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Travel kit

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Travel kit
Published by George Roderick on 01 April 2019

Travel kit

I have been taking pictures seriously since my high school years in the 1970's on the coast of Maine, using at that time my mother’s Zeiss Ikon Contina II, which she bought in Germany with her cousin in 1954. In college in the 1980's, my sister gave me an all-manual Nikon FM that accompanied me through Central America, and later Southeast Asia. I have been shooting with Nikon gear since. As for many, my travel/nature kit has evolved as a compromise between image quality and weight. I now travel with D500 and Z7 cameras and travel-appropriate lenses, 300mm f/4E PF, TC-14E, 16-80mm f/2.8-4 DX, 10-20 f/4.5-5.6G DX, and an old 28mm f/2.8. My camera bag also includes Nikon circular polarizer and B+W 10-stop filters, as well as a 85mm f/3.5 DX micro and SB-500 flash for insects and spiders. And, when space allows I pack a Gitzo Traveler or Reporter tripod. For events, I add a 70-200 (f/2.8 or f/4) and use 60mm f/2.8 and 105mm f/2.8 micros and additional flashes for studio work. Recently, I have enjoyed using Nikon's 500mm f/5.6E PF.