Traveling heavy (D3s) to light (D800)....not the files : )

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svai2
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Traveling heavy (D3s) to light (D800)....not the files : )
Apr 1, 2014

Hi guys,

I recently did a complete reorganization of my gear.

I used to travel with a D3s, 14-24mm, 24-70mm,70-200mm and 85mm f1.4d.

I had more than enough...so, for my next travel I purchased a D800 and the new 85mm f1.8G (wow, now that's light !).

I was thinking of getting the 35mm f1.8 as well...

Now I would bring only the D800, 2 primes and the 70-200mm.

Anyone out there having done it before ?  Any thoughts or experience to share ?

Thanks in advance for your inputs,

Regards,

M

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I've gone through various setups to travel 'lighter' (lighter than bringing the whole backpack), while trying to maintain highest IQ.

While I've not gone from D3s to D800, I do now travel with a D800e.   And I always have a grip on there, so it probably isn't any lighter than a D3s.

My upper limit for lenses and cameras is 'whatever fits in my waist bag'.   Gotta draw a limit somewhere, and the waist bag I have is the most comfortable way I know of to carry my gear.  (Waist strap combined with a cross-shoulder strap).   I use a Thinktank Speed Racer.   It will certainly carry more gear than a single camera and two primes, but it really has a problem with the 14-24.

With DX, I crammed 12-24, 24-70, 80-400AF-D and 10.5 fisheye in there with a D300+grip.  (And the Speed Racer is needed for cameras with grips.  Otherwise you can use a Speed Demon or Speed Freak.)

With FX, the problems began with the 14-24.   If I put that in, something else had to come out.  Eventually, when I went from D300 to D700, I decided that 24mm was wide enough, so I left out a wide zoom entirely.   And I went from the 80-400AF-D to my old 80-200F2.8, just because I once again liked the 80-200 range (on FX).

For a big Euro trip last year, I decided I needed more range for flexibility.  So I added a 16-35 (about the size of the 12-24DX) and switched from 80-200 to 80-400g.

I also, at times, carried the Sigma 35F1.4 and Nikon 85F1.8g instead.

I've never really liked traveling with the 70-200 much.  It's quite a long lens, and in the bag I use, that becomes a small issue.  If I mount the camera to it, it sticks up so high it's a problem zipping the bag closed.   If I put it off to the side of the camera in my waist bag, it sticks up where the camera sides are, so I still have the same issue.   I prefer carrying the 80-400g, because they are about the same length for packing and about the same weight.   But I can zoom in on architectural details nicely.   I ended up using the 80-400g far more in Europe than the 16-35.

Seems like if you are going for a prime solution, then the 180F2.8 prime may be a nice fit instead of the 70-200.

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I believe that it is essential to differentiate between a "vacation" and a "photographic vacation."

You going by yourself or with some body else? If with somebody else, what's their level of tolerance for you holding things up changing lenses and taking photographs?

I am a proponent of the one body/one lens theory, although before I got married I just took as much as I could carry. I'd like a D800 and mid range zoom, but that's just for my personal uses. YMMV.

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svai2 wrote:

Hi guys,

I recently did a complete reorganization of my gear.

I used to travel with a D3s, 14-24mm, 24-70mm,70-200mm and 85mm f1.4d.

I had more than enough...so, for my next travel I purchased a D800 and the new 85mm f1.8G (wow, now that's light !).

I was thinking of getting the 35mm f1.8 as well...

Now I would bring only the D800, 2 primes and the 70-200mm.

Anyone out there having done it before ? Any thoughts or experience to share ?

Thanks in advance for your inputs,

Regards,

Unless I know that I am absolutely going to need the 70-200, it stays home. In previous travels, I use wide angle and mid range zooms, and when I tour , I prefer the one lens solution (that's a laugh, because there really isn't a one lens solution).  I have also gone lighter. I bring my D600, my 24-120 f4, an 85 1.8G and the 28 1.8g.

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D800 with 28/50 1.8g and 70-200 F4 lenses.

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I travel with a 25mm f2.8 Zeiss, 50mm f1.2 Nikon and 70-200 f4.0 Nikon with my d4, from now on with my d800e.

Larry

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Can't help you, but if we should have a contest of weirdest solution, I might be the winner!

