Should I take my DSLR and lenses for 19 day trip to Australia & New Zealand

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by robert_yates|1, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. We are leaving in three weeks for a 19 day trip with stops in California, a 7 day tour of Australia and a 12 day cruise from Sydney to New Zealand. The land portion has stops in Sydney, Alice Springs, Uluru and Cairns. The cruise has port calls in Melbourne, Hobart, Christchurch, Dunedin, Tuaranga and Auckland. We are also doing a layover in Los Angeles before departing to Sydney.
    And, as usual, I'm collapsing in my usual welter of indecisiveness as to whether or not to take my D70s and, if so which lenses. In the past, when I have taken the D70s, I have taken at least the 18-70 and 55-200VR, sometimes a 12-24. I also have the new 35mm 1.8 and and a 50 and the 28-105 from my film days. I have a G10 for walking around and my wife has a Canon 800SD, so I'm not sure that bringing the DSLR kit will be useful, especially as it is a lot of weight to lug through multiple airports and fit into a Think Tank Urban Urban Disguise 50.
    The other members of our traveling party are not photographers. On the other hand, it is the trip of a lifetime for us, and I don't want to be kicking myself later for not bringing the equipment that will get the maximum results.
    If anyone out there has done a trip like this, or something similar, I would like very much to get your thoughts on whether I should just bite the bullet and bring the DSLR and which lenses would be the most useful if I do.
     
  2. Well, I have heard on the news that in light of the latest attempted terrorist bombing on that flight last week, US security is not allowing you to carry much on with you, and in some cases nothing other than one bag that you can't have in your lap or with you during the flight. I personally don't like putting my gear in a carry on bag that's going up in a bin somewhere that might not be near my seat, but that's just me.
    If you do want to take some of your gear, I'd stick with the 55-200 VR and maybe the 18-70. If you have a lightweight tripod or monopod that you can put in your suitcase, it would be handy to have one along, although the VR on your 55-200 should help. I definitely wouldn't carry everything! Oh, and carry lots of memory cards, and something to back up your photos on.
     
  3. or carry the dslr with the 35mm 1.8 only, and use it for both nice bokeh portraits, night shots and landscape views, i know its not super wide, but u'll probably be far back enough to take good pictures of any landscape at certain points in the trip. that would be a cool exercise in photo discipline.
     
  4. If you can get one in time, I'd suggest the AF-S 18-200mm VR DX Nikkor lens and one 67mm polarizer filter for your trip. One camera, one lens and you have just about everything covered for your cruise and shore visits. [Also, less chance of dust if one lens remains on the camera.]
     
  5. Robert,
    This is the time when you can feed your passion for photography, especially since the other people from your group are not involved in it! That means that you'll have great and unique opportunities to shoot... If I'd be in your place I'll consider a nightmare trip with no DSLR with me.
    IMHO you have to take 12-24, 35/1.8 and 55-200. Or at least the 35/1.8 and the 18-70... Eventually a tablepod or no tripod at all in order to keep you lightweight.
    I have serious problems with my back, my hip and my knee but I never travel without D5000, Nikon 10-24, Tamron 18-270, Nikon 35/1.8 or 50/1.4...
     
  6. D70s, 12-24, 35 would be the minimum I'd take along - if there is still space, add the 55-200. Still a fairly compact package IMHO. Certainly a lot more capable than the G10. Whenever I decided to leave the "big guns" at home, I regretted the decision afterward. Are you planning on hauling a notebook along? Or another device to back up your images? Or plenty of cards to last you the entire trip? Don't forget the charger and a spare battery.
     
  7. To much stuff is always a problem. I would keep it simple and light. I have a Crumpler 6million dollar home and it will only hold so much. I would limit my gear to what will fit inside of it, I would also want to have a mini tripod. I cannot tell you what to take however because I do not know what stuff you favor.
     
  8. You will regret not taking the an SLR and a range of lenses. If I were taking that trip, I would carry two SLR bodies, a wide zoom, a telephoto zoom, a fast lens, and a monopod as a minimum. You say it's the trip of a lifetime.
    I would probably pack:
    • D300 w/17-55
    • D700 w/17-35, 28-70, 70-200, TC-17
    • macro lens
    • flash
    • monopod
    • tripod
    • lots of memory, batteries, charger, polarizer
    • and probably a laptop.
    But that's me.
     
