Necessary equipment for upcoming trip?

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  1. gentry1242

    gentry1242 TPF Noob!

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    I am going to Europe in a couple months, and was curious to find out what would be considered "essential" lenses for the trip.

    What I have: (just got everything 2 months ago)
    Nikon D90
    18-105mm VR Kit lens
    2 8GB Extreme 3 SD cards
    Tamrac Camera Bag with room for camera + lens and 2 extra lenses

    I am a TPF noob and am relatively new to "real" photography in general. I have begun studying how the mechanics of cameras truly work, but am still pretty much in over my head at this point.

    Thus far, my 18-105 lens has handled pretty much everything I have tried to do, except for three issues.
    First, I tried to focus on something closer than about 2 ft where it refused to take the picture. (not really applicable to my trip)
    The second issue occurred at dusk and early night where I was shooting my dog with no flash playing at the park. I first tried the auto settings and after playing with the settings for 30 minutes, could not eliminate the motion blur. (may be a problem if shooting something with action at low light)
    Third, a couple weeks ago while at the football game, I noticed my subjects did not fit the frame well at maximum zoom. (definately an issue if I want to capture something in the distance).

    I am debating on whether to buy a Nikor 70-300mm VR lens for the longer range shots. I have been told that it is a "slow" lens that works best in good lighting, but for the price, you really can't do much better. The camera store said the next step up was around $2,000.

    I would like to make sure that the Nikor 70-300 VR will capture architectural and scenic pictures while I am in Europe in all types of light conditions. I would also like to have the option to take action shots that do not show motion blur. Is this the lens I am stuck with for now, or is there another brand I should consider? What kind of "distance" does the 70-300 provide over my 18-105? Am I expecting too much from one lens?

    Thank you in advance for your help.
     
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    decado TPF Noob!

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    You might want to get yourself a multi-coated graduated neutral density filter for shots that have bright sky in it and a multi-coated polarizing filter to minimize reflections when it's sunny. Also, you might want more than 16gb of storage, especially if you're shooting raw.
     
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    A reach factor of about 3x. The 70-300 is a very good walk-around lens for long shots. It is a bit on the slow side, but you're not likely to use it at night or indoors.

    For close-focusing there's not much you can unless you want to carry around either close-up lenses or extension tubes. Your other issue sounds very much like motion blur resulting from too little light for reasonable shutter speeds.
     
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    I am going to say, that for general travel I like my 18-200. I only own this lens to travel with and I have always been happy. I do tend to cary a few filters for it and always bring a Tripod.
     
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    For me, 2 x 8GB cards would likely not be enough for a trip to europe (unless you are also bringing a laptop or other device to d/l your images as you go along). I would also suggest bringing at least one spare battery.
     
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    gentry1242 TPF Noob!

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    But the consensus is that a 70-300 vr would suit my needs?
     
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    syphlix TPF Noob!

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    shrug... personally i'd prefer a wide lens to a tele for a trip like that...
     
  8. gentry1242

    gentry1242 TPF Noob!

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    I am planning on buying at least 32 more gb an I do have a spare battery.

    Also, can anyone recomend a tripod that is compact and lightweight?
     
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    icassell TPF Noob!

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    What do you like to shoot? I was in Italy a year ago and brought a few lenses. Most used (> 80% of the time) was the same one that I use as a walkaround here in the states -- my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. I also brought my Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 and a 1.4X TC. I rarely wished I had brought something longer.
     
  10. TJ K

    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Whats your price range for that tripod 300, 800?
     
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    gentry1242 TPF Noob!

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    What wide angle lens do you recommend? I have never actually used a wide angle lens. I always just zoomed out to frame my subject and then cropped the photo. Would a wide angle lens create a panoramic style photo?
     
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    I am not sure on the budget. I was planning on just using walls or benches to brace myself. I do no want something that is cumbersome. If I had to guess, I would rather spend more $ on glass, so less expensive is probably better for me.
     

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