@tcole1983: Very nice shots. I have found that places I do fireworks the 12-24mm is necessary. But Disney World is different and very professionally done, maybe tcole1983 pictures show that the 18-200VR would be enough? I do like the 16-85 for a lot of wide shots but I lean towards the 12-24 and myself I'd still want the 70-300VR Alfonso has.......But photo gear overdone can really be a drag! That is one huge reason to use a D7000 and ONE lens.
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I have been there many times. Just take the 16-85 into the park. Objects are very big and very close. Many times you will have to step back to frame the shot you want. There is no need for a telephoto. Since you have the great D7000 if you want to get closer to a subject than your 85mm allows (actually it is a 127.5mm on a DX body) just keep your ISO down to 200 or so and crop the image for more impact when you get home. Cropping to telephoto later makes for zero telephoto lens weight to lug around the park! You cannot get lighter than that. I used to fabricate a strap around my mid-chest out of tied sewing elastic (make a loop to poke the camera lens through) to keep the camera tight against my chest during rids or much movement (like leaping over streams when hiking). Thus, no need for a camera bag at all: just one wide to mild telephoto zoom lens and an elastic strap to hold the camera up against your chest.
the guy probally went to Diseny and came back by now.
Thank you for your advice on what to bring on a trip to Walt Disney World.
Most of the photos were of my family (wife and two kids), but I was able to photograph the attractions, rides, buildings, characters and some fireworks.
I used this equipment:
- Nikon D7000 with 16-85, plus Sigma 10-20. The 16-85 was used for 80% of the pictures. Most of the buildings and attractions are big and close enough, so a wide angle is very useful. Some rides are dark, or lit with black light, so the high ISO performance of the D7000 is very helpful. Previously I haven’t used Auto ISO, but changing from sunlight to dark rides makes it almost indispensable. For sure a 20 1.8 lens can help in those dark attractions.
- Nikon 70-300 only at Animal Kingdom, very useful at the Kilimanjaro Safari. This day I left the 10-20 at the hotel, and didn’t miss it.
- Lowepro Inverse 100 bag. This bag fits at Disney’s rides and can carry the D7000 + 16-85 or + 10-20, and the 70-300, extra batteries, water bottle, polarizing filter and small extras. Every day I got 1.5 hours of rain, so I used the AW cover. My jansport backpack was not good enough to prevent it contents getting wet, so I think that AW is a must in a place like Orlando. Now I think that carrying a rain cover for the camera is a good idea, because when it rains most of the people run for cover so it’s a great opportunity to photograph otherwise crowded areas.
- Sony GPS. The geotagging was made back at the hotel with a laptop. Each night I downloaded the pictures and backed up them to an external hard drive. I used two 16 GB SD cards, and emptied them every night.
I didn’t miss my tripod or monopod. Some folks where using them without problem at the fireworks in Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
You can see some of the pictures from WDW here: https://picasaweb.google.com/113093951665029670189/Disney?authkey=Gv1sRgCJDqp5PF1qn8WQ&feat=email#
They look pretty good and a ton less crowded then when I was there. I couldn't hardly stand all the Brazilian tour groups of teenagers when I was there.
Thanks for posting the nice pics abetanco. Yes, in addition to hot, Orlando can be very WET during the Summer months. Last summer I witnessed a teen girl suffer heat exhaustion and faint while waiting in the crowd to leave. Paramedics were called...it was an experience.
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