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Jun 13, 2015 22:59 |  #1

I have a T2i and am planning to rent a telephoto lens for my upcoming cruise to Alaska. I was originally planning to rent the 70-200 f2.8L, but now I'm wondering about the 28-300 f/3.5-5.6L. I'll mainly be looking for wildlife photo ops, some scenery, etc. The 70-200 costs less to rent, but would this be a case of 'bigger' actually being better? The only other lens I have is the 15-85. so I have the wide angle covered, I'm mainly looking for reach.




  
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Jun 13, 2015 23:14 |  #2

Given you current lens, I would be looking to rent a 100-400L


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Jun 13, 2015 23:14 |  #3

I'd recommend the 70-200. With that lens, you have an effective fl ranging from 112-320mm on the T2i, so reach is going to be good. You also have f/2.8 throughout the entire focal length range. In contrast, at 300mm with the other lens (effective fl 480mm, which *is* considerably longer than the other lens), you're bringing only 1/4 of the light to the camera sensor as its fastest is f/5.6 at that fl. It's two stops slower (going from f/2.8 to f/4 to f/5.6). Focal length will matter, but light capturing ability will matter too.

There's certainly the argument that the 28-300 means you wouldn't need to change lenses as often. No matter, if you're looking for reach, for those times you need a long focal length lens when the light could be questionable, the 70-200 is your better bet when compared with the 28-300.

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Jun 13, 2015 23:15 |  #4

I just returned from an Alaska cruise. 90% of my shots were with a 16-35mm (on full frame). A 50mm would have been handy, but I'd left mine at home. For wildlife (and whale watching), I used a 70-200 + a 2X converter, nearly always at 400mm. If you're renting a lens, I'd suggest the 100-400.




  
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Jun 14, 2015 08:26 |  #5
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Take your 15-85. Forget the reach. Even 400mm on a crop is too short for any serious wildlife shooting. Enjoy your vacation.


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Forget about the 28-300L, it's an enormous lens and you already have the 15-85 range covered. You might want to check out the 55-250 STM , since that really has superb image quality and a bit more reach than the 70-200.


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Jun 14, 2015 12:49 |  #7

GeoKras1989 wrote in post #17596433 (external link)
Take your 15-85. Forget the reach. Even 400mm on a crop is too short for any serious wildlife shooting. Enjoy your vacation.

That is ridiculous. I captured some terrific whale, bald eagle and harbor seal shots in Alaska last summer using a 100-400L on a 7D. My current 7D2 + 100-400L II setup is a killer wildlife combo.


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Jun 14, 2015 13:25 |  #8

i'd rent a 150-600mm


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Jun 14, 2015 14:32 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #9

I'd take my Sigma 150-500, but if I didn't I agree with DreDaze - rent the 150-600.

I will say either of the above mentioned are big and do not fit in some bags. A huge plus of the Canon 100-400s (either) is if you have a bag that will hold a 70-200mm f/2.8, then you have a bag that will hold it.

Definitely take the 15-85 too.


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Jun 14, 2015 15:21 |  #10

The real question is if you're going to bother to use the telephoto while on a cruise. I just returned from a cruise up there, and generally found I would not have enjoyed taking something as large as 100-400L. However, all that being said, if you're going to take a supertelephoto, I think the one to take given your body is the 100-400L mk ii. But just make sure you know what you're getting yourself into, it's anything but a small lens.




  
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Jun 14, 2015 15:56 |  #11

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The real question is if you're going to bother to use the telephoto while on a cruise. I just returned from a cruise up there, and generally found I would not have enjoyed taking something as large as 100-400L. However, all that being said, if you're going to take a supertelephoto, I think the one to take given your body is the 100-400L mk ii. But just make sure you know what you're getting yourself into, it's anything but a small lens.

From the cruise ship, you will rarely use a telephoto lens. However, if you decide to take a whale watching excursion you will definitely want one.


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Jun 18, 2015 21:18 |  #12

If you were considering the 28-300mm, what about the 70-300mm L? It's not the fastest lens, but it will give you good reach and it's relatively small and light compared to some of the other options mentioned.


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Jun 18, 2015 22:07 |  #13

gregrocco wrote in post #17596074 (external link)
I have a T2i and am planning to rent a telephoto lens for my upcoming cruise to Alaska. I was originally planning to rent the 70-200 f2.8L, but now I'm wondering about the 28-300 f/3.5-5.6L. I'll mainly be looking for wildlife photo ops, some scenery, etc. The 70-200 costs less to rent, but would this be a case of 'bigger' actually being better? The only other lens I have is the 15-85. so I have the wide angle covered, I'm mainly looking for reach.

I would also suggest the 100-400mm, either version. At 400 on the APS-C sensor, you will have great reach for many wildlife opportunities. This long zoom is nice and compact considering its range.


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Jun 18, 2015 22:34 |  #14

gregrocco wrote in post #17596074 (external link)
I have a T2i and am planning to rent a telephoto lens for my upcoming cruise to Alaska. I was originally planning to rent the 70-200 f2.8L, but now I'm wondering about the 28-300 f/3.5-5.6L. I'll mainly be looking for wildlife photo ops, some scenery, etc. The 70-200 costs less to rent, but would this be a case of 'bigger' actually being better? The only other lens I have is the 15-85. so I have the wide angle covered, I'm mainly looking for reach.

Heya,

On APS-C, the 70-300L or a 100-400L would be a good choice. Your 15-85 covers the rest.

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