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Grand Canon - w/ D400, lens advice

 
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Mar 14, 2011 10:30 |  #1

All,

We are going to the Grand Canon and I currently own a Canon 400D (Rebel XTi). The camera body came with a EFS 18-55mm. I also have a Tamron AF18-200mm lens.

What would you recommend for lenses on a trip like this? I was thinking about a 1.5 or 2.0 x lens to double by 200mm. Obviously a good wide angle but I have no idea which lenses are a good match?

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Mar 14, 2011 10:37 |  #2

The Grand Canon? Is that like their headquarters or something?

As for a 1.4 or 2.0 teleconverter, not a good idea with the lenses you have. They'll degrade the image too much. Tamron's new 75-300 or Canon's "L" version might be beneficial, but I'd think a wide-angle lens might be more of what you need. Look at a Tokina perhaps.


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Mar 14, 2011 10:44 |  #3

depending on the budget - you could consider renting a wide angle for the trip. Canon 10-22 or tokina 11-16. get it a couple days early and practice a bit with it though if you decide to go that way.


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Mar 14, 2011 10:49 |  #4

anothernewb wrote in post #12017058 (external link)
depending on the budget - you could consider renting a wide angle for the trip. Canon 10-22 or tokina 11-16. get it a couple days early and practice a bit with it though if you decide to go that way.

gibbit1 - Where would someone rent one of these?

anothernewb - what would be a good all around lens, I was disappointed with the Tamron.

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Mar 14, 2011 11:10 |  #5

an all - around lens is probably going to be a compromise. from what I have read, all of the 18-200+ lenses are a major compromise. but if you only want 1 lens - and need all the range - that's all there is. and they're all softer than their smaller zoom range counterparts.

I like a 2 lens solution myself - I carry the 15-85 and the 55-250. The 55-250 is pretty light and small - easy to take along when I want more range. That being said, I love my 15-85. takes great shots, my copy is sharp and has great contrast - and has a pretty comfortable range for me. I guess it could be considered one of the longer "standard" range zooms out there.
but it's another compromise as well. there's some distortion in the wide end - and it does soften images somewhat to straighten them out with DPP. for the most part, the distortion isn't an issue for what I like to take pics of.

I can't speak for how you like to take your pictures, but if there was the space/weight available for your trip. I'd add the 10-22 to my bag. but then again - for me, getting out to the grand canyon would likely be a once in a lifetime shot - and I'd compromise other places in lieu of a low-distortion wide angle lens.

Depending on your trip - and if you didn't need a huge telophoto - a fairly cheap/compact option might be a 10-22 and a 28-135. that'd cover lots of range, and be on the cheap. The 28-135 is a well proven unit. The primary basis here is going to suit you best in sunlit conditions. Then again I can't imagine visiting the canyon at night. although sunset and sunrise might be rather dramatic.

lensrentals.com is a pretty reputable site.


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Mar 14, 2011 15:53 |  #6

mlail wrote in post #12017100 (external link)
gibbit1 - Where would someone rent one of these?

I really don't know. I live out in the stix, so I'm 60 miles from the nearest camera shop. I guess it depends on where you live.


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