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Which lenses should i take to Spain?

 
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Jun 24, 2013 07:07 |  #1

I would like to hear your suggestions about what lenses should i purchase. I own a kit, Canon EOS Rebel T4i(650D) with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and also i have canon 50mm f/1.4 usm ef.
I plan to visit Spain and Turkey as a tourist, so i am going to shot streets, buildings, my friends, landscapes, sea, food, wedding and everything i see :)
I am not very satisfied with my 18-135 lense, pictures not as sharp as i like.

I am thinking about:
Ultra-Wide Zoom: EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Standard & Medium Telephoto: EF 85mm f/1.8 USM(I am not sure if i really need it in this trip, i just like the bokeh it can give me, because i also going to take portraits)
Telephoto Zoom: EF 70-200mm f/4L USM(maybe ultra-wide zoom can replace it?)

I am not a pro, i just purchase them for myself and ready to buy two of them, but now all :oops:

And what do you think about replace my old 18-135mm on this one EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

I will be glad to hear any of recommendations!
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Jun 24, 2013 07:38 |  #2

TravelerTeti wrote in post #16059586 (external link)
Ultra-Wide Zoom: EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

That won't be ultra-wide on your APS-C body. If you want an actual ultra-wide on that body you'd be looking at the EF-S 10-22.

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Jun 24, 2013 08:01 |  #3

You should also look at the 15-85.


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Jun 24, 2013 11:47 |  #4

if you just are looking for a one lens solution, i think the 15-85mm is the way to go...it's a good lens, so as long as you're not the reason the 18-135mm is soft, you should get better results with it...

17-40L is the last lens i'd suggest for your camera, there are way better options
85mm would be good if you have the extra room, you can easily get away with using your 50mm for portraits though
70-200mm seems like it would stay in the bag the majority of the time

24-105L is something I would like, but I would also pair it with an UWA of the 10-2X variety this way you still have the wide end covered...you're going to want somethig wide if you're trying to shoot buildings


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Jun 24, 2013 12:36 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #5

I have been in London for couple of weeks and the one I use the most is the 24-105/4 with the 5DII. It is an excellent lens. I brought the Sigma 35/1.4 and the ROkinon 14/2.8, both have been really nice and they have produced much sharper photos at day and night. But for carrying around, I could have managed with the 24-105/4 alone.


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Jun 24, 2013 13:46 |  #6

Thanks for all your advices, it really helps me a lot. I am thinking to get 10-22 for landscapes but i just noticed it hasn't stabilizer... Would it be a problem with shooting on the go?
Not sure about 85 mm though... i already have 50 mm, so it's like a luxury to have both of them.
But how to decide between EF-S 15-85mm and EF 24-105mm?? Both seems to be a good lenses




  
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Jun 24, 2013 14:05 |  #7

lack of IS on the 10-22mm isn't much of an issue...you can shoot at pretty slow shutter speeds on wide lenses...you won't be able to do second long exposures...but you should be able to get around 1/15 or so...

personally I wouldn't want both the 10-22mm, and the 15-85mm...there's quite a bit of overlap, and i feel like i'd rather have just the 15-85mm


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Jun 24, 2013 14:25 |  #8

DreDaze wrote in post #16060725 (external link)
lack of IS on the 10-22mm isn't much of an issue...you can shoot at pretty slow shutter speeds on wide lenses...you won't be able to do second long exposures...but you should be able to get around 1/15 or so...

personally I wouldn't want both the 10-22mm, and the 15-85mm...there's quite a bit of overlap, and i feel like i'd rather have just the 15-85mm

If compare 15-85mm to 24-105mm, which one would you get as more versatile option?




  
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Jun 24, 2013 15:36 |  #9

The 15-85 would be much more versatile due to the fact it would equate to 24-135 in FF. I have used that lens and it is very nice and can pretty much be one lens solution. I have been to both Spain and Turkey and I had 24-105 on FF. This was the only lens I had but it worked perfectly fine. So the 15-85 should work just nicely. Then if you want to add the 85 1.8 it isn't too big if you want a fast lens.


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Jun 24, 2013 15:53 |  #10

Not been to Spain, but would also recommend the 15-85 for a crop body for touristy use.
I've previously hired the 10-22 when on holiday in France and whilst I loved using it as a walkabout lens it's a little too wide for most shots. The 15-85 is wide enough to use in tighter spaces, but also gives that occasional needed reach!
Another point to add is that I've also found that LR is very good at overcoming the CA / distortion of the lens...




  
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Jun 24, 2013 22:11 as a reply to  @ broadcast_techie's post |  #11

Another vote for the 15-85, I went to Italy in January, with this as my only lens, and I was very happy with my decision. Were there times that I would have liked a little wider? Yes. Were there times at night or inside that I would liked to have brought a small fast prime? Yes again. But the easy of not having to change lenses was worth it. I do think if I was going back I would bring the fast prime for shots of people (the 15-85 has super IS, and can shoot really low light shots if they are not moving). And as I am sure you have read there a ton of times 15mm is way wider than 18mm.


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Jun 24, 2013 22:13 |  #12

TravelerTeti wrote in post #16060793 (external link)
If compare 15-85mm to 24-105mm, which one would you get as more versatile option?

if you want a one lens solution i think the 15-85mm...if you're ok with swapping lenses, and want to pair it with an UWA the 24-105mm would be good...

myself, i'd go with UWA and 24-105mm...others would go the other way...it comes down to what you want


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Jun 24, 2013 23:27 |  #13

I have been in Spain a few times (and going there again soon), and in Turkey. On a crop camera like you T4i ideally you need an ultrawide, e.g., 10-20 or 10-22, and a normal lens. I used to do that, but I just got the 15-85, and I am going to take only this lens with me to Spain. Well, maybe a 30mm f/1.4 prime for shooting inside cathedrals and museums.

24mm on a crop is good for London, and probably for Turkey, but surely not wide enough for tight quarters in old Spanish towns.


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Jun 25, 2013 02:05 |  #14

Many thanks for all advices, i read it very carefully and it was helpful!
Also i would like to ask about lense experience, if not be attached to lense selection above, what lenses the most required in travelling(for ex. took any two lenses and they fully supplemented my journey), what would be those two lenses for any touristy purposes?

Maybe i should pay attention on something else, not limiting myself with chosen above? I looked through so many lenses in official usa canon site! My eyes dazzled...




  
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Jun 25, 2013 16:37 as a reply to  @ TravelerTeti's post |  #15

I just came back from Spain )))

From lens selection if you want to enjoy country, friends, food and surroundings I strongly recommend not to take an arsenal of glasses.

Next, depends what kind of IQ you expect. Primes are generally better but not so convenient.

What I would do, taking crop body in consideration:
- take 17-55/2.8 - best zoom lens you can have for your body. If you want to go light leave everything else at home.




  
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