  9. Since you are bringing your G10, you would have covered about 28-140mm so if you really want to bring your D70s, you may just want to bring either the 12-24mm and 35mm (if you shoot lots of wide) or the 35mm and 55-200mm. The other lenses seem to overlap too much with the G10.
     
  10. Put me down on the "carry the DSLR" list. The ability to work rapidly is particularly valuable when with a group/tour. You can get more pictures without lagging and dragging. I would pare down considerably, to two lenses to avoid problems with carry-ons and the present situation with traveling. The suggestion to take an 18-200VR is a good one, though I might prefer the 16-85VR, specially if you take the 35/1.8 for available light. From your present quiver, I would consider the 18-70 and the 35/1.8. Highly portable, light and effective.
     
  11. Well, Robert, how OFTEN do you plan to go to Australia? If this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, you'd better take at last SOME of your gear with you.
    Don't take TOO much gear. You don't want a bag that's too heavy. On the other hand, I'd rather struggle with a few extra pounds/kilos of baggage than regret not having a decent camera at my side when then magic happens.
     
  12. I wouldn't miss a trip like that without my DSLR. Take the 18-70 at least, and the 55-200 if you can. That should cover the majority of your photos. You can bring the 35 1.8 if you want to have a smaller less obtrusive package, but that lens may only get used for 5-10% of the photos, so you have to decide if it's worth taking up space and weight in your bag. The Canon G10 is, however, an excellent camera in its own right. And you wouldn't suffer just bringing that and traveling light. I would make sure to have a couple spare batteries on hand, and maybe invest in the Canon auxiliary wide angle lens for it. I have fantasies of traveling with only my little Nikon P6000. It takes outstanding photos up to ISO 400, and I am perfectly satisfied with it. It can also shoot RAW, those look better than the photos I got from my D70 in terms of overall detail.
     
  13. Robert,
    It is indeed the trip of a lifetime - yes, take your SLR gear. From what you have to select I'd take the D70s + 12-24mm, 55-200mm VR and the 35mm prime and your portable HD.
    Others will differ but I'm one who doesn't mind fighting harder to get my images (i.e. lugging a bit of extra weight in order to cover all bases)
    Enjoy your tour down under!!
     
  14. With a trip like this scheduled I'd bring the best I have in equipment. Really - trip of a lifetime & a P&S. Wouldn't even dream of it.....
    But that's just me.
     
  15. For Sydney, Alice & Ayers Rock, your 18-70mm should be fine; for Cairns, it really depends on what excursions you will be doing. If you can take a waterproof P&S, you will have great fun on the Barrier Reef, assuming you go snorkeling. For all your port calls the same gear should suffice; however, for Dunedin, assuming you are going out to see the penguins or the albatross, a long lens (e.g. your 55-200 VR) would be very handy indeed. So one DSLR plus two lenses should see you through (along with plenty of memory cards, if you do not have any portable storage). But considering the price of memory nowadays, the weight of portable storage media is not worth it IMO. Avoid carrying too much - the airlines are getting really nasty and schlepping all that weight will not be fun.
     
  16. I've done that trip before using a DSLR and used only a P&S. If I had the chance to do it again, I'd take my gear with me...no doubts. If I had to choose between what you mentioned, I'd take the 35mm and the 55-200VR. That should cover most things.
     
  17. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    I went to Australia back in 2002, and I too was at Sydney, Caines, Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock), plus other wildlife locations.
    I bourght 4 camera bodies: Nikon F5, F100, and D100 plus my medium-format Contax 645 and a bunch of lenses from the 17-35mm/f2.8 to a 500mm/f4. Well, you get the picture, right?
     
  18. Thank you all for your many suggestions.
    The D70s will be in the bag with the 18-70, no doubt, along with the G10. The second lens will probably be the 55-200VR for the extra reach. I took the 12-24 to Alaska last year, but really didn't use it as much as I thought. I also reviewed the results from some other trips where multiple lenses were involved, and the 55-200 got most of the work. I think I'll throw the 35 in the bag as well.
    I have an old Olympus Stylus Epic II. I'll bring it with a couple of rolls of film for the boat tour and/or rainy weather in New Zealand.
    Now to find an SB-400 for a light weight pocket flash.
     
