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Jan 13, 2011 05:57 |  #31

Without looking at your lenses I'd say a wide angle (16-35 or 17-40), a normal-ish prime (50 1.4) and MAYBE a light tele lens like the 70-200 F4 IS, but I suppose a longer prime like the 135L could also work here.
In your case, just bring the 24-105 and 16-35. Should be ok with those. The 24-105 would work on it's own, but wider is definitely a pre here since lots of streets are very narrow.
I wouldn't bring more than 3 lenses. Paris means a lot of walking, and even with a good backpack, you have to travel compact in the subways which means taking a backpack off and on all day long.
Also bring a compact tripod, since paris doesn't really start looking good until early evening (or morning).


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Jan 13, 2011 06:14 |  #32

I took a 17-55 2.8 and a 10-22 on my 40D when I went. The 10-22 was on most of the time.


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Jan 13, 2011 06:30 |  #33

24-105 I would certainly take, and possibly the 16-35 - though to be honest I prefer lighter/smaller lens options.

A tele can be useful for some candid shots if you're into that sort of stuff, and from Eiffel Tower etc, but if you're not sure you're going to use it then be prepared to leave it in the hotel room, the less you carry the more enjoyable.

I think a good P&S is critical if you're there any length of time. Unless you like even taking the kit to a restaurant for dinner thena good P&S lets you capture the unexpected photo opportunity and you wont be kicking yourself for not having a camera with you.




  
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Jan 13, 2011 08:39 as a reply to  @ phreeky's post |  #34

When I was in Paris, I had a 17-40L and my current 35L. I took shots ranging from cityscapes from the top of the tower/Notre Dam to head and shoulder shots of pretty ladies on the champs elysee, with the occasional pic of exotic cars tip-toeing around the Arc de Triomphe. I never once felt I needed another lens.

Basically, you need a nice low-light prime.


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Jan 13, 2011 14:06 |  #35

Much advice given, and having been here twice in the last two months - can only confirm that your gear is sufficient. I used a 5D2, 17-40mm, 24-105mm, and 70-200 f4 IS on the first trip. Left the 70-200mm behind for the second trip, but changed to a 16-35mm. Wish I had had a fast prime (50mm/85mm).

As has been said, add a light weight tripod. You will not be able to use it in museums, galleries etc, but once on the street at night it will be a life saver. Don't forget the remote!

Lessons learnt;

1) A GPS can be useful as one tends to get lost amongst the many streets. The maps do not show all the streets.
2) Learn how the Metro trains work - it will save time. Besides much walking - the Metro gets you around very efficiently.
3) Eiffel Tower - best late afternoon with ground shots in the evening. Find Trocadero (Metro) for a magnificent view of the Tower across the Seine.
4) Eiffel Tower - Take heed of the warnings about pickpockets. They are very very quick!
5) Once the main sights are done, visit the Les Catacombes. Contrary to comments on the web - they are open. Metro Denfert Rochereau and opposite the bus station. Very dark, and you will need the fast prime. I had a tough time with the 16-35mm (light and focusing). No flashes allowed.
6) Allow a full day for the Palace of Versailles
7) The Louvre is astounding. Friday's are good as it is open until 9:30pm. Normally 5:30pm. There is much to see, and best done over a few days.
8) Great map http://www.aviewonciti​es.com/maps/paris.htm (external link)
9) The ISO capability of the 5D2 will be pushed to the limit, but that is one of the reasons you have one.
10) Comfortable walking shoes!

Enjoy!




  
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Jan 13, 2011 21:54 |  #36

DennisB wrote in post #11633494 (external link)
Much advice given, and having been here twice in the last two months - can only confirm that your gear is sufficient. I used a 5D2, 17-40mm, 24-105mm, and 70-200 f4 IS on the first trip. Left the 70-200mm behind for the second trip, but changed to a 16-35mm. Wish I had had a fast prime (50mm/85mm).

As has been said, add a light weight tripod. You will not be able to use it in museums, galleries etc, but once on the street at night it will be a life saver. Don't forget the remote!

Lessons learnt;

1) A GPS can be useful as one tends to get lost amongst the many streets. The maps do not show all the streets.
2) Learn how the Metro trains work - it will save time. Besides much walking - the Metro gets you around very efficiently.
3) Eiffel Tower - best late afternoon with ground shots in the evening. Find Trocadero (Metro) for a magnificent view of the Tower across the Seine.
4) Eiffel Tower - Take heed of the warnings about pickpockets. They are very very quick!
5) Once the main sights are done, visit the Les Catacombes. Contrary to comments on the web - they are open. Metro Denfert Rochereau and opposite the bus station. Very dark, and you will need the fast prime. I had a tough time with the 16-35mm (light and focusing). No flashes allowed.
6) Allow a full day for the Palace of Versailles
7) The Louvre is astounding. Friday's are good as it is open until 9:30pm. Normally 5:30pm. There is much to see, and best done over a few days.
8) Great map http://www.aviewonciti​es.com/maps/paris.htm (external link)
9) The ISO capability of the 5D2 will be pushed to the limit, but that is one of the reasons you have one.
10) Comfortable walking shoes!

