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Feb 20, 2014 18:36 |  #76

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Safety first? For such an adventure I'd personally consider something looking less conspicuous and expensive - perhaps a high end P&S. Or a Rebel with 18-135 STM , which can stay on the camera most of the time, plus nifty-fifty for portraiture/low light shots. That could be just me, but when I travel I very rarely feel a need for longer than 135mm on a crop; wider than 18mm is more frequently needed.

I dunno how can I play safe even without the camera to be honest since we'll be lugging a bike full of stuffs we need, macbook and other electronics. I'm insuring my camera equipments though just on the safe side.




  
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Feb 20, 2014 18:56 |  #77

3 zoom lens is too many. You will not always change lens on the road.
For option your option
pancake 40-this lens weigh nothing, just get it.
55-250 STM- telephoto
you had settle two lens tele end and normal range
Pick one of the wide end you need(17-55,10-22,15-85, Gopro), for me I will choose 15-85, cover more focal range.


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Feb 20, 2014 19:45 |  #78

personally i don't see why you'd opt for the 40mm over your 30mm that you already own...especially if you were planning on bringing a 17-55IS like one of your set-up ideas...it's overlapping with that zoom...yes it's small and cheap, but that doesn't mean it should be thrown into every bag...

also i would never even think of replacing an UWA with a gopro...gopro is good for video in my mind...stills are not it's strong suit...but then again, i've got an older gopro...but even then it's more of a fisheye


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Feb 20, 2014 23:26 |  #79

10-22
30 or 35 or pancake
85 are all you need.

Personally, If I were traveling on a bike for one year, I would just bring either my 24L or 35L + 85L combo.
2 lenses and 1 body.


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Feb 21, 2014 01:12 |  #80

I did a 5 day bike tour on New Zealand's mainland (that's the south island, ahem) with my 60D, 17-55, 70-300L and 28/1.8 in a bag on my back. It was fine. I take my DSLR rig backpacking regularly, and consider it a necessary weight "expense." The photos are worth it. For a trip like what you're planning, which sounds amazing, I'm sure you'll be training up for a while and will be in great shape by the time you start out.

A challenge is to figure out how to carry the camera on the bike in a way that's protected from destructive vibration and weather, while also giving you quick access if you want to take a shot. The lens decisions are nothing - the bag decisions are the hard part!

I loved the 70-300L on my trip and would suggest looking at the Tamron equivalent. On a crop camera, the 300mm range lets you take pictures of near distance wildlife and other features. It's also a very nice focal length for compressed landscapes. I thought the EF-S 55-250 felt cheap and slow when I had it, but it does have the advantage of being light. I just didn't think it was very inspiring to use. Granted, I was using it on a T1i and it's quite likely my experience was clouded by that camera's limitations.

The 17-55 is an amazing lens. Personally I'd be happy with the 17-55, 30 and some kind of 70-300ish lens. The 30 is for after hours when you want something lightweight, fast and relatively small when you're out enjoying a meal and the nightlife where you're staying. Personally I don't find the UWA of 10-22 particularly useful in a lot of settings. Depends in part on whether you're going to have time to set up landscape shots and if you get a lot out of using that 10mm end - I certainly didn't. With my 60D I almost never took the 10-22 anywhere, despite it being a nice lens.

Hope you'll share your photos with us. I'd love to hear about your experiences on the bike, too. I'd love to do a cross-country trip one day, but what you're contemplating is next level . . .


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Feb 21, 2014 02:24 |  #81

I'd take the EFS10-22, EFS17-55 and the EF100mm macro as I like the combination of macro and slightly longer focal length. Personally I'm very rarely interested in long lens stuff but I would 100% take a tripod.

Sounds like a great trip. Enjoy!

