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Title: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: RLPhoto on June 05, 2013, 12:42:23 PM
Paris & London for a week. I will shoot alittle of everything and want to travel light with f/4 zooms and a fast 50mm.

- 5D3
- 17-40L
- 50L

but I don't know to rent the 70-200 F/4L IS or the 70-300L. Which should I take?
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: Random Orbits on June 05, 2013, 01:44:51 PM
70-300L.  Slightly shorter and heavier but fatter, but the key is 100mm more range for a fractional stop.  Unless you know you won't go beyond 200mm, the 70-300L will be more versatile.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: neuroanatomist on June 05, 2013, 02:09:21 PM
Which should I take?

It doesn't matter, take whichever is more convenient.   :P
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: jsixpack on June 05, 2013, 02:36:49 PM
it depends on your particulars, but I'd keep what you have, maybe adding in a 24-70 or a 100mm macro L, if you like things. I was in London for 2 weeks this winter and don't think I used the 70-200 once, but I tended towards museums and churches, so a lot of interiors and landscape stuff.  On a crop sensor I used primarily 14mm and 18-55, as well and the 60mm macro for objects. 

JSP
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: 7enderbender on June 05, 2013, 02:44:30 PM
Paris & London for a week. I will shoot alittle of everything and want to travel light with f/4 zooms and a fast 50mm.

- 5D3
- 17-40L
- 50L

but I don't know to rent the 70-200 F/4L IS or the 70-300L. Which should I take?

I would take a 135 and a small flash instead. But I also like the idea above with the 100 macro. Make for good portraits and "street"/people photography in addition to the macro option. And it's smaller and lighter than a big white lens.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: Vossie on June 05, 2013, 02:46:10 PM
bring your 24-105L for its reach and versatility and your 135L for the longer stuff. Agree that you probably don't need much beyond 135 mm
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: j1jenkins on June 05, 2013, 03:04:48 PM
I agree with the posts above, but I would like to add a different selection.

24-70 2.8 v2 and the 70-200 2.8 v2

They will give you a great range and stellar IQ. 

Nothing wrong with the other lenses mentioned, but those are my suggestions.

Enjoy the trip!
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: Haydn1971 on June 05, 2013, 03:10:17 PM
Having just done this - used  my 24-70mm mostly.

The 16-35mm, was less useful than the 135mm, but seriously, if I had the choice again, a 24-105mm would have done 98% of my shots.  Take comfy walking shoes, soft insoles for your shoes and buy some Compeed blister plasters !

Take a river cruise, use an Oyster in London, but buy a canard of 10 tickets for the Paris metro
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: fegari on June 05, 2013, 03:31:32 PM
I would bring the 70-200F4 IS. You´ll likelly be walking a lot and that lens is very light actually.
I also I don´t think you´ll need a lot of reach beyond 200mm in those cities.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: spinworkxroy on June 05, 2013, 03:38:45 PM
Well, that depends on what you want to shoot and how much weight are you willing to tug around daily :)
if you have a 24-70, bring that..i'm pretty sure that can suffice for both landscapes and street…
Tele lenses only IF you really need it..like zooming into big ben or the Eiffel tower etc…if you don't do such shooting then a  tele lens will only be dead weight..
Just ask yourself on a daily basis at home..what do you normally shoot? Because i don't think going on a trip will drastically change the way you shoot :)
For me, when i went to both Paris and London last time, i only brought my 24-105. i'm going again this august and i'm only going to bring my 24-70…and a 70-300 in the luggage because i'm going to a safari and i will only bring that one when i go there..
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: tron on June 05, 2013, 03:48:26 PM
Paris & London for a week. I will shoot alittle of everything and want to travel light with f/4 zooms and a fast 50mm.

- 5D3
- 17-40L
- 50L

but I don't know to rent the 70-200 F/4L IS or the 70-300L. Which should I take?

