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Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« on: April 15, 2013, 05:52:37 PM »
Does anybody have a recommendation for a good lightweight and wide angle lens for a crop frame camera (canon 7D) to use for bicycle touring and backpacking.  This June I am riding 1300 miles across southern Europe, and my 24-70 is too heavy and not wide enough for the trip.   I'm considering the canon 10-22, sigma 10-20, tamron 10-24, and maybe even the canon 15-85.  The focal length on the 15-85 sounds incredible, but I'm a little hesitant about not being sharp enough since its often bundled as an entry level lens.  Any other ideas for good lenses?  I've used the 17-40, but I dont consider it wide enough or sharp enough (or at least the copy I used wasn't) and the 16-35 is out of my price range. 

I'm leaning towards the Tamron 10-24, but I've read a couple bad reviews on Amazon concerning image quality. 

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Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2013, 07:07:06 PM »
I would get the 10-22mm. One of the widest choices for a crop sensor and pretty decent for the money. Not the sharpest of lens, though!
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2013, 07:21:23 PM »
What about the 17-55 2.8 it is pretty wide and and sharp but it might not be wide enough of you if the 17-40 wasn't but it is sharper from the reviews. 

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2013, 07:38:22 PM »
give the tokina 11-16 a shot. its a nice lens, and also a fast one. as they did lately a version II (better coatings, nothing more) you find the version I at a very good price ;)

pair it with the 40mm or 60mm macro and the 85/1.8 and... that would be my kit for extensive hiking ;)
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2013, 08:08:12 PM »
I purchased the Sigma 17-70f/2.8-4 DC Macro Lens for my Son to use on his 60D, Lens is designed for APS/C sensors, nice zoom range, and I cant fault the sharpness, this is my 3rd Sigma Lens, I've had the 70 Macro for a while (Good Lens) the 35f/1.4 (Excellent Lens) & the 17-70 (Also a Good Lens), all my other Lenses are Canon, but for a reasonably priced low end Zoom, I think the Sigma is worth a Look.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2013, 08:20:55 PM »
I don't have any experience with the w/a lenses you mention, but I own the 15-85 and it is plenty sharp. It also has excellent IS and distortion is remarkably controlled considering its range. If 15mm is wide enough for you, this is an excellent single lens solution.

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2013, 08:30:53 PM »
Can't get much lighter than the 40 f/2.8 pancake :p. 
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2013, 08:36:25 PM »
Can't get much lighter than the 40 f/2.8 pancake :p.

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2013, 08:36:47 PM »
Are you planning on taking only one lens?  If so, the 10-22 might leave you wanting more reach over the course of a trip like that.  I'd suggest the 15-85 from those you mention.  It's a great lens, obviously wide zoom range, good MFD, and my heavily used refurb. copy has sharpness on a par with my 24-105L.  I've not seen it bundled as an entry level lens... maybe you are thinking of the 18-55 kit lens.  Downside of the 15-85 is it's 5.6 at the long end.  Put a shorty 40 or fantastic 50 in your pack for lower light capability.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2013, 08:36:57 PM »
What about the RokSamBower 14/2.8?

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2013, 08:45:06 PM »
The focal length on the 15-85 sounds incredible, but I'm a little hesitant about not being sharp enough since its often bundled as an entry level lens.

I think you are mistaken. The 15-85 is not routinely bundled as an entry level lens. Both the 15-85 and 17-55 2.8 are excellent lenses with "L" quality sharpness. But, the 15-85 is not a light lens. Still, if you are only taking one lens, it is the best all-around lens for a 7D, as it covers a 24-135 35mm equivalent range. If it is the only lens you are taking, it is the best choice, although I usually pair it with the 70-300 L zoom. Together, I can confidently go almost anywhere and know I will be able to cover almost any situation I run into.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2013, 09:03:24 PM »
Thanks for all the replies.

I plan on bringing only one lens for weight reasons.  I'm almost considering just buying a canon point-and -shoot, just for weight reasons (heresy, I know). 

I like the wide angle aspect, so that is why I ruled out the 40mm pancake+ on a crop sensor that is really a 64mm. 

I have not taken a look at the Tokina 11-16- party because I want a little more focal length (versatility) for the lens. 

I will also look more seriously at a 15-85.  Like I mentioned earlier, the focal length sounds great, I'm just a little hesitant about how good IQ will be.

Thanks again for all the help.

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2013, 09:10:17 PM »
I will also look more seriously at a 15-85.  Like I mentioned earlier, the focal length sounds great, I'm just a little hesitant about how good IQ will be.

The 17-55 and 15-85 deliver optical quality equivalent to L-series lenses.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2013, 09:31:12 PM »
Another vote for the 15-85. I have it on my 7D, very happy with the images I am getting. If you are wondering how fussy I am - I sold my 70-200 f4L because I didn't think it was good enough. (I think it was a bad match between body & lens; I was very happy with that lens on my film camera).

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2013, 09:46:06 PM »
In my former (crop) life, the 15-85 was my all round go-to.  IQ and IS very reasonable.  But I also always carried my 10-22.  The second lens did not weigh much but was worth it.  When weight was an issue< I still brought these 2 and left the 70-200 home....
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