I love my prime lenses. When I started at my very first newspaper job with the Hickory Daily Record in 1984 that is what I carried.
My parents were so generous and helped to equip me with that first camera kit I used every day.
2 – Nikon FM2
However, when you travel internationally the amount of weight you can carry is often limited by airlines. So I have been working around this using zoom lenses which means I can carry less lenses but cover more focal length range.
I wrote recently about how the Nikon 28-300mm paired with the Nikon D5 works when traveling and covering sports. On my most recent trip to Trinidad I knew we were going to have a chance to photograph the Scarlet Ibis at the Caroni Swamp. I didn’t want to carry my Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 and 2x converter due to the weight, so I chose to bring the Nikon 28-300mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 to use on my new mirrorless Nikon Z6.
Now if I were going to Trinidad to photograph the birds for a job where the client needed great photos I would have brought the Sigma 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM.
Most of the time I am finding that the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 lens is just perfect for most of my shooting needs. I love shooting wide at 24mm. Here I captured the students during one of our class times with Storytellers Abroad Multimedia Workshop.
At the same time I like to zoom in to 105mm and get some photos as well. I just find that I like having a lens that lets me capture things near me like in a room setting and the Sigma 24-105mm is just perfect.
I love to photograph the food that I get to eat when I travel. Here I am showing the special food that Lennox was making for us to enjoy.
Combine those lenses with the Nikon Z6 and you have a small kit to cover most any of your travels. The only thing I would add to the kit is a super-wide angle lens if I knew I was going to be inside and needed to capture something I could not back up and get.
Now when I am teaching these workshops my focus is not on me shooting, but rather I am there to equip the students with the skills they need to capture a story.
I am shooting mainly to capture the experience of those going through the workshop. I love to blog about it and give insights to things I am observing and learning each time.
Just in case you want to see how well it shot video these are some quick files I shot with the Nikon Z6 & Sigma 24-105mm f/4 that were handheld using just the camera’s microphone.
Here are some more photos taken with the Nikon Z6 & Sigma 24-105mm f/4 Art Lens.