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24-105mm, Is the 105mm end enough for travel photo?

 
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Jul 24, 2014 22:12 |  #16

I've written, or typed it more than a few times now, but my favorite travel combo is my 6D+24-105, and also in the bag my EOS M+11-22. Absolutely perfect for 99% of what I want to shoot. No need to change a lens during the day. Throw in the 22 pancake for the M, or my 24 mm f/2.8 for the 6D, plus the 40 mm pancake & M adapter, & I'm set for low light. I can easily carry the whole kit when hiking all day up into the hills/mountain ranges with no discomfort/inconvenien​ce at all. After looking at the shots from my current OS trip/holiday, I have no hesitation in using the M with the ultrawide more than the 6D. 105 mm is ample for me. You may be different :)




  
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Jul 25, 2014 00:16 |  #17

Just back from a - six week - trip to Europe. I agree with some of the above posters that when travelling you may come across situations where you would want to or need to use the full range of your gear. So I had the whole lot (see signature) with me (incl. the loan of a good tripod).
But in the end I used the 24-105 for 90% of the time including all city shots. The 70-200 was used only twice and the 100-400 when I was boating with friends and when I came across a bird sanctuary.
Next time I'll probably leave the 70-200 at home or the 100-400 as the 70-200 with an extender will give me enough reach.
If you want to travel light: 24-105 plus extender (1.4 or 2.0).
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Jul 25, 2014 02:26 |  #18

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Just back from a - six week - trip to Europe. I agree with some of the above posters that when travelling you may come across situations where you would want to or need to use the full range of your gear. So I had the whole lot (see signature) with me (incl. the loan of a good tripod).
But in the end I used the 24-105 for 90% of the time including all city shots. The 70-200 was used only twice and the 100-400 when I was boating with friends and when I came across a bird sanctuary.
Next time I'll probably leave the 70-200 at home or the 100-400 as the 70-200 with an extender will give me enough reach.
If you want to travel light: 24-105 plus extender (1.4 or 2.0).
(My wife took some fabulous shots with her iPhone.... :) )

I had two 24-105L's which got stolen but I'm not going to replace them. Instead I'm thinking of getting the 24-70f/4L IS because near-Macro for flowers etc. is far more important to me on trips/hikes etc. than 70-105mm which is hardly any difference.

Honestly, the only time one *needs* > 70mm on travel is when you're doing wildlife/bird/long range compressed background photography - in which case just switch to a 70-200 or something.

I'd rather lose 70-105mm and just have the near macro functionality instead

As for IQ, both are mediocre but acceptable


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Jul 25, 2014 03:05 |  #19

I've just been travelling round France for a couple of weeks. 90% of my shots were with the 24-105, 10% with the 70-200. It's nice to have the length available but you can get away without it. I wouldn't want to lose the FF quality.


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Jul 25, 2014 03:20 |  #20

It depends where you're going. Mostly I find lengths in the range 110-200mm not that useful in visiting cities - as the previous poster said, 10% of shots.

But there is one big exception: shooting from ferries. I like 180mm-200mm for that. Much shorter and it's too much water; much longer and the haze tends to be too much.

I did once take only a 50mm lens on a minibreak to Sydney, and I did get some shots with it including of the Opera House from a ferry, but I already had many pictures of that city with a wider range of lenses including 200mm.




  
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Jul 25, 2014 06:57 |  #21

When I had a 60D, the 24-105L worked quite well for travel photography. However, while doing downtown Chicago shots, I quickly found I needed 'wider'. So, next time I went City-scaping...the 16-35 f2.8L went along as well.

I've since moved up to a 5D mark iii. The 24-105 is still my 'everything' lens when travelling. But when I want to 'get more artsy', I pack the 135 f2L along as well. For me, having an extra lens along (but not too heavy), works well for size and weight as well as good results.


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Jul 25, 2014 08:06 |  #22

I tend to travel "heavy" but the 24-105 gets the most use.
Figure out how to carry it and having a lot of gear is not a problem.


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Jul 25, 2014 08:20 |  #23

Depends entirely on who you ask, for me, absolutely.


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Jul 25, 2014 09:52 as a reply to  @ EverydayGetaway's post |  #24

I find I now take with 5D3, the 16-35 and 28-300 , heavy lens but excellent range


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Jul 25, 2014 09:56 |  #25
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MalVeauX wrote in post #17053448 (external link)
You sound like someone who doesn't really want the benefits of a dSLR and simply wants an all-in-one solution. You don't want the bulk & weight. But you don't want to actually use the real feature of an SLR, which is the ability to interchange lenses.

Sell everything, get an SL1 with an 18-200 lens.
Or sell everything and just get a good zoom super P&S.

Personally the 24-105L is a good walk around, but I wouldn't want it for travel. I'd rather have a compact for travel so I have less to fool with and can actually enjoy my vacation and not just constantly fumble with a big SLR and lens. I have my EOS-M for this.

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That really depends on why you travel. I travel to take photos of fantastic places. I bought my gear to take photos of fantastic places...why would I not take my best gear to these fantastic places?




  
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Jul 25, 2014 09:57 |  #26
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wombatHorror wrote in post #17054038 (external link)
For me travel is when I see the most amazing places and the time I actually do want all my fanciest equipment and the most of it. It's around town when some compact little whatever is more OK. I could never understand the huge $10,000 kit for snaps of friends and cats around town and then the little P&S for Seychelles and Hawai'i and Big Sur and whatnot.

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Jul 25, 2014 09:58 |  #27
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Charlie wrote in post #17054082 (external link)
completely agree! I even bring my full sized tripod as a travel companion. I treat my travels like how I am regularly. If I know I'll be walking a ton and just out and about, then yes, I may downsize to a single zoom, but 2 or even 3 lenses are normal.

My tripod goes with me on every vacation that I ever go on...whether driving or flying. Don't understand people that buy a bunch of nice gear and then leave it at home when they travel to places they might never be at again.




  
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Jul 25, 2014 10:07 |  #28

Hogloff wrote in post #17055216 (external link)
That really depends on why you travel. I travel to take photos of fantastic places. I bought my gear to take photos of fantastic places...why would I not take my best gear to these fantastic places?

He wasn't referring to your preferences, he was answering the OP and I agree. Taking a super zoom with a DSLR isn't much if any better than just taking a good quality bridge camera or mirrorless option. Might as well travel light if you're going to compromise anyway.

Also, OT; please use the multi-quote feature to keep from cluttering the threads...


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Jul 25, 2014 10:09 |  #29

As I love to shoot architecture, I could not get by with 105 on the long end.
Last summer while in Germany, about half of my images were with the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS Mark II on a 7D.
Heading to Paris and Dublin and I have a feeling the 70-200 will get even more use on the 5D Mark III. Of course my 24-105 and 17-40 will be with me as I do tend to travel on the heavy side.


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Jul 25, 2014 10:20 |  #30
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EverydayGetaway wrote in post #17055228 (external link)
He wasn't referring to your preferences, he was answering the OP and I agree. Taking a super zoom with a DSLR isn't much if any better than just taking a good quality bridge camera or mirrorless option. Might as well travel light if you're going to compromise anyway.

Also, OT; please use the multi-quote feature to keep from cluttering the threads...

I think "HE" can answer better for himself rather than your interpretation.

Also, the following quote is what I was referring to which my response directly addressed.

Personally the 24-105L is a good walk around, but I wouldn't want it for travel. I'd rather have a compact for travel so I have less to fool with and can actually enjoy my vacation and not just constantly fumble with a big SLR and lens. I have my EOS-M for this.




  
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