Jun 1, 2012 at 11:05 am #1290585
I have a Nikon D5000 with below lenses. Appreciate some suggestions on which lens to carry when going on backpacking. Also I don't any have any filters suggest some basic filters one must have.
My upcoming trip is to Yellowstone national park and I am car camping, but would like to take my DSLR for some short hikes and capture memorable pictures. I also ordered a light weight tripod yay!
1. 18-55 kit lens
2. 70-200 VR lens
3. 35mm/1.8 prime lensJun 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm #1883038
First of all, you have to decide upon your target priorities. View somebody else's photos of Yellowstone, and decide what it is that you intend to shoot. As an example, if you are going after scenic panoramas, then the 18-55mm lens should be sufficient. You probably want to be able to drop a circular polarizing filter on that to help out the sky contrast. If you are going after wildflowers in close, then the same 18-55mm lens will work, or else shift over to the 70-200mm. You need to check out the minimum focus distance for that last lens. Also, get about 2-3 yards of white cotton cloth and about 4-5 metal coathangers. Straighten out the coathangers and use the metal to hold the white cotton upright to make a white tube to surround the wildflowers. It will give you a more diffuse light. Direct sunlight tends to be too contrasty. As the lenses get longer and longer, you tend not to use so many filters. I have two longer lenses, and neither of them have seen any filter in six years of use. A graduated neutral density filter can be handy if you have super bright skies with dark foregrounds. The GND filter "holds back" the brightness by a couple of stops, and that allows you to meter more accurately and get results.
If you are going after wildlife, you may want a longer lens.
There are some good photo guide books on Yellowstone, so you might want to read one of those before you go. Where to shoot and when to shoot. Before my first Yellowstone trip, I was able to plan a shot list, and I optimized it so that I would not be driving back and forth aimlessly.
–B.G.–Jun 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm #1883124
Apart from the GND filter, a useful one can be the polarizing .
That is about the only effect that Photoshop can't do.
BTW, if the filter ring on your lens rotates when you focus or zoom , you need a GND that also can rotate (such as the Cokin system)
FrancoJun 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm #1883126
"That is about the only effect that Photoshop can't do."
There are digital filter effects for Photoshop that claim to be equivalent to a real polarizing filter. They aren't.
Yes, Franco, the GND Cokin system is a bit clumsy, but it gets good results.
–B.G.–Jun 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm #1883133
So I think carrying 15-55 and 70-200 is all I need. I will look into the GND filters thanks for the suggestions.Jun 1, 2012 at 6:03 pm #1883135
Once in a great while I will pull out my 50mm f1.8 lens and set up carefully for a controlled depth of field shot or a portrait. But that happens only once or twice per year. I would never carry it on a backpacking trip.
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