In August I’m off on a 2 week expedition into the remote parts of Borneo. Central West Kalimantan to be more precise. It’s somewhat of an an ‘eco’ trip, with a focus on the work the leaders have been doing in the region supporting the local Dayak people’s battle against deforestation of their land for palm oil. In combination with efforts for the local wildlife and orangutans displaced by this disaster.
I’m obviously keen to document my time there with photos. Given the remoteness, with the village being self-sustained and very basic, deep in the rainforest, transport via 4x4 utes, long boats and light planes, I’m contemplated what gear I take. I’d rather take only a single camera body/kit to try and save space/weight.
I have Fujifilm X-T1 + Zeiss 12mm f2.8, 35mm f1.4, 50-230 f4.5-6.7 . All this kit is quite compact and with spare batteries weighs in at 1.5kg.
My other body is a Nikon D750, which I currently only have a Tamron 70-200 2.8 VC.
While the short end of the Fuji Kit will work quite well, the cheap 50-230 zoom, while amazingly sharp for $250 lens (leagues beyond any cheap similar Cankion lens), it’s stupidly slow. Which will really limit it’s use in anything but great light. Which probably won’t exist that much in thick rainforest?
While it gives far more reach than the 70-200 on the D750 (due to apsc crop), this is negated in anything but good light as the D750 files with the fast lens will crop down with better results.
As such I’m considering taking the D750 and adding another zoom. Which is something I’d like to get anyway. I’m considering the Nikkor 24-120 f4 or perhaps Tamron 28-75 f2.8, both seem to be available reasonably priced. The 24-120 f4 seems a good option to negate the need to change lenses very often.
Kit weight will be about 1kg more than the Fuji option but advantage will be better low light performance across most of the focal range. Bar the 35mm f1.4 on the X-T1, which performs at between f2.8-4.0 if compared to the D750.
Possibly some others on the forum have had similar expedition experiences and can steer me a little on which way to go.