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Travelling zoom
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:43:24 PM »
Hi,
I like to travel a lot and loves a large zoom. My recent lens, EFs18-200, which is used with a 7D, has broken and has to be replaced and I'm looking for a high quality lens in the wide-tele segment. When looking at the L lenses the only one that seems to fit my needs when travelling is the L 28-300. However, it really has a 'come and get me, I have a nice lens' approach, when travelling, it is very heavy, expensive and it was launched back in 2004. So Im struggeling wheather to buy this 28-300 lens or buy the EFs 18-200 once again although I don't appreciate its quality very much. I would really appreciate tips about alternatives from you guys out there and opinions about what could be expected at the Photokina coming up in september. Does anyone think there will be 'mark II' of the 28-300 L lens or variations thereof?

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2012, 11:00:32 PM »
There are very few choices when you're looking for a superzoom and none of them deliver great IQ.  If you are willing to consider covering the range with 2 lenses, then there are a lot more options around the budget of the 28-300.  You could consider the ef-s 15-85 or 17-55 and couple that with the 70-200 f/4 IS or 70-300L depending on whether or not you want shallower DOF or more focal length range.

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2012, 11:59:27 PM »
if you are happy with the IQ of the 18-200 you won't find anything in that price range that is similar.  But if you want to spend a little more, then the 17-55 and either the 70-200 f4 (is or non is) or the 70-300 would do you well.  Id say rent all three including the 28-300.  I have a feeling the second after you lift the 28-300 you will wish you saved the money renting it. 

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2012, 12:01:39 AM »
Thanks for replying!
Actually I become very interested in the new 70-200 USM II and thought that will be great. However when I for a couple of days noticed how much I really used the range 18-70 I was surprised, so I guess you're right it has to be a budget superzoom or two L lenses.

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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2012, 12:15:13 AM »
Thanks robbymack,

That is a good idea renting them! didnt think about that. Unfortunately I not very happy with the 18-200 as I alway postprocess pictures both as for sharpening and contrast, so you're right I has to be an L lens this time. Seems a bit odd there are so few superzooms, after all both the 28-300 and 35-350 is out there, but quiet old, so there obviously is a market.

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2012, 12:58:37 AM »
If you're willing to give up some range (but get better IQ for it) then have a look at the 24-105 as well. Great walkaround for me, in terms of general photography.

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2012, 01:18:48 AM »
Forget all the travelling zooms and take the EF-S 17-55 2.8 IS and the 70-300 IS with you.

Thats all you need for over 80 percent of all possible shots.

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2012, 02:13:36 AM »
The very good 15-85mm + 70-200 f/4 L IS would be my light combo.
Good FL coverage and IQ for the $, small & light.  You'll likely find yourself using the 15-85 a lot.

My current 2-cam on-the-go solution is a D5100 with 18-105mm VR and a 7D with 100-400 L IS.  Missing a little on the wide end but fits in one Pelican case, with some accessories and can do a heck of a lot with those 2 systems.

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2012, 03:28:54 AM »
Thanks for all your suggestions guys! Really appreciate it

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2012, 03:47:56 AM »
As a side issue the 70-200 f/2.8 L works with both the 1.4x AND the 2.0x converters which make this a very versatile lens.

I took a 17-55 f/2.8 and a 28-300 L to Paris last Christmas and it covered most subjects.
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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2012, 03:56:36 AM »
how did you find the 28-300 walking around Paris?

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2012, 04:12:29 AM »
Personally, I'd also suggest the 17-55 f2.8 and 70-300L for your travel needs.

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2012, 04:44:28 AM »
how did you find the 28-300 walking around Paris?

If you mean security, I was not alone and I had a Sling Bag (that held all the kit) with me that did not have a brand label saying "Camera Inside" and when we were on the Metro the bag was resting on my chest and not my back or side.

If you mean comfort, No problem for me as I am a rather large gentleman and I use an OP/TECH USA strap that makes the camera and lens appear to feel lighter.
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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2012, 05:00:08 AM »
Everyone always forgets the 70-300mm DO IS.

I had one of these and it was a really great lens. It is tiny, about the same size as a 17-55mm, great range and fairly quick for a zoom.

There will always be people that talk about the halo effect but it didn't bother me at all and is only really noticeable when pixel peeping. If its a travel lens for the size you will find it hard to beat. The white Ls are awesome and I swapped mine for a 70-200mm but its huge and heavy and over the top if you are traveling.

I would say have a look see what you think. I wish I never sold mine.
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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2012, 05:19:29 AM »
how did you find the 28-300 walking around Paris?

If you mean security, I was not alone and I had a Sling Bag (that held all the kit) with me that did not have a brand label saying "Camera Inside" and when we were on the Metro the bag was resting on my chest and not my back or side.

If you mean comfort, No problem for me as I am a rather large gentleman and I use an OP/TECH USA strap that makes the camera and lens appear to feel lighter.

I use a similar 'security' solution but look at the strap your using, sound convenient

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2012, 05:19:29 AM »