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Winter vacation in Jackson Hole/Yellowstone – Lens ideas

 
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Aug 21, 2011 15:15 |  #1

My family and I are planning a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for our first ever winter/ski/snowmobile vacation. I have a 7D and my current lens collection is Tamron 28-75, Canon EF-S 15-85, and Canon 70-300 (non-L). I have gotten some great pictures with the 70-300, but feel I have out grown it. Between now and the vacation, I will probably purchase 1 new lens and am not opposed to renting an additional lens or so for the trip. I feel I’m covered on the wide end but want to upgrade the long end. I’ve gone back and forth on the 100-400L and this is what I am currently thinking…

• Purchase 70-200 F4 IS – Based on what I’ve seen and read this appears to be just a GREAT lens. Add a 1.4 TC and you are still getting equal or better IQ than the 100-400 at 280/300MM. This combo also looks to be on par with the 70-300 L at the long end.
• Purchase or rent 1.4TC – The Canon III looks real good matched with the 70-200 F4 IS, but any other suggestions/recommenda​tions would be appreciated.
• Rent Canon 300MM F4 IS or 400MM F5.6 NON-IS – The 300MM/1.4TC combo would give me 420MM on the long end with IS. The 400MM is larger than the 300MM and does not have IS. However, the 400MM IQ is stellar and all things being equal will be somewhat better than the 300MM/1.4TC combo. Hopefully, there are POTN members that have experience with both and can provide some insight.

I really wish Canon would upgrade the 100-400, but this will probably not happen between now and December, if ever. A snowmobile tour deep into Yellowstone is when I will probably want the most reach.

One last thing, for the snowmobile tour I am looking for a bag/carrier that will be somewhat compact (as much as it can be) but still hold 7d/15-85/70-200/300MM or 400MM. This is one reason I wish they would upgrade the 100-400. Any recommendations would be really helpful!!

Thanks in advance for suggestions. What am I missing?




  
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Aug 21, 2011 16:49 |  #2

You may want to contact photographers John & Barbara Gerlach through their website for some good information on photographing in Yellowstone in the Winter.

They in fact lead photographic workshops TO Yellowstone in the Winter, and John uses Canon equipment.

I'm sure he/they could give you some good information and advice.

Just a suggestion.

http://gerlachnatureph​oto.com/ (external link)


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Aug 22, 2011 19:43 as a reply to  @ Canonswhitelensesrule's post |  #3

Thanks Canonwhitelensesrule!!​! I've already contacted them.




  
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Aug 22, 2011 20:06 |  #4

Rather than the 300 or 400, why not look for a Sigma 100-300 f/4? Excellent lens producing great IQ with or without a TC.

You could also pick up a second body. Another crop would be OK, but I would lean towards a 5Dc.


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Aug 22, 2011 21:13 |  #5

BTMFL82 wrote in post #12981139 (external link)
Thanks Canonwhitelensesrule!!​! I've already contacted them.

Aww no prob. You're most welcome.

I'm sure they could not only give you info on photo techniques, and equipment tips etc, but also the best type of clothing to wear, shooting locations etc.

Good luck.

Sounds like a great trip. I'd love to "shoot" Yellowstone in all seasons, esp the Winter.


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Aug 22, 2011 21:16 as a reply to  @ huntersdad's post |  #6

Yellowstone in winter is an amazing place. I think you will lean more towards landscape shots than big reaches. The geo thermal features steal the show and the bison are frequently only a few feet from you. Be prepared for cold. The sled will help keep you warm but I wonder about the camera gear at zero or below.

I am a newby photog but a long time skier and JH is my favorite place by a mile. The new tram makes lapping the whole mountain a breeze and when you hit a storm put on some fat skis and smile! I will try to get out there in Feb.

Have a great trip!


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Aug 23, 2011 20:21 as a reply to  @ TTuna Eye's post |  #7

Thanks everyone!




  
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Aug 24, 2011 14:42 |  #8

I just came back from Jackson Hole/Grand Teton/Yellowstone and here is my piece of advice: You need two lenses, one for landscapes and one that extends as far as you can afford. And bring a CPL for the landscape lens, else you aren't getting everything you can out of your landscapes.

I brought the Sigma 17-50 OS with a B+W CPL which worked astoundingly well. I also brought an EF-S 55-250 which also worked extremely well, though wasn't long enough in some situations. If I were to do it again, I'd stick with the Sigma and bring a 100-400L or Sigma 150-500. I would stay away from a long prime, just because the zoom flexibility will be very handy with the abundance and unpredictability of the animals. A prime on the wider end for landscapes might not be a bad idea though, depending on your comfort level with primes.




  
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