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Aug 24, 2012 22:31 |  #16

I was there a few weeks ago and my 17-50 stayed on 95% of the time. A few times I wanted more reach but rarely used it. Also carry a messenger style bag I you do not have one. Just easier to have then a backpack IMO. I also took the grip off so I was traveling light.


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Aug 25, 2012 17:05 as a reply to  @ RHChan84's post |  #17

We went to Washington DC this summer. I brought my 10-22, 24-70, and 70-200 on the trip but only carried the ones with me I thought I would use. I used the 24-70 the most....but got my favorite pictures from the 10-22. I hightly recommend packing light, being 90+ degrees (and raining almost every day) I really hated caring anything around.

FYI...the 70-200 was mostly used at the National zoo, so I typically did not carry that with me.


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Aug 25, 2012 17:21 |  #18

I have to echo the other natives; go light! This is probably the trip that would really justify a 17-5X 2.8 lens! Long shots are going to be relatively rare, and you can probably pre-plan them, museums may or may not allow flash, and can be somewhat dark. Pretty much all of my good shots have been with my 15-85, a few with the Sigma 30mm.

Keep in mind you will WALK everywhere! Yes, we have a great Metro, but there's no Metro stop for the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, or Jefferson Monument; you'll get off at Smithsonian with a few thousand of your closest friends and WALK. And, if you're going to the Smithsonian Museums on the same day, you'll WALK from one end of the Mall to the Capitol and back. I've done this many times; it is not a short walk.

Enjoy the city, get off the Mall into the Penn Quarter and have a nice meal, and if MLB season is still going while you're here, catch the Nats. A vacation with family versus a photography event, from your description!


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Aug 25, 2012 20:55 as a reply to  @ markeb's post |  #19

I would bring the 18-55, and the 50 1.8.

I can see why people would suggest the Takumar 1.4, but I think the 1.8 will be a better fit. I am from there, and go back often. I brought my Takumar 1.4 to the Natural History Museum with my nephew, and didn't have great results. I guess I am just not that great at manually focusing in low light. I don't know if you have a focusing screen. I don't and I found it tough to focus in the low light of the museum. I know the AF of the 1.8 isn't exactly great in low light, but I still feel like the success rate would have been higher than with the Takumar.

Another thing is, I didn't really like the 50mm focal lenght for the museum with a kid. I wanted to get him looking at the dinosaur bones or whatever, and it was just too tight for that. And I couldn't exacltly just back up all the time. The quarters are semi-tight at times.

Also, security on the national mall usually does not allow for tripods. You may get away with it, but they will usually tell you to do away with it.

If you feel like you are going to want the reach, bring the 100-300. (hey....it's an L, how could you leave it at home...hahahaha)

Just my thoughts.

Would you consider renting a lens? It could be worth it.


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Aug 25, 2012 22:55 |  #20

Unless you're going to the zoo (or are into aviation photography) faster or lighter lenses are your friend. As was said before, light in some exhibits will be too low to comfortably focus manually. Your 18-55 and 50 1.8 will see the most use by far.


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Aug 26, 2012 00:25 |  #21

Canon 18-55mm IS + 50 1.8




  
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Aug 26, 2012 07:53 |  #22

aduda wrote in post #14906855 (external link)
Also, security on the national mall usually does not allow for tripods. You may get away with it, but they will usually tell you to do away with it.

That must be a pretty new rule. Through last summer, I have consistently used my tripod morning, noon and night on the Mall for shots of the Capitol and Washington Monument.




  
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Aug 26, 2012 08:08 |  #23

Eastport wrote in post #14907997 (external link)
That must be a pretty new rule. Through last summer, I have consistently used my tripod morning, noon and night on the Mall for shots of the Capitol and Washington Monument.

Hi,
Maybe you want to check this out. https://photography-on-the.net …9647&highlight=​washington . I just found out about it.

Thanks for all the suggestions, I really appreciate. The 18-55 will be in the bag will the 50mm 1.8. Is a fixed 135mm too short to be useful in DC?

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Aug 26, 2012 09:27 |  #24

wallace1837 wrote in post #14908021 (external link)
Hi,
Maybe you want to check this out. https://photography-on-the.net …9647&highlight=​washington . I just found out about it.

