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Lens for Galapagos?

 
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Sep 07, 2012 22:07 |  #1

Soon going to Galapagos ona Nat Geo Photo Expedition.
On the Nat Geo site they have a list of recommended equipment, and the biggest lens on that list is a 200mm.
Anyone who has been there, do you think I should bring my 100- 400?

I can also bring a Tamron 28 - 270 and canon 17 - 55.

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Sep 07, 2012 23:08 |  #2

I searched galapagos and 100 - 400 on flickr and came up with quite a few photos taken with that lens. Personally I would bring both of your zooms. You would hate to go with only one and then wish when you were there that you had the other one with


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Sep 07, 2012 23:17 |  #3

yes, bring the 100-400.




  
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Sep 07, 2012 23:24 |  #4

I'd also consider a second body.




  
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Sep 07, 2012 23:35 |  #5

I was there with a 70-200 as my longest and I wished I had more reach but 200 was pretty decent for most shooting but in your case I would certainly bring the 100-400.


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Jul 28, 2013 16:25 |  #6

How did you like the Nat Geo trip? I'm considering this same trip in February or October 2014. Any regrets?

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Aug 05, 2013 03:06 |  #7

Animals get *very* close - as in, they'll stick their faces right into the lens if you're not careful!

That said, I'd definitely bring the 100-400. Put that on one body, and the 70-200 on the other. If you have something even longer than the 100-400, bring that too - it'll be good for birds.




  
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Jun 21, 2014 13:48 |  #8

I'm going in November. Should I bring my 500mm f/4?


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Jun 21, 2014 14:07 |  #9

Juggling lenses in the Islands is tricky, and adding a long prime makes it even more difficult, as you NEED a long and short zoom as well, almost at all times.

I brought both my 500mm f/4L IS and my 100-400mm.
Two bodies is a must, if you want a long lens on. Even 100mm gets too long, but at the same time, 500mm was often just right! (I even used a 2x on one occasion!)

If you can fit it Ian, I'd take the 500mm and that Sigma 100-300mm, then the 17-50mm and 10-22.
If you don't want to lug the 500mm around, then it's your 400mm f/5.6 for the long work.

To the OP, take your 100-400mm for sure. Be ready to switch to something under 100mm, preferably already on a second body.


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Jun 21, 2014 14:15 |  #10

Thanks for the advice! I just bought a 70-200/2.8 II so that will replace the 100-300. Will definitely bring a second body (rent or buy -- undecided. Depends in part on whether the 7DII comes out this summer).

Lens lineup will probably be 500/4, 70-200/2.8, 17-50/2.8, and 10-20 with 1.4x and 2x TC. If I bring the 500, I probably won't carry the 400.

Tripod with Gimbal.

Joined a gym so I can get in shape to carry all this crap :P


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Jun 21, 2014 14:23 |  #11

Tripod with gimbal for the 500mm might be a tough thing to lug around. I'm not saying don't, only that I was very rarely stationary for more than a few minutes, usually less. My solution was a monopod.


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Jun 21, 2014 14:34 |  #12

Hmmmm .... monopod is an idea. I'll need to practice a bit with the 500 on my monopod and see if that works for me. Did you find any use for a flash (e.g. fill) or should I leave it home?


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Jun 22, 2014 14:34 |  #13

I did not use mine (might not have packed it, don't recall)
I packed it for Africa, and could have used it there or the Galapagos for fill in strong light, but never did in either case.

It certainly could be an option as we don't get much choice in when we are shooting. It could be used to help during the mid day hours as fill to help with harsh contrast and shadows.

IMHO it was just too much of a pain to add to the mix.


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Jul 12, 2014 15:43 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #14

I took the Nat Geo trip in January and it was fantastic. I brought a tripod but never used it, didn't end up using the monopod either. I had either a 70-200 F4 or the 100-400 on my 7D and a 24-105 on a 6D, plus a small underwater camera. Very rarely did I wish for something longer, and when I did it was for something quickly moving so it would have been difficult anyway.

You'll have a great time whatever you bring. You're not going to want to carry too much weight on the hikes/walks. I did carry two cameras and found the cotton carrier to work better than two sling straps. Lots of rocks to climb over and its hard to keep your balance if you're trying to keep two cameras from swinging around.

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