Shutter Asia Forum

Shutter Asia Forum (
-   Nikon Equipment (
-   -   Travel Lens? (

calvincychin 01-19-2011 10:20 AM

Travel Lens?
Hi buddies,

I would like to get yours opinion on what lenses you will be bring to adventure photography trip such as Tibet, Nepal, Silk Road etc...

I still can't make up my mind yet so hope fellows can give your views...

Combination in consideration (full-frame):-
1. Nikkor 24-70mm
2. Zeiss 25mm + Zeiss 85mm
3. Zeiss 25mm + Zeiss 100mm
4. Nikkor 20mm + Nikkor 24-70mm
5. Nikkor 24mm + Nikkor 105mm
6. Nikkor 28-300mm
7. Nikkor 20mm + Nikkor 28-300mm
8. Zeiss 25mm + Nikkor 28-300mm
9. Zeiss 21mm + Nikkor 28-300mm
10. Nikkor 20mm + Nikkor 50mm + Nikkor 105mm
11. Nikkor 16-35mm + Nikkor 70-200mm

(obviously weight is the main consideration; I know you u say I am comfusing myself... what to do??? I might be going there once in a lifetime)

... any other great combination you are using?

dinduboy14 01-19-2011 11:09 AM

i'd say from my experience wide lens are the best for traveling (i.e. 14mm)
and get a prime f/1.4 for portrait/low light photography.

Enjoy ya travels!!...i'm jealous already :P

ridzuan 01-19-2011 07:20 PM

i had the same ordeal, when i only brought the 20mm and cursing not bringing the heavier 24-70. Looking at your list of arsenal, i would prefer 21, 50 & 105. I know that the 21 is heavier than the 20.. but as you said, its once in a lifetime. Also bring your cargo pants for the 2 lenses not attached to the body:) its just my personal preference

morkers1777 01-19-2011 09:08 PM

bring the nifty 50 cause its nifty. lightweight and fast.

10. ( Nikkor 20mm + Nikkor 50mm ) - Nikkor 105mm

tools4fools 01-19-2011 10:57 PM

16-35 f4, 50mm AF-S 1.4 and 105 macro

15-36 is good wide which is important for travel/secenery plus good street walker going up to 35mm

50 is low light chea and small

105 gives you some tele and portrait and macro for little stuff

otherwise 24-70 and 105 macro

would NOT get the 20mm, it does not do well on FF corners are not sharp, when cropping gives you max 22mm, not worth the dosh, better get the 24-70 or 16-35 combo
Get a belt with two pouches, one small one medium, so you can carry all tree lenses without bag...
looks a bit cowboy but works great.

astroboy 01-20-2011 02:37 AM

Take it from someone who shoots travel images for magazines.
U just need 2 lenses:
17-40 (landscapes, architectural, interiors)
24-70 (walk-around, portraits, quick snaps)

I use Canon. I guess the 17-40 equivalent for nikonians wld be 16-35? It's nice and sharp and great for landscapes.

U don't want to be changing prime lenses when out in the field, esp in dusty, crowded, locations.

calvincychin 01-20-2011 11:56 AM

1 Attachment(s)
Thanks buddies,

I share the same opinion as you guys here... I like prime for IQ and f stop. I like zoom for flexibility but it is a bit big and heavy. For ultimate IQ, I like Zeiss but this will slow me down in my trip as it is manual focus. Sometimes it is a problem when we have a limited time in a site or the moment is just happen in a few second.

I agree with Astro that most of the time I will be using 24-70 and up to 150... the wide side is normally taking scenic and group photos, which normally I have more time for it but not the walk around... normally I will need 24-150 (most of the time will be 24-70; but some time need up to 150 also).

For macro shot, I just zoom to the max and take a shot (my work around if I don't have macro lens with me). Then crop it and up size... normally it is still good on 8R.

I wish the following work... steal from hope they don't mind.

Attachment 72881

What if I have two bodies? prime only? zoom only? prima and zoom? MF or AF?

scorgio 01-20-2011 09:02 PM

16-35 + 24-120.

Cottonteil 01-21-2011 12:21 AM

In that list of lenses, I'd take the Nikkor 16-35, 28-300 and the 24.

Remember to tape up the lens mount area with that white plumbers tape.

calvincychin 01-21-2011 12:34 AM


Originally Posted by Cottonteil (Post 407665)
In that list of lenses, I'd take the Nikkor 16-35, 28-300 and the 24.

Remember to tape up the lens mount area with that white plumbers tape.


hope you don't mind...

why we need to tape up the lens mount area with that white plumbers tape. you don't afraid blocking the light into the sensor or the flipping mirror?

All times are GMT +8. The time now is 11:32 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Site Content and Design Copyright 2007-2013 Shutter Asia - All Rights Reserved