I was using a 300D with 18-55 and a Cosina 100-300. I guess that 24 might be wide enough as I was using the equivalent of 28mm but there is always something either side that could be in the shot. I found it was quite bright once the light hit the bottom so the necessity for wide aperture is not so high, and the bottom is practically pitch black before the light hits it, or perhaps that might be when you want to shoot the bottom.
The 100-300 was a bit short, I would like to go back with my Sigma 150-500 for another look, I was trying to pick out the mule tracks and other paths worn in to the scenery for some reason!
I have only been the once, and I was being escorted by a friend from Phoenix who was recommending viewing points, we were at the South Rim so North Rim is an unknown quantity.
Thought some more local folks would have chimed in by now! Hope my info, limited though it is, is of some help to you.
Thanks Graham, I will have it covered then. I will plan to stay a couple of days and of course be there before sunrise and sunset. Would you recommend a 300 (2.8 II) or a 400 (5.6 L) for the long and would you recommend a 14 mm 2.8 Samyang with fully manual ( including focus ) or is the 24- 70 2.8 II Canon short enough?
Also, I don't plan to hike, but may take a mule trip. Any special photo spots to recommend?
Thanks So much.
The canyon is great, if you are there over night you have to do dusk and dawn. If you want to see anything in the bottom you need a long lens, and perhaps obvious but I will say it anyway a wide angle for the view at the top!
Can't help wih the other destinations, sorry.