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Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia - Nikon 1 V2 & 10-30mm with Polarizing Filter

Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia – Nikon 1 V2 & 10-30mm with Polarizing Filter

On various photo blogs and forums there are always questions on which is the best lens, camera etc. for travel photography. For the average person who wants high quality photographs of their travels to post on the Internet or have 10 x 8 inch prints a high quality compact or mirrorless camera will more than suffice. When I am on assignment with two or three DSLR bodies and various lenses my camera bag weighs in at 15 kilogrammes.

So I decided to post ten of my photographs taken with Nikon Coolpix’s P6000 & P7000 and the Nikon 1’s V1 & V2. The heaviest of these is the Nikon 1 V1 & 30-110mm lens (81-297mm 35mm equivalent) which weighs in at 563gm (19.86oz). The new Nikon 1 V2 with the same lens is lighter at 458gm (16.15oz).

Otago Peninsula - Nikon P6000

Otago Peninsula – Nikon P6000

Dusk, Canberra, ACT, Australia - Nikon 1 V2 & 10-30mm lens

Dusk, Canberra, ACT, Australia – Nikon 1 V2 & 10-30mm lens

Notre Dame, Paris, France - Nikon P6000

Notre Dame, Paris, France – Nikon P6000

Trieste, Italy - Nikon P7000

Trieste, Italy – Nikon P7000

Koala & Cub, Victoria, Australia - Nikon 1 V2 & 30-110mm lens

Koala & Cub, Victoria, Australia – Nikon 1 V2 & 30-110mm lens

Pukeko, New Zealand - Nikon P6000

Pukeko, New Zealand – Nikon P6000

Inistioge, Ireland - Nikon 1 V1 & 10-30mm lens

Inistioge, Ireland – Nikon 1 V1 & 10-30mm lens

Baku, Azerbaijan - Nikon 1 V1 & 30-110mm lens

Baku, Azerbaijan – Nikon 1 V1 & 30-110mm lens

Kuekenhoff Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands - Nikon 1 V1 & 10-30mm lens

Kuekenhoff Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands – Nikon 1 V1 & 10-30mm lens

So before you rush out after mortgaging your house to buy the most expensive camera equipment because you think that by having the best you will automatically get the best photographs, think. What do you want to achieve with your photography? Are the above photographs of good enough quality for you to have wonderful memories of your travels? So it’s up to you – 15kg to lug around or 500grams. At least the 500grams wont be left behind in your hotel room when you go for an evening stroll through the local village.

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