Well I have officially been suckered, lol. One of my wife's good high school friends is getting married in NY/NJ on July 4th. Needless to say we are going, I am normally not a big city person but what better way to start than 8 million + people in one location. I figured I would make a vacation out of it even though I expect the city to be packed, maybe an extra million people won't matter as much?
Since I have only been to Times Square once for a New Years Eve ball drop, in NYC for about 3 hours total, and seen the Statue of Liberty from the NJ coast this would be the best time as any to hit the big apple. I saw the other thread on NYC historical photos and it was neat but don't expect any grand photos from this trip. Some of the other places I would like to visit, mainly just to say I have been there, is the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, World Trade Center memorial, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Intrepid Air and Sea Museum, maybe the Bronx Zoo and I know my wife wants some Art museum but not sure which one. My concentration will be on just being there but of course I will take my camera along for the ride. Are there any other neat/cool places that are not on the famous list of places to visit in NYC. I would love to catch some restaurants that are good but usually not listed. I am usually not into Indian, Chinese, or Middle Eastern foods but my wife likes to try more than me so don't be afraid to list them (just give me a heads up, lol).
On photography side of the house, any equipment suggestions or places I can't even take it. I know I can only take one camera up to the crown of the Statue of Liberty, not sure if the size is limited as well. A D810 with a telephoto might get nixed. Since I will arrive in NYC by plane I doubt I will have that much gear anyway. I feel that I would need a wide angle lens for tall building shots, might make a good landscape/cityscape shot from the top of the crown or the Empire State Building. If I feel the need for a night time shot a fixed prime might fill the gap, 1.4 or 1.8. I will not have my camera at the wedding.
Gear list in mind:
D810/D7100 (D7100 might get the axe)
24mm 1.4G or 85mm 1.8G or 50mm 1.4D (the 50mm would be the last of the three I would pick normally)
70-200mm F2.8 or 300mm F4 (most likely the first one)
SB700 flash (might get deleted space is cramped)
1.4 TCE II (again space could delete this)
Monopod (love a tripod but doubt most places would not allow it)
Batteries/charger/cleaning gear/memory cards
I have thought about getting the 28-300mm just for situations like this, trips that I would like a lot of options but don't have the space or meet the weight requirements with what I own or can borrow. It would really only replace the 70-200 but its smaller, lighter, and has a bigger zoom range. I really want to carry my D200 that has been IR converted since I am sure most of my shots will be during mid-day (I find usually the worst time of day for normal shots but IR shots are better). This would require the different batteries, charger and all the other stuff to support it. I just don't think I will have the room. I am open to more lens suggestions and might even have access to it but figured the list I gave was more reasonable (co-worker does events on the side and I have the ability to borrow pretty much anything they have unless an event is scheduled then).
I would love to say I will catch fireworks and there will be plenty of them but since the reception is scheduled then I doubt I will get the chance. Other things to consider are we will be taking public transportation everywhere, a rental car is out of the question. More for my sanity of driving but the $40 parking fee a night is not realistic. While I was in London last year the subway system was quite effective, I plan to get unlimited passes so we can do the same in NYC.