Hi all, I am lucky enough to be going travelling in 6 months time. The plan so far is 2 weeks through the Australian outback 3 months in SE Asia travelling from Vietnam to Borneo and then 2-3 weeks in Eastern Africa somewhere on safari. My subjects will be very varied; landscape, candid portraits, urban shots, festivals, temples, wildlife, food, performance.....
So far my kit includes a Nikon D5100 and 2 kit lenses 18-105 and 55-300. (So my focal range is actually 27-450mm.) I'm happy enough with 55-300 for the time being. It may not be as sharp as some more expensive lenses but its light and I definitely could not carry a very large heavy wildlife lens!
My 18-105 is good for some things such as close up portraits. Occasionally its not as sharp as I'd like for candid shots from further away and for landscape shots at the wider end.
I have $1000 to invest in my photography. I'm tempted to get a carbon fibre tripod (which will set me back $350) although I will probably not take this away with me, its more for home. Planning at the moment to take my gorilla pod instead! Which would leave me $650 for a new lens. Now the question is super wide or something with a little more reach like 16-85mm? (mainly to invest in a sharper lens) If I get a super wide angle it would benefit my landscape shots but I would have to take 3 lenses with me which seems a lot? I also tested a 10-24 in Sydney and was surprised how wide 10mm is (15mm on my camera) Perhaps 16mm would be enough? After all I can always take several vertical photos and stitch together in photoshop to recreate those wide angles if I really need to? Or do you think this will frustrate after a while?
What else would you have in your kit bag? I plan to take my nikon d5100, my laptop, at least 1 UV, polariser and ND(8) filter, my gorilla pod, 2 batteries, 3 or 4 memory cards (mix of 4 and 8GB) a few USB sticks to send photos home as a backup, a point and shoot underwater camera, cleaning kit and then whichever lens I decide to invest in.
Also, kit bag aside, if anyone has any tips for getting the most out of this trip such as not to be missed photo opportunities in these areas, I would love to hear them. Thanks for reading my rambling post! I look forward to hearing your opinions and suggestions!