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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #30 on: September 11, 2012, 03:07:36 AM »
This summer I found that a 5D with a 40mm f/2.8 pancake, inside a body-only neoprene bag, is a very powerful tiny little package. Lovely images, small and light, and you're carrying just as much as you absolutely need, not 10 grams more.

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #31 on: September 11, 2012, 03:44:59 AM »
Honestly, i would consider just taking the 24-105 and the 14...  you will prob not use the 70-200 much... i guess it depends on how much you want to carry around with you...  generally when i am doing the whole city site seeing stuff, i stick with my 17-55 (APS-C user), which covers 90% of my shots... flash is up to you, depends on how much you use it normally!

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #32 on: September 11, 2012, 01:01:36 PM »
I'd take the 24-105L for my walkaround.

the 14mm to get good landscape, architectural shots and the like.

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #33 on: September 11, 2012, 01:44:54 PM »
Thanks for the advice all! I ended up carrying too much equipment (14mm, 24-105mm, 50mm, 70-200mm, monopod, flash) but had a great time. On the plus side, carrying all that meant I burned more calories while walking around!Next time, I might just stick with the 24-105 and the 50 and leave everything else home.

Thanks for the debriefing!

A lot of people get excited about the 14mm, and rightly so. But let's face it... it's a specialty lens. The 16-35mm L and 17-40 L don't match the quality of the 14mm L, but they are quite versatile.

I also find that the 24-105mm L almost always has enough width to get the shot. And when I'm packing light, I often pair it with my 50 f/1.4 (to cover low light). But I'm starting to feel like I might want to get the 35mm L because the 50 is just a tad long (I can always crop in post, but I can't magically add more photo).

I'm starting to agree with more experienced shooters that going light with the gear can improve your photography by lightening your load and pushing the creativity that can come out of limitations.
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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #34 on: September 11, 2012, 01:55:30 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:

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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)?

Simple, 24-105L + 50mm 1.2L + 5d3. Done.

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #35 on: September 11, 2012, 06:20:21 PM »
Don't get me wrong - I really love the 70-200 and did use it more than a few times on the trip. The London Bridge picture I posted was with the 70-200.

So is this picture from Notre Dame:

GS0C5106.jpg by Evan's Pix, on Flickr

I just don't relish carrying it around all day for 11 days....

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #36 on: September 11, 2012, 11:26:18 PM »
I think that is the point. I brought the 70-200 f4 IS with me to California for 7 days and used it for 100 shots out of thousands and carried the weight the whole time. If I had it to do over. I would have left it at home.
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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #37 on: September 12, 2012, 01:28:08 AM »
I won't even buy a 70-200mm in the first place because it's just too big and heavy for my taste. I'd rather carry two primes (35mm/135mm).

That said, I can understand why a lot of event photographers (and big, muscular people) choose the 70-200mm. It's only downside is size/weight, imo.

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #38 on: September 12, 2012, 02:44:18 AM »
Finding the right travel kit has been a constant challenge for me. I want to travel light (we are usually on the move at a high pace all the time) and not limit myself too much. I've bought and sold many lenses before getting it down to the set I recently used when traveling in India:

5D Mk II gripless
17-40 f/4 L (light weight, weather sealed)
24-105 f/4 L IS (weather sealed workhorse)
50 f/1.8 Mk I (low light, low weight and tiny)
Tamron 70-300 VC USD (just in case)

I found weather sealing to be of up most importance in India. Water and dust everywhere! My camera (and 24-105) survived dust storms, rain and even a splash of water from a market stall cover that suddenly drained right on top of it. There's a tiny bit of grinding sound left in the focus ring from the sand though...

In fact I left the 24-105 on most of the time and managed to do some low light stuff thanks to iso and IS. The 50 mm never left my bag.

What I still need is a tiny add-on flash, the Speedlite 90EX.


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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #39 on: September 12, 2012, 04:14:25 AM »
What about 24-105, and try to get your hands on the shorty forty. Should be a good travel pack.

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Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« Reply #40 on: September 12, 2012, 06:28:59 AM »
I travel a lot with work around Europe and the US and always take my camera with me and this has taught me a few lessons.

1. Pack lite and make the most of the kit you take with you. Trust me walking around with all your glass is old really quickly.

2. Pack lite, unless you want to risk having a horrid trip because of lost equipment ALWAYS hand carry your camera...this poses the weight problem as most flights are now putting a 10kg limit on carry on (and some as low as 6kg!)

3. Cheat where possible. How many shots do you think you are really going to need 200mm for when walking in a city? I live in London and shot in the city at weekends and to be honest some of my most preferred shots have been at <100mm and so the 24-105 is a great choice for this...plus if I want one or two longer shots I have a 2x tele converter (no idea, but better then lugging a great 70-200 around!).

4. Be creative, get out of the comfort zone of having all the kit to cover everything and use creativity to overcome the short falls in traveling light.

Personally I now travel with just my 5d3, 50 1.4 and 24-105 and the 2x tele. I don't even bother with my flash as the 5d3 can make up with it in ISO. Sometimes I might add a fold up reflector and a cheap (See:lite) 70-300 5.6 for when I think I will REALLY need some reach, but it is a fraction of the weight of the 2.8 version.

I also take my mac air with me as carry on, this acts not only as a backup for the memory cards, on location/hotel room editing but I also use it as a charger for many devices (cell phones etc) thus saving the need to carry a lot of adapters. A second battery will generally see me last a two week holiday as I do not use live view much at all.

Good luck!

PS, if you want a quick and dirty of the tourist highlights in London, there are a number of walking "photo tours" run for photography training purposes which are worth investigating.
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