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UK Bound!! Lens options...?

 
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Nov 15, 2008 14:05 |  #16

Daylight hours in Devon at the moment are about 7.30am to 4.30pm, The weather has been poor the last few days but when the sun manages to break through we have had some awesome skies,

Enjoy your trip,and I am sure you will have a great time.


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Nov 15, 2008 14:21 |  #17

Thanks, everyone!
Again, I'm really looking forward to the visit. Hopefully this will start an international traveling pattern!

Yeah, I'd personally prefer a much less busy itinerary, but my best friend wants to squeeze in as much as possible (we're ending it with 5 nights in London, so that'll be the only 'rest' aside from the train rides). I'm the one who's kind of just along for the ride.

EDIT: OH, I'm considering attending a British university for 3d animation and effects after I get my BFA here, so it will be nice to scout the area out a bit! :)


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Nov 15, 2008 14:59 |  #18

foxbat wrote in post #6692437 (external link)
Bring a tripod. It will be cold, wet and dark over here. Wales and Scotland should give you some nice landscape opportunities.

Exactly what I was thinking. Wide aperture and weather sealing for a UK winter.


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Nov 15, 2008 15:17 |  #19

I'd recommend comparing prices of said equipment in the UK - the GBP has fallen massively against the USD and looks set to fall further this month - you might find bargains here.

Jessops.co.uk are the major photography equipment chains over here - not the cheapest by a long way, but should give you enough information to make a comparison. :)




  
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Nov 15, 2008 15:27 |  #20

Also, our railways do not take you out to the best scenic areas. It would be worthwhile hiring a car on a daily rate in Scotland/Wales and driving out to the countryside. www.easycar.com (external link) usually have good rates if you book in advance.


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Nov 15, 2008 16:07 |  #21

foxbat wrote in post #6693130 (external link)
Also, our railways do not take you out to the best scenic areas. It would be worthwhile hiring a car on a daily rate in Scotland/Wales and driving out to the countryside. www.easycar.com (external link) usually have good rates if you book in advance.

If you do that remember to drive on the wrong side of the road please ;)


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Nov 15, 2008 16:10 |  #22

saxk wrote in post #6692803 (external link)
shaftsybury ??????????????

It's about an hour up the road from you :lol:




  
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Nov 15, 2008 16:25 |  #23

foxbat wrote in post #6693130 (external link)
Also, our railways do not take you out to the best scenic areas. It would be worthwhile hiring a car on a daily rate in Scotland/Wales and driving out to the countryside. www.easycar.com (external link) usually have good rates if you book in advance.

Thanks! That's useful and helpful information! :)

Um, anyone else for the Sigma vs Sigma vs Canon vs other category? :lol:


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Nov 15, 2008 17:20 as a reply to  @ madhatter04's post |  #24

foxbat wrote in post #6692437 (external link)
Bring a tripod. It will be cold, wet and dark over here. Wales and Scotland should give you some nice landscape opportunities.

It is likely to be gray and wet , not too cold most of the time - but a tripod is a real PITA to travel with - I'd just crank up the iso as needed. Remember in cities and any place there are lots of people tripods cause an obstruction, and you'll get some slob pulling your gear over by walking into it, or attract rentacop attention. Especially in London.

The UK is a small, crowded place - travel takes a fair bit longer than you would expect. And as far as car rental goes, if you need an automatic you need to specify and book longer in advance - stick shifts are the norm here. they are much more fun in traffic jams, you see...( sarcasm!)

As far as lenses go, you'll need the same as you would any where else. If your heart is set on an f/2.8 zoom, I'd look at any of the 16/17/18-50/55 f/2.8 offerings - that 24-60mm lens is a nice enough one, but it's a bit long to start with and a bit short to end with, for my tastes anyway.


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Nov 15, 2008 18:13 |  #25

The light will not be fantastic- the problem is that its not just the speed of the lens that will dictate how good your images but also the type of glass. I have found that the 17-40 allows significant alteration to images without degradation- significantly better than my 10-22. I would advise you to take a tripod- handheld is difficult outside of the good light hours- leaning on a tripod will allow you to use lower iso speeds.
I think you will need something wide, but not ultra wide- our streets can be quite tight, you might need an extra zoom than what you have on your tok.


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Nov 15, 2008 18:15 |  #26

SMA wrote in post #6693365 (external link)
It's about an hour up the road from you :lol:

i know, i was wondering why anyone would go there lol


id make a list here but it'd look silly as its to small.

  
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Nov 15, 2008 18:19 |  #27

saxk wrote in post #6693925 (external link)
i know, i was wondering why anyone would go there lol

LOL I'm not sure. I think my friend wants to visit "Golden Hill."

I'm definitely not going to bring a tripod with me as the goal is to travel as lightly as possible. I don't mind using higher ISO speeds as this is not going to really be a photo vacation... more like a chance to experience the UK and bask in the glory of being in another country.


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Nov 15, 2008 19:12 |  #28

good idea mate, enjoy it for what it is, dont spend the entire time looking through a view finder


id make a list here but it'd look silly as its to small.

  
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Nov 16, 2008 00:40 |  #29

saxk wrote in post #6694165 (external link)
good idea mate, enjoy it for what it is, dont spend the entire time looking through a view finder

Cheers! I tend to not be much of an avid photographer while I'm traveling... I enjoy documenting our travels but I wouldn't set up a tripod and take macros of ice crystals in Canterbury by any means! ;)


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Nov 16, 2008 17:23 |  #30

So I do believe I'm about to settle on the Canon 35mm f/2 due to my love of primes and the fact my 3 lens travel kit would be small and light (12-24 tokina, 35 f/2, and 50 f/1.4)... thanks to all who answered! Pics will be posted sometime in mid-January!
.... still considering the Sigma 24-60 though if anyone has anything to add...


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