(I don't know how experienced you are but I suggest you pack all your stuff and do a test ride for the weekend, you'll probably realise that you don't "really" need half the stuff you want to take; I don't just mean camera stuff I mean everything from the amount of underpants to the deodorant you want to take. Travelling is no fun if you are constantly hassled and inconvenienced by the weight of your luggage, unless you have a valet of course! I wouldn't dismiss out of hand a smaller camera system, despite that it's not an answer to your original question it is a pretty valid point in my opinion)


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Feb 21, 2014 03:33 |  #82

So many opinions, options and decisions...I went to Hawaii with all that I had. I had the kit lens, 18-55is, 50mm 1.8,55-250mmIS. I did wish for a tripod a few times.I never weighed my camera bag but it was a carry on in flight.There were times I only walked around with camera and mounted lens.... Have fun and spend a boat load of money. Be Well.


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Feb 21, 2014 09:44 |  #83

CaliWalkabout wrote in post #16705726 (external link)
I did a 5 day bike tour on New Zealand's mainland (that's the south island, ahem) with my 60D, 17-55, 70-300L and 28/1.8 in a bag on my back. It was fine. I take my DSLR rig backpacking regularly, and consider it a necessary weight "expense." The photos are worth it. For a trip like what you're planning, which sounds amazing, I'm sure you'll be training up for a while and will be in great shape by the time you start out.

A challenge is to figure out how to carry the camera on the bike in a way that's protected from destructive vibration and weather, while also giving you quick access if you want to take a shot. The lens decisions are nothing - the bag decisions are the hard part!

I loved the 70-300L on my trip and would suggest looking at the Tamron equivalent. On a crop camera, the 300mm range lets you take pictures of near distance wildlife and other features. It's also a very nice focal length for compressed landscapes. I thought the EF-S 55-250 felt cheap and slow when I had it, but it does have the advantage of being light. I just didn't think it was very inspiring to use. Granted, I was using it on a T1i and it's quite likely my experience was clouded by that camera's limitations.

The 17-55 is an amazing lens. Personally I'd be happy with the 17-55, 30 and some kind of 70-300ish lens. The 30 is for after hours when you want something lightweight, fast and relatively small when you're out enjoying a meal and the nightlife where you're staying. Personally I don't find the UWA of 10-22 particularly useful in a lot of settings. Depends in part on whether you're going to have time to set up landscape shots and if you get a lot out of using that 10mm end - I certainly didn't. With my 60D I almost never took the 10-22 anywhere, despite it being a nice lens.

Hope you'll share your photos with us. I'd love to hear about your experiences on the bike, too. I'd love to do a cross-country trip one day, but what you're contemplating is next level . . .

I like the idea of the 30 for a night stuff walkaround in the city. I'm actually thinking about leaving the 10-22 if I decide to bring a 15-85 and 55-250 lens. the about the 10-22 is i've had a lot of keepers from that lens whenever I go backpacking, canoeing and mountain biking. an old reliable. and I see using it a lot once we're in wide open spaces/vistas and above tree line.

For now, I'll bring a cheaper long lens (the 55-250) when we start in Alaska until we reach L.A. that's probably 4-5 months, enough time if i'll stick to it or not




  
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Feb 21, 2014 12:02 as a reply to  @ pokerface's post |  #84

Figure I'll chime in with my thoughts as I'll be doing the same trip starting in September, except that I'm traveling on a dual sport motorcycle rather than bicycle. I know, a little different, but I'm planning to take a very similar amount of kit. After some shakedown rides I've got my kit to where I think I'm happy.

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I do a lot of hiking on my trips as well, and although the 15-85 is rather wide, I wouldn't think of leaving behind my 11-16 for the shooting I do. I am still a bit undecided on my 70-200, though. Some trips I've taken it, some I haven't. It seems that when I bring it, I don't use it much, but when I don't have it I regret not bringing it. Maybe I'll start the trip with it and make a decision to keep it or send it home before crossing into Mexico.

