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jd7

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Re: Which lens for hiking?
« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2015, 04:42:49 AM »

The wildcard for me is that there are so many different kinds of hiking photography:

1) Backcountry hikers = it's all about keeping size and weight down.  That says 1 body and 1-2 (small and light) lenses, possibly a tripod for astro if that's your jam.  Pack a 40 pancake (or possibly a 35 f/2 IS) and an 85 f/1.8 or 100L.

2) Day hiking with non-photography friends/family = it's all about running and gunning and not slowing the convoy down.  Pack a zoom.  This is where the 24-something zooms are gold if you prefer landscapes and the 70-something or 100-400 zooms are great for wildlife.  Pick one and stick with it.  Keep it simple, stick and move.

3) Day hiking with other photographers = bring the kitchen sink.  You're with other people that are down with a 20-30 minute setup of tripod, ND grads, etc. or will wait at the great vista for the best light.

I'm always stuck with #2, so it's almost always the 24-70 f/4L IS on my 5D3.  No time to change lenses, absolutely no time for tripods.

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Agreed that hiking means different things to different people!!

As someone who is usually in group #2 but from time to time in group #1, I generally agree with what you say, although I have found a 6D + 24-70/4L IS on a Black Rapid Sport strap can work pretty well for a group #1 trip as well as a group #2 trip.  (Of course, there may be particular trips where 24-70 really isn't the focal length range you want.)

I am sure not everyone will agree, but I think the 24-70/4L IS is one of Canon's best landscape lenses, certainly in the hiking context.  If you think about it:
24-70 is a pretty useful range for landscapes (yes, wider can make for spectacular shots but you need to have the right scene for it, plus of course stitching a panorama can be an option if you don't have a lens as wide as you'd like with you);
24-70/2.8L II is bigger and heavier, query if it is any better optically at the sort of aperture you would commonly use for landscapes, no IS, and it doesn't have the 4L IS's macro mode for things you spot while on the trail;
24-105/4L IS has the advantage of longer reach (which could be a real advantage sometimes), but at the expense of the macro mode, some IQ (eg not as sharp, more distortion) and a little bit of size and weight.
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Re: Which lens for hiking?
« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2015, 04:42:49 AM »

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Re: Which lens for hiking?
« Reply #31 on: September 12, 2015, 02:00:39 AM »
On a crop body, I would probably have the 24mm pancake and on my FF the 40mm pancake.
On the FF shot there are enough pixels to crop if you want and instead of carrying a wide angle I can do panorama.
I went to Mauritius with a 24-70 and a 70-200 f/2.8 zooms. Next time I'll carry something lighter and more discreet, probably an Olympus Tough 4.
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Re: Which lens for hiking?
« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2015, 03:05:51 AM »

The wildcard for me is that there are so many different kinds of hiking photography:

1) Backcountry hikers = it's all about keeping size and weight down.  That says 1 body and 1-2 (small and light) lenses, possibly a tripod for astro if that's your jam.  Pack a 40 pancake (or possibly a 35 f/2 IS) and an 85 f/1.8 or 100L.

2) Day hiking with non-photography friends/family = it's all about running and gunning and not slowing the convoy down.  Pack a zoom.  This is where the 24-something zooms are gold if you prefer landscapes and the 70-something or 100-400 zooms are great for wildlife.  Pick one and stick with it.  Keep it simple, stick and move.

3) Day hiking with other photographers = bring the kitchen sink.  You're with other people that are down with a 20-30 minute setup of tripod, ND grads, etc. or will wait at the great vista for the best light.

I'm always stuck with #2, so it's almost always the 24-70 f/4L IS on my 5D3.  No time to change lenses, absolutely no time for tripods.

Why even list (1) and (3) when you've no experience with them? Please keep to commenting on what you've got experience on/with.
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Re: Which lens for hiking?
« Reply #33 on: September 12, 2015, 06:10:20 AM »
Next week I will be leaving for a two week vacation on Mauritius. We are also planning to do some (short) hikes.

I will take my 60D together with the Sigma 17-50/2.8, the Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 and the Canon EF-S 10-18/4.5-5.6.
(For snorkeling I'll take my Olympus XZ-2 and a DigaPac underwater housing.)

The 17-50 is set, but I was wondering what would be a better choice to carry in the backpack when hiking: the tele or the wide-angle zoom?

Tele --> general wildlife, deer, birds, ...
wide-angle + tripod --> landscape, waterfalls, ...

What do you think?

Oliver

Depends on what is more important for you. I'd personally prefer the telezoom over the UWA-Zoom on the first hiking trip, after this experience you can always change your gear. 17 mm WA covers already a lot of landscape (even on a crop sensor), and with the telezoom you won't miss tropical birds - Mauritius should be great for birding, like many tropical islands. Tele is also very nice for landscape details. I personally find such images often more interesting than typical mainstream WA/UWA shots, but that's a matter of taste. The Tammy 70-300 is less than 800 g, so that's not really heavy, if you are healthy.

Have a nice trip!
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Re: Which lens for hiking?
« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2015, 06:35:47 AM »
I really like telephoto and my experiences with the following combos are good:
5D + 100mm Macro & EOS M + EF-M 22mm    or
5D + 70-200 f/4      & EOS M + EF-S 10-22mm via adaptor
Dream combos:
5D + 100-400 ii   &  EOS M + EF-M 11-22     or
5D + hypothetical 40-200 f/4.0 + EOS M + EF-M 11-22
EOS M is a very comfortable body for seldom used lenses because it fits with lens in a lens compartment of a photo backpack. And you have the option to use the tele on APS-C.
Another idea would be to use the EOS 100D (SL1) instead of the EOS M to stay into "one" system.

In your case:
For hiking perhaps your 60D with 70-300 zoom plus the Olympus compact might be a good "team" ...
Most used tools: 2 x EOS 5D i + 2.8 40 + 2.8 100 M + 4.0 70-200 + 5.6 400

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Re: Which lens for hiking?
« Reply #34 on: September 12, 2015, 06:35:47 AM »