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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2013, 03:31:18 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.

The 15-85mm was a common kit lens with the 7D.  Certainly not an entry level though.

If you aren't planning on using your camera for a lot of handheld night shots, I'd certainly go with the 15-85mm, it has fabulous range, and is quite sharp.  If you are ok with less range, and would benefit from a wider aperture, and marginally more sharpness consider the Canon 17-55/2.8 IS.

You can't go wrong with either.  I think you'll feel extremely restricted if you only take an ultra-wide.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2013, 03:31:18 PM »

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #31 on: April 16, 2013, 04:05:36 PM »
Assuming you really do want to go as wide as 10mm, I would recommend against the Tamron you mention - I briefly owned one when I owned a Pentax K-5, and unless it performs much better in its Canon incarnation you can expect inconsistent exposures, poor contrast and grotesque purple fringing.  (I returned it for a Sigma 8-16, which was better, but surely too wide and heavy for your purposes.)  By all accounts the Canon is far superior, and if my father's copy is any indication, so is the Sigma.

(But if you really want light and compact, something completely different might make more sense - Sony RX100, say, or a micro 4/3 with a lens or three....)

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #32 on: April 16, 2013, 04:44:09 PM »
One lens I would definitely go with the 15-85.

If you go P&S 24mm equivalent is the best you will get but it is plenty wide most of the time.  I think you could do just fine with most of the P&S cameras on the market.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #33 on: April 16, 2013, 05:07:51 PM »
7D is a heavy camera.  How about bringing a T4i

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #34 on: April 16, 2013, 06:30:10 PM »
I'd go with a good point and shoot, myself.  Nothing spoils a hike or bike trip for me more than lugging a bunch of heavy photo gear along. 

If you want to take full advantage of your 7D and super sharp zoom, you will also need to bring a sturdy tripod.  Kinda defeats the purpose of leaving the car behind, if you ask me.

As an intermediate option, an 18 MP Rebel would be good.  I've carried one on my motorcycle trips with the 18-50 stabilized kit lens.  Daylight shots look fantastic and you can bring a lightweight tripod if you want to do some night shots.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #35 on: April 16, 2013, 09:03:05 PM »
7D is a heavy camera.  How about bringing a T4i

Or an SL1, even smaller and lighter.
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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #36 on: April 17, 2013, 11:17:14 AM »
7D is a heavy camera.  How about bringing a T4i

Or an SL1, even smaller and lighter.

Good suggestions, but the next camera I buy is either going to be a P&S or a full frame (which brings up the debate between the 6d and the 5d mk iii)

sdsr- thanks for the advice about the Tamron's poor IQ.

-regarding a tripod, I've thought about simply bringing a Joby Gorillapod (or similar equivalent) and attaching that to the bike frame. 

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Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« Reply #36 on: April 17, 2013, 11:17:14 AM »