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    Dear travellers!

    I will be making a trip to Melbourne in October, and I'm travelling with a group of 5 other friends. We will be self-driving around the state of Victoria, but less so on the eastern side. 60% of the days would be spent in the city though, for the culture.

    I was wondering what lenses I should bring. I'm mainly a prime lens shooter, so I haven't got many zooms. The only working ones I have are a Nikon 24-85mm, Sigma 50-500mm... and... hmm... that's it.

    I have primes ranging from 8mm all the way to 135mm though, and I thought of bringing the following setup:

    - D300
    - 20mm f2.8D (my widest lens apart from the fisheye 8mm)
    - 50mm f1.4D
    - considering buying a 200mm f4 AIS.
    - also considering buying a Samyang 14mm f2.8

    I guess I want to shoot landscapes, especially the Great Ocean Road (20mm and 200mm) but I also want to take pictures of myself and my friends on a holiday (20mm and 50mm). I'm leaving out my 85mm f1.4D because I feel that I won't be using that much since the 50mm would do decently for group and individual portraits.

    Apart from what I wanna bring, I have the following lenses as well, so if you think you would bring them, please suggest reasons. =)

    - 8mm fisheye
    - 20mm f1.8D Sigma
    - 35mm f1.4 AIS
    - 35mm f2D
    - 50mm f1.8E
    - 50mm f1.2 AIS
    - 55mm f2.8 AIS Micro
    - 85mm f2 AIS
    - 85mm f1.4D
    - 100mm f2.8D Macro Tokina
    - 135mm f2.8E
    - 80-200mm f2.8 AFS (but the AF is spoilt for now)

    I will bring a tripod and 2 x SB-30s with RF triggers, coz I think an SB600 or SB800 is too bulky.

    What do you guys think/suggest?
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    you should have a better idea than us. We don't know what is your shooting style.
    But i would choose 35mm prime for the 1st choice

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    Default Re: 10-day Melbourne Trip: Prime Lenses Suggestions

    I would just get the 14mm , a 50mm and an 85mm for landscape travels
    On the D300, the 14mm might not be as wide as I would have preferred
    Larger aperture lenses may give you more headroom for shooting star shots / milky way etc, if skies are permittingly dark and clear

    But these are my own preferences, and your style may vary.
    I bring a set of prime lenses for overseas travels as well.

    Ryan

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    Default Re: 10-day Melbourne Trip: Prime Lenses Suggestions

    Mate................why open another thread for the same topic?

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/gener...e-october.html
    Currently based in Melbourne / No longer living in Singapore

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    Please don't get me wrong, i came over from the sigma dp2m and dp1m thread, if you ever wanted a 40-50mb camera for landscape and street photgraphy, u should give this camera a look.

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    Melbourne is very scenic... so one of the setup must be a UWA lens... as wide as possible. I dun fancy 8mm (fisheye).

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcanopy View Post
    I would just get the 14mm , a 50mm and an 85mm for landscape travels
    On the D300, the 14mm might not be as wide as I would have preferred
    Larger aperture lenses may give you more headroom for shooting star shots / milky way etc, if skies are permittingly dark and clear

    Ryan
    Hi Ryan, thanks for your input. Indeed, 14mm may not be as wide on a crop sensor body. Hopefully it's wide enough for me. And yes, I was hoping to catch some starry scenic shots along the Great Ocean Road...

    Quote Originally Posted by harnamsc View Post
    Mate................why open another thread for the same topic?

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/gener...e-october.html
    Hello! Yeah, sorry, it's because initially when I was pretty excited about equipment planning, the Travel sub-forum seemed to be rather slow, or rather, I was being impatient. Is there any way to merge the threads?

    Quote Originally Posted by sinned79 View Post
    Melbourne is very scenic... so one of the setup must be a UWA lens... as wide as possible. I dun fancy 8mm (fisheye).
    That's what I thought... UWA for scenery. Having said that, I'm also keen to see what I can capture using a tele lens. =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by karnage View Post



    That's what I thought... UWA for scenery. Having said that, I'm also keen to see what I can capture using a tele lens. =)
    i am not a tele person when comes to landscape... so can't advise u.

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