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Sep 13, 2012 11:52 |  #31
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+1 for the UWA's. I think landscape is what you'll be most likely into.


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Sep 13, 2012 11:54 |  #32

I'd just bring the 10-22. A short 7 mile loop probably won't get you to any large critters worth taking a pic of.

I used to bring a 11-16 and 100 macro, but that was too much junk/weight just for dayhikes. Now I bring a 15-85 and it's light enough where the small camera bag hanging off my neck isn't noticeable. I'd like a g1x for hiking but I'll just suck it up and use my current cam for hiking.




  
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Sep 13, 2012 12:24 |  #33

NZed wrote in post #14982075 (external link)
West Canadian summit hiking. for a period of 5 days

I guess the 10-22 is definitely with me. Now the second lens... 24-70 or 40

The 10-22mm is an excellent choice!

Wide end sample from my recent trip.

Canon EOS 7D Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
1/80s f/8.0 at 10.0mm + B+W XS-PRO Kaesemann MRC Nano Circular Polarizer

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and from the 22mm end

Canon EOS 7D Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
1/100s f/8.0 at 22.0mm

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Sep 13, 2012 12:51 |  #34

Wide angles are good where perspective issues don't arise.

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Telephotos are good for compression of distant mountains to maintain perspective.

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Sep 13, 2012 13:04 |  #35

NZed wrote in post #14981678 (external link)
Im going hiking.

lens at my dispose:

24-70L
70-200L 2.8 IS II
40 pancake
10-22 UWA
18-135

im pulled by the 24-70 for some nice weather sealing with my 7D and UWA for some nice landscape. no birds or animals and such, just people and landscape.

what would you bring if you had these lenses?

10-22 & 40mm


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Sep 13, 2012 13:42 |  #36

When I backpack I like to take three lenses: my main axe (for a long time that was 15-85, now 17-55), a fast prime (these days 28/1.8, or the nifty fifty if I'm going into high altitude and want something light) for those low light shots around the campfire, and either a telephoto or UWA. Tony-s's post is a perfect illustration of the challenge in this decision.

A UWA is quite demanding compositionally. A landscape needs big, striking features like those in Tsmith's shot to avoid lacking a coherent subject. When I take my UWA along I tend to slap it onto the camera when I want to play, rather than while we're on the move with our packs on. UWA often calls for camera movement, getting low to the ground, etc.

Telephoto is a bit different. I'd put on the 55-250 and walk with it. Snap shots of interesting distant landscapes, capture the dog as she runs hither and yon all day, shots of incidental wildlife. I'm planning on getting the 70-300 for the size advantages and will probably start carrying that and using it more than I did the 55-250 while I had it (otherwise why drop that kind of coin!).

For me the weight of the gear is worth it, but I'm about 200 pounds and in decent shape. A lens that's at home isn't doing anything for your photography, is my attitude. But I also try to be realistic about how much lens switching I'll really do during a trip that's not focused on photography.


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Sep 13, 2012 13:44 |  #37

I have to agree with the 10-22 and 40 recommendations from others. I used a 21 and 40 (on FF) on my recent 2 week CO vacation and never felt like I was missing anything.

I do have to admit, though, this is compelling. Might have to lug my 200 on a few day hikes on the next CO vacation. What FL was this?

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Sep 13, 2012 21:41 |  #38

scottda wrote in post #14986529 (external link)
I do have to admit, though, this is compelling. Might have to lug my 200 on a few day hikes on the next CO vacation. What FL was this?

267mm on the 5Dii. The important feature of telephotos is the compression they provide for complex landscapes where there are compositionally-interesting features that are separated by large distances. With wide angle lenses, those shots cannot be made.


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Sep 13, 2012 23:21 as a reply to  @ post 14983024 |  #39

Rebel with OM Zuiko 28mm or 17-40L.
No wildlife were I hike.


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Sep 13, 2012 23:33 |  #40

5 day trip not for photos specifically,, your buds are not going to enjoy stopping for lens changing and photo breaks.

I'd pick one light weight low light lens, leave it on the camera and try to have it as easy as possible to get to while moving. May be some friction if your the only photographer in the bunch.

Backpacking doesn't have to be rushed but for some reason all my trips turn into hurry up and keep moving.




  
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