  19. Howdy, I am from NZ. Back from a trip of Auckland, now I am in Wellington :D
    I think an SLR would be ideal. So take that, I only have a D70 by the way. Tripod a must, get a short one there are ones that is about 35cm folded, great for dusk and dawn but for daylight and in summer in 3 weeks time light is not a problem to handhold. To me it is not the quality but actually getting a shot. Modern kit lenses are pretty dang good. Maybe just a flash for portraits.
    12-24 I say not really unless you really into that lens, does require more work to use such a lens thou. I say the 18-70 and the 55-200 would be ideal. Don't bother with 28-105. Not sure about 35 or 50mm primes thou. This isn't a big city, you are not going to be handholding a FX camera with a prime lens and shoot everything, we just don't have that much infrastructure.
    G10 for wife maybe.
    From your list I take it you are not going to Queenstown and the Fiordland? That would the best or the best. If you have one area to visit NZ, go there. Short walks are good as well incl compatible for wheel chair access like Lake Matheson (from Franz Josef), Lake Tekapo (Tekapo itself), Fiordland (drive from Queenstown or Te Anau a bit closer) - Milford Sound cruise for not much - 2 or 3 hr trip etc.
    www.doc.govt.nz
    You don't really need big bags. One cam with one lens attached. One other lens in your jacket pocket.
    Also dress for water. Today started raining again here, last few days were good thou, we are known to rain for Christmas even but this year was dry, Boxing Day half the country was wet thou. Sun lotion and insect repellant particularly if you go outside the cities.
     
  20. Dunedin - there is larnach castle and there is the penguin area drive required.
    Chc - dunno, Kaikoura north drive for whales. South to Queenstown and Fiordland. Lake Tekapo closer thou. Mt Cook likewise a bit further.
    Auckland - dunno, we went for the Asian food, lol. Bridge quite a bit away from city unlike Sydney. Northcote by ferry or car is good for a shot at the bridge at sunset or just after it for the sky to get a bit dark. There is the end of the road there which also has a restaurant lookout point there or just go to the ferry station there and stick a tripod up. For the skyline of Auckland, go to Stanely Point (Devonport) it is a park there between some posh houses, stick your tripod there.
    Sunset tend to be around 8.30pm with good photo's at 9.15pm for the sun to dark but not black. Sunrise I guess is around 6am ....
    Tauranga not been.
     
  21. I've just come back from 3 weeks in New Zealand. Had a D700, an F5, six Zeiss lenses and a huge tripod not to mention a wife and two daughters under the age of three. Oh yes, and a Panasonic G1 and two lenses.

    Yes take your DSLR! Family duties did impede photography a great deal - inevitably - but there was still no way I would have gone with a P&S only.

    Although NZ is the most beautiful country I know you seem to missing a lot of the best bits on this cruise. As Ray said, Fiordland and central Otago are stunning but it seems you won't get close. If you spend enough time in Christchurch at least drive to the Banks Peninsula and see Akaroa.
    I have some shots on my website:
    http://www.jamessymington.co.uk/
    In terms of focal lengths the widest I found useful was 25mm (on FX) although I had wider and 100mm on the long end was as long as I needed there too.

    Enjoy yourself!
     
  22. Hi, Robert. Living in Australia I had the same problem fifteen months ago when planning a holiday in the States and Canada. I use a Canon dslr and took with me a 18-50mm Sigma, a Canon 70-200mm and my wife had a Canon sd800.
    On a 3 weeks holiday we always seemed to be on the move, and I found that 85 per cent of the shots were taken with the P&S, with most of the others covered by the 18-50.
    When planning is is nice to want to cover every eventuality, but given the relatively short time you have in Australia, and the distances to be covered, I think you would be wise to travel light with one or two lenses covering the 18-200mm range, a light tripod and the 2 point and shoots.
    Whatever you decide upon, I know you will have a wonderful holiday and take many great photos.
     
