The combination of lenses I use when I travel is constantly changing. On one trip I will go super light, so light that I, on purpose, don’t look like a pro. Other times I will carry everything from 14mm up to 300 and throw in a tilt shift and an extender just to test airline weight restrictions and build a few extra muscles. But for the last several trips I have standardized on three lenses: 24, 50, and 70-200. This simplicity of glass is suiting both my back and my creativity. Sure, without the wide and mid zooms I have to move my body more. But the fast 1.4 primes and 6400 clean files have opened up new opportunities to capture moments in near darkness. A caveat though — shooting at 1.4 is a bit dicey on the focus. I often have less than an inch of sharp critical focus. You’ve got to get the focus spot on the eye.
As David Duchemin always says, “Gear is good vision is better”. Make conscious, informed decisions about your gear choices. Experiment. Get comfortable with your choice and then let the creativity flow.
All Photographs copyright Gary S. Chapman
(Nikon D3s, 70-200mm f2.8, 1/640 sec, f2.8, ISO 400)
(Nikon D3s, 50mm 1.4, 1/100 sec, f1.4, ISO 4000)
(Nikon D3s, 24mm f1.4, 1/100 sec, f1.4, ISO 2000)