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Apr 07, 2013 07:22 |  #1

Hi all,

I will be traveling to Italy (Venice and Rome) at the end of April with my wife and two kids and wonder which body/lens I should take. With a few exceptions I will mostly be taking travel snapshots then serious photography on this trip. That said you never know when a good opportunity may arise ...... Wouldn't want to curse myself then.

Normally I would carry a few lens but it will be tough to manage changing lenses with kids so I started looking at 28-300 L, quite nice range and more or less decent reviews for the range. I am still unsure though
- never been to Italy, what focal range wil be good in rme and Venice ? (Any Italians hre ?) do I need telephoto or 16-35 and 24-70 is what I need ?
- recently recovering from knee injury I can feel every extra KG in m legs/knees. Every review I have read says 28-300 is heavy. Infact at 1.6 kg it is heavier then any other lens in my arsenal. They are lighter alternatives covering this range and one revives said tamron 28-300 performed almost as good as as 28-300 L but I am uncertain if anything other than the L will be a good match for 1DX.

Would love to hear your comments both on focal range for Venice/Rome and also on 28-300L vs competition.


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Apr 07, 2013 07:25 |  #2

A wide angle is a must. I would take the following if I where you:

- 16-35L
- 35 1.4
- 135L

But you say that you are not photographing seriously so maybe just take a 24-105L with you and leave the fast primes at home.


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Apr 07, 2013 07:28 |  #3

I've always heard that the only real appeal of a 28-300L was that it's a typical working pro workhorse. It works, it works well and it keeps working under some abuse. As I understand it, this lens is aimed at fast moving journalists and paparazzi who may need to switch from wide angle close-ups to moderately long tele in seconds.
But it's probably worse than two lighter lenses, like a 24-105 (one of the best travel lenses imo) and maybe combined with a 70-300.

Imo, a 1Dx seems like overkill to bring for traveling. I'd look at bringing the 5D and your 24-105 which is a great match for traveling. If you need/want longer, I think adding a 70-300L is still lighter, cheaper and gives you better quality than the 28-300.
I'd also look at a wider lens, maybe a 17-40.


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Apr 07, 2013 07:28 |  #4

Going off of your signature I would take the 1DX and 24-70.


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Apr 07, 2013 07:28 |  #5

Hi,

I was in Venice just a few days ago with a few lenses and 90% of the time I used my 17-40 and 50mm lens on FF.
From your signature, I would definitely choose 1DX, 16-35/2.8, 50/1.2 and a tripod.


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Apr 07, 2013 07:50 |  #6

I think 24-70,100-400 and 50 f1.2 is good combination for this travel.


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Apr 07, 2013 08:24 |  #7

Thanks for the promot response guys.

24-70 and 16-35 with couple of light primes is manageable I think, will fit in my waist bag with one lens always on the camera. i would still stick to 1DX body though, it's heavy but much better and relaible then the 5D. My 5D's mirror jumped out just a day before one of my trips....

So it looks like 1DX plus 24-70 + 35 mm f1.4 + 16-35 + 135 f2. For this trip I reckon 35 1.4 will be better then 50 1.2. Would love to but tripod is out of question.

Lennartsw, slightly off topic - was it safe enough it Italy to wander around with all the lenses and camera body on you ?

Btw I am tinkling to carry a small point and shoot this time, not for me but for occasions when I ask somebody else to take our photos, they usually always struggle with the big DSLR.... Wonder if you guys do the same :)

Bonbridge, by serious photography I mean unless I walk out early morning when my family is still sleeping or late night after they go to bed, I will have very few opportunities to focus on photography only.


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Apr 07, 2013 09:27 |  #8

Raj wrote in post #15799626 (external link)
Lennartsw, slightly off topic - was it safe enough it Italy to wander around with all the lenses and camera body on you ?

I felt pretty safe, yes. When I was in Athen a few month ago I felt very insecure the whole day and when I went with my camera bag and a big tripod to the underground train, some strange guys with black sunglasses followed me.
But in Venice, everything was fine, no strange people or anything like that. But I had the rain cover on my backpack, so that no one could easily open the bag and take some lenses out of it.

PS: Better don't photograph the Africans that are selling bags and stuff like that, if you do, you'll find out why I said that :twisted:


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Apr 07, 2013 09:32 |  #9

I bought an Olympus OMD with the 35mm equivalent of a 16-35, 24-100, and 35mm prime to take on a vacation to Europe, including Italy, last year. The light weight and small size were perfect for traveling. I bought it used, and sold everything after the trip, thus it pretty much only cost me shipping to use it a couple of months. Cheaper than a single lens rental.