  23. Thanks again to everyone for their helpful insights.
    Because (as I understand it) Qantas is rather strict with the 7 kg limit for carry-ons, I did a practice pack last night, using the Urban Stealth 50 bag:
    D70s SLR with 18-70 mounted w/caps, hood, bag and filters
    55-200VR with caps, hood, bag and filters
    35mm f 1.8G with caps, hood, bag and filters
    Memory cards: 4 Compact Flash (2x4G, 2x1G) 4 SD (2x8G, 1x 4G, 1x2G)
    SB-600 with batteries and case (to be replaced by SB-400)
    Battery charger for D70s
    Canon G10 w/battery charger and electronic trigger
    Canon 220EX with batteries
    Nikon MC-DC1 and ML-L3 for D70s
    AA battery charger
    Ipod w/charger
    Cell phone w/charger
    Olympus Epic Stylus II w/ 3 rolls film 1x200, 2x400
    Mini-tripod
    Paperwork
    Total: 5.95kg/13pounds
    Since things always seem lighter on when outbound, a 1kg/2.2 pound margin of safety should provide a for an acceptable margin for error and avoid having to check the bag. Some stuff may come out of the bag (such as the 35mm) and a lighter flash will help reduce the weight.
    Once again, my thanks to everyone. We have family, friends and co-workers who have visited Australia and/or New Zealand. They seem to be places that nobody who has been there didn't like, a rare thing indeed.
     
  24. I'm just gonna say what I have learned over my life, not just with photography but life in general. And that is "It is better to have something and not need it, than need it and not have it." Like having a spare tire along on a road trip.
    I realize you have some restrictions placed upon you that are out of your control. I would try to take everything I could ( I typically over-pack for everything though) and maybe make arangements to rent once there.
    Have a Great Trip!!
    wlt
     
  25. If you're asking the question, the answer is always, "take it all." Otherwise, you'll just kick yourself because you missed something. You don't have to carry all of it all everywhere, but it gives you options on a daily basis.
    It's always worked for me. This is my standard travel kit.
    2 Olympus camera bodies, e-500/e-510
    14-45mm zoom
    35mm Macro w/52mm CP
    70-300mm zoom
    4 spare batteries and charger
    58mm Closeup Filter kit
    58mm CP
    58mm R72
    58mm 2 stop ND
    Cable release
    Hot shoe flash w/diffuser
    72in. Davis and Sanford tripod
    It all goes into a 30 year old shoulder camera bag.
     
  26. Why is it that people can't use their creative minds with given equipment? Too often on this forum we see helpless questions seeking sometimes mis-guided advice.
    But seriously, use what you can carry-on, nobody takes all their gear unless they pay extra baggage charges and insurance and certainly not unless they really want to schlep stuff across the tundra.
     
  27. It looks like everyone has different experiences. Some take all while others travel light. Personally I like to travel light and make due with what I have. I have a good idea of what I use day in and day out. I would take a DSLR no question and probably a backup P&S. If you know what you use most then take that lenses only if you really want to travel light. You may not have the time to really get some shots since you are with a group. I have had that issue before. In those times I make the effort to spend time with my companions but occasionally get to find a nice morning or evening to explore something. For me the 18-70mm would be a must have then the 35mm f1.8 then if I had the extra room either the wide or tele zoom depending on your usage. The 28-105 is a very nice when used on DX but heavy. For max range I would take the Wide zoom, 35mm and tele zoom. I would not leave home without a light Gitzo tripod and head.
     
  28. If you take the gear, you'll curse it for nineteen days. If you don't, you'll regret it for a lifetime.
     
  29. Consider transporting no gear and renting an 8x10 Deardorf in Australia. Have your film processed over there so you don't need to be concerned about fogging during security checks.
     
  30. It depends entirely on who you are and what you want "from" the trip. If you want to bag some high-resolution shots that you'll blow up and mount on the wall, bring the DSLR. If that's not what you plan then the G10 is perfectly adequate and you can still blow up the images if you want to.
    One question though - since you HAVE the DSLR and are considering NOT taking it, um, to be blunt, what do you use it for? Is this the "trip of a lifetime" for you or is it just another vacation in a long list of expensive vacations? I'm guessing that most of us would carry our entire armada if we were going on a trip to such a faraway and exotic destination.
     