I would take a 135 and a small flash instead. But I also like the idea above with the 100 macro. Make for good portraits and "street"/people photography in addition to the macro option. And it's smaller and lighter than a big white lens.
+1 for the flash (if you are going to visit madame Tussaud's museum)
How about a tripod for night time photography near big ben?  :)
A TS-E lens would be suitable too... (St. Paul's church would need the TS-E17mm ....)
Also I would avoid the very big whites. They attract attention...  (The 70-200 f/4L IS  would be the bigger I would choose...)
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: docfrance on June 05, 2013, 03:58:07 PM
I'm going to France for two weeks (Paris, Normandy, Tours, Toulouse, Avignon, Reims) and with my 5D Mk III I'm taking the 8-15L fisheye, 17-40L, 24-105L, and 70-200 f2.8L Mk II.  Might as well slip in the 40mm pancake, too.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: s2kdriver80 on June 05, 2013, 04:31:52 PM
During my European trips, I take along 2 5D3s, 2 430EX II flashes, 16-35mm II (architecture/interiors), 24-105mm (general/portrait), and 70-200mm f/4 IS (portrait/detail/compression).  Redundancy might be overkill though.  With a 5D3, 3 zooms and a flash should be more than enough, prime not really needed with great ISO, unless you want shallow DOF.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: gary on June 05, 2013, 06:17:15 PM
I am doing a similar trip and having lived in London most of my life I would suggest your 24-105 and throw in a flash, I'm only taking a 24-70. Travel light as you will be very likely to walk a lot, thats the best way not to miss anything
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: nWmR12 on June 05, 2013, 07:14:46 PM
I would say 24-105 also and maybe take a prime or two depending on what types of pictures. I think it is all matter of personal taste and style.

I have been to Europe many times (will actually be going to London in three weeks, and Paris for a month). When I went there last I brought my standard 24-105, 35, 135. I would say most were taken with the 24-105 specially when there is enough light otherwise f/4 was sometimes too slow. I also really like my primes, and 35L I can use almost all the time. I think it depends on the city also. In Rome, I always wanted wider. This time when I am going I will be taking my 21ZE in addition to those, since that lens is almost glued to my camera these days.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: bholliman on June 05, 2013, 09:17:22 PM
I don't know to rent the 70-200 F/4L IS or the 70-300L. Which should I take?

I would rent a 70-300L based on what I've read about it recently.  But, you may not need that much reach. 

I agree with Haydn1971 that a 135L, possibly with a 1.4 TC would be a nice option.  I seldom leave my 135 at home these days.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: sdsr on June 05, 2013, 09:41:39 PM
Since the 70-200 f/4 IS doesn't weigh much less than the 70-300L or take up much less space, you might as well go for the latter; even if you don't need the extra reach, the 70-300 is very good at isolating subjects and creates superb bokeh at 300mm.  They're both excellent lenses, but I don't think I've used my 70-200 f/4 IS since buying the 70-300L. 

As for the rest, while your other two suggestions make a lot of sense to me, if you like photographing in low light you might want to consider increasing the proportion of lenses you have with IS (e.g., unless 17-24 matters a lot to you, the 24-105, with its good IS, might prove more useful than the 17-40) instead.  Flash and tripods are all very well, but in London and Paris I doubt there are many interiors where you will be allowed to use either, let alone both (and even if they did, they're annoying to everyone else - it's hard to avoid crowds in either city, and in Paris, at least, people actually do still use churches for their intended use and don't seem entirely delighted by those who treat them as tourist attractions). 

You could always lighten your walk-around load by taking the 40mm pancake with you as well; unless you're more of a wide-angle guy, you might find that you can happily spend all day with nothing but the 70-300L on your camera, with the 40mm in your pocket just in case.

(It probably goes without saying that no matter what lenses you leave behind you'll wish you had brought at least one of them, and that there will be at least one lens you take with you that you'll never use.)
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: tron on June 06, 2013, 08:15:48 AM
Since the 70-200 f/4 IS doesn't weigh much less than the 70-300L or take up much less space, you might as well go for the latter; even if you don't need the extra reach, the 70-300 is very good at isolating subjects and creates superb bokeh at 300mm.  They're both excellent lenses, but I don't think I've used my 70-200 f/4 IS since buying the 70-300L. 

I value your opinion since you have used both. I do have the 70-200 f/4L IS.

However, to me there is difference in weight and in size. True the 70-300L can be shorter at 70mm but it is thicker! This can be a problem or not depending on the bag used. To me it is.

Also, the fact that it is thicker and (more important) the rings are reversed makes the 70-300 a more difficult to handle lens (otherwise I would think seriously about it...)

As for the rest, while your other two suggestions make a lot of sense to me, if you like photographing in low light you might want to consider increasing the proportion of lenses you have with IS (e.g., unless 17-24 matters a lot to you, the 24-105, with its good IS, might prove more useful than the 17-40) instead.  Flash and tripods are all very well, but in London and Paris I doubt there are many interiors where you will be allowed to use either, let alone both (and even if they did, they're annoying to everyone else - it's hard to avoid crowds in either city, and in Paris, at least, people actually do still use churches for their intended use and don't seem entirely delighted by those who treat them as tourist attractions). 

