Jedi5150 wrote in post #16475523
Phrasikleia, I just checked out your link to your website and I'm humbled. THAT is the kind of landscape photos I want to take.
The one of the Dolomites and the one of the winter lake scene at night are just phenomenal. So I'm guessing I lean more towards the wide angle preference.
I'd love to get a packing list from you for backpacking. Even for a short 3-day trip in summer weather I'm pushing 50 lbs if I take a DSLR, 1 lens, and tripod.
Thanks for your kind words. I'll be happy to describe what I bring along when backpacking. Feel free to msg me if you want. My situation may be different from yours, though. I always go backpacking with my husband, so we have two people to do the carrying, which helps a lot (and of course he is the primary pack mule!).
My biggest reason for wanting a single lens, however, is not weight, its simplicity. I found that when I had two lenses (I owned the 70-200 and 24-105 briefly together), I spent more time changing out lenses and trying to decide which to use than I did actually composing and taking the shots.
Well, that problem will go away over time. Once you lock into your own way of 'seeing', you'll spot compositions more easily and will know right away which lens to use.
I've never stitched a photo together (don't even own photoshop, just lightroom). If I could create a "wide angle" shot by stitching several from the 70-200 together, that lens would be my choice in a heartbeat, because I'm already sold on the image quality of it. Then again until my PP skills improve, I might be safer to go with a 17-40...
Using a 70mm focal length to create a wide angle shot is sort of possible, but it's not quite the same as using an actual WA lens. For one thing, your minimum focusing distance will be a lot further away with the telephoto lens. Also, you'll have to do a 2-axis stitch to replicate the effects of a WA shot, so you're introducing a lot of complexity by going that route. I do stitches of all sorts, but typically I do them with the telephoto lens only when I need to add a little extra to one side or else if I want to create a panorama.
Fitness Freak wrote in post #16475557
where I live...it's ugly...not just ugly, but absolutely, indescribably, scare-away-small- children-and-make-landscape-photographers-CRY-ugly.
This part cracked me up. I sympathize with you! At the moment I'm temporarily in such a location. Well, maybe not quite that bad, but it feels that way sometimes.
My dream was (and still is, it's just been delayed) to take pictures like Phrasikleia takes (which are phenomenal by the way). However, until then, I'm just biding my time and becoming a better photographer by figuring out a way to work with what precious little I have to work with.
That's very nice of you to say.
Jedi5150 wrote in post #16475596
Now back to the wide angle thing. Like you, I'm not surrounded by beautiful terrain, but sometime I go places, like backpacking in the high Sierras, or motorcycle riding in Zion NP, and in those times, when I want a wide angle, I really WANT a wide angle. After my last motorcycle ride I came back promising myself I would buy a wide angle...and here I am at lens choice time, debating going back to the telephoto...
EDITED TO ADD: I was typing and missed the last two posts. Knowing how much I loved the 70-200, I'm wondering if I shouldn't just go back to it, learn to stitch photos for those wider shots, and be done with it.
It sounds to me as though you really do need two lenses to achieve what you want.
M_Six wrote in post #16475652
I rarely carry my camera on a neck or shoulder strap, so it doesn't hang lens down very often. Maybe that's why I never experienced the lens creep issue.
Same here. No lens creep issues with any of my lenses, including the 24-105 (though I don't use it very often). My camera and lenses stay in my backpack until it's actually time to use them. I don't even use a strap of any sort on my camera anymore. It comes out of the backpack and goes onto the tripod, more or less. I might take it out to check a possible composition through it, but that's only after I've already used my hands to frame the scene. I certainly don't walk around pointing it at things willy-nilly. In general, when the camera comes out, it's time to get down to business. That's why I've always used easy-access backpacks or bags; it's better for the gear to keep it all protected, and it's better for me to have the stuff out of the way while I'm hiking.