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General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:55:02 AM »
I'm heading on my honeymoon in April to Mauritius for 2 weeks.

At home, I shoot 5d mk iii and generally with primes (24L, 35, 50L, 85L, 100L macro and soon to have 135L).

I'm thinking of not taking any of those and just buying a general purpose zoom so that:

a) Im carrying less stuff (so my new wife doesn't kill me for taking so much stuff), and
b) I can focus on enjoying my honeymoon and taking snaps rather than worrying about having the right lens on (so my new wife doesn't kill me for taking so much stuff).

I could just take the 24, 50 and 135 + an extension ring and that would cover most scenarios. However on a general walk about I'd still be carrying 3 lenses.

I'm sure this has been covered before (somewhere) but I think my options are:

The canon 24-70 ii feels too expensive to justify.
The canon 24-70 f4 doesn't feel exciting enough (70mm @ f4) to warrant £1000.
The canon 24-105 f4 could be a reliable choice but its dated and I worry about sharpness and sample variation.
I like the look / idea of the tamron, but the stories I hear about AF inconcistency (not MFA) worry me.

So I'm kind of leaning towards the sigma 24-105 f4. But I've owned the old sigma 24-70 f2.8 in the past and found the AF to be unreliable and the bokeh to be unattractive. But I could save a bit of cash and buy a used canon 24-105 f4.

But does anyone have any good opinion (or bad opinions) of the sigma 24-105? and/or any decent and definative review sites? and/or does anyone have an opinion on whether the canon 24-105 would be a better bet?

And/or any other suggestions that I haven't considered?

Your time is always appreciated.
Thanks all
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General purpose zoom for honeymoon
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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2014, 08:24:33 AM »
The new Sigma 24-105 seems a good lens.

Otherwise buy the 24-70/4 L second hand. I got mine for 700€. At this price it's a reasonable purchase. Same as you, I didn't feel like investing 500-600€ in the 24-105 L.

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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014, 08:51:13 AM »
You might get disappointed getting the Canon 24-105. Since you have all those prime. For me I would be okay in just bringing the 24L or 35mm and 100L. I also consider getting the 24-70 2.8II. So you dont get disappointed on the image quality you take.
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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2014, 09:09:53 AM »
G1X MkII, this is what it is made for.
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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2014, 09:18:01 AM »
You might get disappointed getting the Canon 24-105. Since you have all those prime. For me I would be okay in just bringing the 24L or 35mm and 100L. I also consider getting the 24-70 2.8II. So you dont get disappointed on the image quality you take.
I agree .

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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2014, 09:34:56 AM »
G1X MkII, this is what it is made for.

I'd use my honeymoon as an excuse to buy a Fujifilm X-E1 kit with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 since they're under £700.

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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2014, 09:37:33 AM »
G1X MkII, this is what it is made for.

I'd use my honeymoon as an excuse to buy a Fujifilm X-E1 kit with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 since they're under £700.

I'd use my honeymoon for anything but photography.............
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2014, 09:37:33 AM »

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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2014, 09:40:13 AM »
G1X MkII, this is what it is made for.

I'd use my honeymoon as an excuse to buy a Fujifilm X-E1 kit with 18-55mm f/2.8-4 since they're under £700.

I'd use my honeymoon for anything but photography.............

Good point.

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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2014, 10:57:08 AM »
Get an SL1 body and a Tamron 18-270. As an alternative a mirrorless camera with a couple zooms.

I know you said you're worried about quality, but do you need the ultimate in quality and sharpness? Do you need the super low light ability of full frame, or the high frame rates?

You're on your honeymoon, this isn't a paid gig. Personally I'd concentrate on it being a honeymoon and time to relax. The quality of every entry level DSLR or mirrorless camera will be more then good enough for pretty much anything you'll be shooting. Keep it small, keep it light, keep it simple, and enjoy yourself, that's my 2 cents.

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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2014, 11:19:19 AM »
I took a 24-70 II to my honeymoon, it matches the L primes in terms of image quality. It served me great, although weight was a little issue when we climbed the Triglav. Other solution may be the Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC.

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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2014, 11:22:49 AM »
I would take 35 and 100 along and forget the "all purpose" zooms all together.
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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2014, 11:51:35 AM »
. . . You're on your honeymoon, this isn't a paid gig. Personally I'd concentrate on it being a honeymoon and time to relax. The quality of every entry level DSLR or mirrorless camera will be more then good enough for pretty much anything you'll be shooting. Keep it small, keep it light, keep it simple, and enjoy yourself, that's my 2 cents.

I like this advice. Have you thought about taking your 60D and a lightweight zoom over the 5D?

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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2014, 12:38:35 PM »
I agree with a lot of the sentiment here. I can't bring myself to use crop after buying my 5d. So my 60d is just gathering dust. So I'm not convinced i like the idea of buying a gen zoom for that.

I don't like compact system cams so that doesn't sound like a good idea for me.

I think I agree with the comments re I'd be disappointed with an f4 lens.

Think that leaves me with canon 24 70ii or just go with a few primes and keep my rx100 handy to fill in the edges where neccesary. Light and simple sounds good

The truth is my photography is my hobby and I get a lot of relaxation from it. I can't sit and read on a beach like a normal person :-p
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« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2014, 12:38:56 PM »
Get the Canon 24-70 2.8 II. This is one in a lifetime chance to justify buying an expensive lens. You do not want to get many prime lenses so as to enjoy your honeymoon with your wife and at the same time you will get very sharp pictures: 2 birds with one stone  ;D

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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2014, 02:08:07 PM »
On my honeymoon I travelled with my 5DIII, 17-40L, 35L, 135L, and extenders. I can't tell I had troubles carrying this around all day, as I've been a professional athlete for some long time of my life, but maybe others may feel the weight after few hours.
Anyway, if I had your gear, I would pick the 24L and the 100L for a 2 lens setup. If your wife enjoys being photographed, you may consider adding the 50L, or replacing the 100L with the 85L, and have your 2 lens setup to be the 24L and 85L.
If spending money on extra stuff won't bother you, then go for the Fuji X system and leave your Canon gear at home. As I'm not really that rich, I prefered to make use of what I have, and save the money to be spent during the trip itself.

Good luck, and congrats! :)

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Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2014, 02:08:07 PM »