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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 09:24:47 AM »
I think you've explained yourself quite well.
From what you've said, the two lenses I mentioned appear to be excellent choices. Not having a 300, you would want to carry that 1.4 as well, for those times you'd want some extra reach. It still produces excellent image quality on the 70-200.
A number of people have suggested bringing along the 24-105, but, if it's at the expense of the 70-200, I'd talk you out of it. It's too much of an overlap with the 16-35 for the sacrifice of longer lengths, as well as the use of the 1.4.  I took one with me on my trip, but used it even less than the 300. I didn't seem to miss the gap between 35 and 70, but perhaps that's because I seldom see things normally! Besides, you can always get those with your compact camera.

I've sold my 24-70/2.8 (first version) since I didn't use that focal lengths that often. When I shoot weddings I'm only using my 16-35 aswell as my 70-200. Then I have all the wide angle I need aswell as portrait and full body shots :)

I guess that when I will be shooting abroad, I will be using both wide angle in landscape, macro on flowers and small wildlife.. aswell as tele for portraits / panoramic shots etc.

The 24-105 is a nice lens,but it might be a better "go around-tourist"-lens and shooting lots of pictures :)

As you say, I can get "tourist"-shots in the 24-100 with my compact camera aswell.

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 09:14:29 AM »


It's true that the 17mm isn't as sharp as the 24mm, but the 17 is the sharpest of Canon's UUWAs and it is more than adequate.  Sharper than the 14mm and much sharper than the 16-35.  You won't be disappointed.  And for a rental fee of 1000, it makes sense to buy it outright.  I've heard that the Ziess 15 might be a tad sharper, but I've never tried it, and at those focal lengths, I'd rather have the movements anyway.

If you're using the movements to fix the perspective you won't have much freedom to stitch, so a wider lens is more useful in this case.  If you need to fix the perspective at 24mm, try using the extender.  I've never shot with the extender but have verified that it fits.  In the end, you'll likely end up with both ts-e 17 and 24. =)

Yes, the 17mm seems to very sharp and to be able to use it on a landscape might be very useful I think. And for interior. With the 1.4x I can achive the 24mm aswell, but maybe not as tack sharp as the 24 TSE itself. But sharpness isn't everything and on that level I can do some post-sharpening aswell I think.

The Ziess 15mm, that isn't a Tilt Shift though? :)

/Fredrik

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 07:45:23 AM »
The 1DX is heavy enough on it's own so i won't be carrying more than 2 Canon lenses at a time. I have time to come back somewhere if i was missing a lens. But if i have my TS-E24, 85mm and my Leica M with a 50mm on me i can do pretty much anything.

Mostly for my own purpose. Kind of like you i'm building a portfolio. I plan to sell prints and my own books. Also i'm starting my own photo company in Tokyo in the next few years and moving there permanently so i want to start building contacts there. The photos are not the main purpose of my trip though.. But it is a fun thing to do at the same time i'm enjoying my vacation.

Yes, that machine is awesome but heavy and bulky :) The 5d mkIII without the battery grip is quite small and a lightweight in comparison! :D

I will bring my sony rx 100 with me for the "casual shots" aswell. For me the photos are the main purpose of the trip and I will try to enjoy the trip while I'm shooting. I will not stress, but rather take 5 AWESOME shots, than running around with a 18-300 and shooting 5000 pictures just for the sake of taking pictures.

Japan would be awesome to shoot aswell :)

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 06:58:35 AM »
This is kind of off the topic because this is my travel photography kit that i will use for a 3 month trip to Japan shortly.

1DX
TS-E24mm 3.5L II, 85mm 1.2L II, 135mm 2.0L

Leica M (240)
Apo 50mm 2.0, apo 90mm 2.0

And i hope the new zeiss 55mm prime will be available before october.

My message is to invest to primes and have good insurance and carry up to 2 lenses at a time and leave the rest to the hotel.

Also i really really really recommend the TS-E24mm II !!!!!!!!!

Interesting choice of lenses. You carry only 2 lenses? And leave the rest at the hotel? I would not like to leave expensive equipment back at the hotel :/
What kind of photos will you be shooting in Japan? Is it for your own purpose or for clients etc?

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 06:50:30 AM »

I would recommend that fiend, the OP, buys a 24-105mm and goes with for most of his photos. Then uses the 16-35mm when he requires UWA photos.  The 135mm L prime is not a bad addition, but it's not THAT much longer than the tele end of the 24-105mm L, of course the 135mm L prime is a few stops brighter - but having 3 lenses rather than 2 does mean less convenience. 

Cheers,

Paul

Can you equip the 24-105 with the 1.4x extender?
The 135/2 will be a 186/4 with the extender so it gives me a little more reach :)

Hmm.. many options here.