  31. It's largely weight driven, in that I have a bad back, a pinched nerve in one shoulder and two torn rotator cuffs. Also, I will be using a shoulder bag only for the land portion (I'm cheerfully paranoid about checking bags) with the cruise related stuff in a larger (shared) bag. I'm considering getting either a shoulder harness from Think Tank, or a medium sized backpack type bag to avoid hanging the weight on both shoulders.
    I don't often make large prints, 8x10 usually being the largest, although I have gone as large as 12x18. I think I'll stick with my packing list. May change the other luggage strategy, though.
    Again, thanks to all for their advice and insights.
     
  32. Why would you have this wonderful kit and not take it on the "trip of a lifetime???" Yes, it'll be a pain at times, but think of all the great places you're going and the wonderful images you'll be able to take. Your friends will love your jpeg files on a DVD disc and your family will love watching the trip again and again on your HDTV.
    I'm going to Hilo and Oaho next month and will probably have my whole kit. If I pare down at all it'll be leaving the 400mm at home and taking a monopod instead of the tripod.
    Next summer we're taking an Alaskan cruise with the grand daughters, including four-days in Denali. I'll have a 500mm on that one, plus the tripod.
    My lowpro backpack holds two camera bodies, three lenses, including the 400mm, extenders, TCs AND my laptop. It'll be my only carryon.
    DO IT!!! You'll regret forever if you don't.
     
  33. Why would you have this wonderful kit and not take it on the "trip of a lifetime???" Yes, it'll be a pain at times, but think of all the great places you're going and the wonderful images you'll be able to take. Your friends will love your jpeg files on a DVD disc and your family will love watching the trip again and again on your HDTV.
    I'm going to Hilo and Oaho next month and will probably have my whole kit. If I pare down at all it'll be leaving the 400mm at home and taking a monopod instead of the tripod.
    Next summer we're taking an Alaskan cruise with the grand daughters, including four-days in Denali. I'll have a 500mm on that one, plus the tripod.
    My lowpro backpack holds two camera bodies, three lenses, including the 400mm, extenders, TCs AND my laptop. It'll be my only carryon.
    DO IT!!! You'll regret forever if you don't.
     
  34. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Robert, by no means I am suggesting that anybody should do what I did: traveling to Australia with four SLR bodies including the F5, F100 and medium format. However, to me, and hopefully for a lot of people, a D70S body with lenses such as the 18-70 DX, 55-200 DX and 12-24 DX is a light-weight kit.
    Unless you have some highly unusual situation that I am not aware of, one shouldn't have trouble taking a small kit like that to Ausatralia and New Zealand.
     
  35. G'day Robert,
    You will definitely regret not taking your D70s, it has far better image quality than any p&s, even though you have to 'lug' the lenses. (A good but reasonably compact camera bag will accommodate your D70s and two lenses with either lens on the camera to save space).
    In my opinion, you will need the two lenses: 18-70 and 55-200 because it's good to have the wide-angle aspect as well as the telephoto aspect.
    You never know when you will need to shoot your wife's portrait in front of a given subject such as favourite buildings, or with new Aussie friends.
    As for your 12-24, 50 and 28-105 lenses, you already have these focal lengths covered with the two lenses I'm suggesting you take.
    You'll find you will see both focal ends as a must, it's surprising what you will see at such short notice when out-and-about.
    Personally, on photographic missions either near home or for travel, I purpose-use the telephoto on an all-day venture for detail landscape or near macro, then change subject matter to suit wide-angle shooting- a different way of looking at it, but none-the-less interesting.
    Robert, I wish you and your wife a very good trip here down-under, and I know you will love Australia.

    Mick.
     
  36. G'day again Robert,
    Re: Which lenses?
    Alternatively, you could purchase the Nikon 18-200mm 3.5-5.6G-ED DX VRll lens which is what I did just last week for my D70s and D90. This lens alone will cover all your focal lengths I have mentioned in my last post!

    Mick.
     
