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Sep 7, 2022 11:56:47   #
Jruble
 
Good Afternoon,
I will be traveling to Prague next month (Oct. 2022). I will take my Nikon Z6ii. Looking for recommendations for the best travel lens (or lenses).
Thank you

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Sep 7, 2022 12:13:49   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Prague is full of wonderful old architecture, with both wide plazas and narrow old streets. Your 16-35 will be a great choice.

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Sep 7, 2022 12:45:46   #
Jruble
 
Thank you.
I’m not finding a z lens 16-35.
I have the 24-70 f/4

I am finding 14-24 and 16-50 and 18-140

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Sep 7, 2022 12:50:21   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Jruble wrote:
Thank you.
I’m not finding a z lens 16-35.
I have the 24-70 f/4

I am finding 14-24 and 16-50 and 18-140


If shopping for a lens, I'd go with the 14-30 f/4 and leverage the VR (IBIS) of your Z6II. I love 24mm on a full-frame, but love the 16-20mm range even better when I can get close and wide.

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Sep 7, 2022 12:53:59   #
Jruble
 
Thank you. Was just reviewing the 14-30.

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Sep 7, 2022 13:00:40   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
Jruble wrote:
Good Afternoon,
I will be traveling to Prague next month (Oct. 2022). I will take my Nikon Z6ii. Looking for recommendations for the best travel lens (or lenses).
Thank you


It would help to know the options. I will say that I just got back from Scotland and I took my Olympus OM-1. I took the Olympus “trinity” if the 7-14, 12-40 & 40-150 f2.8 Pro lenses, along with the 1.4 and 2x TC’s. I meant to take the 14-150 as a walk around lens, which would have come in handy a couple of times, (for magpies in Kelvingrove Park and pigeons in George Square), but really the 12-40 handled just about everything. It was equally adept for our days in Glasgow and our week hiking in the highlands. I did carry the 40-150 with the 2x in my backpack when hiking but the couple of times I would have used it I didn’t have time to switch because they were challenging hikes with a group, (the hawk was close enough but I think the golden eagles were a stretch, even at 600mm equivalent). I did carry that combo on our hike along the coast of Loch Linnie, hoping for sightings of otters, dolphins and sea eagles. No luck, the only interesting wildlife we’re a few gray herons. I ended up using my iPhone for most stuff on that hike. There were a few spots I could have spent a couple of hours with the 12-40 on my Platypod doing some low angle shots. If I’d taken my Z7 my 24-200 would have been the workhorse, although I would have had the 24-70 for when I wanted background separation or was in low light, (I was pretty much at f/8 with the 12-40 except in the cathedral). I’m guessing Prague will be similar. Your 24-whatever will mostly suffice. You may want to go wider for interiors, (mine were only in the cathedral so no need for wider). I doubt you’ll need anything longer, especially if you have the 24-120 or 24-200, unless you’re shooting wildlife. The Platypod did come in handy on the last hiking day when we did a group shot with Loch Leven behind us.


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Sep 7, 2022 13:01:11   #
zug55 Loc: Austin, Texas, and Nairobi, Kenya
 
I would recommend a standard zoom, like a 24-105mm. I have used the Sony version of this lens in many European cities and seldom wished for a wider lens. (I carry an 18mm prime for such occasions, like for church interiors.) Sure, Prague has many narrow streets, but you can get many great shots at 105mm, or longer.

A longer focal length helps you isolate specific points of interest, which I find visually more appealing. I don't see the need to squeeze an entire plaza into a single picture. Obviously this is a matter of personal style. I think that ultra-wide shots tend to be bland because they have too much stuff in them. Clearly ultra-wide lenses have a purpose, but it is really hard to get a great ultra-wide shot as you will have to deal with lots of unwanted objects in your image.

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Sep 7, 2022 13:04:28   #
zug55 Loc: Austin, Texas, and Nairobi, Kenya
 
SuperflyTNT wrote:
It would help to know the options. I will say that I just got back from Scotland and I took my Olympus OM-1. I took the Olympus “trinity” if the 7-14, 12-40 & 40-150 f2.8 Pro lenses, along with the 1.4 and 2x TC’s. I meant to take the 14-150 as a walk around lens, which would have come in handy a couple of times, (for magpies in Kelvingrove Park and pigeons in George Square), but really the 12-40 handled just about everything. It was equally adept for our days in Glasgow and our week hiking in the highlands. I did carry the 40-150 with the 2x in my backpack when hiking but the couple of times I would have used it I didn’t have time to switch because they were challenging hikes with a group, (the hawk was close enough but I think the golden eagles were a stretch, even at 600mm equivalent). I did carry that combo on our hike along the coast of Loch Linnie, hoping for sightings of otters, dolphins and sea eagles. No luck, the only interesting wildlife we’re a few gray herons. I ended up using my iPhone for most stuff on that hike. There were a few spots I could have spent a couple of hours with the 12-40 on my Platypod doing some low angle shots. If I’d taken my Z7 my 24-200 would have been the workhorse, although I would have had the 24-70 for when I wanted background separation or was in low light, (I was pretty much at f/8 with the 12-40 except in the cathedral). I’m guessing Prague will be similar. Your 24-whatever will mostly suffice. You may want to go wider for interiors, (mine were only in the cathedral so no need for wider). I doubt you’ll need anything longer, especially if you have the 24-120 or 24-200, unless you’re shooting wildlife. The Platypod did come in handy on the last hiking day when we did a group shot with Loch Leven behind us.
It would help to know the options. I will say tha... (show quote)


