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"... 95% my shots were in the 17-24 range (dx) and for a few shots i wanted 17 wasnt wide enough. id bring one lens in the 24-70 range and worry about enjoying time with your family. you dont want to keep changing lenses and you definitely dont want to carry it around. if you dont want the size of nikons 24-70, id recommend tamron 28-75. trust me, even a light lens like my tamron 17-50 on my gripped d300s gets heavy after carrying around all day. ive never had a need for anything over 50mm there (again on dx)
Just got back from Disney World when the the OP resurrected this thread.......
IMO, the pictures you're taking there include:
- dynamic action pictures of your group doing things (e.g. meeting the characters - best pictures I took are of my GF dancing with Goofy, outside at midday, as well as portraits of her in various places)
- the characters doing things (e.g. Tigger and Pooh's entrance into the Twining's tea shop in England and some of their antics)
- portraits of family/friends (often in crummy light).
- the obligatory "friends/family posing in front of whatever" and "give the camera...Show more →
My thinking and experience as well. Really makes a case for the Sony RX1 being the first real true alternate for a DSLR. Unless you're in bright light (outdoors, daylight) and want use a flash (indoors, limited places), you're likely to regret just bringing a P&S. At least that's been my experience at Disney, and frankly 99% of the times I have tried to use a P&S and left the DSLR home. And I've bought and sold more than a dozen of the best "enthusiast" level P&S's over the years. I am very interested in the RX1.
Some people have commented that bringing a DSLR is somehow wrong, selfish, or putting the family second, that it will spoil the trip, etc. In MHO, those kinds of personal opinions are just that: personal opinions. Or judgements. One thing I have learned over the years is that being judgmental about what others, especially families, should or should not do when it comes to having a fun time together, is arrogant. What works for one may not work for you, but that's what makes us all different.
I have taken a DSLR and 24-70 lens, over my shoulder, no bag, etc, on at least 6 or 7 family trips to Disney, and have on only a handful of times had to think twice about what to do with it. But, you see, in my case, my wide does not like those crazy wild rides, so she can always hold it for me in those situations. And if not, I also take a zip lock bag big enough for the camera, folded up in a family backpack with sunscreen and other things we take along for the day.
And when ever I want to take a camera along, that's the combo I grab. So used to it now that I don't even know I have it.
That is what works for me and my family. To each his own, as the old saying goes.
One other observation: over the last dozen years, every year I see more and more DLSR's at places like Disney and other family events, sports, etc. Last year at Disney, around this time in April when the D800 was still new and hard to get, I was not the only one with a D800 in the parks. I saw at least 6 or so, dad's and mom's, with them.