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Mar 26, 2023 13:18:32   #
Mainridge Loc: NW Mich, SW Fla
 
My wife and I are taking an ocean cruise in June, commencing in Venice and concluding in Barcelona. I am definitely bringing some camera gear but am unsure what to bring. I own both a Nikon Z50 (with kit lenses) and the Z6 (own 20mm and 50mm z primes, 14-30 f4 and 24-70 kit lens). I am inclined to bring the Z50 with the kit lenses (due to its smaller size) but have concerns about my ability to shoot in low light due to the smaller apertures and the smaller sensor. We will be participating in on-shore excursions most days which will likely expose me to landscape, street and architectural photography. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks.

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Mar 26, 2023 13:48:45   #
JD750 Loc: SoCal
 
Mainridge wrote:
My wife and I are taking an ocean cruise in June, commencing in Venice and concluding in Barcelona. I am definitely bringing some camera gear but am unsure what to bring. I own both a Nikon Z50 (with kit lenses) and the Z6 (own 20mm and 50mm z primes, 14-30 f4 and 24-70 kit lens). I am inclined to bring the Z50 with the kit lenses (due to its smaller size) but have concerns about my ability to shoot in low light due to the smaller apertures and the smaller sensor. We will be participating in on-shore excursions most days which will likely expose me to landscape, street and architectural photography. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks.
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I have a question for you. When you shoot landscape, street and architectural photography at home, around your city, what lenses & camera do you like to use?

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Mar 26, 2023 13:49:56   #
rfarris1 Loc: Maryland, USA
 
We did a water cruise through Belgium and the Netherlands last April. I have Canon M50 (roughly equivalent to the Z50.) I used the kit 15-45, Canon 18-150 and Tamron 18- 200. Most shots were with either the 15-45 or the 18-150. Both performed well inside or outside. I would say the Z50 would be a good choice to travel light. Not certain what are kit lenses. Most of the time I like the 18-150 as it gives me the most rand without having to change lenses.

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Mar 26, 2023 14:16:33   #
whatdat Loc: Del Valle, Tx.
 
rfarris1 wrote:
We did a water cruise through Belgium and the Netherlands last April. I have Canon M50 (roughly equivalent to the Z50.) I used the kit 15-45, Canon 18-150 and Tamron 18- 200. Most shots were with either the 15-45 or the 18-150. Both performed well inside or outside. I would say the Z50 would be a good choice to travel light. Not certain what are kit lenses. Most of the time I like the 18-150 as it gives me the most rand without having to change lenses.


The usual z50 kit lenses are 16-50 and 50-250, which seems like a good range for a trip like that, especially with the reach of the dx kit lenses.

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Mar 26, 2023 14:20:40   #
Mainridge Loc: NW Mich, SW Fla
 
JD750 wrote:
I have a question for you. When you shoot landscape, street and architectural photography at home, around your city, what lenses & camera do you like to use?


Usually my Z6.

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Mar 26, 2023 14:22:36   #
Mainridge Loc: NW Mich, SW Fla
 
whatdat wrote:
The usual z50 kit lenses are 16-50 and 50-250, which seems like a good range for a trip like that, especially with the reach of the dx kit lenses.


Those are the kit lenses I own.

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Mar 26, 2023 14:27:36   #
JD750 Loc: SoCal
 
Mainridge wrote:
Usually my Z6.
So then why use something else on a trip? Just saying.

And what lenses do you like when using the z6 at home for landscape, street and architectural photography?

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Mar 26, 2023 15:15:26   #
Mac Loc: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia now Hernando Co. Fl.
 
Mainridge wrote:
My wife and I are taking an ocean cruise in June, commencing in Venice and concluding in Barcelona. I am definitely bringing some camera gear but am unsure what to bring. I own both a Nikon Z50 (with kit lenses) and the Z6 (own 20mm and 50mm z primes, 14-30 f4 and 24-70 kit lens). I am inclined to bring the Z50 with the kit lenses (due to its smaller size) but have concerns about my ability to shoot in low light due to the smaller apertures and the smaller sensor. We will be participating in on-shore excursions most days which will likely expose me to landscape, street and architectural photography. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks.
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Take the Z 50. If one of your DX kit lenses is the DX 18-140mm that would be the one, Otherwise the DX 16-50mm is a good choice.

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Mar 26, 2023 15:57:16   #
bsprague Loc: Lacey, WA, USA
 
Take the smaller one....

The room safes on cruise ships are small. Smaller cameras are easier to manage in the smaller European shops, restaurants and cafes. On excursions the bus and van experience will be more pleasant with smaller gear. When tenders are used, smaller is better again.

Your concern about shooting in "low light due to the smaller apertures and the smaller sensor" is not necessarily an issue. Crank up the ISO and, for the keepers, process them in Topaz DeNoise or similar.

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Mar 26, 2023 16:59:19   #
whatdat Loc: Del Valle, Tx.
 
Mainridge wrote:
Those are the kit lenses I own.


I hear the 18-140 for the z50 is a good lens. In fact I use a dx 18-140 Nikon lens on my d5500 when I want to carry something lighter than one of my d7000 or d7500. Such as in museums or for street photography when I don’t need the extra reach of something like my 18-300.