  37. I don't want to appear rude but why did you buy your gear in the first place ? ....I recently took both my Canon 5D with lenses and my Nikon D700 with lenses to the USA from Australia and flew on about 20 flights, lugged the gear all around cities hotels, rent a cars, tour sites etc...was it worth it ?...well, I didn't buy my gear to leave at home and not take with me...I also lugged all my gear around NZ and Australia in wet and dry weather and my conclusion...I think it's worth it, but you might not..
     
  38. Shun, I knew you weren't being serious with your earlier suggestion.
    I'm taking the DSLR, 18-70/55-200/12-24/50. That should do it. It's actually less than I took to Alaska (e.g, no videocam or big binoculars). Small tripod, remote triggers, flashes, etc.
    Again, I'd like to thank you all for your advice and support. Living in a family of non-photographers, it's important to have a sounding board, and the benefit of the experience of others.
     
  39. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Robert, I don't shoot film any more, 35mm or medium format, but if I go back to Australia again, I'll bring pretty much the same stuffs: at least 3 DSLRs, lenses from super wide to super tele. In my case, photography is THE reason I travel.
    However, I didn't want to leave the wrong impression that I might think everybody should be crazy about photography like me. But taking 1 DSLR and 2, 3, 4 small to mid size lenses should be very doable for just about everybody.
     
  40. Shun, if I were going totally on my own (as I have done in the past for other trips, such as to Death Valley), I would have gone with the 2 slr/5 lens/ big honkin' tripod since have no one else to be concerned about. Group dynamics are different.
    I think I'll take a look at some backpacks tomorrow. The Lowepro Fastbacks look like they could give me some room to spare.
     
  41. You should really take all your equipment that you feel comfortable carrying. Don't worry about Airport security. I JUST got back from 3 week Asia trip. Security coming to the US is a little tighter--in addition to regular screenings, they pat you down and go through your carry ons (right near the gates before you board). I had 3 cameras (including an old mechanical, Rolleiflex TLR) and a few lenses with me--no one gave me any trouble. I usually walk around with a DSLR/one lens and a point and shoot. Personally, I don't carry multiple lenses when I go out. I figure in advance what the appropriate lens should be for that day/excursion. That way, I won't get too fatigued from carrying too many things.
     
  42. I would get 18-70mm zoom lens, 35mm prime (or faster) and a Monopod. Have a nice trip!
     
  43. This is really a tough question only because no one can decide for you.
    Personally, at my photographic level I take better documentary style photos with my P&S and better Landscape type shots with my more serious cameras.
    So if it were me, I'd take just my P&S and enjoy my holiday with the people I'm going with.
    I recently went on a once-in-a-lifetime group holiday where I was the only one with a serious interest in photography and a 'serious' camera (my LX3 P&S - I left my D300 at home). I know I was a pain because I was always lagging waaaay behind (didn't help it being a trekking holiday to Mount Everest Base Camp !).
    Don't regret my decision as I still managed to get pictures I was proud of and still managed to make a few people go wow (http://www.yarnex.co.uk/nepal2009)
    And I also enjoyed my holiday to the max.
    Again, if you're like me (heaven forbid), your serious gear is for taking serious, carefully considered and thought out photographs and your G1, skillfully used, will serve you magnificently on your vacation.
    Whatever your decision, have a great time !!
     
  44. Hi Robert
    Looks like you are on the same ship (Diamond Princess) as I would be on except that I will be sailing from Auckland to Sydney, this last incident on Christmas day has made it hard for me to decide what to pack but any way here is what I intend to take with me. My D700, 24-120, 105 Macro, 80-200 and the SB800, but I might leave the flash and the 105 macro behind if I have to.
    I have checked the hand luggage regulations, seems that we are allowed ONE carry on and one accessory like a hand bag, attache case, but not to exceed 22 pounds. In any event even if the regulatiions have changed to 15 pounds, I would still be able to make it.

