Posted March 24th, 2012, 11:40 AM
We did the Auckland to Sydney run this past January. (You can see my review and the best of my photos here
). When I travel (which we do a lot) I hate to be encumbered by a lot of gear. So when I got my first DSLR I had read about what David Pogue of the NYTimes called the "Magic Lens." It's a Nikor 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 that is about all I need. We traveled SE Asia through Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong and I was THRILLED with my results. Sure, it's a little fuzzy at the top end but I find I shoot most of my shots around 185 or so. And I love the fact that when I get off the ship I only take one lens.
I have a good friend who also cruises all the time and takes even more pics than I do. He used to carry a bag of lens everywhere he went but now he "gets it" and switched to about the same lens.
Speaking of switching, as our plane was landing in NZ I decided to shoot a few pics out my window (NZ is beautiful from above---especially the black sand beaches of the North coast) and as I took the 18-200 out of it's case, it broke. My fault totally. I tried to pull it out too fast. So there I was in Auckland with a lens that would later take only 5 days and less than $100 to repair but a ship leaving the next morning. And since I could not find the same exact lens I picked up a Tamron 18-270 f/3.5-5.6 and I love it. Now that my original Nikor is repaired, I will sell it and keep the Tamron.
To me being portable and not carrying around a ton of equipment is worth anything I might miss and the 18mm is plenty wide angle and the new 270 gives me almost a 300. Not to bad on my Nikon but I know they carry the same for Canon.
One last thing, on our sea days sailing along the NZ coast we were ALWAYS too far from shore to even see it, let alone take pictures of it. They sail at least 5 miles out so they can open the casinos and believe me, you can't shoot 5 miles. Especially in the weather at sea. You may however get some great shot if your cruise goes into the Sounds. See my shots of those.
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Cruises on the horizon
10/18 New England and Canada on Summit
Cruises Behind Us
- 8/2000 Alaska on HAL (old Westerdam)
- 3/2002 Mexico on Carnival (the cruise from and to hell)
- 11/2004 Panama Canal on Infinity (We fall in love with X)
- 9/2005 Pacific Northwest on Infinity(Martini Mates Forever!)
- 2/2006 Eastern Caribbean on Infinity (I learn I really don't like the Caribbean but I have a good time anyway)
- 6/2006 Pacific Coastal on Infinity (Only 3 days. How sad.)
- 10/2006 Exotic Mediterranean & the Black Sea on Galaxy (Not that exotic but great)
- 8/2007 North to Alaska with the Martini Mates on Infinity! (Are we on a Carnival cruise?)
- 10/2007 Western Mediterranean on Century
- 8/2008 Alaska again...on Infinity...again (We can't help ourselves)
- 10/2008 Oosterdam to Mexican Riviera (Close, quick, disappointing)
- 03/2009 Eastern Caribbean on Celebrity Solstice with the Mates! (I went for the Mates, still hate the Caribbean)
- 10/09 Pacific NW on Mercury (Close to home and fun)
- 2/10 Azamara Quest to SE Asia (Amazing trip! Amazing ship!)
- 05/11 Zaandam around the Sound from Vancouver (Too much smoke!)
- 09/11 Century to Alaska (Back we go again)
- 01/12 Century Down Under from Auckland to Sydney (We love it! Incredible people and places)
- 11/12 Century to Hawaii with the original Martini Mates (It's not a race. Too much Century)
- 06/13 The Baltic on Eclipse with Mike, Carol and a SUPER Cruise Critic roll call!
- 11/14 The Panama Canal 10 years later (to the day) with the Martini Mates on Infinity (same ship in the same cabin)
- 8/16 British Isles on Celebrity Silhouette
- 6/17 Martini Mates return to Alaska one more time on Solstice