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Mar 26, 2023 18:59:57   #
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Mainridge wrote:
My wife and I are taking an ocean cruise in June, commencing in Venice and concluding in Barcelona. I am definitely bringing some camera gear but am unsure what to bring. I own both a Nikon Z50 (with kit lenses) and the Z6 (own 20mm and 50mm z primes, 14-30 f4 and 24-70 kit lens). I am inclined to bring the Z50 with the kit lenses (due to its smaller size) but have concerns about my ability to shoot in low light due to the smaller apertures and the smaller sensor. We will be participating in on-shore excursions most days which will likely expose me to landscape, street and architectural photography. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks.
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Z6 with 20 and 50mm can handle all the "real photography" stuff, and for the rest just use your phone. The Z6 is very good in low light situations.

My own 20 and 50 (really 45) happen to be featherweight but acoarst YMMV.

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Mar 27, 2023 06:24:44   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
Mainridge wrote:
My wife and I are taking an ocean cruise in June, commencing in Venice and concluding in Barcelona. I am definitely bringing some camera gear but am unsure what to bring. I own both a Nikon Z50 (with kit lenses) and the Z6 (own 20mm and 50mm z primes, 14-30 f4 and 24-70 kit lens). I am inclined to bring the Z50 with the kit lenses (due to its smaller size) but have concerns about my ability to shoot in low light due to the smaller apertures and the smaller sensor. We will be participating in on-shore excursions most days which will likely expose me to landscape, street and architectural photography. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks.
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When I visited Venice I only took one camera, and it is my recommendation you only buy the Sony HX99 and put it in a belt pouch, has a flash and a 24-720mm Zeiss lens, you will need no other equipment. This is a once in a life time trip, do not take much equipment, you will regret it. The HX99 has a pop up viewfinder that is very easy to use.
TRAVEL RIGHT, TRAVEL LITE.
The shot below was taken when we were on a boat taxi, I had seconds to get this shot and shot it at 720mm, we then went into a church and I zoomed out to 24mm for the interior.
It is a ONE AND DONE camera. You will like it.







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Mar 27, 2023 06:36:21   #
ClarkJohnson Loc: Fort Myers, FL and Cohasset, MA
 
Since both of your bodies are Zs, both are fairly lightweight, and both have roughly the same resolution. IMHO, the DX body, with the « extra » reach from the crop factor, is more versatile for travel.

The question of travel lenses has been debated endlessly. Personally, I dislike the focal ranges of the Z50 kit lenses, and prefer something that spans two, such as the 18-140. If you still have any F-mount DX lenses, those could be used as well with the FTZ. My wife, for example, loved her 18-300 DX, and I have used that on a Z50 on occasion.

IF you will be touring places with interesting interiors, such as churches, having a fast wide lens would be very useful. Used F-mount DX lenses like the Tokina 11-20 should be available and inexpensive.

Whichever way you go, have a great trip.

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Mar 27, 2023 07:16:29   #
deanfl Loc: Georgia
 
Mainridge wrote:
My wife and I are taking an ocean cruise in June, commencing in Venice and concluding in Barcelona. I am definitely bringing some camera gear but am unsure what to bring. I own both a Nikon Z50 (with kit lenses) and the Z6 (own 20mm and 50mm z primes, 14-30 f4 and 24-70 kit lens). I am inclined to bring the Z50 with the kit lenses (due to its smaller size) but have concerns about my ability to shoot in low light due to the smaller apertures and the smaller sensor. We will be participating in on-shore excursions most days which will likely expose me to landscape, street and architectural photography. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks.
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If I owned your equipment I would take the Z50 with both kit lenses, the Z6 for a camera backup, and the 20mm prime for low light, mounted on the Z6. Thom Hogan has used the Z50 with both kit lenses for travel. Looking forward to seeing your photos.

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Mar 27, 2023 08:21:50   #
jcwall396 Loc: Roswell, GA
 
Mainridge wrote:
My wife and I are taking an ocean cruise in June, commencing in Venice and concluding in Barcelona. I am definitely bringing some camera gear but am unsure what to bring. I own both a Nikon Z50 (with kit lenses) and the Z6 (own 20mm and 50mm z primes, 14-30 f4 and 24-70 kit lens). I am inclined to bring the Z50 with the kit lenses (due to its smaller size) but have concerns about my ability to shoot in low light due to the smaller apertures and the smaller sensor. We will be participating in on-shore excursions most days which will likely expose me to landscape, street and architectural photography. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks.
My wife and I are taking an ocean cruise in June, ... (show quote)


I have the Z50 with both kit lenses and the Z6ii with the 14-30mm, 24-70mm, and a 35mm prime. I have shot with both of these cameras my ONLY complaint about the Z50 is the noise in low light. Having said that.....it's easily remedied with Topaz Noise AI and unless you plan to blow something up really large or engage in "pixel peeping", you'll never notice. At this point in my life, I try to travel light and enjoy the vacation vs. letting the camera take over (which I have done more times than I care to talk about....). My "go to" when I travel is the Z6ii with the 24-70mm. 90% of my images are in that range and I really don't want to carry a bunch of lenses to have to change. Alternatively, the Z50 with the 16-50mm gives you roughly the same focal range but a whole lot lighter. That's why I purchased that camera is for travel. That camera lens combo is a great walk-around kit that's easy to put in a small bag, lightweight so you don't get tired of carrying it all day, and takes excellent photos. Just bear in mind, if you get into a dark interior situation, bump that ISO up, slow down your shutter as much as you feel comfortable with, then use noise reduction when you return home if needed. Personally, I'd leave the 50-250mm at home unless you know you're going to need that reach.

Also - one of the Hoggers once gave me some great advice. Look at your travel photos from past trips. What focal range did you use the most? Once you figure that out, you'll know what to pack in your kit.

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