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Which Lens Did You Take on Vacation?

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Jun 20, 2015 13:25 |  #46

repete7 wrote in post #17592908 (external link)
I'm asking which lens did you take on vacation?

I take all of my gear whenever I go away. I guess the reason for this is because the only reason I go on vacation is to take photos of wildlife and nature. It would seem silly to me to head off for a week or two of nature photography and leave a few lenses at home. I can't take it "everywhere", as there is too much to carry on my person. So what I mean by "having it with me" is that it is in my car.

When I hike into the bush away from the road, I decide what lens(es) I will most likely need, and just take those. Usually that means the Sigma 300-800mm mounted on the tripod, and my 100-400 hanging from a strap around my neck (or in a coat pocket). Sometimes the 24-105 or the 50-200 will be in another pocket, but this is rare. The 1D4 will be attached to one of these lenses. I don't usually hike with a spare body, although there have been times when having two complete rigs has been quite helpful.

I keep a 14' orchard ladder on my car at all times now, as well. One never knows when one will find a photo opportunity that might be most effectively captured from a height greater than "tippy toes" will allow.

repete7 wrote in post #17592908 (external link)
How did you feel about your choice later?

I have always been glad to have all of my gear with me. I don't really see any downside to it.

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Jun 20, 2015 13:37 |  #47

14f2.8, 28f2.8, 50f1.2, 135f2, and 24-105

Used most: 135, 14, 28............... 50 and 24-105 werent used..... it kinda makes me wonder if I can survive with just a 14, 28, 85, and 200 prime. It's actually a lot different from my daily carry set, which is a 40F1.4 + 100F2

every time I try to downgrade my setup, it grows  :p

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Jun 21, 2015 14:45 as a reply to  @ Charlie's post |  #48

Who makes a 40F1.4?

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Jun 21, 2015 15:00 |  #49

artyH wrote in post #17605508 (external link)
Who makes a 40F1.4?

Voigtländer, M-mount

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Jun 21, 2015 16:43 |  #50

I spent the previous 8 months traveling Canada (2 weeks), the US (1 month), and Mexico (6.5 months) on a dual sport motorcycle and brought the following with me:

Canon 7D
Tokina 11-16/2.8
Canon 15-85/3.5-5.6
Canon 70-200/4L
Sirui N2204 CF Tripod w/ K10x Ballhead

- I definitely loved having the 70-200 and the only thing I would change about that would be to have the IS version if I had the funds. I used it to shoot a lot of white water kayaking and candid street portrait work.

- The 15-85 was a great walk-around and I used it for most of my video work, although I ended up ruining it by taking it out sandboarding in a storm. I tend to abuse my gear, and prefer more sealed options, or at least lenses that don't extend. Or I could just be smarter and not take my gear out into sandstorms, but I don't see myself doing that.

- I use the 11-16 for landscape and a lot of nightscape. The 2.8 was my best option for a night walk-around, however it's still pretty slow.

- If I were to do it again (which I will :) ) I would definitely take a fast wide prime with me. Probably a 35/2 IS for small and light, as well as video, and a prime to replace the 11-16 which I shoot the majority of at 11mm.

- A good, sturdy, light tripod is a must for the shooting I do lots of hiking to get night shots.



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Jun 29, 2015 08:55 |  #51

I just got back from a river cruise on the Rhine. I took the 70d with 15-85, 10-18 stm, plus the 24 & 40 pancakes, the eos m with the 22 & 11-22, and a GoPro Hero4 Silver, also a travel tripod for the 70d and a Pedco Ultra Pod II for the gopro.

I ended up walking around with the 70d and 15-85 plus the eos m with the 22 & 11-22. I used the eos m with the 22 in dark interiors instead of using the pancakes mostly because it was so quiet. I was in a church in Speyer where you could hear a pin drop and blasting away with the 70d seemed inappropriate. Besides wide angle exteriors, I also used the eos m and the 11-22 for selfies (laugh if you want). Set the timer for 2 seconds, focus mode to tracking, and did it fine, better than the iPhone. I used the GoPro to take video cruising on the Rhine. The Pedco Ultra Pod fit the deck railing perfectly.

