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Mar 19, 2012 07:34 |  #1

attached to my 40D for 7 days in Utah? Leaving in late May for a trip to Utah and also the Grand Canyon to visit all the parks plus anything else you regular visitors can recommend. Will my two lenses be good enough for this trip or do I need to rent something keeping in mind I'll be traveling on a motorcycle. If renting I can only afford to rent one lens so if mine aren't good enough which would you chose along with only one of mine. Remember on a motorcycle you are limited to how much you can carry.


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Mar 19, 2012 08:22 |  #2

My guess would be that you'll end up using the 15-85 90+% of the time, unless you want to shoot wildlife. If you think you'll be shooting anything where you have a distant, small subject such as wildlife you'll want something longer (for this, generally the longer the focal length the better - probably 70-200 at a minimum, but preferably 300mm or 400mm), but if mainly landscape, scenic vistas, etc., wide is generally more useful.


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Mar 19, 2012 10:07 |  #3

I'd rent the 10-22, but if you want to keep it light what you've got will certainly work.




  
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Mar 19, 2012 10:08 |  #4

I visited Peru: Lima and Machu Picchu. I only took my 15-85mm attached to my 60D plus a flash for indoors. I got every shot I wanted and was completely satisfied. the 15-85 is a great lens!


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Mar 19, 2012 10:38 |  #5

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attached to my 40D for 7 days in Utah? Leaving in late May for a trip to Utah and also the Grand Canyon to visit all the parks plus anything else you regular visitors can recommend. Will my two lenses be good enough for this trip or do I need to rent something keeping in mind
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I'll be traveling on a motorcycle. If renting I can only afford to rent one lens so if mine aren't good enough which would you chose along with only one of mine. Remember on a motorcycle you are limited to how much you can carry.

I can only afford to rent one lens so if mine aren't good enough which would you chose along with only one of mine.




  
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Mar 19, 2012 14:42 |  #6

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I can only afford to rent one lens so if mine aren't good enough which would you chose along with only one of mine.

I only have room for two lens so if I rent which one of mine do I leave at home.


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Mar 19, 2012 14:51 |  #7

the the 85/1.8 home and rent a 70-200ish if you need some reach.


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Mar 19, 2012 15:07 as a reply to  @ mike_311's post |  #8

I did a week in Vegas with the 15-85mm and it was superb. Plenty wide, plenty long, plenty good. I only took one lens to keep it light and keep me from being obsessive ;) I got some beautiful night shots, wide shots and zoomed shots. You won't want to be switching lens in the middle of the desert and the 15-85mm is plenty rugged for the trip.

I have since switched gear with FF, but still would only take my 24-105L - I think on a FF the perspective is about the same.

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Mar 19, 2012 15:19 |  #9

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Mar 19, 2012 15:23 |  #10

2cruise wrote in post #14112138 (external link)
attached to my 40D for 7 days in Utah? Leaving in late May for a trip to Utah and also the Grand Canyon to visit all the parks plus anything else you regular visitors can recommend. Will my two lenses be good enough for this trip or do I need to rent something keeping in mind I'll be traveling on a motorcycle. If renting I can only afford to rent one lens so if mine aren't good enough which would you chose along with only one of mine. Remember on a motorcycle you are limited to how much you can carry.

I would probably leave the 85/1.8 at home. It's a great lens, but I doubt you will use it much.

If you can find room for it, I would rent the 70-200 f4 IS. I just returned from a similar trip to northern AZ and southern UT, and I used my 70-200 quite a bit more than expected.

An alternative would be to rent an ultrawide like the 10-22, but the widest lens I took was 24mm (on full frame), and I only wished for something wider a couple times. In those few cases I just took multiple shots and stitched them when I got home.




  
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Mar 19, 2012 15:24 |  #11

I think if you want to keep it on the light side, what you have will be sufficient. But if you think you'll need some reach, definitely one of the long focal length lens will help.


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Mar 19, 2012 21:24 as a reply to  @ superaugust's post |  #12

I'm leaving April 9th on a week long motorcycle trip through Appalachia, and the 15-85 will probably be all I pack with my 60d. It is a great all-around lens for a scooter trip.


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Mar 19, 2012 22:01 |  #13

I took my 85 to Hawaii with me and only used it a couple of times and only because I made a point of taking it out otherwise it was the good old 17-50 and long zoom for surf shots.


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Mar 19, 2012 22:31 |  #14

bpark42 wrote in post #14114542 (external link)
I would probably leave the 85/1.8 at home. It's a great lens, but I doubt you will use it much.

If you can find room for it, I would rent the 70-200 f4 IS. I just returned from a similar trip to northern AZ and southern UT, and I used my 70-200 quite a bit more than expected.

I agree... and I carry the 70-200mm f/4L IS everywhere I go. The lens is great for isolating specific portions of the scenery and for compressing distances.

Bring polarizing filters also.

I modified a SLIK Pro 330DX tripod into a boonie tromping and travel tripod which weighs about 2 pounds but supported my 40D and 70-200mm f/4L IS even in Utah's stiff breezes. However, even that small of a tripod might be too muct to carry on a motorcyce. It sure as heck would come in handy though!


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Mar 20, 2012 06:58 |  #15

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I agree... and I carry the 70-200mm f/4L IS everywhere I go. The lens is great for isolating specific portions of the scenery and for compressing distances.

Me too.
I've sold off all but 3 lenses. I use a 15-85IS (had the 17-55 f/2.8 before it) about 30% of the time, a 70-200 f/4 IS 69% of the time and i have a hardly used 50mm f/1.4.
I love being able to zoom in close so for me the 70-200 is a must, but the 15-85IS is the one that will capture scenery and buildings etc, and its not too bad in lower light.
I had a 85 f/1.8 and as nice as it was it was the one lens i couldn't find a use for in day to day shooting.
I found mine to be not great wide open in sunlight, so having to stop down meant i wasnt really making the best use out of it. I also found 85mm to be just that bit too long for a walk around lens, yet a bit too short to get in close.
For a holiday trip i think the 15-85IS is ideal, although i would definitely take my 70-200 as well.


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