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    Lens suggestions for traveling

    I'm torn between the 55-200 and the 55-300 DX. Will be going on a cruise in March and looking for a tele. Currently have an 18-55 and a 24 1.4 that a use for astrophotography.

    Any advice appreciated.

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    Re: Lens suggestions for traveling

    Many people start out with the 55-200 and end up selling it to get the 55-300 or 70-300 (as i did). Spend a few bucks more now to cut your losses later. BTW, the 55-200 is a great little zoom, but many want more reach after a while.
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    Re: Lens suggestions for traveling

    I agree with Rick... get the 300 now.. I have the 55-200 and later added the 55-300. I have not sold the 200 (yet) but if I had it to do over, I would have gotten the 300 at the start.

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    for a travel lens it really comes down to what you normally shoot. I litterally cringe when I say this but, the 18-200 is 1 lens with huge ability. It is a slow len but I know a lot of overland and expedition style travelers that use the 18-200 almost exclusively. Not me of course hahaha but for a walk around light lens...
    If you choose the above, definitley go to the 300 and for me it would be the 70-300 but thats just me.

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    Re: Lens suggestions for traveling

    the question to ask yourself is 'do I need tele when I can crop'
    same question over and over of course, but for convenience of travelling, I take 35mm f/1.8, great for everything!
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    Re: Lens suggestions for traveling

    Quote Originally Posted by joe22 View Post
    the question to ask yourself is 'do I need tele when I can crop'
    same question over and over of course, but for convenience of travelling, I take 35mm f/1.8, great for everything!
    Cropping in very rarely the answer between needing a tele or not. A 35mm while a good lens is no substitute to an 85 much less a 200. Every lens has a purpose but a 35mm is far from a do it all travel lens.

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    Re: Lens suggestions for traveling

    you are right mate, he said he needed a tele! junior error on my part of not reading the thread fully before commenting!
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    Re: Lens suggestions for traveling

    If you're going to be photographing stuff from a fair distance, I'd be tempted to take the 300mm.

    When I traveled in Africa, I only had my kit lens (18-135mm) which was really good, but a longer lens would have been great when we went to the local National Park.

    I also took a small point and click which ran on AA batteries (you can get AAs everywhere) which I could carry everywhere and not stress over crowds and standing out with expensive looking gear.

    I took more photos with the point & shoot (Samsung S860) than with my D80 as I always had it with me and most things you photograph aren't too far away.

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    Re: Lens suggestions for traveling

    you can usually get closer but often not get far enough back so a 18-200 or 300 is the go ...changing and carrying lenses is crazy ..fit and forget (or use) is my motto ...leave the camera bag at home (makes you look a pratt anyway) and hang one camera under your coat.
    PS dump the lens cap too ..true sign of an amateur....

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    Re: Lens suggestions for traveling

    Quote Originally Posted by dervari View Post
    I'm torn between the 55-200 and the 55-300 DX. Will be going on a cruise in March and looking for a tele. Currently have an 18-55 and a 24 1.4 that a use for astrophotography.

    Any advice appreciated.

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    I have a two month African holiday in March and I am taking everything I can, so what I am basically saying is take what you can. If you are doing wildlife photos zoom is a must, if you are doing landscape a wider angle is a must. I honestly would go the 55 - 300mm if that was my only choice as it can be used in all aspects and at 55mm portrait you can get some great Panos if your stitching skills are up to grade





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