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Canon General / National Park Advice - Location and Body/Lenses
« on: July 07, 2013, 03:39:07 PM »
First, you may remember this thread, ( in which I claimed to be going to Glacier National Park.  Well, plans have changed since then!  I still greatly appreciate the advice!

I will be visiting Yosemite National Park in September for 5 days.  I have a campsite in the park, and am extremely excited to visit the area Ansel Adams helped make so famous!

I have another camera and lens dilemma though.  My current gear:
Canon 60D – traded the t4i to a friend who wanted a physically smaller camera
70-200 f/2.8 IS II
10-22 USM
50 f/1.8
430 EXII Flash
Macro extension tube
Manfrotto tripod and head

My first question – I have the wide angle covered, but is it worth looking at buying/renting a 2x extender in case there is any wildlife?

Secondly, I have very much been enjoying my macro extension tube.  I tried the 100L macro at a camera shop recently.  I wasn't blown away by it, but I could definitely see how the dedicated macro would be a helpful tool to have.  Is it worth renting/purchasing the macro for these trips?

Third – I tried a 6D and 24-105 combination at the camera store several days ago, and absolutely loved it.  It is definitely something I am thinking about picking up before the trip.  I love astrophotography (particularly the Milky Way) so the incredible FF Iso difference would be extremely helpful.  The issue I face is that I sometimes find the 60D autofocus to be slightly lacking when tracking moving objects.  Would I run into this issue with the 6D as well?

The camera store I go to has a very nice option that if I rent something, if I decide I would like to purchase it after the trip is over, that the rental price will go directly into the purchase price of the lens (but obviously a new one and not the one they rent out).

Finally, I also have the option to visit either Sequoia/Kings Canyon, Death Valley or Zion National park in October.  Does anyone have an opinion on any of those parks?  If Sequoia/Kings Canyon is the choice, which of those should I look at camping in (assuming I can find a spot)?

Any other advice, including which hikes to take at Yosemite, is welcomed and very much appreciated!


Lenses / Glacier National Park - New lens?
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:57:11 AM »
Hello all,

I will be going to Glacier National Park In late July.  I am planning on taking quite a few pictures, as I love traveling to the National Parks.

I have a t4i, 70-200 2.8 IS II, 18-135 IS, and the 25mm macro extension tubes.

I have two main questions concerning this trip.

First, should I look into purchasing (or perhaps renting) a specific wide angle?  I hope I can upgrade to FF sometime, but this likely won't be until about 5 years down the road.  The two options I was considering here are the 16-35 II and the 10-22.  I understand the crop vs FF and everything, but is there a big quality difference?  I also like to try some astrophotography, but either lens would be better than what I currently have as far as that is concerned (and besides, with the 600 rule and my crop body the not as fast lens should allow me to have brighter pictures, all things considered).  Are there any sweeping landscapes at Glacier that beg for an ultra-wide angle shot?  I'm not the best at panos, so I'd rather not count on that.

Secondly, should I add an extender for wildlife?  If so, would the 1.4x III be enough?  I have read many reviews that the 1.4x III is a better extender than the 2x III, but am definitely not opposed to the 2x III at all.  If there is no need for an extender, I would rather save the money, but I definitely don't want to miss that moose/bear/bald eagle shot because I don't have one (or don't have the right one). 

Lastly, are there any locations that are a must?  And is there any other specific gear that I "must" bring to have a successful trip?

Unfortunately, time is kind of a rush as the spectacular lens rebates are ending soon.  Any advice is greatly appreciated!


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