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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2013, 10:24:14 PM »
The 15-85 is a great lens, maybe the second best EF-S lenses after the 17-55.  If you are just planning to take one lens, take this one.  I also agree with those that suggested adding a 40mm pancake.  It will give you better low light capability and a second lens just in case anything happens to your other lens.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2013, 10:24:14 PM »

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2013, 02:08:10 AM »
Depends on how much time is spent cycling and how much in photography.  I travelled by motorbike through Patagonia a few years ago.  I took a 10-22, 28-135 and 70-200f4.  I also took an A-series point and shoot.  Most of the photos were with the point and shoot.  However, most of the "special" photos were on the 20D and most of those were with the 28-135.  Convenience was everything.

If I would do the trip again with a crop camera, I'd take a 15-85 plus 50 f1.8 for low light.

I have a Samyang 14 f2.8.  I would not take that on a trip with a crop camera.  It is large, manual focus and manual aperture lens.  Great astrolandscape lens, but not a travel lens on  crop camera.  The 10-22 is far superior for this purpose, but to a degree redundant with the 15-85.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2013, 04:20:48 AM »
Depends on how much time is spent cycling and how much in photography.  I travelled by motorbike through Patagonia a few years ago.  I took a 10-22, 28-135 and 70-200f4.  I also took an A-series point and shoot. Most of the photos were with the point and shoot.  However, most of the "special" photos were on the 20D and most of those were with the 28-135.  Convenience was everything.

If I would do the trip again with a crop camera, I'd take a 15-85 plus 50 f1.8 for low light.

I have a Samyang 14 f2.8.  I would not take that on a trip with a crop camera.  It is large, manual focus and manual aperture lens.  Great astrolandscape lens, but not a travel lens on  crop camera.  The 10-22 is far superior for this purpose, but to a degree redundant with the 15-85.

That's why we have the 40mm pancake ... turn your DSLR into a P&S  :)
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2013, 09:15:14 AM »
i'd get a mirrorless comapct system..

+1 at least for compact. I think it is a nice idea to take a DSLR on such a trip but is it really practical? I think not, and you will find, packing and unpacking your camera, lens of choice for that moment, charger etc a pain and time consuming.

I would buy a nice small Sony (Nex7, RX100 or such), Fuji (forget their names) or such like and enjoy the trip more. Seriously.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2013, 09:17:13 AM »
OP questions the IQ of pro-caliber 15-85 but will opt for a P&S instead???   Well then, leave 7D home and take a S-100/110, a G-15, or even better, get an Olympus OM-D.  Oly is weather sealed, and potentially better IQ than 7D with any lens.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2013, 09:57:47 AM »
OP questions the IQ of pro-caliber 15-85 but will opt for a P&S instead???   

-good point- I view it as a tradeoff between weight and quality.  I'm willing to make the trade between a 150 gram P&S and a 820 gram (+ lens weight) 7d. 

A lot of people are mentioned the 40mm, I'm not sure how much I would use it- maybe I should buy it just to try it out- its only $150. 

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2013, 10:33:33 AM »
If you stick to your 7D I would take the 15-85 – it is a good all around lens with a very decent optical quality. To complement the focus range of the 15-85, I take my trusty 70-200L f4. It is light and has an outstanding optical quality.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2013, 11:22:24 AM »
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). 

Sometimes you just can't take a DSLR with big or multiple lenses.  You shouldn't have to sacrifice the quality of your photos, though.  That is why I bought a Powershot G1X.  It is smaller than a DSLR, but the sensor is nearly APS-C sized.  You can operate it one-handed like a true point and shoot, and the flip-out LCD is great for composing selfies and other travel shots.  Throw in a gorillapod and get crazy. 

The trade-off with the G1X is autofocus (which is a bit slow and can hunt sometimes in low light) and zoom range (28-112 mm 35 mm equivalent).  It has no GPS.  But if you want pretty landscapes and scenics, plus action shots in good daylight, I think you'll be very happy with it.  The IQ is great.  Get a good chest or hip bag for it, maybe a wrist strap instead of the neck strap, and you'll find yourself reaching for it all the time.

The cameras and lenses are just tools.  Sometimes, the G1X is the right tool.  I think it would work very well for this job.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2013, 12:35:29 PM »
Earlier I recommended the 15-85mm lens to go with your 7D and still do.

If you want to go really light weight, a small point and shoot might be the way to go.  I do some bicycle touring  around home and normally just take my Canon S100 along to save weight and space.  But, the scenery isn't all that great around here (lots of flat ground and endless corn fields).  I'd take one of my DSLR's and a standard zoom if I were biking in a more scenic location.

We do a lot of long hikes in the National Parks on vacations and I always take a DSLR along then.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2013, 01:22:04 PM »
i'd get a mirrorless comapct system..

+1 at least for compact. I think it is a nice idea to take a DSLR on such a trip but is it really practical? I think not, and you will find, packing and unpacking your camera, lens of choice for that moment, charger etc a pain and time consuming.

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2013, 01:43:14 PM »
Just a thought: next fall I am hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (and, I hope, back up again). I've been seriously thinking about the new SL1. It weighs half as much as my 7D, but with no sacrifice in image quality. I'd still have to lug around the 15-85mm lens, but I'd be shaving almost a full lb. off the weight with the SL1.

I realize that it will only be out a few weeks by the time your trip rolls around, so you'll pay an early adopter's premium, but it is a way to shave weight without losing quality.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2013, 01:45:34 PM »
The 7D plus any lens is big and heavy.  The 15-85 is excellent.  Its not a kit lens in the USA and Canada, but is in some parts of the world.  If you want a supurb, fast zoom, the 17-55 is it.
 
 
There are plenty of small cameras that do a good job, and can be had for the price of a new lens., check out the suggestion others have made. (assuming they own one, and are not just reading the hype).
 
 
Here is a image taken with my 15-85 at high ISO on my 7D at a theater event.  Its pretty tough to get a image in dim lighting, but the IS helped.
 
 
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #28 on: April 16, 2013, 02:08:33 PM »
As a frequent trekker/backpacker in southern Europe, I never go out without my 7D, 17-55 and 10-22.

Though I never used the 15-85, the rave comments on this forum suggest it's on par with the 17-55, with added range.
5.6 should not be an issue : you'll stop down outdoors, and rely on IS in churches.

For a single lens setup, I'd be inclined to second the choice for the 15-85.
...Unless you believe you'll get your nose on the southern European walls.
You'll just be glad to fit a whole basilica within frame using a 10-22.

I would not recommend too much the 10-22 for nature : 10mm is so much wider than my brain is aware of.

I have been lucky to have a perfect match between my 7D and 10-22. Apart from stretched sides at 10mm mine is as sharp and colorful as I could wish, straight out of the box, on 7D and 450D.
If you can afford the purchase, a 10-22 is a great second lens to carry, being light and compact.

I find I rarely ever go longer than 100mm, even though I do lug the awesome 70-200 2.8 around.

Faced with the pictures I brought back, I never regretted carrying my cumbersome 7D.
A 10-22 ends where a P&S starts, so you get unique/different pictures.
Best of luck with your trip !
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #29 on: April 16, 2013, 03:02:12 PM »
My favourite combination is the 7D with the 15-85 - great lens with reasonable wide angle and telephoto. But, why not think outside of the box and use a 600g 24-1200mm zoom SX50 - see http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=14011.0.
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