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May 27, 2013 09:59 |  #1

I would appreciate advice from Hawaii visitors/photogs. I am visiting Hawaii (four islands via cruise) for the first time in late June. I currently own a 24-70 f/4 which I will certainly take and an 85 1.8 that I will leave at home.

Here's the question: I have thought about renting a 70-300L thinking that it would be advantageous for far-away mountains, waterfalls, whale-watching, etc. However, in reviewing the Hawaii thread on POTN, I sense that the better choice may be something wide like the 17-40. I can only afford and desire to carry my 24-70 and only one of the other lenses mentioned here. Advice is appreciated - do I go wide or tele?

Thanks in advance.

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May 27, 2013 10:36 |  #2

Since you have already ruled out renting (or buying) both the 17-40L and 70-300L, I will recommend the telephoto rather than the 17-40L. Your 24-70L is already pretty wide on a 5D. But if at all possible, try to get both lenses for your trip!


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May 27, 2013 11:22 as a reply to  @ RodneyCyr's post |  #3

There is an awesome rental place in Honolulu called (Hawaii photo rental)
I recommend bringing a few lenses, but certainly a good CPL..
don't get there without a polarizing filter..
I had them ship equipment to me in maui on our honeymoon..


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May 27, 2013 14:46 |  #4

Thanks Eddie and Rodney. I appreciate the feedback. I had not thought renting in Honolulu would be practical, but, as I explored Hawaii Photo Rental's site, that appears to be a very viable option.

Thanks to you both.


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May 29, 2013 23:03 |  #5

I did just as you were thinking and took two lenses. I then rented the stuff I figured I would need for the day such a tripod etc from Hawaii rental and it made the flights etc a lot more tolerable. I did an open air helicopter tour and I was glad I had my 100-400L along so I would seriously consider bringing your 70 - 300.




  
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May 30, 2013 06:02 |  #6

Thank you, Brian. Seriously considering the helicopter option. Much appreciated.

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May 30, 2013 06:57 |  #7
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Just returned from Kauai and 90% of my photos were shot at under 30mm focal length. Personally I'd skip the telephoto and just take you 24-70...it is all you will need. Tripod, polarizer and GND filters are a must.




  
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May 30, 2013 07:22 |  #8

definitely depends on what you plan to do. a 300 2.8 + 2x TC was perfect for whale watching and birding a bit while I was there. switching to the wide angle lens for portraits and scenery wasn't a big deal. Since I wasn't traveling alone, we actually took 2 camera bags on the flight, which had 3 bodys, the 300, a sigma 50-500 and a couple of 17-50mm lenses. I also picked up a lightweight travel tripod that folded down to 12", and was quite usable, so long as you weighted it down.

Enjoy your trip though.




  
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May 30, 2013 07:45 |  #9

Since you are going in June, you will not be whale watching, as all the humpbacks have migrated to their northern/southern feeding grounds for the summer. The only time I used a telephoto on our last visit to the Islands was for our two whale watching excursions. I had a 40D at the time, and used a 17-55 f/2.8 IS for almost all my shots. I did use a 10-22mm for a few shots in Volcanoes National Park, but could have gotten by with only one lens there, too. An ultra-wide angle lens would also be useful at Haleakala National Park if you are going to Maui (we did not visit that island on our last trip, but have been there on previous ones).

You will probably find that your 24-70 f/2.8 is sufficient for almost everything you will shoot.


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May 30, 2013 07:54 |  #10

I was in Kauai last month... I found that roughly 65% of my shots were using the 24-70L II, 25% using the 17-40, the rest were either my 50/1.4 or the 100 macro.

One thing I found out (and glad I did ahead of time) was that no bags were allowed on our helicopter tour. I used the 24-70 for the entire flight and never felt like I needed a different lens. I did use the GP-E2 and it has helped looking through my shots and identifying exactly what I was shooting without having to take notes.


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May 30, 2013 08:59 as a reply to  @ Baggs's post |  #11

I think you'd have more fun with a wider lens than a telephoto. The only thing you'd use the tele for would be if you see whales/dolphins, the rest I would use the wide. I made lots of use of my 10-22 there, I don't think I used my 70-210 even once.


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May 30, 2013 09:49 as a reply to  @ Naito's post |  #12

Obviously, you can take the 24-70mm f/4L and be just fine. However and ideally, I would leave the 24-70mm f/4L at home. Instead, I would take a 17-40mm f/4L and a 70-300mm f/4-5.6L. It's a much more versatile combination.

The 24-70mm f/4L is great for multi-purpose casual shooting on less-important excursions like to the zoo, the park, kids' birthday parties or events, theme parks, etc. It's neither wide enough to get dramatic landscapes or long enough to capture details of far away landscapes or wildlife. Unless you live in Hawaii or have an opportunity to shoot there often, I would take a UWA and a telephoto.


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May 30, 2013 09:54 |  #13

lehmanncpa wrote in post #15982331 (external link)
Obviously, you can take the 24-70mm f/4L and be just fine. However and ideally, I would leave the 24-70mm f/4L at home. Instead, I would take a 17-40mm f/4L and a 70-300mm f/4-5.6L. It's a much more versatile combination.

The 24-70mm f/4L is great for multi-purpose casual shooting on less-important excursions like to the zoo, the park, kids' birthday parties or events, theme parks, etc. It's neither wide enough to get dramatic landscapes or long enough to capture details of far away landscapes or wildlife. Unless you live in Hawaii or have an opportunity to shoot there often, I would take a UWA and a telephoto.

+ 1. 17-40/70-300L is a great lightweight travel kit for almost anything.


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May 30, 2013 13:52 |  #14

Wow. Lots of great (and varied) feedback. I've got some decisions to make. Good problem to have.

Thanks to all.

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May 30, 2013 14:03 |  #15

wmcy wrote in post #15971856 (external link)
I would appreciate advice from Hawaii visitors/photogs. I am visiting Hawaii (four islands via cruise) for the first time in late June. I currently own a 24-70 f/4 which I will certainly take and an 85 1.8 that I will leave at home.

Here's the question: I have thought about renting a 70-300L thinking that it would be advantageous for far-away mountains, waterfalls, whale-watching, etc. However, in reviewing the Hawaii thread on POTN, I sense that the better choice may be something wide like the 17-40. I can only afford and desire to carry my 24-70 and only one of the other lenses mentioned here. Advice is appreciated - do I go wide or tele?

Thanks in advance.

Wm.

24mm on full frame is decently wide and should be serviceable for landscapes in Hawaii if you wanted to go longer. I do like wider shots myself though.


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