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Nov 11, 2014 11:44 |  #1

We will be on a cruise next month and I'm planning to just bring my 35L, 5D3 and 600ex flash.

I searched and most of the threads suggested 70-200mm which I have (2.8 IS II version) - but I don't think I will like to carry that. I'm curious, why do I need a big zoom?
I just want to get pics of my family, beach and some landscapes/sunset and the likes. Should I bring a wide angle zoom too? Or a longer prime?

If I had to bring 1 or 2 lenses, which lenses should I bring? I have most L primes and zooms from that covers anywhere from 17mm to 200mm but I don't want to bring all 11 lenses with me.




  
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Nov 11, 2014 11:52 |  #2

545iBMW wrote in post #17265249 (external link)
We will be on a cruise next month and I'm planning to just bring my 35L, 5D3 and 600ex flash.

I searched and most of the threads suggested 70-200mm which I have (2.8 IS II version) - but I don't think I will like to carry that. I'm curious, why do I need a big zoom?
I just want to get pics of my family, beach and some landscapes/sunset and the likes. Should I bring a wide angle zoom too? Or a longer prime?

If I had to bring 1 or 2 lenses, which lenses should I bring? I have most L primes and zooms from that covers anywhere from 17mm to 200mm but I don't want to bring all 11 lenses with me.

is this a vacation announcement :D? when I travel I take a minimum of 16mm-300mm and if wildlife is involved 400mm. hard for me to say what you should do. a 35mm prime would be the last lens I would pack.


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Nov 11, 2014 11:55 |  #3

Depends on where the cruise is to. What you will be doing on shore and so on. If it's your family and sunsets then a 24-70 f/2.8 would probably handle most things. Or a 24-105 to give you a little more on the long end.


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Nov 11, 2014 12:09 |  #4

Fortunately, I'm not into wildlife, else, I would be buying 400s or 500s. Besides wildlife (or bikini clad ladies which I won't be taking any pics), is there any other reason why I should get a long lens? What's wrong with 35mm?
I have not used my 24-70 for a while, I just thought the 2.8 would be limiting - I love my bokeh and (obviously, I would be using ND filters).




  
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Nov 11, 2014 12:13 |  #5

Me personally, I would just stick with the 35. Something about the FL I find I hardly ever need anything else. Wide enough for landscapes, and perfect for group/family shots in a lightweight and small package.

If you need the versatility, you could bring your heavy 24-70, but I dont think if you just took the 35 you would regret it.




  
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Nov 11, 2014 13:30 |  #6

You will be fine with the your original setup. I've taken the 70-200 when taking cruises to Mexico, but ended up never using it.

What you will realize is that the next time your are on a cruise you're going to want a smaller camera.


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Nov 11, 2014 13:50 as a reply to  @ JDeluis's post |  #7

I went on a music cruise two years ago. The only time I used something longer than 50mm was (a) to get a distant shot of an island (which we eventually got closer to anyway) and (b) to get close-up photos of the performers on-board.

We visited three ports: San Juan, Tortola and Antigua.

Looking at my couple hundred photos, nearly everything fell in the 17-50 range on my 5D3. (or was it a 5D2 - can't remember).

I took the 17-40, 24-105 & 70-200 f/2.8 IS II.

If I had to do that cruise again, I'd take the same three lenses but I was very much involved in filming (with the 5D3) and photographing the 10 concerts per day.

If I were you, I'd take just one L zoom - either the 24-70 f/2.8 or the 24-105 and your flash. If you really feel the need for the 35L, fine. I love my 35 f/2 IS and that always goes with me (that lens was not available when I took the cruise).




  
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Nov 11, 2014 14:08 |  #8

Personally, I wouldn't go anywhere with one lens, accidents/malfunctions can leave you with nothing. Consider your shooting style and interests and you should be able to answer your own question.


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Nov 11, 2014 14:42 |  #9

545iBMW wrote in post #17265249 (external link)
We will be on a cruise next month and I'm planning to just bring my 35L, 5D3 and 600ex flash.

I searched and most of the threads suggested 70-200mm which I have (2.8 IS II version) - but I don't think I will like to carry that. I'm curious, why do I need a big zoom?
I just want to get pics of my family, beach and some landscapes/sunset and the likes. Should I bring a wide angle zoom too? Or a longer prime?

If I had to bring 1 or 2 lenses, which lenses should I bring? I have most L primes and zooms from that covers anywhere from 17mm to 200mm but I don't want to bring all 11 lenses with me.