So I guess my recommendations would be to take the 10-22 (and it sounds like you really enjoy this lens), either a standard zoom (17-55,15-85, 24-105) or perhaps just a prime in this range, and a telephoto (70-200/4, 70-300, 55-250). I really like my 70-200, but if you took, say, 10-22, 30, and 55-250, you wouldn't even have much for gaps in focal length.

My best recommendation, though, would be to take a couple shakedown rides with some different gear and see what you actually shoot with, and what you wish you had with you.

Keep the rubber side down!

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Feb 21, 2014 12:33 |  #85

jkdwings wrote in post #16706672 (external link)
Figure I'll chime in with my thoughts as I'll be doing the same trip starting in September, except that I'm traveling on a dual sport motorcycle rather than bicycle. I know, a little different, but I'm planning to take a very similar amount of kit. After some shakedown rides I've got my kit to where I think I'm happy.

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I do a lot of hiking on my trips as well, and although the 15-85 is rather wide, I wouldn't think of leaving behind my 11-16 for the shooting I do. I am still a bit undecided on my 70-200, though. Some trips I've taken it, some I haven't. It seems that when I bring it, I don't use it much, but when I don't have it I regret not bringing it. Maybe I'll start the trip with it and make a decision to keep it or send it home before crossing into Mexico.

So I guess my recommendations would be to take the 10-22 (and it sounds like you really enjoy this lens), either a standard zoom (17-55,15-85, 24-105) or perhaps just a prime in this range, and a telephoto (70-200/4, 70-300, 55-250). I really like my 70-200, but if you took, say, 10-22, 30, and 55-250, you wouldn't even have much for gaps in focal length.

My best recommendation, though, would be to take a couple shakedown rides with some different gear and see what you actually shoot with, and what you wish you had with you.

Keep the rubber side down!

Jason

thanks. that 15-85 is getting more and more interesting.




  
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Feb 21, 2014 19:36 |  #86

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I like the idea of the 30 for a night stuff walkaround in the city. I'm actually thinking about leaving the 10-22 if I decide to bring a 15-85 and 55-250 lens. the about the 10-22 is i've had a lot of keepers from that lens whenever I go backpacking, canoeing and mountain biking. an old reliable. and I see using it a lot once we're in wide open spaces/vistas and above tree line.

For now, I'll bring a cheaper long lens (the 55-250) when we start in Alaska until we reach L.A. that's probably 4-5 months, enough time if i'll stick to it or not

to me it seems like you are already regretting not taking the 10-22mm...as i side before, i really don't think a gopro replaces it


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Feb 21, 2014 19:42 |  #87

Having been once, there is zero chance I'd go to Alaska without the 10-22...


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Feb 21, 2014 19:49 |  #88

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to me it seems like you are already regretting not taking the 10-22mm...as i side before, i really don't think a gopro replaces it

I haven't decided which set-up to bring but I'm trying to decide soon. I could still bring the 10-22 and gopro.




  
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Feb 22, 2014 16:56 |  #89

o crap i erased my post, anyway eventually im getting the eosm after the canon 50 comes out, getting either the 35 is or 50is or sigma 50. I know you are ok with the 7d but unless shooting sports is there anything a 7d can do that a eosm cant. Also the 22 is tiny or take the 10-22, 40mm pancake. Also the 70-200 is about twice as heavy as 55-250 and about twice the volume and doesnt have is. Also my 100 f2 is kinda small but 55-250 covers it. And for crop 28-75 for a standard zoom is excellent for travel, tiny and light. I tested mine and its super sharp 28mm to 50mm but long side blows.


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Feb 22, 2014 17:03 |  #90

I'm surprised you are looking at a large setup as obviously you'll be lugging plenty of gear already. No way in hell I'd be dragging a 70-200 on a bike 5000 miles. Besides, It's unlikely you'll be shooting sports or portraits along the way, so I doubt you need longer fast glass. I'd go with some wide range slow lenses and a small prime or two to keep the weight down. I'd probably just pick up a G1X or a micro four thirds setup with a few small lenses.


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