Flash could be used in Madame Tussaud Museum and in some internal dark places in London Zoo.
Tripod can be used for night shots around the Big Ben,  parliament and the Trafalgar square. 17-24mm is a very useful focal range too.


(It probably goes without saying that no matter what lenses you leave behind you'll wish you had brought at least one of them, and that there will be at least one lens you take with you that you'll never use.)
That is the best comment ever and I believe it applies to all of us.

P.S Irrespective of my opinion regarding 70-300L I am very interested on your further comments on that lens.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: RLPhoto on June 06, 2013, 11:08:19 AM
I didn't want to bring the 24-105L as it's redundant but I'll squeeze it into my carry-on. I might use it, I might not but everyone agree's I should take it.

Most everyone here agrees that 300mm is seldom used in these citys. So the 70-200 f/4L IS is the choice for me.

That makes this

-5D3
-17-40L
-50L
-70-200L F/4 IS
-24-105L
-600RT

Should I take one of my additional fast primes like the 24L II or the 135L? I could fit one more in my carry-on.

Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: Random Orbits on June 06, 2013, 12:01:51 PM
I didn't want to bring the 24-105L as it's redundant but I'll squeeze it into my carry-on. I might use it, I might not but everyone agree's I should take it.

Most everyone here agrees that 300mm is seldom used in these citys. So the 70-200 f/4L IS is the choice for me.

That makes this

-5D3
-17-40L
-50L
-70-200L F/4 IS
-24-105L
-600RT

Should I take one of my additional fast primes like the 24L II or the 135L? I could fit one more in my carry-on.

Honestly, I'd suggest bringing what you use regularly:  24L II, 50L, 135L and then add a 1.4x III if you want more reach.  You'll know exactly when to use each lens, and you'll have low light/shallow DOF capability across the range.  How often will you really need the UWA at 17mm instead of using the 24L II?  If you plan on using it indoors, renting a TS-E 17 for perspective corrections might be an option but that will require a tripod to do it well.  If you're not bring a tripod, is the 17mm really going to be used well to make it worth it?
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: AvTvM on June 06, 2013, 12:39:49 PM
Paris & London for a week. I will shoot a little of everything and want to travel light with f/4 zooms and a fast 50mm.

I'd just take along the 24-105, 50 and the 135/2, since you like that lens. Excellent IQ plus it is black and far less conspicuos than even a 70-200/4 (white).   

Flash? Will depend on what/where you will shoot. But at many of the interesting places / churches / sites / museums etc. flash photography is strictly forbidden. If it is just for fill flash/portraits on the go, a small & light 270EX II will do just nicely.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: bholliman on June 06, 2013, 12:44:34 PM
Should I take one of my additional fast primes like the 24L II or the 135L? I could fit one more in my carry-on.

Another plug for the 135L!  You can take some great portraits with this in Europe.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: Haydn1971 on June 06, 2013, 12:47:48 PM
All photography is prohibited in many larger churches such as St Paul's and Sacre Coeur out of respect to people during prayer
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: RLPhoto on June 06, 2013, 02:40:42 PM
Paris & London for a week. I will shoot a little of everything and want to travel light with f/4 zooms and a fast 50mm.

I'd just take along the 24-105, 50 and the 135/2, since you like that lens. It is black an far less conspicuos than even a 70-200/4.   

Flash? Will depend on what/where you will shoot. But at many of the interesting places / churches / sites / museums etc. flash photography is strictly forbidden. If it is just for fill flash/portraits on the go, a small & light 270EX II will do just nicely.

I'll be carrying my crumpler around town and my airport airstream can hold stuff in my room if I need it. If I found a really nice spot and need something I'm not carrying, I could change my equipment at the hotel and re-venture out again with a different set of lenses. Just a thought.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: sdsr on June 06, 2013, 02:40:49 PM
All photography is prohibited in many larger churches such as St Paul's and Sacre Coeur out of respect to people during prayer

I don't know about Sacre Coeur, but the churches I entered in Paris a year ago - including Notre Dame, Madeleine, St Germain & St Sulpice - allowed cameras, but no flash and no tripods.  Have they changed their policies since then?  That would be a shame.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: sdsr on June 06, 2013, 02:52:58 PM

Most everyone here agrees that 300mm is seldom used in these citys. So the 70-200 f/4L IS is the choice for me.