Heya,

Wide for fun, and something for good portraits. Keep it light and simple. You don't want to have to be constantly fretting over the camera and lenses and missing out on the vacation and those people around you.

Personally I would not take the 5D3 and some heavy zooms/primes. This is where I'd take a lesser camera, something smaller, lighter, with simple lighter lenses. This is why I enjoy the EOS-M though.

In your case, I'd take the 17-40 and either a 35 or 50 for portrait (or just the 17-40 and call it a day with that lens honestly). I don't think you need 200mm+ unless you're going some where that there are a lot of tropical birds or big animals that you can get relatively close to. I find vacation more to be about context, so wide angles give you that.

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Nov 11, 2014 15:26 |  #10

my first post, but my choices would be:

1) Light & Good
- 5D3 with the pancake 40mm 2.8 (sharp, light, fast @ 2.8, doesn't look fancy to be stolen, good compromise FL)

2) Less money at Risk & Flexible + Video (cheaper version of a 24-105 + 5D)
- 70D with a 15-85 EFS IS (very sharp lens, IS for video, no red circle so looks consumer like)

3) a fuji mirrorless with a 23mm F2 (basically a 5D with a 40mm pancake)


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Nov 11, 2014 16:39 |  #11

I do have a EOS-M and EF adapter but I've missed some photo ops before because it is slow focussing (and/or user error - can't get used to the menu system).

I was toying about getting a Sony A7S and Metabones but the Metabones is $399 and doesn't work with a lot of my lenses from what I heard. The 5D3 is getting "old" IMO - it's too big and too heavy after you put some nice lenses and flash. And since I only get to use it about 5 major family events a year (or less), I think a Canon FF mirrorless (if they improve the DR) or a Sony is going to be my next body.

OK, should I bring, a 5D3, flash and:
1. 35L and 85L
2. 35L and 135L
3. 35L and 17-40L
or 4. 35L and 24-70L




  
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Nov 11, 2014 17:04 as a reply to  @ 545iBMW's post |  #12

...35 and a flash or 24-70 with flash, keep light and simple! if the lens or camera happens to break down, nothing left to do but to actually have a good time/interact with your family!!! a nice concept and hopefully will make a come back


been on several trips on a cruise, never had a missed opportunity of not a having a zoom. the important people i want to photograph and remember are in front of me in an arms length or two, at the most!!!

besides, video is more fun to use with a "wider" lens if it's only you and your wife in the room!

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Nov 11, 2014 17:10 |  #13

Do you have any lenses for your EOS-M? If you do, I would recommend you take it as well. On my last cruise I took my 7D and EOS-M. I ended up using the EOS-M 90% of the trip. I have a 22mm and 18-55 for the EOS-M. If all you have is the EF adapter, than just take the 5D3.

I would also go with option #4.


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Nov 11, 2014 17:16 |  #14

I've been on 7-8 cruises, I don't think I've once used anything longer than the 135L. Even that one would probably be in the 'least used lenses on a cruise' category. Maybe if you're an avid birder and want some shots of the local birds a telephoto might come in handy.

You get a lot of neat night opportunities (even just the pool at night, or the lights, etc..), so 35L is a good idea. I'd also agree with the other mentions of the 24-70. Keep it simple (and light).


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Nov 11, 2014 17:44 |  #15

545iBMW wrote in post #17265834 (external link)
I do have a EOS-M and EF adapter but I've missed some photo ops before because it is slow focussing (and/or user error - can't get used to the menu system).

I was toying about getting a Sony A7S and Metabones but the Metabones is $399 and doesn't work with a lot of my lenses from what I heard. The 5D3 is getting "old" IMO - it's too big and too heavy after you put some nice lenses and flash. And since I only get to use it about 5 major family events a year (or less), I think a Canon FF mirrorless (if they improve the DR) or a Sony is going to be my next body.

OK, should I bring, a 5D3, flash and:
1. 35L and 85L
2. 35L and 135L
3. 35L and 17-40L
or 4. 35L and 24-70L

I forgot to mention I did take an EOS-M and DSLR adaptor as well on my music cruise. What a train wreck waste of rental money that camera was. Did not get a single shot worth keeping. Horrible focus mechanism. Of course, that was early on before the Canon EOS-M "fix" but still...

Glad I had the 5D2 (or 3) as well. Indeed, some of my favorite shots of the last three years were from that trip. Packing light was never a concern. I chose the lens I wanted each day or part of the day and the rest went in the room safe. The ports had some of the most beautiful landscapes I had ever seen. Not the time to to bring the bargain equipment.




  
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