thegfxman wrote in post #14826192
did you use telephoto at all? my 70-200 is pretty light but wondering if I should lug that or the 24-105. were the shots you felt you missed indoors (i.e. churches) or outdoors where you couldn't back up anymore?
I had with me the 24L, 50L and 24-105, but the zoom was used by my then-girlfriend almost the entire trip (I think I have like 10 photos using the zoom). The 24mm got the most use, it made for a great walk around; the streets are rather tight, and most of what you'll want to shoot is wider angle stuff: architecture, street-scapes, etc. The 50 served well as the "tele" lens, letting me get closer in on details, as well as people shots. Had I taken the 70-200, I couldn't see myself using it all that frequently, and the bag was at about the max I'd want to carry w/ the 2 primes + 5D2.
I didn't find myself missing shots w/ the 24mm per-say, but I could have gone wider than 24mm and been very happy. There is just so much detail to take in, in such a cramped area haha The thing is, the wider you go past 24 f/1.4, the slower the lens, so my indoor shots/ night shots wouldn't have turned out as well. It's a tough choice: more versatility + less speed, or fixed FL + more speed.
One example: Trevi Fountain in Rome. Very cramped area (especially at night), the 24mm got the fountain and pool ok, but I was constrained enough to where I couldn't get the fountain + building + crowd in the shot. 16mm would have made easy work of that shot! Another place that begs for wide angle: Vatican.
Tuscany was about the only place where I wanted something longer than 105, but I was only there for an afternoon, so it was a very small portion of the trip!
Dj R wrote in post #14826241
as you know, I have a similar trip coming up.
don't think I'll want a tele lens for europe. I want to carry less weight, smaller lenses, leave the longer/heavy lenses at home, have fun, and get some cool wide angle and general shots.
we have similar kits.
I'm going with 35L for night.
24-105 for day. is will come in handy.
and 16-35 (your 17-40) for the odd WA shots
I like your kit choice, easy to carry + very versatile. Please share some shots when you get back!