    This is also a trip of a life time for me, I have never been south of the Equator and from all accounts NZ is very scenic and I want images to remember this trip by.
    If indeed you ar on the Diamond Princess, she is a huge ship and you would enjoy sailing on her, service is great. I sailed on it last year from Beijing to Bangkok. And if this English man David is still the manager of the ship's Photo department, take the time and get to know him, you will be glad you did.
    eb
     
  45. Robert,
    I took a trip of a lifetime last year to OZ & NZ - it is wonderful and truely a fantastic trip. Both countries are so beautiful in thier own way that you really should carry the best camera and lens you can afford. Frankly, I'd upgrade from the D70S to a D300 w/ 18-200 VR lens. (My current outfit, upgraded from a D200 specifically for this trip and glad I did. Hey, you're already spending pretty big bucks to make the trip - a few more to capture it is well worth it!). The variety of animals in OZ is amazing (the zoom comes in handy here), the scenery of NZ spectacular (wide angle and plan on stitching shots together in post). These are places not to be missed!
    Carry either significant memory cards or get a portable reader like the Epson. I ended up with over 6000 pics on 60 gig - and had to limit myself by shooting jpeg at times to save memory space (which I now regret, wish I had done NEF all the way).
    If you don't already have Lightroom, go ahead and spring for that too - truely amazing for workflow and processing after the fact.
    You'll love it - and the people in OZ and NZ really are as amazingly friendly, open, and welcoming as it appears. My biggest problem now is trying to decide if OZ or NZ wines are the best - the sampling trials will have to continue for some time, it seems. I can't wait to go back!
    Have a great trip!
     
  46. You may over complicate things.
    As the wife to take a p&s and you take the SLR. One kit lens and maybe a long lens and that's it. Polariser, maybe a ND filter if you wanna do waterfalls and streams. Do a HDR instead of taking grads. Don't really need the ultra wide really unless you into that and like you say you are not into it.
    If you are doing a cruise, you may not have that much time doing nature walks and stuff to really use that wide lens anyway, or even the ND filters.....
    If you are not shooting in dusk or dawn, you could actually forgo the tripod. The largest item you have. Like most photographers, shoot it handheld, if you doing cruise that may dictate your travel itinerary.... If you are getting a car rental driving around the country esp the south island for a week or two then yeah take a tripod when you can do what you want and dump it in the car boot.
    Pano's, use a tele lens and do a pano on the tripod and stitch in software.
    Wife have a p&s, I won't even take a backup, just the SLR.
     
  47. I wouldn't worry about primes. This isn't NYC.
     
  48. Two cameras and two lenses. I take my D700 and D300, a 24-120 lens and a 500VR lens. I usually put a backpack big enough to carry both camera with lenses attached and a waterproof plastic sack in my regular luggage and use a roller carryon for the camera gear. Take a monopod for the tele and back up cards, batteries and chargers. With high ISO performance you do not need a flash or all that other gear. If you need two more lenses just for reassurance then the 14-24, the 24-70 and/or the 70-200 can be taken, though they are all very heavy. If you want a low-lighter then the 85mm 1.4 works great.
     
  49. bmm

    bmm

    Hi from an Aussie.
    Take it. D70, a couple of consumer zooms and (say) one prime) is not a lot of kit. But it will be very handy for the amazing things you will see.
    On Qantas cabin baggage - they are strict on size but only ask about weight if you look like you have a big bag. So keep it looking compact and they wont even check (I'm speaking as someone who flies Qantas for work >100 sectors per year so I'm in a good position to know). I'd recommend a smallish backpack rather than a shoulder bag by the way because they are so good for taking camera gear on long bush-walks.
    I'd have flown between Melbourne Hobart and Christchurch, and then driven around NZ, rather than spent time out at sea between the countries. The best of these places is only experienced when you can say "I'm going to drive this amazing unsealed coastal or mountain road" or "Bugger today's plans, I'm loving this little winery and I think we should stay here chill this afternoon". Too much planning and too strict an agenda doesn't leave time for the pod of whales off the cliffs, the flock of emus to cross the road, the decision to go crab-fishing in the rocks just because its a nice day on a secluded beach and you have a bottle of white that would go down great with shellfish, or to imagine a sunrise somewhere amazing and decide on a whim to pitch a tent in order to see it in its full splendour the next morning. Anyway all this to say I hope your cruise affords you a lot of free time to go out and do that exploring because those sort of random things really are the heart and soul of Australia & NZ.
     

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