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 06:48:00 AM »
Sort of off topic a bit, but check early with the carriers, there may be a weight limit for carry on luggage. 

I almost got into trouble with that last year- had a safari vest and off loaded the heavy stuff into my vest.  On the plane, I re-packed it into the bag.  I wasn't going to check any camera gear.

In fact we had a 24 lb limit, and after all my camera and laptop stuff, I had only enough left for toiletries and two days of clothes. 

Also, be sure your bag will fit into the smallest overhead that you will be flying on.

When you get all this figured out, your choices may already be made for you.

sek

I don't find this off topic :)

What is the smallest overhead that you should consider? 45x30x20 ? or something like that.
Som companies have 55x35x25 or something like that.. but that's quite large :)

I might get a vest for carrying equipment in if they find my bag do be to large. That's a good idea!

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 06:45:13 AM »
Since I'm going to shoot a lot of pictures with big tall buildings in Dubai I'm thinking that a Tilt Shift should be a good investment that I can continue to use later on. I've tried that 24 TS-E, but I'm thinking of the 17mm.

I used only the 24TSE, not the 17 - but for tall buildings, I do not like the results of TSE. You can easily simulate them with software, just to see what you will get. The buildings look too tall (well, they are) but very weird. I much more prefer to point the camera upward and make the "distortion" even worse. Why not your fisheye or your UWA instead for tall buildings?

Have you tried to use the shift and take panorama with the 24 TSE aswell? :)
I don't really like to much leaning buildings/landscapes but I don't like the extremely tall buildings either. Perhaps you can use the 24mm and instead taking some panoramic shots with it?

Fisheye could be a nice effect aswell! :) That's more of an effect-type of image.. instead of an client-image. But I like both types so I don't want to exclude any of them.

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 06:22:48 AM »
When I want minimum size/weight a carry a 5D2 with 24-105 and 70-200 f/4 IS. But I try to combine lenses you already have. True 2 bodies and a 70-200 2.8 is a heavy combination. In that case a viable alternative is 5D3 with 16-35 50 135 and 1.4X.


16-35, 50, 135 was what I had with me when I traveled to Side Turkey last year to shoot :)
I could fit all those lenses in my Crumpler shoulder bag, so I'm aiming to bring some more with me in a backpack... I think.

Here are some of those pictures from Turkey
http://www.fredriklarsson.se/blogg/fotografering/fler-bilder-fran-side-turkiet-2012/
http://www.fredriklarsson.se/blogg/fotografering/bilder-fran-side-turkiet-2012/
http://www.fredriklarsson.se/blogg/fotografering/alanya-turkiet-2012/

And also some pictures of me shooting :)

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 04:53:38 AM »
How about a second body, lest lens changing?


I'm thinking of that. To bring a 5D mkII aswell as backup camera :)

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 04:52:51 AM »
I have travelled lots around the world, and taken thousands upon thousands of photos with my DSLRs in various situations.  From several countries within Europe to SE Asia to many parts of Australia (where I grew up, now live and have returned after sevearl years abroad).

Convenience is important while on the go - I want to enjoy my time of walking, travelling, seeing sites, talking with people and yes, also photographing lots. But I would opt for a light & available body with a zoom in most cases than travel rather than feel like a 'fully laden pack horse' with a host of lenses, including too many primes!

In your case, I'd probably opt to buy a 24-105mm L, and use the 16-35mm time to time too.  The 70-200mm f/2.8 II is a great lens, but very heavy to take along. I can see the new 35mm f/2 IS being a great option as a 'street photography' / low light option too.

I use a 7D as my travel camera, and the Canon 15-85mm is my main camera. So yes, it does depend on each individual's photography style, but I would expect that many photographers would find the 24-105mm on a 5DmkIII the most handy combination (or the newer Canon 24-70mm f/4 IS as another travel option).

When I go for 2 lenses, it's often the Canon 15-85mm and Canon 70-300mm L.  A great, and very portable 2 lens travel solution - providing very high quality images. Though in some situations I'll (also) take and use my Sigma 8-16mm (love that ultrawide!) Of course one can use all 3 lenses as such if that is preferred.

When I was on holiday in Thailand some time ago, I used the 15-85mm about 80% of the time on my 7D.

Best wishes.

Thanks for the input :)
The thing is that I'm aiming mostly to shoot for new clients and for my portfolio and less vacation-shooting so I'm willing to bring some extra lenses if it makes my eventual clients more happy.

Yes, the 70-200 is quite heavy, but maybe 200mm will come in handy sometime? Its so sharp and have such nice reach :) the 135 is also very nice and a lot lighter. Equipped with 1.4" its quite long aswell. I'm shooting on FF so it's not as long as with the 7D though.

