I have both cameras (2 D100's, 1 D2H). I will try to bring all cameras and lens whenever I travel by car. But if traveling by plane, I've only been bringing my D2H. The bigger question for me is which lens(s) to bring. This is a much tougher choice than the one to bring the D2H over the D100. One exception to this "rule" is when I know that I will only need my 10.5dx lens or simply want the smallest camera package. In these cases, I will attached the 10.5 to a D100 w/o grip for a nice "compact" camera.
If I had a D100, I would bring that (without the battery grip) for casual shooting with nothing more then my 24-85 AFS but alas, I do not have one so I have to lug around my D2H for casual shooting if I want to shoot digital. I was about to get a D100 to compliment my D1H but Nikon had to go out and announce the D2H so available funds went to that. Now that the D70 is out, I would like to get that one day for casual shooting.
I'd take the D2H/SB-800 combo as that's the only digital camera I have. If I wanted a backup, I might take my F5 and some film. If I want to go light, then I'd pop some film in with my Leica M6TTL and a lens or two and go with that.
>If I had a D100, I would bring that (without the battery >grip) for casual shooting with nothing more then my 24-85 >AFS but alas, I do not have one so I have to lug around my >D2H for casual shooting if I want to shoot digital. I was >about to get a D100 to compliment my D1H but Nikon had to go >out and announce the D2H so available funds went to that. >Now that the D70 is out, I would like to get that one day >for casual shooting. > >Mel
FWIW, I take my D2h. Why? Because it's the best camera that I own!
Having said that, I also usually take a point and shoot which is fine for snapshots. Indeed, I used my daughter's Oly 540 which is "only" 1.3 mm pixels and got quite decent enlargements all the way out to 8.5 X 11!
It really all depends on the vacation. I like to get away now and then and I usually leave the D2h at home and crack out the ol' FM3a with some tri-x or velvia, because hell - I want to have a good time, and there is nothing more fun than shooting the FM3a. I leave the motor drive and the fancy lenses at home and usually just bring a few small prime lenses.
It all depends on what subjects I plan to photograph and how sensitive I am to size and weight on the trip. For a recent one I made to South Africa (www.geo-vista.com/south%20africa.htm), I used the D2H because I valued its better focusing performance and nicer handling with long lenses. The D100 came along as a back-up, but I never needed to use it.
If I were just doing urban photography on a trip, I'd be inclined to just use the D100 without the vertical grip.
In some situations, I like using one of my older film cameras, especially if I want to go really compact and light.
I am still thinking what to bring; both or either D100 or D2H. I will be doing a trip with lots of beautiful mountains and rivers; which implies I will do a lot of walking and try to avoid carry too much if possible. Trying to figure what lens to bring goes to my 2nd frustration. I have the followings:
No way! Too big and too heavy. My D2H was purchased specifically for shooting action sports because the D100 focus system couldn't quite keep up. It travels to games by car in a big padded bag with big heavy lenses. When traveling, I don't need that kind of firepower.
I much prefer the size and weight of my D100 for travel - I even bought a D70 18-70mm kit lens to go with it. I usually pack the D100, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5, a 50mm f/1.8, CP filter, extra battery and CF cards in a small shoulder bag that can also work as a fanny pack if I want my hands free. Sometimes I'll add or change a lens if I know I will be shooting something specific. Also, the value of this 'travel kit' is significantly less than the D2H + telephotos - if it is lost, stolen or damaged, I can live with it a little easier.