business was good this year and i was selected to go to Maui on a company sponsored trip in early February.
Just got my D3 and my plan was to take the winter to work the camera with the 24-120 lens I got with it, and figure it out. then in the spring decide what glass i would get.
well that has definitely accelerated. i am looking for some advice on a landscape lens. what I have selected so far:
Gitzo 3541XLS RRS BH-40 or Kirk ballhead
3 Nikkor lenses I have been looking at. I can really only afford 2 right now:
70-200/2.8 24-70/2.8 17-35/2.8
I am thinking i should go for the two wide zooms for this trip and get the 70-200 next year, but then I think. What if we are out on a hike and want to get close to wildlife.....
maybe the 24-70 and the 70-200 instead to cover all my bases, and give myself a decent wide view on the 24-70?
My only concern with getting the 70-200 now is that my primary subjects as an amateur are landscapes and wildlife. i am hoping Nikon comes out with an update to the 80-400. Prior to selling all my Canon stuff, I had a 100-400 that was fantastic for getting close to wildlife with minimal cropping/enlarging. I'd rather not use the 70-200 with a TC to get me closer. I have read both very bad and very good things about the 1.4/1.7/2.0 TC's and this lens...i prefer native focal length.
any help from experienced landscape shooters would be very much apprectiated.
On the D3, I find 24 to be a reasonable wide angle landscape lens. I have the 14-24, 24-70, and 70-200. The 24-70 gets used for about 65% of the shots, the 70-200 for about 33% of the shots, and the 14-24 accounts for about 1% of the shots (and 1% for other lenses). If you're used to DX sensors, you might want to consider keeping your 24-120 and getting the 70-200 and a 1.4x teleconverter for the wildlife (or maybe even a 1.7x -- the 2.0x loses you some sharpness and a couple of stops ). Hawaii is full of great landscapes so I would expect your wide angle to get a good workout. If you're not happy with your 24-120, the 24-70 is a great lens and it lives on my camera most of the time. In that case I'd recommend the 24-70 and the 70-200. You'll get a lot of use out of that pair, both in Hawaii and at home.
I assume this is a vacation type trip and the company isn't paying you do go there and take pictures (in which case they might spring for some of the lenses you want).