I would have thought that matters isn't whether lots of other people use 300mm in those cities but whether, given your style, you're likely to want to.  For all we know, 135mm might be long enough for you (or perhaps 300mm won't be long enough; there are engaging ducks etc. in St James's Park and elsewhere...).

If you have spare room in your bag, you may want to consider taking a back-up body (if you have one) rather than yet another lens.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: dickgrafixstop on June 15, 2013, 07:54:34 PM
I personally wouldn't carry that much.  Mount the 50 on the camera and pocket the 24-105 and you'll have plenty.
Use the room in your carryon to bring back scotch whisky.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: Zv on June 16, 2013, 12:17:02 AM
I personally wouldn't carry that much.  Mount the 50 on the camera and pocket the 24-105 and you'll have plenty.
Use the room in your carryon to bring back scotch whisky.

+1 on the scotch!
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: mwh1964 on June 16, 2013, 12:30:20 AM
I would take the 24-105 and 70-300L. They are both great lenses. And easy to carry around. Probably the 24-105 will stay on you camera most of the time in the cities. If you want to go light I would take a prime like the new 24 or 28 or even better 35 is. I recently did a 3 week tour in California carrying only the Fuji x100. I never missed a zoom. Now the Fuji is even better with the little s mark and could represent a solid alternative. Enjoy your trip first and foremost.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: RLPhoto on June 29, 2013, 12:07:59 PM
This is what I ended up bringing.

-Think tank airport security for my clothes & stuff.
-Think tank aiport airstream as my carry-on for my gear.
-Think tank retrospective 30 for my other stuff.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: RLPhoto on June 29, 2013, 12:13:54 PM
From Left to Right. Rear to Front.

50L - 24L II - 17-40L - 24-105L -70-200 F/4L IS - 600RT

40mm Panny - Zuikos OM 50mm 1.4 - 5D3

All gaffed up to be more incognito. I brought a Vanguard tripod but it's not in the photo and my LEE filter set for long exposures and a few landscapes.

I'll post some pics when I get back. My video and Backup camera is my trusty g15 because it didn't want to bring another dslr body.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: Dylan777 on June 29, 2013, 12:30:32 PM
From Left to Right. Rear to Front.

50L - 24L II - 17-40L - 24-105L -70-200 F/4L IS - 600RT

40mm Panny - Zuikos OM 50mm 1.4 - 5D3

All gaffed up to be more incognito. I brought a Vanguard tripod but it's not in the photo and my LEE filter set for long exposures and a few landscapes.

I'll post some pics when I get back. My video and Backup camera is my trusty g15 because it didn't want to bring another dslr body.

Enjoy your vacation...be safe ;)
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: pedro on June 29, 2013, 02:28:55 PM
WA 17-40 or 16-35 and fast primes as you have some surely fit well. A 70-200 seems to bulky to me. Especially in cities...
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: RLPhoto on June 29, 2013, 04:46:55 PM
WA 17-40 or 16-35 and fast primes as you have some surely fit well. A 70-200 seems to bulky to me. Especially in cities...

This is what's going. Choice has been made. :)
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: bholliman on June 29, 2013, 08:21:04 PM
Enjoy your trip!  You are taking a great kit.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: adhocphotographer on July 01, 2013, 04:23:14 AM
Enjoy your trip!
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: Click on July 01, 2013, 08:02:07 AM
Enjoy your trip! Have fun taking pictures.  :)
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: RLPhoto on July 09, 2013, 10:47:08 PM
I'm back from the trip and all I have to say is... I wasn't disappointed. For those who pitched ideas for lens selections, here's the treat's from the trip. Not all are edited but these were the first edits.

My most used lenses.

1. 17-40
2. 70-200 F/4L IS
3. 50L

I didn't even use the Panny, 24-105, 24L II (Didn't want to lug it around.), or the OM 50mm. I'm very happy I didn't bring the 2.8's!!! The F/4's were already getting heavy after several hours.

Enjoy.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: RLPhoto on July 09, 2013, 10:48:48 PM
I will make a blog post later with specific's on the trip and Settings.
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: adhocphotographer on July 10, 2013, 01:38:54 AM
Nice shots...  and thanks for the stats of lens use. :)
Title: Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
Post by: bholliman on July 10, 2013, 07:55:49 PM
Very nice shots RL!  Thanks for sharing.