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lens recommendations for a vacation
« on: August 08, 2012, 12:31:28 PM »
I know, the least exciting type of post, but I would be very grateful for any advice on what to bring and what to leave behind.

This summer I had planned on going out with a pro-photographer, but he was unable to secure the permits in time. So, my wife and I are heading to Europe in a few weeks. We will be hitting London, France and Brussels.

My current kit:

5Dm3
24-105L
70-200L IS II
14L II
50L
100L IS

I will be carrying whatever kit I bring in a Lowepro Flipside 400AW.

I was thinking about taking the 50, the 70-200, 14, a monopod and one flash. The first two lenses are my favorite walk around combo. Any advice would be very welcome. Also: should I look into a second battery (I don't have a the optional grip)?

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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2012, 02:33:36 PM »
I would add the 24-105L and would consider not bringing the monopod unless you have a specific situation that you know you'll need it, but ultimately you'd have to bring the gear to fit your style of shooting.  I would find the gap between 14 and 50 too large and would supplement it with the 24-105 to fill in the gap.  And yes, you should definitely get a second battery!

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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2012, 06:48:16 PM »
Agree with bringing the 24-105. It is going to give you the opportunity to respond to a greater number of photo ops as you move through the cities you are visiting
I thnk the 50 is a must have for anything indoors or evening, it will give you te speed you need.
Other than that, I do not know whether he 70-200,100 or 14 are worth taking. You know your itinerary best, but the time and opportunity needed to get good results from any of these is questionable.

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2012, 10:04:19 PM »
The 14mm can be difficult to use - but it can capture an amazing perspective if done well. @lex on this forum has posted some amazing shots showing as much. We will spend a few days in the north of France, which is a beautiful place for landscape shots. My thought is to bust out the 14mm for that leg of the trip.

I'm really torn on whether I should bring the 24-105 or the 70-200.  The former is a much better general purpose focal range and lighter to boot, but I have more fun lugging around the later and it's a faster lens.

Thank you for the advice so far!

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2012, 10:36:28 PM »
I would take two
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens (low light photography)
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens (everything else)
Now-> Cameras: 7D, 5D3, T4i, G12 Lens: 24-105, 10-22 EFS, 17-55EFS, 50 1.4, 100 2.8 macro IS, 70-200 2.8IS II, 100-400, TC 2 III, MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x, 16-35 F4 L

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2012, 11:11:23 PM »
I know, the least exciting type of post, but I would be very grateful for any advice on what to bring and what to leave behind.

This summer I had planned on going out with a pro-photographer, but he was unable to secure the permits in time. So, my wife and I are heading to Europe in a few weeks. We will be hitting London, France and Brussels.

My current kit:

5Dm3
24-105L
70-200L IS II
14L II
50L
100L IS

I will be carrying whatever kit I bring in a Lowepro Flipside 400AW.

I was thinking about taking the 50, the 70-200, 14, a monopod and one flash. The first two lenses are my favorite walk around combo. Any advice would be very welcome. Also: should I look into a second battery (I don't have a the optional grip)?
All of this should fit into the 400AW. I would leave the 100L behind and if weight is a consideration, even the 70-200 otherwise not. And for sure a second (or even a third) battery. Personally, I would take the 24-105. Look forward to your photos. Have fun!


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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2012, 11:31:59 PM »
I know, the least exciting type of post, but I would be very grateful for any advice on what to bring and what to leave behind......my wife and I are heading to Europe in a few weeks. We will be hitting London, France and Brussels.

5Dm3
24-105L
70-200L IS II
14L II
50L
100L IS

You know the old saying..."happy wife, happy life". My experience with travel photography has taught me to travel as light as possible, and keep a very high level of consideration for your travel partners who may not be as much into photography as you.

These days I've trimmed it down to a grip-less 5D (Classic, 2 or 3) and the 24-105 f/4IS. It's an interesting paradox that sometimes you need some kind of limitations in order to free your imagination. Keep it simple and have more fun. The 24-105 f/4IS coupled with a 5D3 is a very powerful, flexible, high quality combination.

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2012, 11:53:36 PM »
The 14mm can be difficult to use - but it can capture an amazing perspective if done well. @lex on this forum has posted some amazing shots showing as much. We will spend a few days in the north of France, which is a beautiful place for landscape shots. My thought is to bust out the 14mm for that leg of the trip.

