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Old 03-18-2008   #1
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My bride doesn't believe in packing light, so we brought a ridiculous amount of luggage on our 3 day get-away to Palm Springs. But I couldn't be critical when I was lugging 18 pounds of camera gear, including 5 lenses and two flashes. As much as I love my toys, hauling that much stuff isn't fun... or necessary.

This wasn't a photo-holiday, so I only returned with 199 pictures. Going through them I found that 120 of them were taken with the 180mm, 68 with the 12-24mm, and the remaining 11 with the 35/2.

Here's a sampling from the 12-24. I wouldn't go on holiday without it.







The 180 is the bomb when it comes to candids. It saved me a lot of money at the flea market... I was too busy shooting with it to buy anything.









The 35/2 doesn't add much weight to my bag, but it always seems to add something special to my galleries...



particularly when it comes to portraits.



I never used the second flash and two lenses. Leaving them and the battery grip at home, will trim the travel kit down to more manageable proportions for the next outing.

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Old 03-18-2008   #2
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I did something similar my last trip -- instead of taking a camera bag and all the accessories, I put one body and two lenses in the suitcase. It worked out fine.
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Hey Frank, the fellow in your last photo exhibits a strong resemblance to your avatar... relative??
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Old 03-18-2008   #4
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Good eye, Highbarger. That's my big brother. We were visiting him and his wife in Palm Springs.
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good stuff Frank - and great photos. I love your people candids!
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Yeah, excellent photos. I especially liked the one of the guy with a guitar, good energy there.

Thanks for sharing (do you have more).
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Thanks, Athena! I'm woefully short on bookings right now, taking candids is good practice for events.

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Thanks for sharing (do you have more).
I thought you'd never ask . I've put a more complete set of the candids on this thread:

http://photocamel.com/forum/portrait...tml#post386163
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Could you just briefly describe the features of each of the lenses you mention. I'm woefully under-educated on the technical side of photography (and the education I did get was almost 30 years ago).
If this info is already on the site, please just point the way for me. Thanks so much.
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Could you just briefly describe the features of each of the lenses you mention. I'm woefully under-educated on the technical side of photography (and the education I did get was almost 30 years ago).
If this info is already on the site, please just point the way for me. Thanks so much.
Try browsing through the Nikon Forum for a while. That's a lot of info to cover.
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Could you just briefly describe the features of each of the lenses you mention. I'm woefully under-educated on the technical side of photography (and the education I did get was almost 30 years ago).
Hi, Looie! Here's a link to the information of each of the lenses I mentioned... directly from NikonUSA.com:

AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED from Nikon

AF NIKKOR 35mm f/2D from Nikon

AF NIKKOR 180mm f/2.8D IF-ED from Nikon


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