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Travelling to Beijing (Caochangdi) - Which Lenses?

 
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Mar 07, 2012 12:45 |  #1

I'm going to Beijing in a couple of months and need help selecting lenses to bring. My options are in my sig. I don't mind trading in some gear for more appropriate gear so help me out!

I will mostly be in the village of Caochangdi in the daytime, however, I will venture out when I have free time. I'll probably go into the city a few times and maybe even take a trip to Hong Kong for a week.


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Mar 07, 2012 12:59 |  #2

looking at your flickr looks like architecture is big...so i'd go 10-22mm for sure...then i don't know, it'd be nice to pair it with something like a 24-105L and bringing your sigma 30mm...

i think the 100-400L is too big, and not really needed...the 70-200f4L is also maybe a little too long for a lot of use...


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Mar 07, 2012 13:10 |  #3

A wide angle is a must! Especially if you plan to visit the forbbiden city aka palace and the great wall!


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Mar 07, 2012 13:18 |  #4

Yes, the 10-22 is definitely coming with me. I'm an architecture student so I tend to take wide pictures of buildings. However, I'd like to get into a more street style type of photography while I'm in China.

Dre, any reason why you chose the 24-105L over the 15-85 I have?


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Mar 07, 2012 13:24 |  #5

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Yes, the 10-22 is definitely coming with me. I'm an architecture student so I tend to take wide pictures of buildings. However, I'd like to get into a more street style type of photography while I'm in China.

Dre, any reason why you chose the 24-105L over the 15-85 I have?

Since you already bring the 10-22, the 15-85mm is a lens that overlap your focal length! The 24-105 makes more sense, you have longer reach on the tele side!


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Mar 07, 2012 13:25 |  #6

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Yes, the 10-22 is definitely coming with me. I'm an architecture student so I tend to take wide pictures of buildings. However, I'd like to get into a more street style type of photography while I'm in China.

Dre, any reason why you chose the 24-105L over the 15-85 I have?

i just thought there might be a bit too much overlap...and a little extra length would be nice...if you're content with 85mm on the long end i think it's a good way to go...the 15-85mm seems like an ideal one lens travel walk around, but i just think you'd want the extra 5mm on the wide end...

when i went i brought my sigma 10-20mm, 28-135mm, and 50mm...i never felt the need for more reach

if i went now, i'd probably bring 10-20mm, 28-135mm, 35mm, 135mm...


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Mar 07, 2012 13:37 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #7

I am also planning a trip to beijing and would like to travel as light as possible.

How will this setup do:

Canon 5d Mkii, 17-40L and tamron 28-75?

I also have a sigma 50 1.4, tamron 90 macro and canon 70-200 but would prefer to travel on the light side.

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Mar 07, 2012 14:25 |  #8

That makes sense - never really thought about my 15-85 in that way. I'll certainly look into the 24-105L.


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Mar 07, 2012 14:32 |  #9

Go see Kai from digitalrev!


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Mar 07, 2012 14:37 |  #10

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Go see Kai from digitalrev!

Haha! I would be starstruck if I saw him (not sure why). I'd probably ask him to sign something.. lens hood? camera strap?


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Mar 07, 2012 14:45 |  #11

I was in Beijing for 8 weeks this summer. I had a 30d, 17-50, 55-250, and 50mm 1.8. I used by 17-50 about 95% of the time. I think if you wanted to go really light you could just do with your 10-20 and 15-85, and if you wanted to bring your third lens you could bring your 70-200. Consider that Beijing can get pretty smoggy, so you might not be able to see much at 200mm...


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Mar 07, 2012 15:07 |  #12

Wow, thanks Jamie. Just checked out your blog, specifically the China ones. Really nice work there! and helpful for me.

Yeah, I'll probably leave the 70-200 at home or sell it for more play money while I'm in Beijing.


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Mar 07, 2012 15:22 |  #13

Not trying to come across sounding like an a$$ here...but I never have understood photographers asking what lenses they should take somewhere. :rolleyes:

I mean really...you know better than anyone else what your lenses can do and what you like to shoot. All we can do is offer our two cents as to what we would take if we were going.

Having said that, I think the faces of people are fascinating. So much character and life hardships are etched in their faces. No way would I not take at least a 200mm reach to capture their faces without being totally intrusive.

Good luck....


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Mar 07, 2012 15:37 |  #14

hienz wrote in post #14044527 (external link)
Wow, thanks Jamie. Just checked out your blog, specifically the China ones. Really nice work there! and helpful for me.

Yeah, I'll probably leave the 70-200 at home or sell it for more play money while I'm in Beijing.

Glad you like it! I'm fairly familiar with Beijing so if you want any advice about where to shoot/stay/eat etc. feel free to shoot me a PM.


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