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« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2012, 01:36:52 PM »
Sorry to stray off the exact topic, but I'd like to contribute my own rather unusual travel camera solution to my own set of needs.

Several months ago I was getting ready for a motorcyle trip to Utah with plans to take photos for an article in a motorcycle magazine.  I needed a camera that would fit in my tank bag, but still give stellar image quality.  I had been using my S90 for motorcycle trips, but it's only 10 MP and you can't put a polarizer on it.  My 7D or 5D would not fit easily in the tank bag.

My solution was to pick up a T2i with the 18-55 IS II kit lens from the Canon refurbished website on a day when they had a 20% discount code.  I paid under $500 for the kit.

The T2i has an 18 MP sensor, which is perfect for my needs and it fits fine in my tank bag.  The kit lens is not something a pro would use, but if you shoot between F5.6 and F11 it is a very sharp little lens.  It is also stabilized very well, which means you don't have to carry a tripod except for night shots or self portraits.  The max focal length is 80mm equivalent, but the resolution on the 18 MP sensor was high enough that I was able to crop at will.

It worked great in Utah, where the sun was always bright.  It even worked well enough inside dim museums. 

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« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2012, 01:36:52 PM »

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #31 on: August 22, 2012, 06:57:10 PM »
I traveled to Paris with a 17-40L, 50 f/1.4 and 70-300 L. That provided great options for the many places and people I saw. With the 5D II w/grip and a few gadgets it all did get a little heavy. You might also want to check out the 70-300  f/4-5.6 IS (non-L) as it is smaller, lighter and black and seems to provide very good results with many different bodies.

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #32 on: August 22, 2012, 08:13:29 PM »
Hi again!

As I started this discussion I would like to thank you all once again for sharing your wide experiences and knowledge which has helped me so much. After a long "inner debate" I'm now buying the 5D mk III combined with the 24-105 L and 70-300L. Yes its an awful amount of money spent but ... you only live once ... and I love photographing... and yes I stay up late at night postprocessing photos ... and I have got an opportunity of a lifetime to travel with my family. I also think about to 'revigorate' my old 450D and perhaps buy a used Tamron 18-270mm as a travelling complement.

Thank you guys out there

Michael

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« Reply #33 on: August 23, 2012, 09:27:04 AM »
I just came back from a trip to Epcot with my family.  I brought a Canon t2i, 15-85, and a 55-250 (this is the best travel telephoto! Its very light, good range, and pretty sharp)

However I also realize that the 15-85 range is amazing for travel!!  My 55-250 was put on once, for a couple of shots, just because I had it.. but really could of lived without it. 

It really depends on how you like to shoot.  I took about 500 shots in 1 day :)
I did an analysis of my ranges with Exposureplot (very good software to determine how you really shoot)
- 50% of my shots were below 38mm.  That means that on a crop the 24-105 would not be useful since its really (38.4-168).  I would definitely need a 10-22 but then I would of had to keep switching lenses!
- 26% of my shots were below 27mm and 15% above 88mm.  That means I would of lost those 41% if I brought only 17-55.  Or would of had to bring 3 lenses to compensate. (10-22, 17-55, 70+)

The only challenge was indoor shooting and night time!   Looking back I think maybe 15% of my shots were low light.   So if that is more of a priority for you then maybe you have to look at other options.
The indoor ride pictures were at f3.5 and still hitting 3200 ISO and were not that great.. so f2.8 would likely not help.  Only a prime might be better but then indoors you have limited choice of movement and distance.
The restaurant and other general indoor pictures would of likely been better with a f2.8 but I am not sure by how much and would it really of made that much of a difference for me considering its a small percentage.
Like I said.. it really depends on your priorities and how many lenses do you want to carry !!

If I knew that I was going on a trip primarily to a museum or lots of indoors then I would take a 17-50 f2.8.
However for general site seeing with minimal weight and lens changes you cannot beat 15-85!

 
« Last Edit: August 23, 2012, 09:29:19 AM by lexar »

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« Reply #34 on: August 23, 2012, 09:34:16 AM »
- 50% of my shots were below 38mm.  That means that on a crop the 24-105 would not be useful since its really (38.4-168).
- 26% of my shots were below 27mm and 15% above 88mm.  That means I would of lost those 41% if I brought only 17-55.  Or would of had to bring 3 lenses to compensate. (10-22, 17-55, 70+)
I'm not sure, but the fact that you're using 27mm and 88mm (1.6x 17-55mm) suggests you may be suffering from the misconception that EF-S lens focal lengths are somehow 'corrected' for the 1.6x crop sensor.  They aren't. 

The 24-105 on 1.6x does go below 38mm...it starts at 24mm.  In other words, setting 24mm on an EF-S 15-85mm on APS-C gives exactly the same angle of view as the 24-105mm set to 24mm on APS-C.

If you want to compare EF-S vs. EF lenses used on the same camera, don't mulitply anything by 1.6x.  You only do that if you want to compare a lens (EF or EF-S) mounted on APS-C to a lens mounted on FF.
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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #35 on: August 23, 2012, 11:06:26 AM »
I converted to 35mm equivalent (actually exposureplot software does).
38mm on an EF-S is 24 equivalent, and 88mm on an EF-S is 55 equivalent.

What I was pointing out is that 50% of my shots were between 15-24mm on the 15-18 EF-S and therefore the 24-105 would not of fit the bill.
And then another 27% were 15-17mm on the 15-85 EF-S..

« Last Edit: August 23, 2012, 11:11:53 AM by lexar »

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« Reply #36 on: August 23, 2012, 11:49:48 AM »
Hi all
I know you have made your chose but just to add my pennies worth,  I went on hols last week and took an EF-S 15-85 and an EF 70-200 f4 II used the 15-85 95% of the time this was its first outing as I only got it with my new 7D a month ago and wow what a lens, I was going to upgrade the f4 to the new F2.8 II but because I hardly used the 70-200 I am not sure I will do that now.

But when I did use the 70-200 I was clad I had it at hand
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« Reply #37 on: August 23, 2012, 01:08:26 PM »
Hi again!

As I started this discussion I would like to thank you all once again for sharing your wide experiences and knowledge which has helped me so much. After a long "inner debate" I'm now buying the 5D mk III combined with the 24-105 L and 70-300L. Yes its an awful amount of money spent but ... you only live once ... and I love photographing... and yes I stay up late at night postprocessing photos ... and I have got an opportunity of a lifetime to travel with my family. I also think about to 'revigorate' my old 450D and perhaps buy a used Tamron 18-270mm as a travelling complement.

Thank you guys out there

Michael

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Re: Travelling zoom
« Reply #37 on: August 23, 2012, 01:08:26 PM »