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Ever brought your 85L the last time you went for a vacation?

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Sep 26, 2014 04:40 |  #1

Hi there. Have you ever brought this lens for a vacation? We are planning our trip to Japan this autumn and wanted to bring this lens. I know it's heavy, but I'm ready to carry this 2 lb+ lens.

I also own the 85 1.8 which is light and certainly can deliver. But I seldom travel, so this will be my biggest opportunity to use this lens. And from my research, Japan is one of the safest tourist destination. But still, keep an eye on my gears :)... Let me hear your thoughts and experience.

My travel pack would be:
Canon 6d
Sigma 12-24ii or 17-40L
Canon 24-70 4L IS
Sigma 35A
Canon 135L or 85Lii

Thanks in advance.

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Sep 26, 2014 06:22 |  #2

I recently sold my 85L II. Great lens, but it would not be my first choice for travel. I would go with the 135 L for reach. If you need the 85 focal length, then the 85 f/1.8 would be much more travel friendly, which is part of the reason I sold my 85 L.

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Sep 26, 2014 06:36 |  #3

i used to bring the 24-105L for vacation. Now, i bring 24LII and 85LII.

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Sep 26, 2014 07:09 |  #4

I would not take 4 lenses. Presumably you'll be using public transport. But it's not just the extra weight and bulk, but the amount of fiddling with lenses.

I do not have the 85mm f/1.2 but I have to wonder how much extra battery power is consumed moving all that heavy glass - and you will also have to have the camera powered up just to look through it, because of the focus-by-wire. Can it go all day shooting or will you need extra batteries? This is something to try out before you leave if no-one here can offer specific advice.

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Sep 26, 2014 07:20 |  #5

If you have the money for it and it will make you feel you have better shots with the 85L on you trip why not. When travelling personally I like to have zooms for versatility, minimizing the lens changing, but then you take a shot and tell yourself, this would have been great with this or that prime that you left at home!

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Sep 26, 2014 09:14 |  #6

I take mine all the time. I travel at least once a year, sometimes 4 times. I always bring my 85L with me. It is not a big lens so it will not take a lot of space, but it is quite heavy. I love the look so much from the 85L that I can't really imagine to go without that lens. A wide angle and a 85 is all I need for travel.

In 2011 I went to Central America. I had a 1000D, 11-16 and 50 back then.
That was a superb travel combo in my opinion.

So I went FF and decided to cover those lengths with FF and I do still like it. 16-35 and a 85 are in my opinion great for travel.

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Sep 26, 2014 09:34 |  #7

melcat wrote in post #17178513 (external link)
I would not take 4 lenses.

Neither would I. 3 would be the most and 2 if you could swing it.
If I was going I'd take my 16-35 and the 70-200, perhaps the pancake for times when the entire kit is not appropriate. I would freak out taking a large kit overseas. I'd want to enjoy my trip and not worry about my gear all the time. Japan is a busy place and a large bag would just be no fun IMHO.

I can see where the 85 might be really nice, but if it was a choice of that or the 135 I would pick the 135 all day for the reach.

Does an Extender work on the 135? If so, you might consider picking one up.

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Sep 26, 2014 09:36 as a reply to  @ Bonbridge's post |  #8

I've gone to Japan several times! Great place for photography. Going again in April to visit the wife's family. Because I wanted to make sure I had the proper lens for any situation, I tried to bring all my lenses. I did this a couple of times. Each time I found that I only used one lens 99% of the time. It was the 24-105L. Now it will be the 24-70L. It was just too much of a hassle to try to change lenses and too much to carry. The zooms are very convenient for travel. If you still need 85mm bring the 1.8 because it's lighter. I don't blame you for wanting to bring the best lenses for your trip though. I did that on my previous trips but did not use them.


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Sep 26, 2014 09:38 as a reply to  @ FarmerTed1971's post |  #9

In 2013, I spent a month in Kyoto and used the 85 1.2 as my primary lens, with no regrets. My geisha images alone, shot wide open, were some of the best work I've done.

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Sep 26, 2014 10:53 |  #10

When I travel I don't bring many lenses because I do want to enjoy too; so in my case a 24-105L and 135L on a FF. I found that the wider the better so next time I will prolly squeeze in the 14mm too but that's it.

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Sep 26, 2014 11:07 |  #11

For nighttime strolls, I bring my 85L paired with my 35Art. It's a great pair for capturing the light and popping out the subject from the crowd and clutter. Last time I brought to old Shanghai. I left my zoom in the bag. And if you do street portraits, there is nothing better.
By the way, I used it with my 5diii, so auto focusing was never an issue.

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Sep 26, 2014 11:50 |  #12

24-70L during the day, Sigma 35 at night.

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Sep 26, 2014 13:38 |  #13

I just got back from my Korea/Japan trip and I really recommend a short zoom and a standard zoom. I bought 14mm 28mm 85mm and 24-105mm. Most of the time, I was shooting at 28mm with occasional 14mm. Most shots were food, city, streets, and environments. Next time I travel, I think I will bring a 16-35mm 2.8 and a 24-70mm. I dont think you really benefit from a telephoto in the city.

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Sep 26, 2014 13:47 |  #14

I take mine everywhere, I'm boring like that

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Sep 26, 2014 16:06 |  #15

"Travel" is not enough to describe what kind of photography you are planning to do in Japan. Are you shooting portraits? Cityscapes? Street scenes? Daytime? Night time/low light? You need to ask yourself this, not others :)

That said, Japan is:

a) Extremely photogenic;
b) Super safe. I walk here at night all the time, in all kinds of neighborhoods (by the way, there is no such thing as "bad neighborhood" in Japan), and have never felt unsafe or ill at ease. Still, common sense re: safety must prevail at all times, irrespective of how safe it is. Better safe than sorry.

If you are planning on shooting low light portraits / people at night - 85L is the beast to bring. I would choose it over 85 f/1.8.

If you are aiming for cityscapes - wide angle lenses will serve you a lot better than 85.

Take a look here: …/sanmai/with/13​641994914/ (external link) This guy shoots his street scenes in Japan almost exclusively with 85 f/1.8. Maybe this will help you decide what you want to/can shoot with an 85. My 2c.

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