If I were you, there are some pretty great prices on 6D bodies right now, you could buy one, take the lenses you are planning to take, and sell it when you get back. Although I would take the 24-105 with IS over the 24-70 personally, especially when you are taking two primes also, as it is lighter and more versatile. Heck I would then leave the 135mm home unless you plan on taking tight portraits.

If it really is a family trip, not a serious photo endeavor, the lighter you make your kit, the more time you will take being with your family, then focusing on carrying some huge photo kit with you. For traveling your 1DX isn't going to offer any benefit over the 6D, and as an added plus you will get all your photos GPS tagged automatically.


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Apr 07, 2013 11:17 |  #10

16-35L or 17-40L, walkabout zoom 24-70/105L, light tripod.


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Apr 07, 2013 11:33 |  #11

I would say 16-35L and 50 1.2. You probably won't have a need for anything longer than that but you could definitely include the 24-105 for some more versatility on the long end.


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Apr 07, 2013 11:38 |  #12

The 28-300 is insane. Don't do it.

And what I really recommend you look into for a trip like this is a TS-E. 45mm (single buildings) or 24mm (streets of buildings).

Very wide angle is a bit overrated in cities because the distortions are just way too obvious with so many lines in the picture that the brain knows how they should go. I feel that if you really need to save space a zoom beginning at 24mm will make you wish for a wider ones but if you have a wider one you'll toss the wider pics in the end :)

FWIW I took long primes (135 and 200) last time in Europe and it didn't work out. My notes say strongly that I need a 70-200 zoom and that I must never leave home without some 85mm prime variant ever again.

I took the 45mm TS-E and if ebay works out will try the 24mm TS-E this year, then sell one.

I still use the 17-40, I think that upgrading to the 16-35 is more of a journalist or moving target thing. The optical qualities for landscaping seem to match between the two, so I keep the lighter one. Also, on FF a 35mm is an awfully short long end for a zoom. The 16-35 is really popular with 1D Mk 1-4 users, though.


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Apr 07, 2013 11:58 as a reply to  @ uOpt's post |  #13

my kit is designed for the best IQ, versatility and travel. whether I go to Kona or seattle I would take the 5d3 + 16-35L II, 24-70L II, 70-300L and 28 f2.8 IS.

in fact we are flying into SeaTac in the morning and that's what i'm taking (I don't have 70-300L yet so 70-200L f4 IS is going), as well as my tripod.

(if i'm going after wildlife I would also take the 100-400L, monopod and back-up body.)

I can walk around all day with just the 24-70L II or 16-35L II and leave the rest of the gear in the room.

I travelled for years with one or two 1d bodies. i really feel liberated using the 5d3 sans grip instead. much more comfortable for me.


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Apr 07, 2013 12:02 |  #14

uOpt wrote in post #15800155 (external link)
The 28-300 is insane. Don't do it.

And what I really recommend you look into for a trip like this is a TS-E. 45mm (single buildings) or 24mm (streets of buildings).

Very wide angle is a bit overrated in cities because the distortions are just way too obvious with so many lines in the picture that the brain knows how they should go. I feel that if you really need to save space a zoom beginning at 24mm will make you wish for a wider ones but if you have a wider one you'll toss the wider pics in the end :)

FWIW I took long primes (135 and 200) last time in Europe and it didn't work out. My notes say strongly that I need a 70-200 zoom and that I must never leave home without some 85mm prime variant ever again.

I took the 45mm TS-E and if ebay works out will try the 24mm TS-E this year, then sell one.

I still use the 17-40, I think that upgrading to the 16-35 is more of a journalist or moving target thing. The optical qualities for landscaping seem to match between the two, so I keep the lighter one. Also, on FF a 35mm is an awfully short long end for a zoom. The 16-35 is really popular with 1D Mk 1-4 users, though.

the 16-35L II is faster and more versatile. with the 1dx you can easily shoot indoors without a flash or IS or tripod with an f2.8 zoom. in a travel kit I would always opt for the faster lens unless size and weight were factors -- e.g., 70-200L f2.8 vs f4 IS.

I agree on primes. I seldom use them when travelling but I like to have one prime -- a small useful one which in my case is the 35 f2 IS.

35mm vs 40mm on FF ..... sounds like you are reaching a bit there :D.


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Apr 07, 2013 12:25 |  #15

I'm going to Rome and Venice in 10 days. I was debating between the 5dmk3 or 1dx with 24-105 and 17-40. I'll let you know how it goes!!


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