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Which lens to rent for Machu Picchu trip

 
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Oct 18, 2011 12:04 |  #1

Hi everyone,

My fiance and I are going to be taking our honeymoon in Peru this next year and it already got me thinking about a lens to rent for the trip. I currently have the following lenses:

sigma 10-20 f4-5.6
Canon 60mm f2.8 Macro
Canon 70-200 f4 L

I have been thinking about renting the 24-70 L but I'm unsure if this will be wide enough on my 40d. To solve this problem I was looking at the EF-S 17-55 f2.8 which is a little wider but not quite as long but don't have first hand experience with either. Alternatively I was also looking at the 24-105 f4 L. Soooo, you guys have any opinions on what you would take along? Thanks so much for your help.


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Oct 18, 2011 12:21 |  #2

Take your 10-20 and rent the Canon 28-300? For me, I think the 24-105 would be sufficient enough however it might not be quite as wide as you'd like. Or maybe rent the 15-85 and bring your 70-200?


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Oct 18, 2011 12:39 |  #3

I have not been to Machu, but I have had dreams of visiting, therefore I am qualified to advise! I use a 40d too and own a sigma 10-20 and a 70-200mm and I would take both of those for sure. I also have the EF-S 15-85 and would highly recommend this lens for its focal length range and super image quality. If space was tight and your not that into ultra wide stuff that the 10-20 produces, you can get pretty wide with the 15mm end of this zoom. Looking at your gear list, I see you have a hole in your lineup from 20mm to 70mm so you really need to own this lens anyway, so figure out how to buy it instead of renting it! Lenses make wonderful wedding gifts too BTW!


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Oct 18, 2011 14:12 |  #4

I have been to Machu Pichu the images are still imprinted in my head, considering its been like 9 years and this was before I was into photography. I wouldn't rent anything that begins with 24 since that won't be that wide for a 40D (had 30D with 24-105) and for that trip wide would be nice. IF anything get 15-85 which is about the same FF equiv. as the 24-105 just a bit longer on the long end. I have used that lens before and it was very nice and would recommend it for a walk around lens.
I would for sure bring the 10-20, 70-200, and possibly the 60 macro.
Hope that helps!


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Oct 18, 2011 14:22 |  #5

I've owned the 15-85 IS for almost two years and love its image quality and focal length range. I take about 85% of my shots with it, and I will be taking it to Machu Picchu in late January.


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Oct 18, 2011 14:29 |  #6

I haven't been there but I have lugged a 24-70 around for days and think that if you go wide and bring your 70-200 you will have most of the useful ranges covered and save yourself from carrying around the brick for the limited range.


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Oct 18, 2011 14:50 |  #7

Although I have never been to Machu Picchu (its on my wish list), I have heard that exploring it is a tricky scramble over stone steps. (One person I know had to be airlifted out after breaking her ankle.)

I suggest carrying only one lens. I think the best choice for a 7D would be the Canon 15-85 (also on my wish list.) For a second lens, add the 10-20 Sigma. Leave the heavy 70-200 at home, or, at least, don't carry it up Machu Picchu.


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Oct 18, 2011 14:59 |  #8

I went a few years ago (amazing experience!) and only took my XT/350D, Sigma 18-125 and canon 50 1.8...nice and light setup. If you are going to be hiking the Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu, then you'll want to pack light, as it can be tough due to the altitude.

You'll 100% want to take the 10-20mm (I wish I had something that wide when I went)...the 70-200...well that's up to you...how much do you use it now?

Remember that there are many other amazing things to see in Peru (and the rest of South America), so you will want something that falls in (prime lens) or covers (zoom lens) the "standard" zoom range.

Hope you have a great trip...and remember to post some pics!


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Oct 18, 2011 15:07 as a reply to  @ Haribo's post |  #9

I have a 5D Mkii with 16-35L, Tamron 28-75, 70-200 L Mkii, and two primes, 50 & 85 mm. I am planning to go within the year and hope to walk the Inca trail. The 70-200 would be heavy but would it be worth taking it up the trail with the other two lenses and leaving the primes behind. Or should it keep the primes company in the hotel room? Would a tripod be useful for the views at sunrise?




  
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Oct 18, 2011 16:33 as a reply to  @ Monique10's post |  #10

First of all thanks everyone for the great replies.

I think I'll have to try out the 15-85 before going on the trip. I like my 10-20 but I don't have the best copy (despite sending one back) and often have some blurring on the left side when at 10mm. So having another reasonably wide lens would be great. I used to have the 17-85 which was a decent lens but I wasn't overly impressed with it's optics (it had bad CA) but reasonably sharp, especially when stopped down. I've heard so many great things about the 17-55 I think I'll check it out as well. I'll check out the 15-85 thread to get a good idea of image quality.

We plan to take the train most of the way to Machu Picchu but do plan to do some other hiking around the area another day so a mid range zoom like the 17-55 or the 15-85 would be ideal. It will only be day hiking so I'm not too concerned about the weight of the lens, though I would prefer to take only 2 lenses along. Thanks again.


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Oct 19, 2011 15:01 |  #11

Is it really worth lugging the 70-200 around? I am planning a trip there as well but will be doing the full Inca Trail and am wondering how often I will be using that lens.




  
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Oct 19, 2011 17:04 |  #12

Hard to say really, never hiked the Inca trail (this can pertain to not hiking the trail also) but I would be inclined to bring it with me even if I didn't use it (not sure which version you are talking about f/4 or f/2.8) rather than not bringing it with me and missing shots that I could have gotten with if I brought the 70-200. If it is the 70-200 f/4 version I would more than likely bring it since it relatively not very heavy. Also I think it depends on what you are planning for the trip is it for the enjoyment aspect or for photography should also help you determine what to bring.


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Oct 20, 2011 16:11 as a reply to  @ nWmR12's post |  #13

I have been to Machu Picchu last year and carried just 2 lenses
Tokina 12-24/4
Tamron 28-75/2.8

Most of the times I used Tokina 12-24, and used the Tamron only for portraits of Inca people in colorful clothing which you will find all over Machu Picchu (and Cusco).

I also didnt bother to carry tripod, as I think my hands are steady enough :)

In countries like Peru, the less conspicuous gear you carry, the better it is for your safety.

Some photos:

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Well, I did miss a GND for some occasions, do carry it if you have one. I just had polarizer.



  
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Oct 20, 2011 19:42 |  #14

nyc_dude wrote in post #13280851 (external link)
I have been to Machu Picchu last year and carried just 2 lenses
Tokina 12-24/4
Tamron 28-75/2.8

What camera did you have? (FF or crop)


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Oct 20, 2011 20:15 |  #15

Some great shots.


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