Suggestion for travel lens
I’m going to be going to Norway for a couple of weeks this summer. Given that I will be using public transportation (train, ferry, commuter flights, maybe a bus or two) to visit different locations I’m thinking that I need to take less camera gear than usual. I have already cut down what I take when I am flying to a location, but I’ve still been feeling overburdened by the time my flight is over. I’m wondering if I should get one of the so-called “walking around” lenses and maybe just take one other lens.
I have a Nikon D7200 and lately I have just been taking the following with me when I travel:
- Sigma 17-50 2.8 EX DC OS HSM
- Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm F4 (IF) DX
- Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED
I also have these lenses which I lately have only been taking with me if I am driving, and a couple that I don’t use any more:
- Nikon AF-S DX 35mm 1.8G
- Nikon AI AF 50mm 1.4D
- Tamron SP AF Di 90mm 2.8
- Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 (retired)
- Nikon 18-105 3.5-5.6G ED VR (D90 kit lens, retired)
I have been watching this thread in the Landscapes forum with interest because for the future I may consider a different camera for hiking. In addition to the mentioned cameras I’m also considering Fujifilm and micro four thirds for travel/hiking, but for the near term I am going to stick with the D7200.
So, finally getting to the point, can anyone recommend a decent lens for travel that works well with the D7200? I considered the kit lens I got with the D90, but I have read that with the higher resolution D7200 it isn’t as sharp. Maybe I will try it out and see what it can do. I really find the Sigma 17-50 and Tokina 12-24 to be really sharp with the D7200 and I hate to give that up, but I also need to travel with less.
Part of the problem for my previous trips may be the bag I am using. I have the Tamrac Adventure 9. I got it because it has room for a jacket, lunch, and other non-photo gear that I might need while hiking. But I have never found it to be very comfortable. It does have a “waist belt” but all I think it does is hold the pack against my back. It doesn’t work like a true hip belt that helps support the weight of the pack. In any case, for the Norway trip I may also be looking for a smaller bag that could then also hold my travel tripod, wallet, passport, water bottle. Suggestions for a bag are also welcome. Since I will be carrying less gear I’m not limiting my consideration to backpacks.
So, thanks in advance for any suggestions.