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?