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Heading to Iceland next month, nervous my gear won't capture the beauty

 
tnick771
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Jan 20, 2017 21:03 |  #1

Currently shoot on a crop frame Canon SL1 with:

10-22mm
18-55mm
40mm
50mm
75-300mm (garbage)

Should I think about grabbing a lens for nature photography? Any other tips so I don't squander this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?


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Jan 20, 2017 21:19 |  #2

Take two from the wide end, tripod, shutter remote control and polarizing filters.


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Jan 20, 2017 22:23 |  #3

tnick771 wrote in post #18250846 (external link)
Currently shoot on a crop frame Canon SL1 with:

10-22mm
18-55mm
40mm
50mm
75-300mm (garbage)

Should I think about grabbing a lens for nature photography? Any other tips so I don't squander this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?

Iceland is a great opportunity. I encourage you to take photos. I regularly use the garbage el cheapo kit 75-300 also. It comes in handy when I want to lean out of a moving vehicle and get interesting shots of people doing interesting things or close ups of sunset clouds. I find 1/800" shutter in the daytime gets decent pictures. I'll use my amateur gear until it dies or I do. Not trying to be an Ansel Adams, I was born into the vacation photo bug thing however. I do try to pace myself so as to not be caught out of flash memory or spare batteries. You can always rent a luxurious lens if you don't think your needs will extend beyond your trip.




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Jan 21, 2017 07:07 |  #4

Benitoite wrote in post #18250934 (external link)
Iceland is a great opportunity. I encourage you to take photos. I regularly use the garbage el cheapo kit 75-300 also. It comes in handy when I want to lean out of a moving vehicle and get interesting shots of people doing interesting things or close ups of sunset clouds. I find 1/800" shutter in the daytime gets decent pictures. I'll use my amateur gear until it dies or I do. Not trying to be an Ansel Adams, I was born into the vacation photo bug thing however. I do try to pace myself so as to not be caught out of flash memory or spare batteries. You can always rent a luxurious lens if you don't think your needs will extend beyond your trip.

Renting a lens is actually a phenomenal idea, I hadn't thought about that.


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Jan 21, 2017 07:09 |  #5

In terms of nature photography - would my wide angle lens be good enough if i want to capture full nature scene? It seemed to do its job well in other situations but for some reason I'm having a hard time making that judgement now.


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Jan 21, 2017 07:29 |  #6

tnick771 wrote in post #18251145 (external link)
In terms of nature photography - would my wide angle lens be good enough if i want to capture full nature scene? .

Yes.

I'm not a big fan of the 18-55 unless stopped down. I suspect that the sun will still be relatively low on the horizon up there and light might be hard to come by. The primes wide open are probably better than the kit lens.

There is a new 70-300 out that looks really good. Any chance you could grab that, he'll, I'd probably sell the 18-55 and 75-300 to help fund it.

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Jan 21, 2017 07:32 |  #7

tnick771 wrote in post #18251142 (external link)
Renting a lens is actually a phenomenal idea, I hadn't thought about that.

By the way, you can often buy a lens, use it for a few months and resell it for less than renting.

Especially if the lens you buy is already used. I bought a 100-400 used, kept it for six months, then sold it for the exact same price I paid.


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Jan 21, 2017 08:03 |  #8

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18251156 (external link)
By the way, you can often buy a lens, use it for a few months and resell it for less than renting.

Especially if the lens you buy is already used. I bought a 100-400 used, kept it for six months, then sold it for the exact same price I paid.

Thanks for both comments, I've seen your comments before - always some decent wisdom in them

Thanks for your help


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Jan 21, 2017 12:32 |  #9

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I am curious about something - is the reason you are going to Iceland just to take photos? I mean, is this solely a photography trip? Or, are you going for other reasons?

tnick771 wrote in post #18250846 (external link)
Should I think about grabbing a lens for nature photography?

Absolutely!

tnick771 wrote in post #18250846 (external link)
Currently shoot on a crop frame Canon . . . Any other tips so I don't squander this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?

Yes. Considering that you shoot on a 1.6 crop Canon body, the biggest tip I can think of would be to grab one of these:
https://www.bhphotovid​eo.com ..._55_250mm_f_4_5_6_I​S.html (external link)

This 55-250mm is a stellar lens, and I don't think you could possibly find a better or more useful lens for the money.

tnick771 wrote in post #18250846 (external link)
Renting a lens is actually a phenomenal idea, I hadn't thought about that.

I don't think that renting a lens is a good idea at all, as the rental prices are exorbitant. When you look at the price of a new lens, and then you look at the cost of renting that lens for a week or two, the rental prices just don't make any sense. You'd do better to buy a used lens, use it on your vacation, then sell it when you get back.

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Jan 21, 2017 12:37 |  #10

Rock what ya got.


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Jan 22, 2017 11:13 |  #11

Depends what you're shooting and from where, but unless you're shooting landscapes only I would take advantage of your rare photo opportunity and get a longer telephoto used then resell it if you can't justify keeping it once you're back. I would recommend the Sigma 150-600mm C along with the dock, that way you can MFA any front or back focusing for your camera before the trip. Don't waste your money renting unless the used price is out of your budget, as most gear you can buy used, keep for a few weeks or months then sell for the same amount.

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Jan 22, 2017 11:28 |  #12

Frankly with any modern equipment, the ability to "capture the beauty" will probably depend more on your abilities than your camera equipment. Brush up on photography skills rather than camera enthusiatist skills.




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Jan 22, 2017 17:35 |  #13

I made just fine, actually better than fine, 24" prints from my T1i and 10-22 and 18-55.

The reasons I upgraded gear was not becasue I couldn't make good photos, its just easier in some situations with say a 17-40 than 18-55 simply becasue the 18-55 will be more prone to flare and the polarizer rotates as you focus. For those two little things you pay $$$$.

The FF cameras allowed me to shoot both landscapes and indoors low light, and actually the main reason I got my 5DII was to use the TS-E 17mm. Not becasue of the image quality at ISO100.

Unless you are going to rent a FF camera, the current best lenses and learn how to use them, I don't see the point. IMO if you can't make a great photo with a modern crop and the 10-22, you are not going to get a better one with something else. Unless there is something very specific you don't like.


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