoot with, its how you shoot it.
Just another piece of trivia! I added up the number of posts from those of you who have contributed to this stream..... Total: 60,605. This ranges from 1st timers through to "JRP" on 17442. What a wealth of experience! Obviously I'm on holidays with time to spare to collate such stats. Thanks everyone for your contributions. Hopefully there are still more to come. Happy Christmas, Cheers, Mark
This is easy: I'm already doing it. D70 Kit lens 18-70mm - handles most situations. Nikkor 70-210mm - fits in a pocket, and can be hand held. I'm traveling for work - not photography. I'm already carrying 50 lbs of company gear.
For an imaginary trip, I wouldn't bring a camera. I would have a National Geographic Photographer with me.