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First time in Japan, would like to travel light, lens advice please

 
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Mar 10, 2014 00:05 |  #1

I mostly shoot wide, family/group shots and portraits. I am looking forward with street and candid shots there. Having less gear to carry around will probably make my trip there more enjoyable.

Would bring probably this on my sling bag:
6D 24-70 f/4L + 35 1.4 Art + 135L + RX100mk2(backup)

Eyeing on Sigma 12-24 4.5-5.6 HSM II btw. Looks good compliment to 24-70 4L. Any thoughts?

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Mar 10, 2014 00:54 |  #2

Heya,

24mm on a full frame is fairly wide. Below 21mm, you enter ultrawide. Do you really want to carry 3 lenses? That's traveling light, carrying three heavy lenses? Seems to me that the 24-70 would be the only lens you really need to carry. The streets are not void of people, I don't think you'll be using 135mm so often unless you have a ton of patience.

I think the Sigma 12-24 would be a nice lens to have for ultrawide. I think it would compliment the 24-70 nicely, but only if you know you want ultrawide for sure. I wouldn't buy it just for this trip honestly. I would just rent an ultrawide, as $1k to buy, unless you're going to use it a lot afterwards, etc. It's aperture doesn't make it very useful for astrophotography so it's not quite like something like the 16-35 F2.8 for example.

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Mar 10, 2014 01:20 |  #3

If you want to lug less gear around I'd look into a mirrorless system. I highly recommend Fuji. Ever since buying my X-E1 my 6D has gotten little use.


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Mar 10, 2014 01:47 |  #4
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EverydayGetaway wrote in post #16747160 (external link)
If you want to lug less gear around I'd look into a mirrorless system. I highly recommend Fuji. Ever since buying my X-E1 my 6D has gotten little use.

I wasn't going to mention it but since Lucas started it I also think mirrorless is the way to go.

I've been using my Ricoh GR non stop, also planning to take it with me to Japan later this year.

The 5D3 has been sitting in the bag for the last 2 weeks and hasn't come out since.


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Mar 10, 2014 10:05 |  #5

Hi

I went to Japan last year:

http://pics.xyclopx.co​m/japan/2013 (external link)

My kit was
24-105
16-35
70-300l
Sigma 35 art
Gitzo traveller tripod

Carried it all in a fstop kenti backpack. Everything was used except the tripod in Japan (I did use it in Taiwan though.) our tour just went way too fast and gave us pretty much no time to do the tripod stuff.

One very important thing was that it rained 1/2 the time for the 11days I was there. So u will need some weather proof lenses. I shot in the rain with my 5d3 and 24-105. No probs. will definitely need hoods to keep the water out.

I would definitely want to add an ultra wide angle like the one you were looking at. You are really going to need it for all the cityscapes and landmarks like temples and stuff.

Good luck.


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Mar 10, 2014 10:50 |  #6

Buy whatever you need while you're there!! And be sure to buy an "L" . :-)




  
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Mar 10, 2014 10:51 |  #7

You have a 17-40L, maybe take it and leave the 24-70mm at home ?

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Mar 10, 2014 14:49 |  #8

I'd start by asking what camera bag you plan on using and are you fit enough to carry that bag everywhere? Do you plan on doing any traveling by rail while in Japan? That would limit the size of bag you can bring.

FWIW, my normal kit for a trip to Japan would be close to what you proposed: 17-40L, 24-70L, 35L, 135L, 1.4x TC, external flash.

If I'm going to take a lot of people shots, I'll bring the 85L too. My favorite two prime combo is the 35L and 85L. It's hard to resist to not bring it all --- I compromise by bringing a large/heavy camera bag on the plane and leave a lot of the gear in the hotel room.

Another option I have is to swap out the 17-40L for a Samyang/Rokinon 14/2.8.

My day bag is a Think Tank Retrospective 7 that I can manage to carry all day for about two weeks (I have worked out at the gym enough to be able to handle it for about that long). If I need more room while traveling by plane, I'll also bring a Think Tank Urban Disguise 60 II which holds everything, including my 14" laptop. These bags have excellent rain covers that clip to the bag strap so that you can quicly flip up the rain cover, get at your equipment, and gets stuff protected again --- works really well in heavy rain.

If I was *really* going to travel light, I'd go 24-70L, and a 35L. If I wanted more reach, swap out the 24-70L for a 24-105L or the Sigma version.

Other option for me is to go mirrorless (e.g. Fuji X100s, X-T1, 18-55, 55-200, 27/2.8, 35/1.4).


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Mar 10, 2014 19:47 |  #9

hrblaine wrote in post #16747894 (external link)
Buy whatever you need while you're there!! And be sure to buy an "L" . :-)

Agreed - with the low Yen exchange rate you can get great deals in Japan on lenses...


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Mar 12, 2014 21:09 |  #10

It can get a bit crowded so I wouldnt carry too much in my opinion. I used S35 + 135L A LOT with some 24L when my S35 died and 85 here and there. You can look at my flickr if you like, a lot of street photos and small towns out of tokyo photos. Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions about the city too.


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Mar 13, 2014 12:51 |  #11

EverydayGetaway wrote in post #16747160 (external link)
If you want to lug less gear around I'd look into a mirrorless system.

Or a Canon Rebel SL1. Small, lightweight, and works with his other gear already. No need to invest in new lenses.


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Mar 13, 2014 13:04 |  #12

tgara wrote in post #16755887 (external link)
Or a Canon Rebel SL1. Small, lightweight, and works with his other gear already. No need to invest in new lenses.

Half the appeal of a mirrorless system are the smaller lenses. My XF 18-55mm is better optically than my 24-105L was imo, is faster at wider FL's and it's half the size...

People don't really understand the advantages until they try it out themselves.


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Mar 13, 2014 13:18 |  #13

EverydayGetaway wrote in post #16755923 (external link)
Half the appeal of a mirrorless system are the smaller lenses. My XF 18-55mm is better optically than my 24-105L was imo, is faster at wider FL's and it's half the size...

People don't really understand the advantages until they try it out themselves.

The new Canon 18-55 STM is fantastic, and better in many ways than my Canon 24-105 f/4. I don't disagree with you though, a smaller, lighter camera has many advantages. Fortunately, as consumers, we are spoiled for choice!


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Mar 16, 2014 05:42 |  #14

Just bring the sigma 35 and your 6d and leave the rest at home


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