The 70-300 seems to have a nice range, but it's quite expensive aswell :)
I've looked at this before.. just trying to justify the cost.. hehe

/Fredrik

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 14, 2013, 04:36:01 AM »
There have been a lot of feedback and answers here during the night :) Thanks!
Will reply to them soon.

I just want to clarify on the topic that the goal with the trip is not to travel around like a tourist and take pictures of everything while I'm on the beach/hiking around like a tourist but to have the chance to take really good pictures for my portfolio to get new clients. That includes both real estate, travel companies, hotels, magazines etc aswell as selling these pictures to them.

To bring one lens to do it all and shoot everything "kind of OK" is not an option for me. I rather bring extra lenses and shoot optimal pictures :)

Best regards
Fredrik

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:23:11 PM »
The only way to not change lens often is to get a second FF body. Put the 16-35 in one and the 70-200 in the other and you are done.  Only then the 35 - 70 range does not matter a lot.

Otherwise a 24-105 is more versatile.

I have my 5d mkII that I could use. Perhaps I should bring it alongside the 5d mkIII as a "backup" ?
Didn't want to carry to much weight/gear with me on the trip though :)

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 13, 2013, 06:15:15 PM »
The TS-E 17 is better for tall buildings or for interior shots, but the TS-E 24 is more versatile for general landscapes and pano-stitching (especially if you have close foreground objects near the edges).  It is harder to make 17mm panos interesting.  Extenders can be used on them to give you more framing options but the TS-24 will be sharper and faster than the TS-E 17 + 1.4x.  In your case, I can see the TS-E 17 being more useful for the trip, but how much would you use it after?  Is it worth renting it for the trip or buying it and possibly selling it in the future?

Are you going to be bringing a tripod?  If not, then I'd avoid the TS-Es for now.  Shooting handheld with shift is easy enough, but to get the best results, you'll want to shoot at ISO 100 and take mulitple exposures to blend later, which will give you the most leeway when post-processing them later.

+1 on the fisheye.  Defished or not, it would give you creative options in urban landscapes.

If I were you, I'd take the
  fisheye
  16-35
  ts-e 17
  50
  135
  1.4x for both the ts-e and 135
  tripod

The 135 would be the least used, and the 16-35 and the 50 the most used.


I always bring my tripod for shots of landscape and architecture :)
I've used the old 24 TS-E and kind of liked it for shooting buildings in my own town when I tested it.
For landscape 17mm TS-E would be better aswell as for the indoor shooting.
But the 17TS-E is not as sharp as 24mm, especially not shifted (I've read..)

Today I'm used to make panos with my 70-200 handheld, but that's kind of hard to do with buildings that are quite near though :)
In Dubai I guess that there will be very large and nice buildings and sometimes not that much room or space.
Perhaps you can take several shots with the 24mm instead?
And if I visit a church or something I can use the 24mm for pano indoors aswell? Haven't tried it though so hard to say.

http://www.fredriklarsson.se/blogg/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/wpid4696-emma-julkonsert2012-12_3_4_5_6.jpg
This picture is taken with the old TS-24 (single shot. Its a local church here in UmeƄ, Sweden.

Renting the TS24 / TS17 would cost about $1000 for a month. If I buy it afterwards, the rent is free (I just pay for the lens as I've bought it right of the start).

Thanks for the input!

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 13, 2013, 05:52:03 PM »
I would take my 5DIII, 16-35, and 50 1.4
That's it. Keep it simple and light and you'll be more relaxed.

In your case, I would suggest :  5DIII, 16-35, and 100L macro
That kit will not slow you down and give you plenty of good shots. Although I'd be severely tempted to tuck the 35 1.4 in the bag

When I was in Norway earlier in spring I used my 16-35/2.8 in 99% of the photos (landscape).

In Side (Turkey) I used 16-35 in 40% of the shots, the 50/1.8 in 20% and the 135/2 in 40% (some with the 1.4x).

With the 16-35 I mostly used it in the 16mm or 35mm range.

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Lenses / Re: What lenses would you bring for this travel-trip?
« on: August 13, 2013, 05:45:27 PM »
The 24-105 + 16-35 would be great, but see if you can find a corner of your bag for the 15mm fisheye also. It's really small, but such a fun lens!

Yes, the 15mm is very nice. Quite fun pictures that you can take with it :) And it's very small aswell so it might slip in there!

Anybody who have any ideas of a Tilt Shift Lens?
Canon 24/3.5 TS-E II
Canon 17/4 TS-E

Best regards
Fredrik

Regrettably, I don't own either one. But as a general rule, the 17mm if you're mostly shooting indoors, and/or the 24mm for outdoors. For myself, I would choose the 24. Enjoy your trip!

If I say that the 17mm works with the 1.4 extender and then it becomes a 24mm TS-E / 5.6 if I'm not all wrong? :) then you get two Tilt Shift lenses in one?

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