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What lens to bring to Hong Kong

 
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Nov 11, 2017 03:42 |  #1

Hi everyone,

I'm going to Hong Kong for a week with family (wife and 3 young kids) to visit grandparents. I want to bring a relatively light kit, preferable just 2 lenses. Do you have suggestions on what to bring (gear list in signature)?

Priority is family photography as that's the point of the trip. Travel photography is secondary. I've been there a couple of times before and will likely go back.

I'm thinking 24-70/2.8 for flexibility. Then either 35/1.4 or 135/2 for low light (leaning toward 35/1.4). Unfortunately, none of those lenses have IS, which would be handy as I'm thinking of not bringing a tripod. I could substitute the 16-35/4 IS, but that seems like a bad trade off compared to 24-70/2.8.

The only reason to bring tripod would be for group pictures (not sure if I'll take long exposure shots at night). Seems maybe not worth it to carry around?

Finally, do you think a flash would be useful?

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Nov 11, 2017 09:07 |  #2

To me one lens is plenty, either 35L or the 24-70mm. And no need for a flash. Was there about 3-4 weeks ago and I just didn't like the hot sweaty weather. Bay area is nicer.:)


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Nov 11, 2017 09:17 |  #3

If I had to do it with one lens, it would be the 16-35. Normally I'd take flash, but for that particular city and culture, I'd leave flash in the bag (maybe only use flash for formal photos in private).

F4 is plenty fast at wider focal lengths, and you have IS, and you have a 5DIV that can easily shoot high enough ISO and still produce clean images. 35mm is a great FOV in close quarters. And having that ultrawide range lets you get creative and capture your family remembers and the city in the same shot. I mean, do you really want a blurry background that you'd never be able to discern was Hong Kong with a portrait where you'd have to remember it was Hong Kong and tell others it was Hong Kong, because its just a smear of blurry stuff? Environmental portrait would capture the city, the memory and your portrait. Even if its just a little soft background (not smears), you can recognize it. But obliterated (F1.4 at close range, 135 F2, 70mm at F2.8 at close range), you just have portraits but who knows where its at in the photo. This is why I'd push the 16-35. You can still get soft backgrounds when you want it, or everything in focus, and it's versatile in any light and completely hand-holdable the whole trip (even at night, you could easily get long exposures hand held with this thing with IS at 16mm taking that tripod out of your list of stuff to carry). It's light and not hulking huge. For the city itself, I think you'll find you're always on the widest end of whatever you take. I couldn't imagine needing a telephoto focal length in any large city unless there was something specific you were going for. 35mm on full frame to me would be the widest and even that would be tight pretty often.

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Nov 11, 2017 16:30 |  #4

I think MalVeaux convinced me on the 16-35/4. But my shoulder bag can fit two lenses, so I can bring something else. I guess for maximum versatility that would be the 24-70/2.8. But the 35/1.4 is still calling out to me even though I would gain nothing in focal length.

I'm planning to not bring tripod, but will bring a flash to leave in the apartment for indoor portraits.

Other suggestions welcomed!




  
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Nov 11, 2017 22:52 |  #5

24-70. You will not regret it after!


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Nov 16, 2017 11:11 |  #6

Agree with Mal. There is also something nice about just taking one lens as you're not be able to think, shall I change lenses for this or that, especially with family.

24-70 gets my vote for a second lens though. Lots happening on the busy streets of HK, that 70mm might just help pick out a detail or person.

Enjoy the trip, it's a great place as you know.


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Nov 17, 2017 08:24 |  #7

The 1.4s look definitely sharper than old f1.2. Wish I had the newer 1.4 IS to test with my 85mm f1.6 (Fuji 110mm f2) :). From quick tests Fuji seems quite a bit better than 85L wide open.


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Nov 25, 2017 13:10 |  #8

I would brig the 24-70 and the 135 f2.

24-70 f2.8 is definitely fast enough with the 5d IV unless it gets to shooting in very low light. At that point I would want a tripod anyways. With city lights ISO 3200 is normally as high as I need to go with my 24-70 2.8

I would also bring the 135 f2 because it's a great fast lens at a focal length you won't have in another lens. I personally would really want to maximise my focal range if I was bringing only two lenses. Bringing the 35mm seems redundant if bringing the 24-70 and you don't have a specific subject that you plan on shooting at 35mm which will need faster than f2.8.




  
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Feb 24, 2018 18:56 |  #9

1. I take a flash everywhere on every trip. I like it for outdoor fill and for indoors where it is too dark for a decent available light shot. BTW: if you know how to use flash, it doesn't need to look gross. The little Canon 270EX weighs next to nothing but can really improve an image...

Here is a shot from the Hong Kong Stanley Market with bounced Canon 270EX flash and a Joe Demb Photojournalist FlipIt

IMAGE: https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/China-Focus-Tour-2010-Hong/i-wjkGcjJ/0/f2d0cf6f/X2/040%20Stanley%20Market%20-%20jewelry%20shop-X2.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://photos.smugmug​.com …ry%20shop-X2.jpg&lb=1&s=A  (external link) on Smugmug

And here is one shot the same way in a H.K. butcher shop

IMAGE: https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/China-Focus-Tour-2010-Hong/i-XVxrcqM/0/42703f7c/X2/Food%20Market%20-%20butcher%201-X2.jpg
IMAGE LINK: https://photos.smugmug​.com …tcher%201-X2.jpg&lb=1&s=A  (external link) on Smugmug

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Feb 24, 2018 19:44 |  #10

Styles have changed. I have found, in multiple trips, that 24mm was plenty wide enough and I seldom needed 20mm. Nice for church interiors of 12th century cathedrals, but they don't have those in HK!

Fast forward a few decades and the Canon 16-35 and 17-40 have changed how photographers use their gear.

But I think that the ultrawide has limited use for 'family shots'...just my experience that even 24mm permits too many opportunities for us to stand too close and induce perspective distortion in people's appearances!


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Mar 20, 2018 08:15 |  #11

I always think 24-77mm is the best for travel.


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Mar 20, 2018 08:16 |  #12

For the prime lens, I would prefer 35mm or 50mm. Not a big fan of super wide angle lens.


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Apr 28, 2018 12:17 |  #13

Just the 24-70 is plenty enough. Save the weight and space for a drink or snacks.


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