Help on Kit Choice for Alaska/Canada - Your advice please.

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raymondg Contributing Member • Posts: 718
Help on Kit Choice for Alaska/Canada - Your advice please.

I embarking on a trip to Alaska cruising the inside passage for Vancouver to Seward and then a train trip from Vancouver to Calgary.

My normal travel kit consists of my D700, 24-120f4 and either 14-24f2.8 or 17-35f2.8 which has proven effective in Europe and New Zealand. I have never felt that I needed more at the long end. I try to keep weight down as I do a lot of walking and this kit is around 2.5kg

However, Alaska seems to be different with less buildings and more landscape/wildlife. Therefore I assume I will need a reasonable telephoto. I am also wondering id taking the D800E instead of the D700 would be advisable. Your learned advice on tele and camera choices would be appreciated along with any other suggestions..

While I have both the 70-200VR1 and the 80-400VR1 both of these are heavy. I am thinking that the 70-200f4 may be a good addition as it is light and good IQ. While the 70-300VR is cheaper the IQ after 200 is not great. The 28-300 is in a similar situation. I am however concerned that 200mm may not be enough. I am not expecting to take extraordinary wildlife pics but would like to get something representative of the area/fauna.

I also have some wide primes but there seems very little gain in terms of weight for substituting one of these for a wide zoom.

Thank you in advance


Warmest Regards - Ray

 raymondg's gear list:raymondg's gear list
Nikon D3 Nikon D3X Nikon D800E Nikon D810 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED +9 more
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