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Apr 18, 2014 12:21 |  #1

Hello all,

I am planning to take a trip to California soon.
I am wondering which lens to take with me.
Right now, I have 24LII, 50L and 135L. (Body is 5D Mark II)
Not going to rent other lenses at this time.
I was thinking about just taking the 24L II. (Want to go light)
Would 24L II alone be enough?
Which set up would you choose from below?
I will mostly be taking pictures of buildings, streets, people, etc. (Maybe some portraits)
Thank you all in advance.

1. 24L II
2. 24L II + 135L
3. 50L
4. 50L + 135L
4. 24L II + 50L


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Apr 18, 2014 12:36 |  #2

I would say 24 and 50.




  
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Apr 18, 2014 13:12 |  #3

I'd say bring all three. All three would be useful. If you have to leave one, leave the 135, but if I were you, I'd have all three.

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Apr 18, 2014 13:15 |  #4

+1 for 24 and 50 unless you like med-tele shots then bring the 135 too

personally when travelling, I tend not to shoot over 50mm, unless I expect to shoot wildlife


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Apr 18, 2014 17:00 as a reply to  @ taemo's post |  #5

Make it +2 for the 24/50 combo. The only thing that would changecmy thoughts on that is if you were going to Yosemite, then put the 135 in the bag as well.




  
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Apr 18, 2014 17:07 |  #6

Dillan_K wrote in post #16844050 (external link)
I'd say bring all three. All three would be useful. If you have to leave one, leave the 135, but if I were you, I'd have all three.

^This. Why not bring all three, they aren't that much of a handful.

If you're doing buildings, streets, and people, and comfortable being close to the subjects, then 24 and 50 if you're restricted to using 2.


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Apr 18, 2014 19:18 |  #7

Where in California? It is big. Mountains, national parks, woods, cities? Shooting architecture, landscapes, monuments, wildlife? Answer these questions, and you will know what to bring with you.


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Apr 19, 2014 05:07 |  #8

When I go city-scape shooting, most often in Chicago, I like to take my 24-105 and one other lens, usually the 16-35 as I now have a 5D iii. But last time I went to Chicago, I took the 135 instead of wide angle. I got some stunning shots with it and realized after getting home I should have kept it mounted longer.

What I do is use a Lowepro lens case attached to my belt big enough for the larger of the 2 lenses I take. That way I'm free to walk wherever I want without dragging a 'ton' of gear...bags, etc.

So I have to ask, what are your 'limitations' for the trip?
Are you flying there? - carry-on size issues need to be considered.
Are you renting a car? - if not, then what's comfortable while walking is a limiting factor.
Are you staying in the downtown only?
Are you alone or with someone? - If you're on foot, having an extra 'mule' doesn't hurt (she may start talking 'divorce' though...)
Are you at or near retirement age? - I am, and my time walking around gets less every time!

One other consideration...who will be viewing your pictures? My cityscape shooting is largely for myself, so getting hi-res, perfectly exposed/post processed pictures is becoming less important. I'm primarily after the memories, old ones renewed and new ones. I recently picked up a G15 point and shoot for 'banging around' (eg, personal use) and am considering using just that on my next trip to Chicago, and LA, on my vacation 3 weeks from now. On the other side of the coin, however, a couple of downtown Chicago shots with the 135 f2L are some of my best shots in 50+ years behind a camera!

Consider your goals/desires, and limitations or restrictions, if any, and come to an appropriate decision. I'd probably go with all 3, carrying 2 in Lowepro cases, as they are all reasonably small.

Edit: 2 more questions..considering the value of your equipment, is it all insured? Is physical security OK?


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Apr 19, 2014 10:10 |  #9

Thank you all for your inputs!

I guess I will consider in between 24LII and 50L.

@bratkinson,
I will flying down by myself, however will rent a car once get there.
I probably will stay downtown the most of the time, but going to drive around near cities.
Age wise, I am in the 20's so I should be fine :)
My pictures are going to be for myself and I'm with you that I'm primarily after the memories.
Thank you for your input!


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Apr 19, 2014 10:23 |  #10

I'd go with the 24 and the 135. Obviously its down to shooting style, but I love running around with a 24 and an 85


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Apr 19, 2014 11:25 |  #11

hanjolee wrote in post #16845965 (external link)
Thank you all for your inputs!

I guess I will consider in between 24LII and 50L.

@bratkinson,
I will flying down by myself, however will rent a car once get there.
I probably will stay downtown the most of the time, but going to drive around near cities.
Age wise, I am in the 20's so I should be fine :)
My pictures are going to be for myself and I'm with you that I'm primarily after the memories.
Thank you for your input!

Just some advice... The 2nd Thursday of each month is la art walk (I think). So you will have good opportunities for street photography on those nights. The actual business area of downtown isn't like other big cities and to me is not exciting enough to make amazing pics out of. However if u go just a bit outside like Chinatown or the warehouse areas there are some really cool looking grundgy stuffs. The exception is the Walt Disney hall which has world famous architecture. You will definitely want to hit Venice beach if you're looking for interesting people. There are few super clear days but if u get lucky and see one that is your cue to look for a vantage point to take a cityscape.

As for lenses Id take all 3. Not sure why u want to limit yourself as none of them are that bulky. If u had to drop one id drop the 135 myself.

My usual kit around la is 5d and 24-70, 16-35, and 50l for dreamy and night shots.


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Apr 19, 2014 11:46 |  #12

i have lived in calif. most of my life,you could not pick a better time of year to travel hear bring this:24 135 would not be to heavy and don't forget the pol.filters,also it would help to no where in calif!because its a big state .


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Apr 22, 2014 23:24 |  #13

CA is very large -- 164000 square miles -- and extremely diverse ecologically! alpine mountains, ocean, open desert, evergreen forests, sandy beaches, marshlands and estuaries, dense metropolitan areas. WHERE are you going?!


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Apr 23, 2014 00:45 |  #14

hanjolee wrote in post #16843894 (external link)
Hello all,

I am planning to take a trip to California soon.
I am wondering which lens to take with me.
Right now, I have 24LII, 50L and 135L. (Body is 5D Mark II)
Not going to rent other lenses at this time.
I was thinking about just taking the 24L II. (Want to go light)
Would 24L II alone be enough?
Which set up would you choose from below?
I will mostly be taking pictures of buildings, streets, people, etc. (Maybe some portraits)
Thank you all in advance.

1. 24L II
2. 24L II + 135L
3. 50L
4. 50L + 135L
4. 24L II + 50L

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Apr 23, 2014 01:09 |  #15

OP You have almost the exact say setup as me. I chose the 100L for macro + portrait instead of the 135L
I vote to bring all three because there will be times, (though not often) where you don't want to crop a 50L shot.
My suggestion is two part:

Bring all three lenses and try a messenger bag like the Tenba Mini.

It is compact enough, but holds 3 lenses and camera (mounted) perfectly.
You still got room for accessories, but not much room or bulk.
Swapping lenses is a snap even on the fly. All your gear is ready to go all day.
I would not leave a prime at home just incase. Bring it, and if you end up leaving one at the hotel, it's there if needed.


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