Lenses: Discussion #1

As an avid photographer and partial world traveler, I always carry lots of euipment with me on my busniess trips.    My bag typically weighs 30-40 lbs!   Often I ask myself what are the perfect lenses for traveling?  I usually take landscape and architecture photos….occasionally some macro shots if I know of a Botanical Garden or their is a possibility of local flowers being beautiful. 

As most of us are not wealthy photographers (for me its a fun extra hobby), we cannot afford the best lenses (top quality glass) available.  Most of my lenses are very good…but not the best.  I currently use the following lenses are my travels:

1) Nikon 18-200 VR F/3.5-5.6 ED (DX)   2) Nikon 12-24 f/4 ED (DX)    3) Nikon 105 VR F/2.8 ED-IF 

The lenses run from $600-$900 each.  Not cheap and but decent!  As a Nikon shooter, I regularly watch the DTown TV podcast with Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski – DTownTV  They just aired episode 16 regarding lenses.  It was their best show yet.  Filled with good info.  For those who use Nikon equipment – please watch it if you can! 

Both Scott and Matt noted their favorite lenses.   After watching, I wanted to post what would be my dream lenses to have if I was traveling (my bag would weigh alot more!) The higher end lenses definately have more weight!  Here is my list:

1) Nikon 70-200 VR F/2.8 ($1900)   2) Nikon 12-24 f/2,8 ($1750)  3) Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 ($2000)

Ah to dream.  I have used the 70-200 and was amazed!!  I have not tried the 12-24 or the 24-70.  If any of you have them…let me know how they are!    Watching the show it made me realize that the future for my camera usage will be a full frame sensor.  Maybe the D4 when it comes out?   My D300 will soon be obsolete….even now I heard the D300s is coming soon with video.  But my current lenses work on the D300 DX body.   I better start saving now!

You can definately spends lots of money on your equipment!  I know there are tons of lens options out there.  If you have a good lens for traveling…tell me what it is and how you like it?

D-Town TV – Weekly Show for Nikon DSLR users

D-Town Logo As you all know by my posts….I use Nikon equipment.  Of course there are many other brands out there, but I enjoy using only Nikon.  So for those of you that are using Nikon – there is a great show I’d enjoy telling you about.  I catch it every week.  It is called D-Town TV.  The wonderful hosts are Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski.   Every week Scott & Matt post an episode online (it is also available as a podcast).   They give you great tips/tricks/news/accessories for Nikon DSLR cameras.    The show is fantastic and you can click on this link to visit http://www.dtowntv.com   There are guest spots by one of my favorite photographers – Joe McNally.  Joe recently published a wonderful book that I enjoyed reading and using for reference on using flashes (as one day I am eager to learn how to become a portrait photographer).  This book is called The Hot Shoe Diaries (click on the title and it will take you to the Amazon.com link).  Another guest spot is Scott Diussa – Manager of Nikon Professional Services (NPS).  Scott adds more great tips to the show!   I eagerly await each new episode!    Hope you enjoy D-Town TV…have fun watching and learning!