First post for me so be gentle!
I am off on a family holiday to Florida soon. I want to get some good photos when over there but dont want o carry around too much gear. I have a 7d and a number of lenses:
Canon 100mmL IS
Canon 70-200mm F4 IS
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8
It was clear to me that i should just take the 15-85mm with me until i purchased a new Canon 24-105mm off of ebay for £360 (white box). It was just too much of abargain to not buy!
I may go full frame in the future but have no current plans.
I am now thinking of taking the Sigma and the 24-105mm and maybe just sell the 15-85mm. I'm guessing i wont miss the 15-17mm end of the 15-85mm lens in a Florida theme park type trip. Any views? Would you ditch the 15-85mm?
Your post is a good one.
I estimate that I have taken 10K pictures at WDW/Universal and various beaches on both coasts...over the years that my family and I have travelled to FL.
My two cents:
For Disney pix...which if you're like me, will often include family members, you need to satisfy the following (in descending order of importance, in my opinion)--
*you want to travel as light as possible [the theme park rides are fun for all, including the photographer]
*you want your camera/lens combination(s) to shoot as wide as wide as possible [close quarters at many WDW attractions]
*you want your lens to let in as much light as possible and you want your camera to work well at high ISOs [some of the indoor Disney attractions are memorable and you'll want images from within some of them]
*(for Canon) you want your lens to be image-stabilized [helps everywhere but particularly in low-light situations so common at WDW]
*you want your camera to have fill-flash capabilities...for OUTDOOR mid-afternnoon people pix
*you want your camera/lens combination(s) to include telephoto capabilities [actually I am not certain how important this is...because of the weight involved]
Here is my FL kit:
1. Canon S95: fill-flash works well and fits in the tiniest of pockets--takes great people pix that easily enlarge to 8x10
2. Canon EOS M with 11-22mm f4 (at 11mm) IS lens (purchased online from CA) and 22mm f2 lens: 80% of the time the 11-22 lens is attached and this combo serves as one of two walkaround systems
3. Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f4 IS lens and 40mm 2.8 pancake lens: 80% of the time the 24-105 lens is attached and this combo serves as the second of two walkaround lenses
The combination of 1. and 2. above is very small and light and works well. I use this duo a majority of the time
But the 5D Mark III with the 40mm pancake is an underrated option size-wise; it too is small and in addition to having superior low-light ability ISO-wise, what is often not thought about (by me at least) is how quickly the full-size Canons focus (compared to 1. and 2. above).
When I am using the 5D Mark III with the 24-105mm, I often leave 1. and 2. back in the room.
I kind of do street photography of my family while strolling around WDW and the beaches, and I've lost more than a few pix because of lousy focus using 1. and 2. above. That's when the Mark III/40mm pancake sort of comes in...I hope to utilize it more during our next trip.
I have probably gone on too long...have more but hope this helps.