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Trip to Paris, what lenses should I bring?

 
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Apr 27, 2014 14:18 |  #46

Lbsimon wrote in post #16864946 (external link)
Beautiful dream. I love Paris, go there at least once a year, sometime more often. My stepdaughter lives there with her French husband, so my wife is trying to convince me to move there for retirement. But have you lived in a place where you don't speak the language? I have, here in Boston. English is my second language. Try it, and see how much you will like it then.

I am not challenging you by any means, just a making it a little bit closer to reality.

Currently living in Madrid and loving it - I don't know why I'd ever leave. Barely spoke any Spanish when I moved, picked it up since getting here ... helps that I have a decent head for languages and a bilingual girlfriend.

On the Photography front. I've carried a 24-70 (full frame camera, so adjust for crop) around for the past two years. For travelling, especially with company, I enjoy having just one lens and being able to carry the camera around the whole time. Actually looking at a smaller and lighter lens for this as well. Travel light and enjoy the city.


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Apr 27, 2014 16:31 |  #47

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Currently living in Madrid and loving it - I don't know why I'd ever leave. Barely spoke any Spanish when I moved, picked it up since getting here ... helps that I have a decent head for languages and a bilingual girlfriend.

On the Photography front. I've carried a 24-70 (full frame camera, so adjust for crop) around for the past two years. For travelling, especially with company, I enjoy having just one lens and being able to carry the camera around the whole time. Actually looking at a smaller and lighter lens for this as well. Travel light and enjoy the city.

Yeah, everybody knows that - the best means to learn a foreign language is a long-haired dictionary! :)

On photography. :). I completely agree with you, the best way to travel in Europe is one body and one lens. For me it is the 70D and the 15-85. A lightweight and efficient setup. My wife - the T2i and the 18-200. And the S100 to stick in a pocket when going to a restaurant or visiting friends, when I do not want a an SLR.


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Apr 27, 2014 21:03 |  #48

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Hi,

I'm planning a trip to Paris in late Sept and I'm thinking of what gear to bring with me. I'm going on this trip with friends, so it won't be photography focused. We will also be walking around all day so I want it to be lightweight. I'll mainly be taking pictures of my friends, the architecture, and food.

Out of the lenses I own, I'm thinking of bringing the 15-85mm only. I don't see much need for anything longer then that, unless others can chime in and give me advice?

What about a UWA? Would I need a UWA like a Tokina 11-16 for the architectural/landscap​e type shots or would 15mm be wide enough for Paris? I'll have to either rent the Tokina for a week, or buy and sell after I come back.

Thanks everyone, appreciate your thoughts.

1 lens is enough you will be doing a lot of walking. 15-85




  
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Apr 28, 2014 12:35 |  #49

i plan on going to spain soon and i plan on bringing my recent purchase, canon eos m with the 22mm lens and 11-22 lens. thats all i really need. wide angle lens and low light/portrait lens


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Apr 28, 2014 13:10 |  #50

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I have an extra pocket sewn in some of my jeans inside the waist band. Some travel pants come with special theft-proof pockets. I add a sweat-protected cover for the passport and it goes in the secret pocket. I like the idea of the 20mm f1.8, think about one of the newer polarizing filters that transmit a bit more light for shooting through museum glass cases.

Thanks for the hint about the polarizing filter for museum glass, never thought of that.


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Apr 28, 2014 21:45 |  #51

Having a fast lens is invaluable for indoor shots without flash. I was in Germany and Austria last year and my 28 1.8 lens gave me great church and museum shots.




  
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Apr 28, 2014 22:59 |  #52

The widest, fastest lens you have. Personally, I'd rent the Tokina...what's a few extra dollars to rent a lens for a trip to possibly the most beautiful city in the world?

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Apr 29, 2014 05:56 |  #53

Lbsimon wrote in post #16865401 (external link)
Yeah, everybody knows that - the best means to learn a foreign language is a long-haired dictionary! :)

On photography. :). I completely agree with you, the best way to travel in Europe is one body and one lens. For me it is the 70D and the 15-85. A lightweight and efficient setup. My wife - the T2i and the 18-200. And the S100 to stick in a pocket when going to a restaurant or visiting friends, when I do not want a an SLR.

Totally. The most effective and fun way ... much better than Rosetta Stone!

I'd like something a little lighter, if I'm honest but the 5D/24-70 combo is great for my work and has served me very well for travelling. Looking at a pancake lens to make things a bit smaller and lighter for evenings out, etc.