Thanks. I read that entire discussion. There's nothing in there that indicates tripods are not allowed on the Mall. Nor is there anything in the park rules that I have seen that prohibits their use.

However, per the park rules, if you are doing a clearly professional shoot, then you'd need a permit. Also, if you are sitting in one place for an hour taking shot after shot with professional equipment, then, yes, you will get the attention of security.




  
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Aug 26, 2012 09:33 |  #25

Park rules:

http://www.nps.gov …ourvisit/permit​s-faqs.htm (external link)

And this:

"FILMING REQUIREMENTS

What are the requirements for tripod usage in DC?
Tripods are not permitted near the US Capitol without a permit from the U.S. Capitol Police. For information about filming at the U.S. Capitol, contact the U.S. Capitol Police Public Information Office at (202) 224-1677. Tripods are permitted everywhere on the National Mall, with the exception of the interior spaces of the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Nighttime tripod use is also permitted. To request a permit application for filming on the National Mall, contact the National Park Service Public Affairs Office at (202) 619-7225. For information about filming at other Washington, DC sites, contact the DC Office of Motion Picture and TV Development at film.dc.gov or (202) 727-6608. For complete information on DC filming requirements, visit film.dc.gov."




  
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Aug 26, 2012 12:20 |  #26

Subscribed! I am planning on visiting DC this fall. I missed my high school senior field trip that went to DC due to Infectious mononeucliosis (sp?) :cry:and still want to visit the many museums and landmarks there. 50 years and counting.


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Sep 18, 2012 16:18 as a reply to  @ Joe Ravenstein's post |  #27

Follow up:
Came back from DC. I brought 50 1.8 and 18-55. I really enjoyed the lightweight of both of them, since we walked a lot. I did not really missed a zoom.

As for the security and photo rules on the mall, I had no problem at all.

Thanks for the advises.


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Sep 18, 2012 18:21 |  #28

wallace1837 wrote in post #14899032 (external link)
Hi,
Which of the lens (below in my signature) would you bring on a family (wife and 7 months old baby) vacation to Washington DC? I would like to travel light, but not regret it later.

Would you ungrip the body? Still bring two batteries...

Best regards,

I covered DC with 16-35 II with really good results...


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Sep 19, 2012 11:19 |  #29

wallace1837 wrote in post #15010577 (external link)
Follow up:
Came back from DC. I brought 50 1.8 and 18-55. I really enjoyed the lightweight of both of them, since we walked a lot. I did not really missed a zoom.

As for the security and photo rules on the mall, I had no problem at all.

Thanks for the advises.

glad you enjoyed yourself, the weather is finally getting nice and cool and you should come visit again. this city is awesome in the fall and winter. :)


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Sep 19, 2012 12:26 |  #30

Another local, the few times I use a long lens are for the down the mall shots from the Carillion (usually only for the equinox moon rises), the zoo, and reflections at the Jefferson Memorial (even then 100ish mm is usually plenty). A standard zoom would be excellent for most of the monuments.

I'd bring a fast lens as most of the Smithsonian allows photography but doesn't allow flash, and isn't exceedingly well lit. I'd bring your 18-55 or 28-105, and probably either of your 50s. 135 is a very good length for nice relfection shots around the tidal basin (and possibly the reflecting pool if it's finished now) and you don't mind bringing a third lens (I use my Nikkor 105/2.5 quite a bit).

I've never had trouble around dawn or dusk with a tripod around the tidal basin, but never brought a model/lights, either. Most of the permit rules are either specifically about the interior of the monuments (which generally aren't large) or designed to prevent a small number of wedding photographers from monopolizing the best views.

I usually find myself walking quite a bit when I go into DC, so I'd reccomend packing pretty lightly. Metro is usually walkable, but there's almost always at least a short walk to the sights.

A few favorite places for me are the Portrait Gallery's central atrium (lovely garden area for informal portraits especially on rainy days), Union Station (the postal museum across the street is one of the cleanest, least used public bathrooms in the city), and the Udvar-Hazy center (if you're renting a car or don't mind a fairly lengthy bus ride), and the Botannical Gardens. The world war I memorial is very classic, as well.




  
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