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Euro Trip Lens selection.
« on: June 05, 2013, 12:42:23 PM »
Paris & London for a week. I will shoot alittle of everything and want to travel light with f/4 zooms and a fast 50mm.

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- 17-40L
- 50L

but I don't know to rent the 70-200 F/4L IS or the 70-300L. Which should I take?
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Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013, 01:44:51 PM »
70-300L.  Slightly shorter and heavier but fatter, but the key is 100mm more range for a fractional stop.  Unless you know you won't go beyond 200mm, the 70-300L will be more versatile.

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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013, 02:09:21 PM »
Which should I take?

It doesn't matter, take whichever is more convenient.   :P
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Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013, 02:36:49 PM »
it depends on your particulars, but I'd keep what you have, maybe adding in a 24-70 or a 100mm macro L, if you like things. I was in London for 2 weeks this winter and don't think I used the 70-200 once, but I tended towards museums and churches, so a lot of interiors and landscape stuff.  On a crop sensor I used primarily 14mm and 18-55, as well and the 60mm macro for objects. 

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Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2013, 02:44:30 PM »
Paris & London for a week. I will shoot alittle of everything and want to travel light with f/4 zooms and a fast 50mm.

- 5D3
- 17-40L
- 50L

but I don't know to rent the 70-200 F/4L IS or the 70-300L. Which should I take?

I would take a 135 and a small flash instead. But I also like the idea above with the 100 macro. Make for good portraits and "street"/people photography in addition to the macro option. And it's smaller and lighter than a big white lens.
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Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2013, 02:46:10 PM »
bring your 24-105L for its reach and versatility and your 135L for the longer stuff. Agree that you probably don't need much beyond 135 mm
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Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2013, 03:04:48 PM »
I agree with the posts above, but I would like to add a different selection.

24-70 2.8 v2 and the 70-200 2.8 v2

They will give you a great range and stellar IQ. 

Nothing wrong with the other lenses mentioned, but those are my suggestions.

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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2013, 03:10:17 PM »
Having just done this - used  my 24-70mm mostly.

The 16-35mm, was less useful than the 135mm, but seriously, if I had the choice again, a 24-105mm would have done 98% of my shots.  Take comfy walking shoes, soft insoles for your shoes and buy some Compeed blister plasters !

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Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2013, 03:31:32 PM »
I would bring the 70-200F4 IS. You´ll likelly be walking a lot and that lens is very light actually.
I also I don´t think you´ll need a lot of reach beyond 200mm in those cities.

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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2013, 03:38:45 PM »
Well, that depends on what you want to shoot and how much weight are you willing to tug around daily :)
if you have a 24-70, bring that..i'm pretty sure that can suffice for both landscapes and street…
Tele lenses only IF you really need it..like zooming into big ben or the Eiffel tower etc…if you don't do such shooting then a  tele lens will only be dead weight..
Just ask yourself on a daily basis at home..what do you normally shoot? Because i don't think going on a trip will drastically change the way you shoot :)
For me, when i went to both Paris and London last time, i only brought my 24-105. i'm going again this august and i'm only going to bring my 24-70…and a 70-300 in the luggage because i'm going to a safari and i will only bring that one when i go there..

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Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2013, 03:48:26 PM »
Paris & London for a week. I will shoot alittle of everything and want to travel light with f/4 zooms and a fast 50mm.

- 5D3
- 17-40L
- 50L

but I don't know to rent the 70-200 F/4L IS or the 70-300L. Which should I take?

I would take a 135 and a small flash instead. But I also like the idea above with the 100 macro. Make for good portraits and "street"/people photography in addition to the macro option. And it's smaller and lighter than a big white lens.
+1 for the flash (if you are going to visit madame Tussaud's museum)
How about a tripod for night time photography near big ben?  :)
A TS-E lens would be suitable too... (St. Paul's church would need the TS-E17mm ....)
Also I would avoid the very big whites. They attract attention...  (The 70-200 f/4L IS  would be the bigger I would choose...)

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Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2013, 03:58:07 PM »
I'm going to France for two weeks (Paris, Normandy, Tours, Toulouse, Avignon, Reims) and with my 5D Mk III I'm taking the 8-15L fisheye, 17-40L, 24-105L, and 70-200 f2.8L Mk II.  Might as well slip in the 40mm pancake, too.
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« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2013, 04:31:52 PM »
During my European trips, I take along 2 5D3s, 2 430EX II flashes, 16-35mm II (architecture/interiors), 24-105mm (general/portrait), and 70-200mm f/4 IS (portrait/detail/compression).  Redundancy might be overkill though.  With a 5D3, 3 zooms and a flash should be more than enough, prime not really needed with great ISO, unless you want shallow DOF.
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« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2013, 06:17:15 PM »
I am doing a similar trip and having lived in London most of my life I would suggest your 24-105 and throw in a flash, I'm only taking a 24-70. Travel light as you will be very likely to walk a lot, thats the best way not to miss anything
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Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2013, 07:14:46 PM »
I would say 24-105 also and maybe take a prime or two depending on what types of pictures. I think it is all matter of personal taste and style.

I have been to Europe many times (will actually be going to London in three weeks, and Paris for a month). When I went there last I brought my standard 24-105, 35, 135. I would say most were taken with the 24-105 specially when there is enough light otherwise f/4 was sometimes too slow. I also really like my primes, and 35L I can use almost all the time. I think it depends on the city also. In Rome, I always wanted wider. This time when I am going I will be taking my 21ZE in addition to those, since that lens is almost glued to my camera these days.

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« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2013, 07:14:46 PM »