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San Francisco trip - which lens?

 
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Aug 19, 2014 20:27 |  #1

Hey everyone,

I am making my first trip to San Francisco and wondering which lens is recommended. I want to take minimal gear on the flight. I might even purchase a new/different lens if need be.


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Aug 20, 2014 07:37 |  #2

out of the lenses you have listed the obvious choices are the 24-105 or 17-55

maybe bring the 17-55 and the 85




  
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Aug 20, 2014 10:16 |  #3

L. :rolleyes:
If you want another lens, some prime in 30mm range.


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Aug 20, 2014 10:20 |  #4

RKSphoto wrote in post #17106417 (external link)
I am making my first trip to San Francisco and wondering which lens is recommended. I want to take minimal gear on the flight. I might even purchase a new/different lens if need be.

Consider the 18-135 STM. Very versatile, light weight, and it's getting great reviews.


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Aug 20, 2014 12:39 |  #5

One lens, your 24-105
Two lens, your 17-55 and the Sigma 70-200




  
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Aug 20, 2014 13:11 |  #6

Thanks everyone for the advice!


Archibald wrote:

Consider the 18-135 STM. Very versatile, light weight, and it's getting great reviews.

When I mentioned the possibility of purchasing another lens, this is one I had in mind.


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Aug 20, 2014 13:52 |  #7

Archibald wrote in post #17107375 (external link)
Consider the 18-135 STM. Very versatile, light weight, and it's getting great reviews.

Although I recently changed systems, the first thing I did was purchase the Fuji version of this FL. It's going to be glued onto my X-T1for our upcoming Disney Vacation.


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Aug 20, 2014 14:53 |  #8

I bet you're going to want wide angle more than longer telephoto, so I'd say the 17-55. Have fun - great city to photograph.


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Aug 20, 2014 15:48 |  #9

Number six wrote:

I bet you're going to want wide angle more than longer telephoto, so I'd say the 17-55. Have fun - great city to photograph.

So if I purchase the 18-135 STM - this may be ideal - That way I only have to have 1 lens that will cover most situations. Wide enough but still with some length.

What do you all think?


Thanks again.


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Aug 20, 2014 16:05 |  #10

RKSphoto wrote in post #17107999 (external link)
So if I purchase the 18-135 STM - this may be ideal - That way I only have to have 1 lens that will cover most situations. Wide enough but still with some length.

What do you all think?

Yes, I think it would cover most situations.

In the city I would probably also like an UWA like the 10-18mm STM ... very exciting possibilities with that lens.


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Aug 20, 2014 18:22 |  #11

I've been on a lot of trips, and so far, the 24-105 has been my go-to travel lens. I have a full frame camera so 24mm is wide enough and the 105mm is decent enough for some reach. Only thing I don't like is the f4 aperture as I normally love to shoot wide open with fast apertures for the background blur. However, if you can step back and use it at 105mm f4, you'll get decent blur.

I brought my 35mm f1.4 once on a trip, I got amazing shots. However, I missed a ton of shots which were fairly far away. I'd rather take decent quality shots and get everything, than take amazing wide shots but miss the rest.

This is a trip, you want everything captured for memories.


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Aug 20, 2014 21:24 |  #12

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I've been on a lot of trips, and so far, the 24-105 has been my go-to travel lens. I have a full frame camera so 24mm is wide enough and the 105mm is decent enough for some reach...

The 24-105mm is a FF lens. So more than half of the image is cropped out. You still have to lug the whole lens around. And 24mm is not wide on a crop camera. In the city you want some wide.

Up to you, some love heavy lenses (builds muscle) but I would go with an EF-S lens on a crop.


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Aug 20, 2014 21:44 |  #13

Cliffbsa wrote in post #17107618 (external link)
Two lens, your 17-55 and the Sigma 70-200

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Aug 21, 2014 14:19 |  #14

RKSphoto wrote in post #17107999 (external link)
Number six wrote:

So if I purchase the 18-135 STM - this may be ideal - That way I only have to have 1 lens that will cover most situations. Wide enough but still with some length.

What do you all think?


Thanks again.

Very convenient focal length range as long as you're willing to give up 2/3 to 2 stops of aperture. In the daytime not a problem. Night? Maybe...

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Aug 21, 2014 15:34 |  #15

Archibald wrote in post #17108533 (external link)
The 24-105mm is a FF lens. So more than half of the image is cropped out. You still have to lug the whole lens around. And 24mm is not wide on a crop camera. In the city you want some wide.

Up to you, some love heavy lenses (builds muscle) but I would go with an EF-S lens on a crop.

Depends on the lens. My 17-55 is just as big and heavy as my 24-105.

I just returned from a week in SF and was happy with my 24-105 on FF. If I were you, I'd go with your 17-55 and 10-20, and if you're hell bent to buy a new lens, get the 40mm pancake. I didn't have much need for telephoto, for two reasons: 1) not really my style, and 2) it's very foggy much of the time. I never had a chance to get a decent shot of the Golden Gate Bridge and wonder how others manage to catch it when it's not completely engulfed in fog, let alone in sunshine.


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