Bali - recommended lenses


Oct 28, 2009
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Any recommendations for lenses on a photographic trip to Bali?
And any places to see?
I'll be heading to Tanah Lot and will be bringing my Nikon D750 and 24-120/4 VR and SB-300 with me.
Is the 24-70/2.8VR worth the upgrade?
Any other lens recommendations?
I have the 14-24/2.8 but it's in KL right now...
 

jakati

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It depends on what exactly you intend to shoot. That is a good enough travel lens for general photography at Bali... There is no need to buy a f2.8 lens just for this trip (unless it meets a specific need)
Ensure you are able to take some shots on auto-bracketing as well if you want to try post processing into HDR. Suggest to also take a few shots to stitch in a panorama. Bali has gorgeous views.
 

ijnek

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just go and enjoy your trip. use what u have. but i would consider adding a prime such as 50 f1.8
 

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Agree with ijnek to bring along a 50mm prime. However, my consideration is to have it as a back-up lens. I too have the 24-120. On 2 overseas trips the lens either had a malfunctioned motor or got damaged when I accidentally dropped it. My 50mm saved the day!
 

daredevil123

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If landscapes is what you are after, might be better to bring along an ultrawide lens. The landscapes at Tanah Lot area including pura batu bolong is wonderful.
 

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Went for the Bali trip.
Pretty disappointing as the place is completely overdeveloped with big crowds and heavy traffic.
Used only the 24-120/4 VR. In fact hardly used the wide end as needed to zoom in often to crop out the crowds, manmade concrete structures, etc...
Travelling 50km needs 2 hours+ at 10am+ on Monday.
Would I return? Not likely....
 

pinholecam

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I don't use Nikon, but focal lengths are generic to photography.
24mm to 70mm is quite the generic workhorse and will cover most stuff.

I usually go for a UWA (14mm to 20mm), a wide (28mm to 35mm), a normal (50mm) and a short tele.
Sometimes I just skip one of the lenses.

I did Bali twice.
Different lenses for each trip, but stuck to the UWA, wide, normal or UWA, Normal, short tele format with lenses.
IMO, its a gem with many places for landscapes and people/candid shots.

Link to the 2014 and 016 trip with some kakis
https://www.clubsnap.com/threads/bali-the-island-with-thousand-temple-may-2014.1411158/
https://www.clubsnap.com/threads/bali-2016.1614940/
 

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Beautiful shots!
I have a Pentax K1 too, but didn't have access to it on this trip...
Lovely cameras - both the D750 and the K1
 

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