Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and our Privacy Policy.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
Thread started 30 Mar 2012 (Friday) 14:50
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Help me with lens selection for a trip to Ireland!

 
kristensf
Hatchling
2 posts
Joined Mar 2012
     
Mar 30, 2012 14:50 |  #1

I'm going on a 2-week trip to Ireland in late May/early June for a wedding and travel - mostly the southern/western coasts (Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle, Ring of Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny, etc.) with a few days in Dublin. At this point I'm deciding what lenses to take with me - I'm willing to invest in a new lens (definitely no more than $1K right now), but ONLY if it makes sense for both my general and trip needs. Here's a summary:

1) I got my first DSLR (Canon T2i) about a year ago and have been hooked ever since. My current equipment consists of:
- 18-55mm IS kit lens
- 55-250mm IS
- 50mm 1.8
- 430EX flash
2) I traveled with everything except the flash (recent purchase) on a trip to Germany (rural Bavaria & Munich), Zurich and Salzburg in September. I found that I used the 18-55mm most of the time outdoors and the 50mm was indispensable for inside cathedrals and such. I barely used the 55-250mm - most of the time the extra reach wasn't worth me switching lenses, but that also could be my personal photography habits. There were definitely times I would have appreciated a little more reach at either end without switching lenses.

3) I'm hoping to travel relatively light on this trip. I don't want to bring more than 3 lenses, and ideally would only have 2 on me at a given time. My camera bag easily holds my T2i and 3 current lenses, but with the flash and my other stuff added it's a bit tight and heavy for a lot of walking around.

4) For Ireland, I want to be able to shoot the sweeping landscapes but also be able to capture the details of local pubs, markets and people, and street shots in Dublin. We will also be visiting a lot of castles and such, so being able to do low-light without flash well is key (hello nifty-fifty).

I've been thinking about sucking it up and getting the 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 given that (a) it'd give me a bit more reach on either end - I think being able to go down to 15mm would be great for landscapes, and 85mm would be helpful for a lot of reasons; (b) I'd be able to ditch my kit lens and use it as my primary lens with the 50 for indoor low-light stuff and (c) from reviews it seems to be a damn good lens (I have LR and PS so correcting the vignetting, etc. isn't a big deal).

I've also been considering going the UWA route, but I know I need the 18-55 range and I don't want to give up my 50, so I'm not a fan of the idea of carrying yet another lens. I'd have to dump my 55-250mm entirely for the trip, and I find it hard to believe that there will be no times that I want longer than 55mm of reach. I figure that if I desperately want a wider view, I can always do panoramic stitching, though I know it's not as easy as it sounds.

My main questions are - is the 15-85mm the right choice for my needs, and will it provide significant value to me over my current lens kit? Obviously only I can ultimately determine this, but I'd love to get some opinions before dropping $750 + hoods, filters, etc. :)




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
Charlie
Guess What! I'm Pregnant!
16,065 posts
Gallery: 8 photos
Likes: 6153
Joined Sep 2007
     
Mar 30, 2012 14:59 |  #2

17-55IS + your 55-200 + have a good time


Sony A7riii/A9 - FE 12-24/4 - FE 24-240 - SY 24/2.8 - FE 28/2 - FE 35/2.8 - FE 50/1.8 - FE 85/1.8 - EF 135/1.8 Art - F 600/5.6 - CZ 100-300 - Astro Rok 14/2.8 - Tamron 17-28/2.8 - 28-75/2.8 RXD, 70-200/2.8 VC

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Lincolnshire ­ Poacher
Member
115 posts
Joined May 2011
Location: Lincolnshire, UK
     
Mar 30, 2012 15:15 |  #3

The 15-85 is a great lens, and the one that stays on my 550D most of the time. However, whilst it is good for landscapes, it is not particularly wide. (Equivalent of 24mm on a FF body).

The beautiful wide landscapes of the west of Ireland ideally need a lens of around 10mm at the wide end IMHO.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
John ­ from ­ PA
Cream of the Crop
9,261 posts
Likes: 833
Joined May 2003
Location: Southeast Pennsylvania
     
Mar 30, 2012 15:36 |  #4

"I'm willing to invest in a new lens (definitely no more than $1K right now)" - not much need with the equipment you currently have!




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
SimpleJack
Senior Member
Avatar
839 posts
Joined Aug 2010
Location: Washington
     
Mar 30, 2012 15:37 as a reply to  @ Lincolnshire Poacher's post |  #5

15-85mm is a great lens. Gives you a nice wide shot and holds detail and it also provides you with a little reach. That's why this lens is a perfect walk around lens and the image quality is the same as the Canon L series lenses.

You can go wide depending how you crop your photo

Here is the last image I took with my 15-85mm lens on a Canon 500D. This lens can take much better images then this, but this is a example of how wide you can make your images look by cropping.

