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Headed to AZ + buying a new lens = super excited!

 
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Jan 24, 2015 11:32 |  #1

We will be exploring a huge area of Arizona next month, and I can't wait to shoot it! We'll be starting in Tucson/ Sonoran Desert and working our way North to Native American ruins and the Grand Canyon.

For those of you that have already had this opportunity, what lens was invaluable to you? I am looking at getting a new 70-300 (I already have one that is a piece of junk) but I'm wondering if I should go with an 28-300 instead, so I don't have to switch lenses and take them all on my back. Any input regarding which lens I should buy next is appreciated. My budget is less than 1,000.00

Also looking for input on sites to see. We are going to visit the Sonoran Desert, Sabino Canyon, Casa Grande, Montezuma, Tuzigoot, Sedona, Meteor Crator, Painted Desert, Sunset Crater, Wupatki, and Grand Canyon. We have two little ones (5 and 8) who can't do a lot of steep hiking- so easy, short trips are a must.




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Jan 25, 2015 05:00 |  #2

Which camera are you using? (Crop or FF) And what do you already have? I would think wide would be your first choice. The longer zoom would be handy if great birds or something come into view. We just returned from California and I found the 24-105 to be just right (on a FF camera) for sweeping mountain views, as well as desert trips.


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Jan 25, 2015 05:48 |  #3

If you looking for a 70-300.... there are many, many 70-300Ls for sale at the moment for amazing prices. I paid $1400 for mine a couple years ago and I'm seeing them right at or just below $1000.00 at the moment. The reason is pretty simple. The new 100-400 ii is out and people are trying to offset the price by selling current gear.

I love my 70-300L too much to sell it at this point. It's a great lens and the current used pricing makes it an incredible bargain.


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Jan 25, 2015 07:34 as a reply to  @ michgirl's post |  #4

I have a crop, 50mm, 70-300 (needs to be replaced) and the kit lens 24-135.




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Feb 12, 2015 03:18 |  #5

Your destinations are great, you'll have a great time.

Also add Saguaro National Park and the windy vista point on Mt. Lemmon during sunset will give you breathtaking views and jaw dropping colors. Well worth the short trip from Tucson. If you're going to Grand Canyon, staying over at Flagstaff (close to Sedona) is also a no brainer. Also, Tombstone will be fun for the kids.

As far as lenses are concerned, don't worry about "convenience" and add an UWA lens to your lineup. A 10-18mm would be fantastic.
Also, AZ has amazing crystal clear skies at night, if that's something you're into. The kids would have a blast checking out the sky at night. It's like a painting.

Also, don't miss the amazing sonoran style mexican food there! Rule of thumb: the cheaper it is, the better... ;)

Have fun.

Sources: I lived in AZ 17 years.


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Feb 12, 2015 08:01 as a reply to  @ andrikos's post |  #6

Thanks andrikos! I ended up buying my first L (17-40)! Can't wait to use it. Thanks for the tips Re: Mt Lemmon, Tombstone, stars, etc! We are so excited! Will post pics when we return!




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Feb 12, 2015 14:27 |  #7

That is a great lens for your trip. Lots to see and do and photograph! There is a thread of AZ folks if you want even more information. I am unlucky that I have not visited a lot of the places around but the people in the thread are well versed in that and could possibly help you. When is your trip?


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Feb 23, 2015 20:17 as a reply to  @ disneydork06's post |  #8

Just got back disneydork06. LOVED it!




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Mar 09, 2015 16:20 as a reply to  @ MomTo2's post |  #9

Awesome! Did the lens work well for you and you saw some cool things about arizona?


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Mar 22, 2015 11:36 as a reply to  @ disneydork06's post |  #10

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Mar 24, 2015 19:53 as a reply to  @ MomTo2's post |  #11

My wife and I are planning a trip to AZ in May. Looking to layup in Flagstaff overnight before a day trip to Grand Canyon, then on to a few days in the Phoenix area followed by a couple days TBD.

Looking for scenic hikes, photo ops, and regional must do's. Any tips from your recent trip would be greatly appreciated.


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