Wow! The mountains around Prague certainly have grown since the last time I was there!

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Sep 7, 2022 13:10:35   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
zug55 wrote:
Wow! The mountains around Prague certainly have grown since the last time I was there!


I don't see a single red-tiled roof nor bridge ...

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Sep 7, 2022 13:10:39   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
Jruble wrote:
Thank you.
I’m not finding a z lens 16-35.
I have the 24-70 f/4

I am finding 14-24 and 16-50 and 18-140


The 16-50 and 18-140 are DX lenses. You don’t want them. Your 24-70 will handle most if not all. If you do need to go wider there’s a 14-30 f/4 and the 14-24 f/2.8.

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Sep 7, 2022 13:15:35   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
I don't see a single red-tiled roof nor bridge ...


Even my longest lens would have a hard time getting shots of Prague from western Scotland.

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Sep 8, 2022 05:40:58   #
nervous2 Loc: Provo, Utah
 
Jruble wrote:
Thank you.
I’m not finding a z lens 16-35.
I have the 24-70 f/4

I am finding 14-24 and 16-50 and 18-140


If I could only choose one, it would be the 16-50, but I would be tempted to take the 18-140 too.

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Sep 8, 2022 06:53:37   #
oakvillebob
 
I just got back from Prague. Used my D850 with my 24-120. Few occasions where shorter focal length would have been better but not many.took a 70-300 with me did not take it out of the bag. There are a lot of buildings, bridges statues etc where the shorter side is best, but a lot of architectural detail you may want to capture with the 120 focal length. Used auto iso in churches etc (12800) and 1600 outdoors, felt had good color and noise did not bother me. Color balance was a concern inside vs outside.

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Sep 8, 2022 06:54:44   #
traderjohn Loc: New York City
 
Jruble wrote:
Good Afternoon,
I will be traveling to Prague next month (Oct. 2022). I will take my Nikon Z6ii. Looking for recommendations for the best travel lens (or lenses).
Thank you


These are things I do not understand. You have a camera and a variety of lenses. The same lens/lenses you have used in the past will be fine in any city or other environment that you have taken pictures of in the past. There is no special, Prague, Athens, Rome, or any other city lens. It is just another location different name.

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Sep 8, 2022 07:33:54   #
Jimmy T Loc: Virginia
 
SuperflyTNT wrote:
It would help to know the options. I will say that I just got back from Scotland and I took my Olympus OM-1. I took the Olympus “trinity” if the 7-14, 12-40 & 40-150 f2.8 Pro lenses, along with the 1.4 and 2x TC’s. I meant to take the 14-150 as a walk around lens, which would have come in handy a couple of times, (for magpies in Kelvingrove Park and pigeons in George Square), but really the 12-40 handled just about everything. It was equally adept for our days in Glasgow and our week hiking in the highlands. I did carry the 40-150 with the 2x in my backpack when hiking but the couple of times I would have used it I didn’t have time to switch because they were challenging hikes with a group, (the hawk was close enough but I think the golden eagles were a stretch, even at 600mm equivalent). I did carry that combo on our hike along the coast of Loch Linnie, hoping for sightings of otters, dolphins and sea eagles. No luck, the only interesting wildlife we’re a few gray herons. I ended up using my iPhone for most stuff on that hike. There were a few spots I could have spent a couple of hours with the 12-40 on my Platypod doing some low angle shots. If I’d taken my Z7 my 24-200 would have been the workhorse, although I would have had the 24-70 for when I wanted background separation or was in low light, (I was pretty much at f/8 with the 12-40 except in the cathedral). I’m guessing Prague will be similar. Your 24-whatever will mostly suffice. You may want to go wider for interiors, (mine were only in the cathedral so no need for wider). I doubt you’ll need anything longer, especially if you have the 24-120 or 24-200, unless you’re shooting wildlife. The Platypod did come in handy on the last hiking day when we did a group shot with Loch Leven behind us.
It would help to know the options. I will say tha... (show quote)


A very good and helpful response . . . .
Great group pic, WOW!!!
Smile,
JimmyT Sends
Bravo Zulu

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