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 Post subject: Travel Lens Advice
PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 5:01 am 
I'm traveling to Alaska in a few weeks, and need some advice on a few things. The trip involves a lot of hiking plus other 'adventures' on the agenda, including kayaking, rafting, and wildlife viewing. I have a Nikon D90 with the kit 18 - 105mm lens. I need to travel light, but hope to get some good pictures from sweeping landscapes to capturing wildlife up-close.

Not sure if I want to carry more than one lens, so I could use advice on the trade off between choosing purchasing the 70-300mm and carrying two lenses (including the 18-105), or buying the 18-200 and only taking it.

Also-what is recommended for a small, lightweight, afforadable tripod.

Also a 'bookbag' size backpack that can accomodate the camera, tripod and other non-camera hiking stuff.

Also - should I get some sort of water protection. If so, what.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:00 am 
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I have done something like that in Alaska 13 years ago.
I had a Canon SLR 35 mm film camera with a Tamron 28-300 (f3.5-5.6) mm plus UV and a polarising filter.
Appart from rafting, where I had to leave my camera on the river bank for obvious reasons, I didn't feel that I needed any other lens.
You have to decide if it's going to be a trip with great pictures opportunities or a wildlife photography expedition that needs you to gear up more seriously.
Of course it would had been nice to have a big 400 mm lens with me for that distant eagle or fishing bear, but to carry that one for hours and to change in haste the lens only to find that the bear or the eagle are gone seemed pointless. I did feel the need for a wider angle lens for those huge landscapes and it wouldn't be bad to have one handy. But most of the time 28 mm was good enough.
I had a german tripod 30 cm long when folded but seldom used it.
Hope that helps
Oh, I almost forgot the most important item, you must have some moskito repelant with you, that one will greatly improve your images :-)

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