It's difficult to switch off the Photographer in you so a good camera and lens is still necessary but I fully believe you can do Europe with one body and lens. An f/2.8 zoom is enough on modern cameras. I've not missed a shot on my travels because of f/2.8.

ayman86 wrote in post #16867307 (external link)
i plan on going to spain soon and i plan on bringing my recent purchase, canon eos m with the 22mm lens and 11-22 lens. thats all i really need. wide angle lens and low light/portrait lens

I think you'll be fine - I guess those work out as about 16-35 and 35mm?

Where in Spain are you planning to go?


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Apr 29, 2014 09:52 |  #54

Owain Shaw wrote in post #16869130 (external link)
I think you'll be fine - I guess those work out as about 16-35 and 35mm?

Where in Spain are you planning to go?

yup. ill bring the kit lens(18-55) just in case. especially since its rather small and light and pretty great optically.

ive been to spain before and looking at the lens i used before, 2/3 of my pics where used with the 16-35L mk2 and 35L. about a 1/3 using the 24-105L. about half of those pictures were at the long end. so ill lose some pics mostly detail shots.

plan on going to madrid, granada, malaga, and barcelona. its gonna be my honeymoon trip. but i plan on winging it. so all i have set is going into madrid and leaving from barcelona. and its a surprise to the soon to be wife. lol


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Apr 29, 2014 10:57 |  #55

Owain Shaw wrote in post #16869130 (external link)
It's difficult to switch off the Photographer in you so a good camera and lens is still necessary but I fully believe you can do Europe with one body and lens. An f/2.8 zoom is enough on modern cameras. I've not missed a shot on my travels because of f/2.8.

Completely agree. Photography is a big part of why I travel in the first place. And I also agree on one body one lens in Europe. My travel lens is 15-85, and I never missed a shot due to its relatively slow aperture. I used to take the 30mm 1.4, but with the high ISO D70 it is an extra that I can live without.


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Apr 29, 2014 11:15 |  #56

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plan on going to madrid, granada, malaga, and barcelona. its gonna be my honeymoon trip. but i plan on winging it. so all i have set is going into madrid and leaving from barcelona. and its a surprise to the soon to be wife. lol

There are beautiful small town around Madrid - Toledo, Avila, Segovia, Salamanca, Escorial. Just rent a car and do day trips. Around Barcelona - Montserrat monastery and Girona, each about 30 min away by train.

And the best way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is to take a night train, a sleeper. Take first class, it is just $50 or so more than the second, but you get a separate compartment for two, with a sink, nice sheets, etc. And it will save you a night in the hotel. I did it twice.


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Apr 29, 2014 12:24 |  #57

Lbsimon wrote in post #16869741 (external link)
There are beautiful small town around Madrid - Toledo, Avila, Segovia, Salamanca, Escorial. Just rent a car and do day trips. Around Barcelona - Montserrat monastery and Girona, each about 30 min away by train.

And the best way to get from Madrid to Barcelona is to take a night train, a sleeper. Take first class, it is just $50 or so more than the second, but you get a separate compartment for two, with a sink, nice sheets, etc. And it will save you a night in the hotel. I did it twice.

hmmm. that sounds pretty cool.

i initially planned on renting a car when i left madrid, go wherever and once i end my trip in barcelona, returning it. hmmm. my options just opened up. lol

but i think ill stick with renting a car and use that wherever i wanna go. i also wanna stop between cities and take in the scenery. maybe a picnic out of nowhere.


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Apr 29, 2014 13:30 |  #58

Lbsimon wrote in post #16869695 (external link)
Completely agree. Photography is a big part of why I travel in the first place. And I also agree on one body one lens in Europe. My travel lens is 15-85, and I never missed a shot due to its relatively slow aperture. I used to take the 30mm 1.4, but with the high ISO D70 it is an extra that I can live without.

So I am really curious what you mean about this high iso on the 70d, everything I read says it has almost exactly the same high iso quality (shot in raw of course), as the 7d,60d and all the other recent crop canon's. I don't have the 70d so I am not saying you are wrong just pretty much all of the reviews saw that it is almost the same high iso quality.


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Apr 29, 2014 14:27 |  #59

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So I am really curious what you mean about this high iso on the 70d, everything I read says it has almost exactly the same high iso quality (shot in raw of course), as the 7d,60d and all the other recent crop canon's. I don't have the 70d so I am not saying you are wrong just pretty much all of the reviews saw that it is almost the same high iso quality.

The majority of the reviewers as well as the POTN members agree that the 70D handles high ISO better than previous version of Canon crop cameras like the Rebels or the 60D. It may not be much, around one stop, but that means that when indoors in a large church I can shoot at f/3.5 (of my 15-85) instead of a f/2 or f/2.8 by just bumping slightly the ISO.


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Apr 29, 2014 14:41 |  #60

ahh I have seen that it is one stop better (which is a huge iso boost not a small one) in JPEG but, not for raw images.


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