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Sep 07, 2012 15:58 |  #16

Lbsimon wrote in post #14960993 (external link)
I traveled to Paris many times as a tourist. First, you do not need a long telephoto. I took it once with me, but used it only for architectural details, and only because I had it in the bag. Since then I only take a medium zoom, a 30mm fast prime, and an UWA - 10-20mm. Paris streets are narrow, the buildings are big, an UWA is a must.

If you are a typical tourist like me, your 18-55 is good for daylight. No need to borrow another lens. Your 55-250 will be just a deadweight. The 50mm will be good in museums (I can confirm, D'Orsay does not allow photography). And get a used Sigma 10-20, it is relatively inexpensive.

Most important, enjoy your trip, Paris is one of the most fun cities in the world!

Thanks - sounds like I may just leave the 55-250 at home and bring the nifty fifty with me. Will look around here and FM for a used UWA as well.




  
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Sep 07, 2012 15:58 |  #17

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I'm just back from Paris. I go there quite a lot and have tried everything. This time I just took my 17-50 f/2.8 Sigma and a couple of small Pentax film bodies with short lenses for b&w.

I didn't feel I needed to take my 10-22 this time and I didn't miss it. I think I would have liked to have my 24-105L with me but its fairly heavy and I wanted to travel light. I was fairly happy with just the 17-50.

Thanks for the input!




  
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Sep 07, 2012 16:01 |  #18

lehmanncpa wrote in post #14961077 (external link)
I'm always partial to Canon. I've heard great things from the Canon 10-22 crowd. Check it out here:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …-4.5-USM-Lens-Review.aspx (external link)

Agreed that the 10-22 appears to be highly regarded and would thus be at the top of my list as well. A used one seems to run around $550-600, whereas a used Sigma 10-20 runs about $350-400. I understand that the 10-22 is very highly regarded. I just question how often I'd use the UWA other than on trips like this.




  
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Sep 07, 2012 16:01 |  #19

I was just there 3 weeks ago. I used my Tamron 17-50 F/2.8 the most. Even if you
stopping it down, it's still a lot sharper than the kit lens will ever be. F/6.8 on it will
beat the kit lens at F/6.8 any day. The second most used was my Sigma 10-20mm, and
I used my Canon 70-200 F/2.8 L IS II a few times as well, while in some of the parks.
And I used my Carbon Fiber Tripod a lot, in the evening.

And as others have said, enjoy your trip. Paris is amazing.
I'm trying to go back every 2 years.

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Sep 07, 2012 18:59 |  #20

17-50 have a nice trip




  
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Sep 07, 2012 19:29 |  #21

Long-time lover of Paris here. I'm trying to think of a situation where I would want a long lens there, and could only think of gargoyles and girls (architectural details and street candids). I'd leave the tele at home if I were you.
I second the 17-50 and UWA, although it sounds like buying a lens at this point would be adding financial stress onto an already expensive trip. I feel your pain.


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Sep 07, 2012 20:31 |  #22

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Long-time lover of Paris here. I'm trying to think of a situation where I would want a long lens there, and could only think of gargoyles and girls (architectural details and street candids). I'd leave the tele at home if I were you.
I second the 17-50 and UWA, although it sounds like buying a lens at this point would be adding financial stress onto an already expensive trip. I feel your pain.

Thanks! LehmannCPA pointed me in the direction of a local place where I could rent the 10-22 for $75, so I may just go that route.




  
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Sep 07, 2012 21:18 as a reply to  @ JOL's post |  #23

I brought my Canon 10-22, Sigma 30mm and Canon 70-300 DO.
I just went to Paris back in June and the 10-22 and 30mm were used a lot. It was either wide or low light/shallow DOF. There were some times when I needed the tele but it was about 5% of the time.


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Sep 07, 2012 23:19 |  #24

JOL wrote in post #14959857 (external link)
I am trying to pack light (and am trying to bring only 2 lenses with me), so I figured that I should limit my lenses to the 17-50 and the 55-250. I figure that the 17-50 will stay on 90% of the time, and the 55-250 would only be used when I absolutely needed the length.

Any opinions on whether I am bringing the correct lenses or if I should consider bringing others? Thanks!

I agree with your choices! I use the 17-55mm IS and 70-200mm f/4L IS lens as my travel duo. I usually shoot with a pair of cameras and use the 17-55mm about 2/3 of the time and my 70-200mm for the remaining third.

The 17-55mm is a very decent low light lens and I expect that the Taqmron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC would also be deent in lower lighting conditions.

I would go anywhere with these two lenses and would be comfortable shooting in any venue except for macro, some sports and some wildlife.

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Sep 08, 2012 00:59 |  #25

Hello

I live near Paris and my vote is going for a 10-22 to complete your gear ! In this case, if I were you, I would take 10-22 + 17-50 + 50 + 55-250 to travel "light". No flash needed ! Oh and a tripod for night shots !

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Sep 08, 2012 09:17 |  #26

17-50mm & the nifty and your done.


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Sep 08, 2012 09:21 |  #27

cherrymoon wrote in post #14962746 (external link)
...if I were you, I would take 10-22 + 17-50 + 50 + 55-250 to travel "light"...and a tripod for night shots !

I would hate to see your "heavy" travel rig. :)


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Sep 08, 2012 10:02 |  #28

cherrymoon wrote in post #14962746 (external link)
Hello

I live near Paris and my vote is going for a 10-22 to complete your gear ! In this case, if I were you, I would take 10-22 + 17-50 + 50 + 55-250 to travel "light". No flash needed ! Oh and a tripod for night shots !

My 0.02$

When I go to Paris, I do it for fun. I want to see the streets, go to museums, walk into cathedrals, and I walk everywhere all day long. Nobody pays me to carry a bag full of lenses, or even an extra body. With this "light" kit my shoulder will be sore in no time.

Travel really light - a kit lens and a UWA if you can get it cheap, and enjoy the trip.




  
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Sep 08, 2012 11:58 |  #29

I agree with Lbsimon.
I did a month in Paris with only a 35mm L and occasional use of a 14mm (for some architecture). I wanted a light load since we walked about 12-14 hours a day. It was enough to capture anything I wanted. You really want to go as light as possible in my opinion.


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Sep 11, 2012 23:31 |  #30

7D, Tamron 17-50, and a light tripod...

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