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What lenses for "Grand Circle" USA trip?>

 
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Apr 14, 2012 18:16 |  #1

Will be traveling to the southwest USA quite soon to do a roadtrip through utah/colardo/new mexico and arizona.

I have a feeling I'll be using my 17-55mm the most, plus I have a polarizing filter for it.

Should I bring a longer lens? have my 100mm macro or 70-200mm...

What about wider angle? Do I need wider than 17mm... ~27mm on my crop?


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Apr 14, 2012 18:20 |  #2

I think you'll want a 100-400.

The 70-200 may not see a lot of use if you have a 17-55 and 100-400.

The macro, maybe, there's some cool stuff growing in that region.

I would suggest you rent/buy another body so that you can have two lenses mounted for immediate use at all times, and backup.


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Apr 14, 2012 18:40 |  #3

S.Horton wrote in post #14266321 (external link)
I think you'll want a 100-400.

The 70-200 may not see a lot of use if you have a 17-55 and 100-400.

The macro, maybe, there's some cool stuff growing in that region.

I would suggest you rent/buy another body so that you can have two lenses mounted for immediate use at all times, and backup.

What do you see the 100-400 for?


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Apr 14, 2012 19:06 as a reply to  @ kaitlyn2004's post |  #4

I think it would be for the wildlife. What to take would depend on two things. One is what you like shoot, and two what you are willing to carry (feel comfortable carrying).

I would want a UW zoom and the 100-400 (or at least a 1.4X). Along with what you already own. Unless you're big into macro, I would get an extension tube for the 50mm and long zooms for when/and if needed. Either of these will be heavy to carry around. I'm a large guy, based on your handle, you are not.


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Apr 14, 2012 19:14 |  #5

I would definitely take the 70-200. I would also probably rent an ultrawide like the 10-22 or tokina 11-16.




  
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Apr 14, 2012 20:11 |  #6

Damn...

For ultrawide I just can't justify renting. For ~10 days the canon 10-22 like $100. You're never getting that back.. and I DO intend to buy an ultrawide so.. that's $100 gone!

Then there is the 11-16mm... but there is a new one due out in 2012 :(.

Ughhhhh


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Apr 14, 2012 20:19 |  #7

The Canon 10-22 is $59.50 for 10 days at lensrentals.com


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Apr 14, 2012 20:20 |  #8

It's $100 in exchange for (hopefully) a lot of good pictures.

I don't know where all you will be going, but certain locations such as horseshoe bend really demand something wider than 17mm on APS-C.




  
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Apr 14, 2012 21:26 |  #9

I did the grand circle a little over a month ago and used my 15-85mm 95% of the time. I rarely used my longer lenses. If I were to have a second lens, I would want an ultrawide. As a side note, it is super dusty there, so protect your gear. My focus ring got scratchy and I just sent my glass in for cleaning. Also, my polarizer got scratched from the blowing dust hitting the filter. I should have put my cap on as soon as I was finished shooting.




  
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Apr 14, 2012 21:28 |  #10

hubcaps wrote in post #14267023 (external link)
I did the grand circle a little over a month ago and used my 15-85mm 95% of the time. I rarely used my longer lenses. If I were to have a second lens, I would want an ultrawide. As a side note, it is super dusty there, so protect your gear. My focus ring got scratchy and I just sent my glass in for cleaning. Also, my polarizer got scratched from the blowing dust hitting the filter. I should have put my cap on as soon as I was finished shooting.

Ya... I was concerned about this. Any suggestions to help protect? I certainly don't want to ruin my gear from constant blowing sand :(


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Apr 15, 2012 23:10 |  #11

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Apr 16, 2012 05:08 as a reply to  @ hubcaps's post |  #12

I did the circle tour a few months back and 80% of my shots are taken with my 17-40 on a 5D Mark II at the wide end between 17-21mm.

For a cropped frame camera like your 7D, you'll definitely need something wider than your 17-55. The sigma 10-20 is a great and affordable lens if you don't want to spend more for the Canon EF-S 10-22.


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Apr 16, 2012 06:38 |  #13

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What do you see the 100-400 for?

Everything, actually, is in play at just about any FL.

Down there, if you look at a rock formation at 100, then 400, you may have two very different keepers. That's a landscape.

Wildlife? Yep, 400.

Even the Grand Canyon, at 400, is very different.

Sunrise, sunset, 400 is a must-have.

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Apr 16, 2012 07:06 |  #14

I purchased the 15-85 and used it for most of my cross country trip. The range is great from emi ultra wide to short tele.


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Apr 16, 2012 07:29 |  #15

S.Horton wrote in post #14273630 (external link)
Everything, actually, is in play at just about any FL.

Down there, if you look at a rock formation at 100, then 400, you may have two very different keepers. That's a landscape.

Wildlife? Yep, 400.

Even the Grand Canyon, at 400, is very different.

Sunrise, sunset, 400 is a must-have.

Enjoy.

I'll second what Sam said. I think a lot of us only think wide when thinking about landscapes, but telephoto lenses give you a completely different perspective on what you see. The Grand Canyon is a great example. It is soooo big that wide and ultrawide photos don't really capture the beauty of the place, in my opinion. Yet a telephoto brings out the details that make it such a magnificent place.

I don't know if I would get the 100-400 if I were you. I would definately bring the 70-200.

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