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Dec 12, 2013 17:03 |  #16

I was there last summer..
On a crop I took 15-85 and a Sigma 30. Perfect combo.. never needed anything longer or wider.
For Museums the Sigma 30 was good.

On 6D the 24-70 and your 50 would do the trick.


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Dec 12, 2013 17:47 |  #17

I would go wide in London. I would take the 16-35 for the Tower and other very large sights. The 24-70 should do almost anything you want. A fast lens will be handy indoors if you wind up visiting the Clink!




  
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Dec 12, 2013 18:04 |  #18

I must be an idiot but i just cant feel confortable with the siggy 24-70. it is a nice lens but somehow the images wont give me satisfaction. I guess another one would be much happier than me with it.

So i just planned and i guess ill take 16-35 and 50mm. 35-50 is something i never really needed. But im still thinking about either 135L or 70-300L...

135L my sharpest lens and the BOKEH is delicious. However the 70-300 is darn sharp too but alot more versatile. Now thats the question ?!


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Dec 12, 2013 20:41 |  #19

Having been to London a few times, in my Navy days, I have to agree that this would probably be the best combination and should cover just about everything you will want it to. Enjoy your trip, it is a great place to visit, with a lot to see.

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24-70, maybe 16-35 if you have room. 24-70 will do most of everything for you in London. I had that setup in Paris this year and it worked fine for everything I wanted to photograph.


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Dec 12, 2013 20:49 |  #20

I went to London a while ago, I didn't leave the city. I took (and carried) each lens in my signature. At least 80% of what I took was with the 17-55 (same FOV as the 24-70 on FF) and the rest with my 11-16; I did not end up using the 70-200 at all.

That said, I recommend: the 24-70 and the 16-35L


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Dec 12, 2013 21:33 |  #21

If you do not like the 24-70, then it should be 16-35 and 50. I have been to London many times, both on business and as a tourist, and learned that you need to go wide (tight spaces, large buildings), you need to have a fast lens for museums, and that there is not much use for a telephoto. Your 70-300 will mostly be a deadweight in your bag. Of course of you take it with you, you will probably take a few shots here and there, but it will not be worth the effort.

There are so many things to see in London. My favorite is the British Museum. Every time I am in London I go there. Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, the Assirian culture, the mummies, and Rosetta Stone - not to be missed. The National Gallery is one of the best picture galleries in the world, on par with Metropolitan in NYC or Prado in Madrid. You will want to spend time in Wesminster checking the graves of the great British masters. And of course the Tower of London and the Tower bridge - take a Beefeater tour. If you are into modern art, visit Tate Modern - a great collection of early 20th century.

Some will tell you that they are all "too touristy", but this is exactly why they are touristy - there is not much around the world like London!


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Dec 13, 2013 06:12 as a reply to  @ Lbsimon's post |  #22

I'm going to rock the boat - I love using the 135 out in town, there are always details and subjects in crowds you don't want to disturb or get them candid.

If was being a tourist in London I wouldn't be without a 24, 50 and 135.


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Dec 13, 2013 09:20 |  #23

UKmitch86 wrote in post #16523844 (external link)
I'm going to rock the boat - I love using the 135 out in town, there are always details and subjects in crowds you don't want to disturb or get them candid.

If was being a tourist in London I wouldn't be without a 24, 50 and 135.

Good point for the 135L.

Im so undecided now ?!


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Dec 13, 2013 09:48 |  #24

davidfarina wrote in post #16524155 (external link)
Good point for the 135L.

Im so undecided now ?!

Don't forget that you're going to be lugging your gear through London's crowds, on the underground, on buses, in the rain, to restaurants, around airports, etc. There are a LOT of people on the streets at that time of the year. For gear, lighter is better. When I've visited in the past, there have been plenty of times (e.g. Trafalgar Square on New Year's Eve) when it just wasn't feasible (or desirable) to change lenses. Last year I had three lenses with me, left them all in the hotel room except my medium-range zoom, and often wished I just had a point-and-shoot.

Next time I go (I have family in England), I'll be thinking very carefully about the gear I take, and will probably limit it to one lens and a decent point-and-shoot.


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Dec 13, 2013 09:48 |  #25

Ummmmmmm I would go 50mm for sure [my 50mm is my general walkaround] then I'd say it depends on your style of shooting & what you like to shoot....
16-35L for wide scenery touristy type stuff or 135L for people/portraits/detai​ls as just said above.


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Dec 13, 2013 09:51 |  #26

Maybe before new year, "exchange" your Sigma 24-70mm HSM with a Canon 24-105mm and take only this lens ? If not, I would suggest 16-35L + 135L

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Dec 13, 2013 11:41 |  #27

A wide one and a medium zoom walkabout one is all you need.

A busy day...

Go to Buckingham Palace, walk down the Mall, turn left up to Piccadilly Circus, turn left down Piccadilly, check out Fortnum and Mason's to see how the rich shop for food, go on down to the Ritz and have outrageously expensive afternoon tea (book beforehand), back up a bit and go north up Bond Street to see how the rich shop for clothes, turn right down Oxford Street to see how everybody else shops (yawn), then you are back at Piccadilly Circus. Cross over and go into Leicester Square, catch a movie, go north into China Town, grab a Chinese dinner, go north into Soho, check out a dodgy late night show (if you get my drift), or Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. Go to bed tired, happy and significantly poorer.

Don't go to Madame Tussauds.


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Dec 13, 2013 12:16 as a reply to  @ Kirth Gersen's post |  #28

I'd stay under 100mm and definitely take a very wide lens, would possibly also use a tilt-shift for architecture (a super mix between ancient and modern in many parts of London) if i had more time than you will have on that short visit.

A longer zoom could be of interest if you wished to get details of such things as the Buckingham Palace changing of the guard parade. Careful it is not held every day of the week.




  
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Dec 13, 2013 12:24 |  #29

Kirth Gersen wrote in post #16524542 (external link)
A wide one and a medium zoom walkabout one is all you need.

A busy day...

Go to Buckingham Palace, walk down the Mall, turn left up to Piccadilly Circus, turn left down Piccadilly, check out Fortnum and Mason's to see how the rich shop for food, go on down to the Ritz and have outrageously expensive afternoon tea (book beforehand), back up a bit and go north up Bond Street to see how the rich shop for clothes, turn right down Oxford Street to see how everybody else shops (yawn), then you are back at Piccadilly Circus. Cross over and go into Leicester Square, catch a movie, go north into China Town, grab a Chinese dinner, go north into Soho, check out a dodgy late night show (if you get my drift), or Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club. Go to bed tired, happy and significantly poorer.

Don't go to Madame Tussauds.

I wish I was given that itinerary! The best I got was, go to Westminster, cross the bridge, walk to the millennial bridge, go to St. Pauls. But I also stopped at: The Tower, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square (I didn't see a single pigeon there that day, literally, not even one).


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Dec 13, 2013 17:33 |  #30

I would take the same lens I use in the USA. The requirements are exactly the same for me.


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