Although I didn't use the 10-18 often, I did use it to take exteriors shots of the cathedral in Cologne. I can do a much better job composing with the 10-18 on the 70D versus the 11-22 on the eos m. I also only used the travel tripod once, to take a night shot of the Cologne cathedral from across the Rhine, but it was certainly worth that one shot.

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Jun 29, 2015 12:27 |  #52

I bring 3 lenses usually...Ultrawide (12-24) Standard prime (35 or 50mm) and my superzoom (28-300L)
Honestly, the 28-300L is >>>>THE<<<<< best travel lens I've owned and until Canon updates it, it's coming with me.

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Jun 29, 2015 18:44 |  #53

My usual vacation kit is Hasselblad 205FCC with 50FE or 1Dx with 35/1.4L. Of course, a big bag o' stuff if I'm driving. But when I'm out, it's usually one camera, one lens.

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Jul 01, 2015 10:48 |  #54

just back from Yellowstone and Tetons, I took my 11-24, 24-70, and 150-600 Tammy. That pretty much covered everything I needed, I left my macron home on purpose, so as not to come home with an other 3000 images of flowers, which were everywhere!
Camera was 5D3 and my Sony RX100II. All fit into my Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW no problem and I carried it all around for hours with no issues.

Most used lens is as always the 24-70, this time most likely followed by the 150-600 but I'm glad I had the 11-24 as well, especially around the waterfalls (got the waterfall from the brink and the entire canyon in one photo for example) and on Antelope road/Mormon Row in Tetons.

We saw so much wildlife (lost count of bears around 16) and I was glad I had the long lens.

Were this more a city/sight seeing vacation, I'd take the 70-200 f4 instead though.

40D, 5D3, a bunch of lenses and other things :cool:

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Jul 01, 2015 15:54 |  #55

I took a two week trip to Italy last summer and brought only my 5Dii and 35L. I took quite a few panoramas that were stitched from multiple 35mm shots, so that mitigated the need to carry a wide angle for me. It might have been nice to have had a 70-200 or something, but I didn't want to deal with carrying it. If I were to do it again, I might bring my (newly acquired) 24-105 instead. Most of the shots I took were shot stopped down, so the fast aperture wasn't really necessary anyway.
This summer, we're driving to Glacier, Tetons and Yellowstone so, needless to say, I'm bringing the whole bag. Minimalism be damned! :D

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Jul 01, 2015 17:41 |  #56

I bought a Nikon D5500 with the compact 18-55MKII and the compact 55-200MKII and just for traveling-great little body and lenses.Super small and light and terrific IQ my Canon gear stays at home anymore :)

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Jul 01, 2015 18:26 |  #57

I bring the canon 24-105 f4L and sigma 35 1.4 art. The bodies I bring are the 6d and eos3 (film).

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Jul 01, 2015 18:33 |  #58

For 6 days of canoe camping/fishing in the Boundary Waters I brought just the SL1 + 15-85IS. Never needed or wanted anything else, although a longer lens could have come in handy with some wildlife opportunities. Just not worth the extra bulk for that kind of trip, where everything you own must be carried between lakes.

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Jul 01, 2015 23:10 |  #59

2 years ago I visited Kyoto with my 10-22, 17-55 and 50 f1.4
The 17-55 almost never left the camera.
And the 50 1.4 almost never touched it.

Just last year I went to Osaka and Nara with my 24L and 50L
They make a killer combo. 24mm for building and indoors
50L for everything else, cropped if desired.

Even in a large city I didn't find the lack of range limiting at all.
I chose not to shoot portraits or telephoto and just enjoyed my trip.

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Jul 01, 2015 23:37 |  #60

The last vacation I went on i took my 6d and specifically bought a 40mm pancake for it. I hate carrying big lenses around if it isnt for a specific purpose. The 40mm produced some very good results. If i could choose anything I think I would like to take an a7r ii paired with the 55.

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