I'm really torn on whether I should bring the 24-105 or the 70-200.  The former is a much better general purpose focal range and lighter to boot, but I have more fun lugging around the later and it's a faster lens.

Thank you for the advice so far!

You should check to see if the places you are staying will be able to secure your gear in the room.  If so, then bring both the 24-105 and 70-200 and pack each day/trek for what you think you'll need.  If not, then I'd be tempted to leave the 70-200 home.  You can then use the 24-105 for outside/general usage, 14 for the ultrawide and 50 for dim indoor situations or for some shallow DOF portraits.

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« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2012, 01:27:25 AM »
I would take the 24-105mm before i would take the 70-200, but that is just me.  i swear my 70-200 weights 20lbs when it is in my camera bag

My walk around kit is: 5D3, 8-15mm fisheye, 24-105mm, and 300mm f4 IS. and 1.4XIII (insane range, light weight)
When I want to supplement that a little, I add my 17mm tilt shift, and 2XIII , an may swap the 300 for the 70-200

I always take a monopod if not a tripod.

Yes, get yourself a 2nd battery if you are a prolific shooter. One can sit in the charger back at the hotel while you are out.

No Flash?

CF Cards?  Laptop?

If you are going to rent a car, 12V chargers, or a cheap $25 inverter for your 110V chargers can be really nice.  All cars are 12V


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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2012, 01:32:54 AM »
My Basic Kit for vacations:

5D Mark III
EF 14 2.8L II
EF 16-35 2.8 L
EF 24-70 2.8 L Prot.
EF 50 1.2 L
EF 70-200 2.8 L II or 70-300 IS
EF 100 2.8 L IS Makro
both Canon TC´s

EF 400 2.8 II IS (mostly in the car)

Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 with Manfrotto 405 head or Gitzo tripod with the Manfrotto 405 head
Lee filter holder with ND and GND filters
B+W polfilters
timer remote control
Peli-Case and a shoulder bag
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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2012, 02:38:32 AM »
Definitely wa from looking at your itinerary. You will find europe much smaller with little space to shoot.

24-105 as the main walkabout
14mm

As the minimum would do you well. Make sure you take the battery charger with a TWO PIN plug adaptor

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2012, 03:38:59 AM »
I love my EF70-200 however for travel (esp with the wife) I'd suggest EF14 for landscape, EF50 for low light and EF24-105 for general walk about.

Atleast one spare battery and extra CF & SD card(s).

Have fun and do share the pics

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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2012, 03:47:32 AM »
I'm also going on two trips soon (Maybe London and South Korea) and planning to just take the 5D Mark III, 24-105 and my nifty fifty (50mm 1.8 II). Maybe the flash also (430EX II) and a spare camera battery. Leaving my 70-200 2.8 IS II at home and the BG-E11 as well to make the camera gear as light as possible. Of course some CF and SD cards as well and the chargers for the camera and for the AA batteries. But the chargers and spare AA batteries will be placed in another bag, not the camera bag. The camera bag is a ACME Made Union Photo Messenger, like it alot. Small and doesn't look like a camerabag.

Thinking about replace the 50mm 1.8 II with something else but don't know what really. Maybe the canon 50mm 1.4 or the Sigma 50mm 1.4. Would really like the 50mm 1.2 but that is too expensive for me right now.

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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2012, 04:50:03 AM »
I'm also going on two trips soon (Maybe London and South Korea) and planning to just take the 5D Mark III, 24-105 and my nifty fifty (50mm 1.8 II). Maybe the flash also (430EX II) and a spare camera battery. Leaving my 70-200 2.8 IS II at home and the BG-E11 as well to make the camera gear as light as possible. Of course some CF and SD cards as well and the chargers for the camera and for the AA batteries. But the chargers and spare AA batteries will be placed in another bag, not the camera bag. The camera bag is a ACME Made Union Photo Messenger, like it alot. Small and doesn't look like a camerabag.

Thinking about replace the 50mm 1.8 II with something else but don't know what really. Maybe the canon 50mm 1.4 or the Sigma 50mm 1.4. Would really like the 50mm 1.2 but that is too expensive for me right now.

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In London a 17-40 would be good - dont forget the UK plugs have rectangular pins, rather than the round EU pins

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2012, 06:21:16 AM »
Re plugs.
If you are staying in place where you have access to a razor socket, (e.g. hotels normally) then you will often find that the two pin European variant can often be bent a little to fit. Has saved me taking adapters several times.
Otherwise a number of shops will have adapters for a few pounds to fit UK sockets.
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