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What lens for travel to Amsterdam?

 
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Apr 16, 2014 17:00 |  #1

Hello!

I'm going on a trip to Amsterdam in a couple of weeks. When I first heard about the trip my first thought was: "What camera gear should I take?" So I'm turning to you guys for help.

While I could take my 18-35 and my 70-200 on the trip this seems an overkill, especially because of all the weight draging me down.
I have some money saved and I could afford a new lens, but here comes a problem.

The First option is to buy a versitile lens, such as a 17-85, 18-135 or 15-85, but these lenses would not see any use other than travel, because they are just to slow for what I do.

The second option would be to buy an ultrawide like Tokina 11-16 or Canon 10-22 and take 50 1.8 with me. This would leave me with a great UWA for use after the trip, but the often lens changes and less than stellar preformance of 50 1.8 make this choice a bit cumbersome.

The third option would be to pack my 18-35, despite its weight, and purchase a 85 1.8. This would give me some good reach and serve as a great portrait lens when I come home from the trip.

Which option would you pick and why? Can you suggest any alternatives?


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Apr 16, 2014 17:05 |  #2

My vote would be the 15-85mm. When I had a crop camera, I owned this lens and it was perfect when I traveled. It is light weight, takes great photos and is very wide for landscapes and has a great FL range. If I still owned a crop, this would be my lens.


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Apr 16, 2014 18:43 |  #3

I did Amsterdam with a Sigma 17-70 OS, it was almost perfect. I did wish for slightly wider at times, but not often.


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Apr 16, 2014 19:21 |  #4

Take a wide angle, and a fast prime.


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Apr 16, 2014 20:15 |  #5

Heya,

Tokina 11-16 F2.8 II
Pancake 40mm F2.8 STM

Otherwise, the 15-85 or a 17-50 F2.8.

Amersterdamn has night life, so having a wide aperture would be a handy thing.

Also, it's all about context. Wide and ultrawide will be more interesting. Zooms of a window, or a hussy (heh heh), will not remind you as much as seeing the whole building, several buildings, the entire interior, etc.

Alt: Samyang 14mm F2.8, full manual. Set it infinity and walk and shoot.

Honestly, you may not need a longer focal length than 16mm. I can't think of a lot of cities that you want longer reach.

If you're ok with having a slower aperture, the EF-S 10-22 would be nice, otherwise, an "all in one" would be the 15-85. 17 is not much different from 18 which you have, but 15 is actually wider by enough to make a difference. But 11 and 10mm really are the ultrawides for the crop.

I'd rather take an ultrawide for travel in a city. Pocket the 50mm, or a 40mm f2.8 STM for everything else. Or even the 18-55 kit!

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Apr 16, 2014 20:55 |  #6

Remember to keep your camera away at nights when walking along the canals of the Red Light district. Or this camera will quickly end at the bottom of those canals.


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Apr 17, 2014 04:05 |  #7

UWA and a fast prime.


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Apr 17, 2014 05:13 |  #8

Your 18-35 will be the perfect lens.
Instead of lenses, invest in the most comfortable shoes which you can find, and walk on these beautiful canals. And don't forget about ribs at Cafe de Klos.



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Apr 17, 2014 05:33 as a reply to  @ adned's post |  #9

Of the lenses I have, I would take my 24-70, but if I had to buy a new lens to take, I would buy the 24-105 and take that. That lens will give you wide shots as well as some telephoto.


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Apr 17, 2014 07:04 |  #10

I was just there and used my 16 to 35mm almost the entire time. I had my 50mm on there for a while and never put the 70 to 200 zoom on the camera and won't bring that lens next year.

I go there once a year for a convention for the last 8 years.

Do not be afraid of having the camera with you at night in the red light district. There is a lot of shopping, bars and coffee houses around there and almost everyone is a tourists. Respect the woman's and clients privacy and don't take pictures of them in the windows. Other than that you will have a great time and I hope it doesn't rain the entire week like it has done for me the last three years.


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Apr 17, 2014 08:42 |  #11

Regarding your signature: 18-35mm + Samyang 85mm. If you find the weight too important, try to find a more comfortable bag.

If I would travel to Amsterdam I would take my 24mm TS-E II (or Zuiko 24mm f/2.8 for a lighter package), 35mm f/2, Samyang 85mm, manfrotto table tripod, nd+polarizing filters, in my Domke F2 bag.

Have a nice trip!

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Apr 17, 2014 18:57 |  #12

Europe = wide angle about 90% of the time for me.

I vote for the 10-22. Owned it before and it was an awesome lens.


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May 13, 2014 20:01 |  #13

Been there twice and I vote 24-105 and something small and lightweight like a 50 1.4 for nightlife. Been there twice...going back in June for the Pearl Jam shows.. 24-105 will be with me.

The range is perfect for travel.. You're going to miss a lot of interesting shots if you just carry around a wide angle..

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May 14, 2014 09:37 |  #14

"but if I had to buy a new lens to take, I would buy the 24-105 and take that."

If I was taking one lens, that would be my choice. Two? A 50mm 1.4 also.




  
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May 14, 2014 09:43 |  #15

I should have added - those are some great photos OK!!! Every once in a blue moon, I see a shot and think, "Wish I'd taken that!". Thot that of every one of yours!! Nice work. you have a really good eye!




  
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