Enjoy!

Thanks for the tip!

This will actually be my second trip, so I am not a complete novice. Last time I traveled with my 20D + EFS 10-22 + EFS 17-55 + EF 70-200F4L IS. The latter was rarely used.

I sometimes wonder if I should sell my 24-105L for a 35L and eventually "upgrade" my 85/1.8 to the Sigma 85/1.4. Just too bad I have been burned by Sigma in the past...


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Jan 14, 2011 00:10 |  #37

SchnellerGT wrote in post #11636532 (external link)
I sometimes wonder if I should sell my 24-105L for a 35L

Just my opinion but I think that's a bad idea. For my uses, the 24-105 is a fabulous travel lens that can do just about everything. Granted when I was in Paris last November, I did take my 16-35L as well for lowlight shots (museums and cathedrals) as the additional stop and wide angle were well worth it. But for everything else including people portraits and scenic shots, the 24-105L was on my 5DII for about 80% of the time.

Did also bring the 35L for lowlight/restaurant shots as I am one of those annoying tourists who love to shoot what I'm eating :)




  
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Jan 14, 2011 04:48 |  #38

you definitely need the 16-35 but there will be things where the 24-105 works nicely too.




  
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Jan 14, 2011 05:35 |  #39

I went there a couple months ago with my 40D, 10-22, and 17-55. Inside museums and churches, as well as up close to buildings, the 10-22 was a must.

I'd definitely take the 24-105 and 16-35.


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Feb 07, 2011 09:31 |  #40

Just to add to some of the 'lesson's learnt'

When on the Metro, and if sitting next to the door exit, keep a sharp look-out and hold onto your equipment. Fortunately my camera equipment is glued to me, but whilst punching out a txt on my phone, and as the carraige doors were closing, some scroundrel snatched my phone and jumped out the doors. Difficult to chase the person as the doors closed and the Metro was on its way, and me sans mobile.

In discussion with others - they have related similar experiences - but to others.

Also told that Line 1 - the line that goes past all the main tourist attractions is the one to watch for pickpockets.

Cheers, and enjoy




  
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Feb 07, 2011 10:01 |  #41

DennisB wrote in post #11793858 (external link)
Just to add to some of the 'lesson's learnt'

When on the Metro, and if sitting next to the door exit, keep a sharp look-out and hold onto your equipment. Fortunately my camera equipment is glued to me, but whilst punching out a txt on my phone, and as the carraige doors were closing, some scroundrel snatched my phone and jumped out the doors. Difficult to chase the person as the doors closed and the Metro was on its way, and me sans mobile.

In discussion with others - they have related similar experiences - but to others.

Also told that Line 1 - the line that goes past all the main tourist attractions is the one to watch for pickpockets.

Cheers, and enjoy

Came here to post this. Several years ago when I was in grad school, I took an International Business class over the summer. Two weeks of classroom followed by ~2.5 weeks in Europe (Paris and Brussels). We were warned about the pickpockets on the Metro. Even so, 4 or 5 out of the group (maybe 20) got clipped while we were in Paris. Avoid sitting/standing near the doors if possible. Pay attention at stops. As was pointed out, these folks wait until the doors are about to close, strike, and pop our while the doors are closing.

To the OP, it sounds like you have a decent collection. I would maybe swap the 85 f/1.8 for a 50 f/1.4. With the high ISO performance of the 5Dii, you should be able to get some nice available light shots inside some of the buildings.


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Feb 07, 2011 11:20 |  #42

I live near Paris.

Definitely take the 16-35 + 24-105.

If you want to travel light, the 16-35 will be enough.


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Feb 07, 2011 20:20 |  #43

Had the same question to myself when we annually visit wife's family in Switzerland and I always take my 16-35L, 50/1.8 and 70-200/4L then I am covered from 16-200. Long and wide are handy for shooting on Eiffel Tower etc.. Have fun is a sensational place to be with a camera in hand.


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Feb 07, 2011 21:29 |  #44

I spent most of August in Paris, and used my 17-50 F/2.8 most of the time.
But also used my 70-200 F/2.8 a few times.

So I would personally suggest you take your Canon EF 16-35 F2.8L II and Canon EF 24-105 F4L IS.
If you have access to a 70-200 F/2.8 you couldn't hurt, taking it with you. The 85 F/1.8 or even a
35 F/1.4 would be handy for some night shots.

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Feb 10, 2011 15:05 |  #45

Heading there first week of June. Bringing my 16-35, 24-105, 50 1.4, and S95 - for those times when I can't just pull out my 5DII. Have fun and post some pics when you get back!


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