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Lenses for trip to France?

 
adamwright
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Aug 28, 2012 07:27 |  #1

Staring at an empty camera bag trying to figure out which lenses to bring for a two week adventure in France is getting a bit old!

For sure I'm packing my 10-22mm for landscape and architecture shots. I also was planning on my Canon 50mm1.4 but here's my big problem... The only thing I have for a longer zoom is the Canon 70-300 4-5.6L. I love that lens and was thinking it would be great for some detail shots and capturing some people peeping (not that this white behemoth is unobtrusive). However, that lens is HEAVY. I also have the Sigma 17-50 2.8 but that's not helping with reach.

So, I have analysis paralysis!!! Would you bring the 17-300 or should I pop for a say 70-150?
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Aug 28, 2012 08:19 |  #2

Think it comes down to if you mind carrying a heavy bag around or not. I tend to go with a full range for any vacation + a low-light prime. For example: 10-22/17-55/16-35 etc, 50, 70-200. It's a heavy bag, shoulders get sore, back gets sweaty.... Is it worth it? Always.

Do you need a long lens? Yep, you will want to zoom in on something far away without a doubt and 50mm isn't much on the long end. Do you need wide angle? For Paris and other narrow-street places, and landscapes, yes.

If you really don't want to carry the big lens around, leave it at home, you'll miss it though. If anything, skip the prime if it's already covered and you feel like more than 2 lenses is too many.


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Aug 28, 2012 08:23 |  #3

Bring a 55-250.. you can buy it for $175 on Amazon. It is light, sharp, and pretty good range.
Its obviously not as good as your L but it is a LOT lighter and you will still get a pretty good shot.


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Aug 28, 2012 08:47 |  #4

I'd leave the 70-300 and bring the rest. Maybe a 55-250 if you must have telrphoto.


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Aug 28, 2012 08:50 |  #5

Definately the 17-300. :)

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Would you bring the 17-300 or should I pop for a say 70-150?
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Aug 28, 2012 08:59 |  #6

Where in France? I travel there from time to time. Daughter lives in Paris, but we visited other areas as well - Provence, Luberon, Normandy.
Typically, unless you really want to do "spy shots" of people, you do not need a telephoto there. Yes, you may also want to use it for architectural details (e.g., gargoyles on cathedrals), but mostly you will want to use the wide end. I had a 17-70 on most of the time, followed by a 10-20 for wide areas and buildings like cathedrals, or the D-Day beaches, or the wide town squares and markets. In museums I used my Sigma 30mm 1.4 because flash is banned there most of the time. I do not think I missed many opportunities because I did not have a long telephoto with me.


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Sep 10, 2013 01:38 |  #7

I recently visited France. The French riviera is actually an amazing place to visit. I went there to have holidays but the locations over there. I captured the pics of few luxury posh villas that we went to lodge. I guess my nikon coolpic also serves great pics. I am not a professional photographer but I am sharing few best clicks of mine !!
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Sep 10, 2013 09:34 |  #8

Traveled to Germany last month with 2 7D bodies, 10-22, 17-55, 70-200 f/2.8 L IS Mark II and my 24-105 L IS.
Why the 24-105? Great walk around for one body, less swapping of lenses, wide angle and also nice and tight for portraits, etc.
Thought about the 70-200 f/4 L IS for reduced weight. However there were times when f/4 just wouldn't achieve the results.
If you do not mind the weight, bring your best as you will not question yourself and reap the rewards of your nice investment of lenses.


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Sep 10, 2013 09:56 |  #9

If I were you; I would take the 10-22mm, 50mm f/1.4 and would buy a 100mm f/2 to have a complete and light pack.

Best regards from France ;)

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Sep 10, 2013 11:15 |  #10

As others mentioned - it depends on where in France you are visiting. My last two trips there, Paris and Brittany, I barely touched my 70-200. Most of my shots were on the wider end with the 10-20 and 24-105 for general architecture and landscape images, then I used my 30/1.4 a lot when indoors and when taking candids of food and family (in that order, haha).


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Sep 12, 2013 12:57 |  #11

I am in France right now, leaving for Boston tomorrow. Currently in Paris, before that - a few days in Basque Country, it's French part. I usually take a normal zoom and an UWA, but I recently bought a 15-85 lens, and it turned out to be wide enough. I only wanted to have my 10-20 twice. Not worth the effort of bringing it. The 15-85 was the only lens that I needed.

I used to bring a 30 mm f/1.4 prime for low light, but with my new 70D it was replaced by high ISO.

And finally, I gave up on the idea of bringing a telephoto to Europe, unless there is a special need to do so. With exception of shooting small details of architecture high at the top of the churches, it is just a extra weight that I can do without.


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Sep 12, 2013 18:32 |  #12

I travel to France every couple years. My 17-50 f/2.8 has been the most used lens,
followed by the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II. The 10-20 Sigma has been used a few times as
well. And you will want a travel tripod, there are so many great night shots.

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Sep 13, 2013 08:29 |  #13

My last eurotrip I took 11-16+24-105L; and the 24-105L was on my 600d for 95% of the shots; 11-16 for specific 'epic cathedral' style shots. I brought a gorillapod with me; though next time I don't know (my gorillapod legs don't lock very well anymore so I need to replace..).

If I was leaving today with my 6D; I'd actually have a hard time deciding; some combination of 17-40, 24-105L and maybe 50L. (I love the 50; on body 80% of time for me; but traveling I may just leave it home...)


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Sep 13, 2013 10:37 |  #14

I spent a month in Paris this summer. I had a 5Dmk3 and 5Dc but really only used one (since I didn't want to standout as a tourist too much...) but my widest was my 21mm and I could have gone wider if I had a chance. I have traveled over to Europe in the past with just a 24-105 (15-85 rough crop equiv.) and now I use mainly primes but never really needed anything longer than 135mm. It does really depends on where you are going in France. Certainly I would not bring the 70-300. That is just me.


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Sep 13, 2013 23:40 |  #15

i would take the 70-300 myself and leave it in your room on days you're not using it (inside the safe of course)




  
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