N Photo 100% NIKON IN­DE­PEN­DENT

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I was in a taxi the other day and the driver asked me where I was go­ing for my hol­i­days. In fact I’d just re­turned from a trip to Barcelona with my fam­ily, so travel was up­per­most in my mind.

Which is why our main fea­ture this is­sue is so timely! It’s writ­ten by top travel pho­tog­ra­pher Steve Davey, who of­fers 25 tips for get­ting your best ever travel shots this year, and il­lus­trates them with a se­lec­tion of his own pho­tos (see page 27).

Some of his ad­vice re­ally struck a chord! In my early years I al­ways took prac­ti­cally ev­ery lens and body I owned, just on the off-chance I might need it. I had to drag a heavy bag ev­ery­where I went, and as of­ten as not the bit of kit I wanted was buried so deep un­der the rest I didn’t have time to find it.

Now I know bet­ter, and I pre­fer to travel light with just one cam­era and no more than two lenses.

And speak­ing of lenses, Nikon’s new 400mm f/2.8 tele­photo lens (see New Gear, page 102) has sparked some vig­or­ous de­bate in the of­fice and on­line. How can any lens pos­si­bly be worth over £10,000?

For am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers, that is a ridicu­lous amount of money, true, but Nikon’s new lens is aimed at pro­fes­sional sports and wildlife pho­tog­ra­phers who are in­vest­ing in equip­ment they need for their busi­ness. That said, I still want one, even if I don’t need it!

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