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Nov 23, 2014 10:41 |  #46
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What you say reflects what many of us do. But it is ironic, because we are in a much better position to get great shots of the places close to home. And the locals in those European destinations are much more likely to be able to get great shots where they are.

If this was about getting great pictures, then the answer would be to buy a photo book of the location you are visiting. If it's about recording what you actually experienced while there, a P&S would suffice. But in fact for many of us it's about using our gear. We want to use the gear that we have acquired and treasure.

Speak for yourself. I don't care how many times a place was photographed, I like to photograph it with my own vision in mind. It might look like someone else's photo...but then it might be a very unique view of the same thing that was photographed thousands of times before.

That's sort of like saying...why paint, its all been painted before...just buy a book. Or why make music...its all been done before, just buy a CD.




  
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Nov 23, 2014 10:44 |  #47

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Below: 12mm in a cathedral.

Did you have a UV filter on the lens in that shot of the cathedral?


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Nov 23, 2014 10:47 |  #48

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Speak for yourself. I don't care how many times a place was photographed, I like to photograph it with my own vision in mind. It might look like someone else's photo...but then it might be a very unique view of the same thing that was photographed thousands of times before.

That's sort of like saying...why paint, its all been painted before...just buy a book. Or why make music...its all been done before, just buy a CD.

I'm not saying you shouldn't do these things.


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Nov 23, 2014 10:49 |  #49

Based on what the OP has in his gear list, and the idea that this is primarily a family vacation, I'd take the T5i, 18-135 STM, and the 40 STM for portraits.

This would be a combo that would be a good compromise between portability and quality.


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Nov 23, 2014 10:49 |  #50

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I'm not saying you shouldn't do these things.

The way you wrote it was kind of confusing as I thought this is what you meant upon first reading it as well.


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Nov 23, 2014 10:49 |  #51

No. The lens has a very curved surface, without an exterior holder no wy to put a filter on it. But I liked the flares where they were.


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Nov 23, 2014 10:53 |  #52

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The way you wrote it was kind of confusing as I thought this is what you meany upon first reading it as well.

Sometimes it is a useful exercise to consider what we do and why. And sometimes the truth hurts.

Anyway, I also accumulate gear and then go on trips to use it.


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Nov 23, 2014 10:55 |  #53
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Archibald wrote in post #17288616 (external link)
Sometimes it is a useful exercise to consider what we do and why. And sometimes the truth hurts.

Anyway, I also accumulate gear and then go on trips to use it.

What do you mean by "Sometimes the truth hurts". What are you trying to say here?




  
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Nov 23, 2014 10:58 |  #54

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What do you mean by "Sometimes the truth hurts". What are you trying to say here?

Sometimes we come to realize why we do things, and then we don't like that.


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Archibald wrote in post #17288626 (external link)
Sometimes we come to realize why we do things, and then we don't like that.

OK...but how does this pertain to this discussion. I'm not following your train of thought here. What post are you referring to with such statements.




  
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Nov 23, 2014 11:12 |  #56

Hogloff wrote in post #17288635 (external link)
OK...but how does this pertain to this discussion. I'm not following your train of thought here. What post are you referring to with such statements.

We may fancy that we are going to exotic destinations to be great artists, capturing exquisite moments, etc... whereas we (not you but some people) might in fact just be enjoying working with gear that has been recently acquired.


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Nov 23, 2014 11:16 |  #57

The Sigma 12-24, like the Canon 17mm tse has a bulbous lens.


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Nov 23, 2014 11:28 |  #58

Archibald wrote in post #17288567 (external link)
What you say reflects what many of us do. But it is ironic, because we are in a much better position to get great shots of the places close to home. And the locals in those European destinations are much more likely to be able to get great shots where they are.

If this was about getting great pictures, then the answer would be to buy a photo book of the location you are visiting. If it's about recording what you actually experienced while there, a P&S would suffice. But in fact for many of us it's about using our gear. We want to use the gear that we have acquired and treasure.

I don't know about all that, everyone has a different perspective and different timing. I took this shot in Munich with my 20D and it remains one of my favorites and my friends in Munich (a couple of which are photographers) love the shot as well.

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I do agree that bringing all of your best gear for a family vacation is a bit excessive though. I usually bring a fair amount of gear with me on vacation, but that's because it's only me and my girlfriend and we're always in one hotel for a week long so I can leave most of it in the room and only take what I need that day/moment.

We do plan on going to Germany sometime next year since my friend is PCSing there with the Army this year and when I go I only intend on bringing my mirrorless camera and a couple of lenses (I should have an a7S by then) because to me it's more important to be light and unobtrusive when you're out and about with friends/family.

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Nov 23, 2014 11:33 |  #59

Archibald wrote in post #17288616 (external link)
Sometimes it is a useful exercise to consider what we do and why. And sometimes the truth hurts.

Anyway, I also accumulate gear and then go on trips to use it.

That's kind of a strange take on a hobby.

You are correct that if my only goal was to collect the best photographs of people and places, my logical course of action would be to purchase the photographs.

But my goal with my photography hobby is to take the best pictures that I personally can with the limitations of my skill, vision and equipment. And this is more fun when I travel someplace new than while hanging around my own town.

But I don't take pictures while travelling just to "use the gear I have." That's a real cart before horse situation.

There's nothing painful about how I think of my hobby. I just want to make the best pictures I personally can make.


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Nov 23, 2014 12:37 |  #60

I was in Germany and Austria last year.

Make sure you have a fast lens for indoor photography. I used my 28 1.8 and my 18-135 non stm lens for my trip.

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