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Will have a day shooting in downtown Chicago - what lenses should I take?

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Jul 24, 2016 11:38 |  #1

I have a trip coming up in mid September to visit my former graduate school, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduating in 1990 and moving out West. I have not been back to the Midwest since then, an absence of 25+ years, so I am curious as to how the campus has changed.

But getting back on topic, I will have the opportunity, if I take a evening flight to Portland, to spend the better part of a day hanging out in downtown Chicago, and I am wondering what lenses to bring along to really capture the cityscape there. Unfortunately, I will not be spending a night there, so no night shots!

I have the 24-70 II and the Rok 14/2.8. I will also have the Samyang 12/2.8 fisheye by then, as I ordered one during the Amazon prime sale and will (supposedly) receive it in early August.

I am wondering if I should rent the Canon 11-24 and leave the Rok 14 at home. I'm not sure when I'll be back in Chicago and want to make the most of this opportunity. Any advice would be most welcome!


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Aug 13, 2016 17:22 |  #2

I've never used any of those lenses so my input probably isn't worth much, but I would say stick with the 24-70 and 14mm. The 11-24 is HUGE and HEAVY, and I wouldn't want to carry that around all day. The 14mm should be wide enough; I couldn't imagine any photo I could take that would require a wider lens (fisheye is a different story though).

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Aug 13, 2016 17:37 |  #3

That is easy the one that come with a bullet proof vest!

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Aug 15, 2016 07:31 |  #4

I always have a 70-200 with me in the city. If too heavy the 16-35 if looking at your gear list.

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Aug 15, 2016 08:10 |  #5

The 14, 24-70 and a 70-200 if you like architectural close ups.

If I was you and space/weight was an issue I'd take the 6D with the 35 and 70-200 f4 only.

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Post edited over 2 years ago by philmar. (2 edits in all)
Aug 18, 2016 16:12 |  #6

You definitely need a wide angle. I carried a 16-35, 24-70 and the lighter 70-200 f4

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If weight is an issue then go hit the gym cuz you want to make the best of the situation.

Carry what you'd carry on a walkabout in Portland.

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Post edited over 2 years ago by kjonnnn. (2 edits in all)
Aug 25, 2016 07:45 |  #7

Also keep in the back of your mind you can stitch wide shots in your computer. I use Microsoft ICE (a free download). If you want a full shot of Pritzker, a single shot with a 24mm wont do it. There are so many wide spaces you might want to stitch panos.

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Sep 14, 2016 18:16 |  #8

Not much love for the 11-24 but I'd definitely have that one with me. I like to shoot wide, so that and a fast prime and I'd be happy as a clam. Well, maybe a deep dish pizza instead. I'll save the clam for a Boston trip. :)

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