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p.1 #1 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Hello to all,

I am heading to Namibia in 1 1/2 weeks and need your advice.
I will be touring the country with my own car and photograph all I can.

I currently own the 28-70:2.8 and I am wondering if I should buy a 14-24:2.8 and keep the 28-70 or sell the 28-70 and buy a 24-70.

Many thanks for your help.

YD.



Nov 22, 2012 at 07:41 PM
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p.1 #2 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Keep the 28-70. It's a solid lens in itself and you won't see much benefit in upgrading to the 24-70 especially for the cost. Many even prefer the 28-70 feel over the 24-70, you'll definitely see marginal improvement on that front if you decide to upgrade.

I'd definitely go with the 14-24 for this trip, the wide angle will definitely pay off and the longer end will make up for the "loss" from the 28-70 compared to the 24-70. The 14 will be a truly unique perspective, and the combination of both lenses creates a sick kit for any sort of landscapes.



Nov 22, 2012 at 08:22 PM
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p.1 #3 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Thanks for your advice Rangefindr, it's true that I am very tempted by the 14-24


Nov 22, 2012 at 08:27 PM
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p.1 #4 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


I went to Namibia in September/October and I took the following gear with me:
D800/D700 + grips
200-400VR, 70-200VRII, 24-120VRII, 16-35VR
An used them in that other.
I used the 16-35 only at Deadvlei (Sossusvlei).
So, for me there was no real need for a super wide. You always can stitch.

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Nov 22, 2012 at 09:39 PM
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p.1 #5 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Nikonsafari, I was in Germany in October, out of the 3 lenses that I took, 80% of my pics were taken with my Tokina 12-24 F4, the rest with the 18-200.

Enjoy your trip.

Eltano



Nov 22, 2012 at 09:40 PM
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p.1 #6 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Thanks Chris, I was also thinking about using a ultra wide angle lens in Deadvlei and the Namib Desert in general.

Thanks for your input Eltano



Nov 22, 2012 at 10:12 PM
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p.1 #7 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


A few from Deadvlei with the 16-35VR.

BTW if you're staying in the middle and/or south of Namibia the common language is German or South-African (kind of Ducth )




  NIKON D800E    16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 lens    24mm    f/8.0    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800E    16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 lens    16mm    f/8.0    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800E    16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 lens    22mm    f/8.0    1/400s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON D800E    16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 lens    16mm    f/8.0    1/320s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Nov 23, 2012 at 07:59 AM
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p.1 #8 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Chris,

Beautiful shots. Great color harmony.

Jim



Nov 23, 2012 at 08:46 AM
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p.1 #9 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Thanks Jim, it's an extraordinary place to visit.


Nov 23, 2012 at 03:31 PM
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p.1 #10 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Chris, those shots are awesome. I can't wait to be in Deadvlei as well, it will be the last 3 days of my trip. Before I will do the usual, which is Etosha, Damaraland and the Coast


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p.1 #11 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Thanks.
We been one day at Deadvlei ans Sossusvlei.
Do you need somebody to carry your bags.
I have no problem going back.



Nov 23, 2012 at 06:49 PM
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p.1 #12 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Sure you can join....al that camera gear is so heavy
Just ordered the 14-24 by the way, I should get it beginning of next week



Nov 23, 2012 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #13 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Agree with comments, great to have 14-24, but it will get 10% of the use.


Nov 24, 2012 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #14 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


If anyone has some 14-24 pics or namibian pics, you are very welcome to post them


Nov 25, 2012 at 06:03 PM
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p.1 #15 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


nikonsafari wrote:
If anyone has some 14-24 pics or namibian pics, you are very welcome to post them

Give me a few weeks and I'll do just that - off there myself shortly! ;-)



Nov 25, 2012 at 08:00 PM
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p.1 #16 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


nikonsafari wrote:
If anyone has some 14-24 pics or namibian pics, you are very welcome to post them


I was in Namibia just over a year ago - a wonderful place. As a photographer, you will be in heaven.

I did a little writeup on my blog about the trip including the gear I took. Hopefully you might find something of use in it:

http://roel.me/namibia-africa-part-7-index-and-final-thoughts/

Enjoy Namibia - I plan to visit again soon.



Nov 25, 2012 at 09:18 PM
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p.1 #17 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


I can provide no advice beyond what's already been given, but I would like to thank the contributors to this thread for posting a lot of good, and photographically inspiring stuff.


Nov 26, 2012 at 05:34 AM
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p.1 #18 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Roel, thank you so much for the link to your blog, lots of valuable information there. It will be very useful for the the trip


Nov 26, 2012 at 09:41 AM
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p.1 #19 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


Thanks for posting your link Roel. That's a lot of useful information there, gonna bookmark your site. You write really well; honest and helpful


Nov 26, 2012 at 01:09 PM
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p.1 #20 · 14-24 or 24-70 for Namibian Trip?


I have not been in Namibia, so I don't know what the lens requirements really are. However, I have both the 14-24 and the 24-70 and they are both excellent lenses. However, I rarely use the 14-24. It is very useful indoors when you have a small area and a wide scene. But I would think in Namibia you will be spending a lot of time outdoors.

The 14-24 would be useful in taking landscape shots, but on a trip the lens is bulky and inconvenient to carry. It takes up a lot of space on your bag and the large front element is kind of scary, being so vulnerable. As a result, most of my (local) landscapes for which 24mm is not wide enough are taken with the 24, portrait orientation, 3-6 shots panning, and stitched together in post.

Stitching is not hard. There is software that does it well. I use PhotoShop CS5 and it works, although there are several setup options that I sometimes have to try out. To be really certain of a good result, 30% or more overlap on the shots is recommended. I always do it handheld and 95% of the time it works. There are a few tries that for some reason PhotoShop doesn't seem to match up and stitching attempts result in two separate regions. I suspect in those cases more overlap would have helped, although I never know because the processing is long after I've taken the shot and I can't repeat it. For that reason I recommend you try each panorama twice. Digital pictures are free.

You can get special mounts for your camera that help keep the lens in the right position to get a good multi-shot panorama, but that plus a tripod is bulkier and less convenient than a 14-24.

If it were me going on a trip that might include both landscapes and wild animal encounters, I would take the 24-70 and the 70-200 and maybe a teleconverter.



Nov 26, 2012 at 02:10 PM
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