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Bogino
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Oct 29, 2017 12:25 |  #1

Will be traveling to Switzerland & Germany during the beginning of December and plan to photograph landscape images similar to the one depicted in this example of Grindelwald. It's not a "photo expedition" per se but would like to get in some decent photo taking while at the same time not lugging around a lot of heavy gear. As it stands right now, I have a Tokina 11 - 16 wide angle as well as a Tamron 24-70 which I use as an "all purpose" type lens. Logic would seem to dictate that for landscape I would be better off with the Tokina but then I could be giving up certain other all purpose possibilities by leaving the Tamron 24-70 behind. Any suggestions between these options or is their possibly another 3rd option which I may not be aware of? Thank You.

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Oct 29, 2017 12:31 |  #2

Heya,

You will find that if you're on a mountain top, taking photos like you posted, sometimes are done with telephoto, and not ultrawide angles. Depends how close you are going to be, etc.

Most places, other than landscape, are going to be close quarter. Also, 24mm on a crop is not wide for a lot of things in small places, let alone grabbing big landscapes (though you can do panoramas to make up for that).

I think I'd take the 11-16 or Canon's 10-18 (wider and longer, cheap!). I'd probably leave the 24-70 at home (again as this is on an APS-C). I would probably take a small fast prime though, for good measure, like a 40 STM or 50 STM or something small and light if you have one laying around.

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patrick ­ j
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Nov 02, 2017 23:00 |  #3

I borrowed a 11-16 and found it so wide and of such a limited zoom range that I only used it a few times. Looks like you'll be taking mountain photos, that lens is going to make those mountains look like little mole hills. I think the 24-70 would be the choice. Either way you probably miss a few shots, but I think far fewer with the 24-70. I have a 15-85 that is sharp, mostly, and has a nice range, if you want another option.


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drmaxx
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Nov 03, 2017 02:03 |  #4

Go with the tamron - it gives you more flexibility. First, there are more then mountains to take pictures of and secondly, it is easier to take a panorama with a tight lens then a close up with a wide lens. And there is also the (considerable) possibility that the weather is not very well suited for landscape shots.


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Nov 04, 2017 09:01 |  #5

Alternatively I just had another thought. I also own a Canon 24-105 although my daughter hijacked it a year ago however I can easily get that back. Perhaps the 24-105 might even be better than the Tamron 24-70 besides the fact that it also weighs less. Thoughts?


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drmaxx
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Nov 04, 2017 12:12 |  #6

Probably you should go with the Canon as it gives you more flexibility. I personally still would take the tamron, just because I like the picture quality and the possibility to open up to 2.8.


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Nov 05, 2017 08:19 |  #7

I think you may find that a longer lens will be very useful. Wide angle shots of mountains often exaggerate the foreground at the expense of the landscape. I would suggest a 70-200.




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Nov 09, 2017 08:12 |  #8

From what you listed, 24-105 would be the most useful.




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Nov 09, 2017 08:21 |  #9

If I had to choose just one lens, I'd go wide.

Edit to add: I'm not in love with the 24-70 range on a crop camera. It's not particularly wide or long. I've landed myself on the Canon 18-135 STM and I like the quality and better range so much, I think it's worth it even though it's a slower lens.


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