Is it crazy to consider leaving my D800 at home while I travel

Started Feb 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
Lance B Forum Pro • Posts: 30,755
Re: Is it crazy to consider leaving my D800 at home while I travel

Julius P. wrote:

Lance B wrote:

tommiejeep wrote:

My D3S has never made it on a trip where I had to fly. I took D700, D300s, 500vr, 300 2.8vr , 24-70 2.8 and 85 1.4D on a Tiger Safari that required two flights. Never again. I could not even shoot the 500vr due to the small Safari Vehicles. The Pro, that was leading, only brought the D3, 70-200vr and not his 200-400vr. Next time I will carry the 80-400afs and 70-200vrII (or the f4) , D610,D7100 and a couple of f1.8 primes.

My gear has specific purposes and it doesn't mean that the most best/expensive is the most suitable for every occasion. I want to enjoy my trips, interact with the people/cultures and have fun. I've spent a bit of time and money getting 'good' gear that brings the pain of carrying the gear down to a viable level for me .

Different strokes for different folks

Oh, I agree. Don't get me wrong with regards to my post above. You need to take gear specific for purpose and not take gear just for the sake of having all the gear.

I went to Lord Howe Island, a subtropical national park off the coast of NSW where there is abundant sea bird life and one particular bird that is only found there, the Lord Howe Island Wood Hen where there are only 300 left in the world after being down to 30 in the 1970's. I took my D800, 300 f2.8 VRII, 24-70 f2.8, 16-35 f4 VR, 1.4x TCII and 2x TCIII. The 300 and TC's came along specifically for the bird life.

When I went to Europe and the UK recently, I took D800E, 24-70 f2.8, 16-35 f4 VR, 80-400 f4.5-5.6G VR and 1.4x TCII. The only reason I took the 80-400 was because we went to the Farne Islands off the NE coast of the UK to photograph the Puffins and other bird life there.

The trip to Europe before that I took the D700, 16-35 f4 VR, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8 VRII, 1.4x TCII and 2x TCIII.


I'm curious, have you considered getting a Nikon 1 + FT1 to attach to your 300 f2.8? I've only just started bird photography, but I've found this to be a surprisingly good birding combo with my 200-400 that I recently got. Love the reach I can achieve with this. I'm considering getting a 1.4x TCII to add a little more reach. The 2x TCIII doesn't work very well with the 200-400.

With good light, the Nikon 1 gives excellent results but I try not to shoot it higher than 400ISO due to unacceptable noise. Some examples here in my very modest bird gallery so far:

Some great bird shots, Julius!

I did consider getting a Nikon 1 but I think the immediacy of the shutter, focus speed/accuracy and the high ISO ability of my D800E etc put me off the idea of a Nikon 1.

I'd agree with you that you and Tom to bring the gear specific to your needs and shooting situations.


PS - love the detail in your bird shots!

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Nikon D500 Nikon D850 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR +13 more
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