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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #30 on: May 09, 2013, 07:29:30 PM »
May I suggest a 24-105 F/4 L IS, it's the best general purpose lens I can think of on FF (and the basis of my vacation lens set, I usually also bring a 50 mm f/1.8 MkI, a17-40 F/4 L and a tamron 70-300 USD. Wide open the 24-105 is sharp enough, and in the longer focal lengths you can get enough bokeh when needed :) High iso's and IS make up for low-light use.

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Re: One lens for vacation
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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #31 on: May 09, 2013, 09:53:02 PM »
I have decided to take the 50L which I am used to using, and buy the 135L which means a second lens but gives me a bit more of distance from the pool!!  This lens will also come in useful back home as I love my 70-200 f2.8, but sometimes it is too cumbersome with a kid in one hand and a beagle in the other!


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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #32 on: May 10, 2013, 11:52:45 AM »
May I suggest a 24-105 F/4 L IS, it's the best general purpose lens I can think of on FF (and the basis of my vacation lens set, I usually also bring a 50 mm f/1.8 MkI, a17-40 F/4 L and a tamron 70-300 USD. Wide open the 24-105 is sharp enough, and in the longer focal lengths you can get enough bokeh when needed :) High iso's and IS make up for low-light use.

Agree 24-105 is a great lens if you only have one.  also the 24-70 f2.8 I or II, but I prefer the 24-105 because of the IS, and it is much cheaper. 

I see you are picking up a   135L, i think this leaves you with no wide option, but that is one way to go.  Consider a 100mm Macro.  Not as long as the 135, but it gives you a macro lens and is pretty awesome.

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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2013, 12:03:29 PM »
I am going on holiday with the family and ideally would like to take just one lens.  I am interested in what others would regard as a popular lens for a beach/pool holiday with young kids??

I have a 5D III and currently own a 50L and 70-200 f2.8 II.  I will have enough on my hands with one lens and am therefore considering taking the 50L as love using a wide aperture for capturing my kids.  I will not have a chance to take many scenery shots, so will be doing mostly candid/portraits.

I could justify purchasing a new lens before I go and have been considering the 135 f2 for a while now, but my friend recently captured some great shots with his 16-35 II. 

If I am purchasing a new lens I need to get it right as don't want it gathering dust when I get back.  I mainly use the 50L and nearly always try to have it at 1.2.  I have previously considered the 85L but with fast kids I need a quick focus lens, and feel the 135 f2 would suit better.

I live on a small Island and have no access to wide lenses, so don't want to jump into an expensive prime.

Would appreciate any advice as my only concern with the 50L is that I would have to be close to the water to capture the kids.  I am not looking to get any group shots.

Cheers,

Scott

I liked the 24-105L + 50L combo. It really covers 90% of anything that comes up but now I carry my g15 + 430II for family stuff. I like my g15 quite a bit now. ;D

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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2013, 01:48:51 PM »
I carried 3 lenses during my recent trip along with 7D.
1. Tamron 17-50mm f.28 VC(95% of the time it was on my camera)
2. Canon 55-250 kit lens - 4.5% of the time.
3. 100mmL Macro - 0.5%.
Most of the photos were "I was there" kind of shots, so 17-50 was perfect. I bought Tammy just before the trip since I found 24-105(rented) was just not wide enough for my taste on 7D. I found 55-250 was useful near the water pools to avoid water falling on the camera and the lens.
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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2013, 02:22:16 PM »
24-70 f2.8 II will be a great choice. You can get sharp and decent bokeh at f2.8. You can shoot f9-11 for landscape shots with 24-70, where your 50L could have major focus shift. 24mm on 5D III is quite wide for travel and indoor tight space.
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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #36 on: May 10, 2013, 03:06:12 PM »
I would always recommend taking at least one back-up lens, even if is just a pancake Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens.

On my last vacation, the 40 f/2.8 STM was my most-used lens.  It's a great combination of compact size, light weight and high image quality.

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Re: One lens for vacation
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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #37 on: May 10, 2013, 03:44:54 PM »
I have he 24-105F4 and its a great travel lens.  If I had the 24-70 f/2.8 I think I would use the 24-105 less often.  I would like the 2.8 ability when traveling.  That said, the 24-105 is a GREAT lens. 

Also have the 135, you made a good choice. Lacks IS but at 2.0 its not needed that often, for me. 
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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #38 on: May 10, 2013, 03:55:57 PM »
The 24-105 on my 5DIII is usually my choice on a single-lens outing.
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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #39 on: May 10, 2013, 05:20:21 PM »
I am heading back home for a month in the summer and showing Europe to my wife. My one lens solution is the 24-70L 2.8 II. I have used it for about 2 months now and its versatile with exceptional quality.
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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #40 on: May 10, 2013, 11:56:44 PM »
I personally own both and the reason I kept both is I keep telling myself I'm going to bring the 24-105 for travels as a one lens option. However, once I start using the 24-70, I soon found the difference between the 2 is way more than I imagined. Till today, I still own both bit I've not touched my 24-105 since for anything whatsoever.  I don't think I'll ever sacrifice what the 24-70 can give to use the 24-105 again

Ditto. Still have my 24-105, too...I've gone so far as to shoot product pics of it and dig out the original box, although I haven't actually listed it yet.

Ditto too, when you see the pictures of 24-70L II, you don't want to use 24-105 any more. It's scrap.
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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #41 on: May 11, 2013, 02:26:13 AM »
one for versatility and one for low light.

i took 24-105L and 35L for my last vacation trip.
just two lens should be fine. and i took of the grip off my camera to keep things light.
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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #42 on: May 11, 2013, 04:23:35 PM »
Thanks again for everyone who has given input on this thread, I appreciate your advice.

I love my 50L and want to invest in primes.  As such I ordered the 135 f2 last night, so should have a few weeks to play with the lens before our holiday.

If I could afford it I am so tempted to go for a 35mm too, and take that and the 135.  I would have nothing in between but it would make me get used to these two lenses.  If not I will take the 50L and the 135L.

I unfortunately live on a small island and we only had one camera shop (Jessops) which recently pulled out, therefore I can't get access to try out lenses before I buy.  I have a couple of friends into photography but have my own idea of lens choice.  I agree the 24-70 II would probably be a good choice but as mentioned want to stick mainly with primes if possible.

Cheers,

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Re: One lens for vacation
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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #44 on: May 12, 2013, 02:23:44 AM »
FWIW, I largely settled on a two lens kit for most work trips - 40mm f2.8 and 135 f2.  The 40mm lives on my camera and I bring the 135mm because its my favourite lens and there are always opportunitites to use it.  Although, I've often thought I could leave the 135mm at home and still get along happily.  (But then I also just bought a little fuji to use on these trips, so that will probably change soon.)
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Re: One lens for vacation
« Reply #44 on: May 12, 2013, 02:23:44 AM »