Here's the odd three-some, I've ended up with in my attempt of running "light"...

An old Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8, an even older Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8 and a brand new Nikkor 70-200mm f/4.

Beat that! - and with a weight of 2260 grams.

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D3s

D3x

14-24 or 17-35 on one (presently the 14-24 but want to sell and replace with 17-35)

70-200 VRII on the other.

Spider holster, one on each hip. No other lenses usually when travelling (maybe my old 50mm f1.4D in a pocket) overseas.

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svai2 wrote:

Hi guys,

I recently did a complete reorganization of my gear.

I used to travel with a D3s, 14-24mm, 24-70mm,70-200mm and 85mm f1.4d.

I had more than enough...so, for my next travel I purchased a D800 and the new 85mm f1.8G (wow, now that's light !).

I was thinking of getting the 35mm f1.8 as well...

Now I would bring only the D800, 2 primes and the 70-200mm.

A

I'd just throw in the 50mm f1.4 prime and be done with it

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In reply to svai2, Apr 1, 2014

svai2 wrote:

Hi guys,

I recently did a complete reorganization of my gear.

I used to travel with a D3s, 14-24mm, 24-70mm,70-200mm and 85mm f1.4d.

I had more than enough...so, for my next travel I purchased a D800 and the new 85mm f1.8G (wow, now that's light !).

I was thinking of getting the 35mm f1.8 as well...

Now I would bring only the D800, 2 primes and the 70-200mm.

Anyone out there having done it before ? Any thoughts or experience to share ?

Thanks in advance for your inputs,

Regards,

M

HI!

Although I've had multiple bodies in the past, I'm pretty much down to a D4 (and a Coolpix!) at the moment.

I have a mixture of relatively 'heavy' and 'light' lenses.

Depending on the locale and subjects, my mix varies. My last 'light' kit was at Disneyland: D4, 10.5 fisheye, 28 1.4, and Zeiss 100/2. Oh, and a flash (I probably should get an SB-300 so I don't drag around the much larger SB-900 as much):

Nikon D4 ,Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D AF ,SB-900
1/500s f/1.6 at 28.0mm iso3200

Nikon D4 ,Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 2/100 ZF
1/125s f/2.8 at 100.0mm iso3200

RB

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In reply to RBFresno, Apr 2, 2014

Robert, I was looking at you at 100%, did you not shave for the image?

Larry

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larrywilson wrote:

Robert, I was looking at you at 100%, did you not shave for the image?

Larry

Ha Ha!

Well, I sometimes like" letting myself go" if I get a few days away from work (where I can't!).

(Warning: I'm not sure that looking at any 100% shot of me is a good idea) 

However, I do engage in some activities that do show off my good looks:

(10 hours ago, I was up in the Mountains skiing on 10 inches of fresh snow.....Winter in April!)

Best Regards,

RB

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In reply to svai2, Apr 2, 2014

I travel with a D800E with a 70-200 attached. I also carry a 2X tel-extender, a 50-mm and a 10-mm. Except for the 70-200, the other glass doesn't weigh much and takes up little space.
I carry it all (plus more) in a Kata 3N1-30 and I can keep the body with the 70-200 attached in the lower quick-access compartment - where I can get it out in under 10-sec. The Kata is incredibly comfortable and highly versatile.

soloryb

svai2 wrote:

Hi guys,

I recently did a complete reorganization of my gear.

I used to travel with a D3s, 14-24mm, 24-70mm,70-200mm and 85mm f1.4d.

I had more than enough...so, for my next travel I purchased a D800 and the new 85mm f1.8G (wow, now that's light !).

I was thinking of getting the 35mm f1.8 as well...

Now I would bring only the D800, 2 primes and the 70-200mm.

Anyone out there having done it before ? Any thoughts or experience to share ?

Thanks in advance for your inputs,

Regards,

M

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Re: Traveling heavy (D3s) to light (D800)....not the files : )
In reply to svai2, Apr 2, 2014

Thanks a lot for all your comments and hints ! Very informative !
I can't go without the 70-200mm that's why I thought of replacing the heavy 14-24mm and 24-70mm by primes.
I'll give it a try, anyway... on my last trip, I took a lot of pictures with my iPhone and Hipstamatic...I like old look and crappy as well as high resolution pictures...
Go figure !!
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