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Jul 06, 2010 19:46 |  #1

I searched around and couldn't really find an answer:

If you guys had a 40D and wanted to bring it backpacking what lenses would you bring?

I was thinking of adding a Tamron 18-270 to my Tokina 11-16 and Canon 50mm 1.4 and calling it a day but what do you guys think?

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PS: also how would you bring the gear?? get a camera backpack with lots of space for other stuff or get small bag for camera gear??


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Jul 06, 2010 20:04 |  #2

Yea a full range zoom would be quite handy :D

The last thing you probably want to do while backpacking is to stop and switch lenses because something is out of reach :p

I'd personally go with a single bag


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Jul 06, 2010 20:08 |  #3

I find my EF-S 17-55 to be adequate.


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Jul 06, 2010 20:22 as a reply to  @ Naturalist's post |  #4

Anybody know how the Tamron 18-270 and Sigma 18-250 compare in IQ?

I'm really liking the price and HSM of the sigma!

Also I played around with the Tamron in a camera store and the build quality is kinda shoddy...

then again I'm used to L's so I might be expecting a *BIT* too much :lol:

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Jul 06, 2010 20:37 |  #5

I'm not surprised at all that you didn't find an answer by searching: This is so dependant on the unique situations that there just isn't an answer for it.

When people ask about this kind of thing, they're going to get variations of the answer "Bring three to five lenses (zoom, prime or mix, depending on who gives the answer) that cover wideangle to telephoto, and give you macro- and lowlightcapability".

Now this thread is already reserved for giving out general and thereby pointless advice of that type, so chiming in with a comparison-request when realising this? I suggest you google it. 1: Faster. 2: Higher Quality Results.




  
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Jul 06, 2010 20:44 as a reply to  @ Jonta's post |  #6

Sigma 70-300mm DG Macro is a very versatile lens that is light weight, fairly compact for its zoom range, and can be had at a very good price for what it is. It is perfect for packing as it is a lens you won't have to think about babying like you would one costing a lost of money while you are staggering up a long slope or slithering down a steep trail.

Takes really good photos from 70mm to 200mm and then gets a little soft between 200m and 300mm but even then the quality is not really that bad either. You can pick up one used for around $100.00.

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Jul 06, 2010 20:46 as a reply to  @ Jonta's post |  #7

The thing is, I DID google it

and I didn't get many useful results...

the few comparisons are by people that probably have no idea...
I was hoping that by asking here someone that had tried each could help me...


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Jul 06, 2010 20:51 as a reply to  @ caesar2164's post |  #8

Whole thread with sample photos of the Tamron 18-270:

https://photography-on-the.net …6&highlight=tam​ron+18-270




  
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Jul 06, 2010 20:52 |  #9

I would consider the 15-85 IS for a single lens to hike with on a crop body.


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Jul 07, 2010 01:06 |  #10

I would probably take the tokina 11-16 and a 55-250, and leave the latter on the camera. You usually have time for landscape shots, but not wildlife. The 55-250 is a light/compact lens with a great focal spread I think for walkabout and only about $200.

I would get something like the f-stop gear backpacks. I think they have the smaller ICU units out now. I have the tilopa and it's a big pack to me.


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Jul 07, 2010 03:28 |  #11

This is what I take when I am limited for space.

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this is a EF-S 18-200mm IS lens on a 550D body which fits snuggly into this small LowePro bag that I then either wear over my shoulder, or put into a larger backpack or suitcase.
I find this set up quite versatile when I travel and where space is a premium and yet gives me a wide range.

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