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Grand Canyon Multi-day Hike: Which Lens Setup?

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Dec 08, 2015 20:20 |  #16

Now that I'm back from my 5-day backpacking trip, I'll add my two cents.

I decided to take the 24-105mm and the 70-300mm DO, and I'm glad I did. I think I remember one time when I wish I had the 17-40mm, but other than that I didn't have a need for it at all. I used the 24-105mm for about 70% of the shots. To answer one of the questions above, I took the 70-300 DO over the 70-300L because of weight and size. The DO version is more than good enough on my 5D3, and there's no way I'd want to add another pound and have to worry about damaging the L lens with the abuse that things take during a backpacking trip.

I have one caveat- my perspective on photos was very different than the casual GC visitor. Most people only see the canyon from the rim, so they want an ultra-wide like the 17-40 to capture it all in one shot. When you're below the rim, you don't need that perspective because it doesn't exist. When you hike down to the river and back, it's more like hiking in the mountains, where you want to combine wide angle and long-range shots. I'm definitely glad I chose to go with those two lenses.

Here's a quick shot (I haven't even started going through my pictures yet!) from night four, about 3000 feet above the Colorado River just off the New Hance Trail.

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Dec 14, 2015 21:06 |  #17

Great shot, thanks for sharing. It's definitely a different perspective when photographing in the canyon. Glad you had a good trip.

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Dec 14, 2015 21:21 |  #18

I'd be surprised if you needed more than 24mm and the 17-40 is so distorted that I would rather do pano than use the 17-40 on full frame. 24-70 vs 24-105. I don't know. I would definitely take 24-70 l is ii over both but I don't know between these two. I don't think I removed the 24-70 from my camera the last time I was in the southwest except for night shots of monument valley with the rokinnon 14 2.8.

I would advocate for a small flash for fill. Not a lot of shade at the rim and those photos of folks at the rim are improved with a little fill.

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