IMAGE: http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/1958/mountainview.jpg
IMAGE LINK: http://imageshack.us …ges/109/mountai​nview.jpg/  (external link)

Uploaded with ImageShack.us (external link)

Canon PowerShot S100

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
alex.hondsmerk
Goldmember
1,547 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Nov 2011
Location: Nottingham
     
Mar 30, 2012 15:59 |  #6

I didn't feel the need to go wider than 17 when I went to Ireland (we did pretty much the same itinerary as you, looking at the places you've listed!) - the 15-85 sounds like your best bet here. You've got a bit of reach with your 55-250, so you'd be able to cover pretty much everything with this combo! Take the 50 as well, you never know when you'll need the 1.8...


Gripped 50D, 24-105 f/4 L, 70-200 f/4 L, EF-S 17-85, 50 f/1.8 II "L" (external link), Tamron 60 f/2 Macro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, 430EX
Flickr (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
rick_reno
Cream of the Crop
44,642 posts
Likes: 132
Joined Dec 2010
     
Mar 30, 2012 20:36 |  #7

15-85 would be a great choice, it light and easily carried when you've had too much to drink - which hopefully will be a common event.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
maybrick
Hatchling
7 posts
Joined Oct 2010
     
Mar 31, 2012 07:57 |  #8

Something waterproof?

It will rain, guarenteed!

You will have a blast, enjoy the trip.


Canon 7d, 70-200l f/4. 17-55mm is. 100mm macro l.
Bloggy Thing (external link).

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
alex.hondsmerk
Goldmember
1,547 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Nov 2011
Location: Nottingham
     
Mar 31, 2012 08:02 |  #9

maybrick wrote in post #14185470 (external link)
Something waterproof?

It will rain, guarenteed!

You will have a blast, enjoy the trip.

Seconded. A good set of waterproofs might just save your trip. The weather around the Dingle peninsula especially is notoriously fickle.


Gripped 50D, 24-105 f/4 L, 70-200 f/4 L, EF-S 17-85, 50 f/1.8 II "L" (external link), Tamron 60 f/2 Macro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, 430EX
Flickr (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Foggiest
Senior Member
584 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Mar 2012
     
Mar 31, 2012 09:07 |  #10

rick_reno wrote in post #14183634 (external link)
15-85 would be a great choice, it light and easily carried when you've had too much to drink - which hopefully will be a common event.

Be careful of the Guinness , if you have a lot , it's not just the brain it will lubricate ! :P




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Attomsk
Member
Avatar
152 posts
Joined Dec 2011
     
Mar 31, 2012 09:11 |  #11

15-85 if you want to take just 1 lens for everything. Sigma 17-50 2.8 or canon 17-55 2.8 + your 55-250 if you want that nice big aperture.


My flickr (external link) | 600D gripped | Σ17-50 2.8 OS | 50 1.8 | 70-200L f4 IS

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
nw51ca
Member
30 posts
Gallery: 1 photo
Likes: 1
Joined Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
     
Mar 31, 2012 09:28 |  #12

You can't go wrong with the 15-85. It's very sharp, has excellent colour, and very good image stabalization. My better half has this lens on her 60D and I am constantly amazed by the quality of this lens. If you get this lens, you sell your 18-55 to help offset the cost. You won't need it!


flickr (external link) | Gear

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
rick_reno
Cream of the Crop
44,642 posts
Likes: 132
Joined Dec 2010
     
Mar 31, 2012 09:53 |  #13

I've been lucky to have worked in Ireland (Leixlip, just outside Dublin). Don't worry too much about photos, get to know the people. I've been all over the planet and have to say the nicest, most genuine people I've run into live in Ireland. They're the real deal. If they could somehow hook Ireland up to France I'd relocate in a instant.




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Foggiest
Senior Member
584 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Mar 2012
     
Mar 31, 2012 10:11 |  #14

Ryanair are pretty cheap rick , as long as you don't mind the cheapskate flight service and Rubik's Cube puzzle of their website .
Return flight , 7 day apart , about 100 euros .




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Lincolnshire ­ Poacher
Member
115 posts
Joined May 2011
Location: Lincolnshire, UK
     
Mar 31, 2012 11:59 |  #15

Ah yes. A tip regarding the Irish weather.

When you get up in the morning, hold out your hand through the window for ten seconds. If your hand gets wet it is raining. If it is dry it is about to rain. :wink:




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

1,977 views & 0 likes for this thread
Help me with lens selection for a trip to Ireland!
FORUMS Canon Cameras, Lenses & Accessories Canon EF and EF-S Lenses 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Register to forums
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.1forum software
version 2.1 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is Global Pictures AUS
961 guests, 328 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 15144, that happened on Nov 22, 2018

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.