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Mar 27, 2009 10:35 |  #1

I'm a photographer by hobby and we will be hiking this weekend don't know where the exact place is but it's gonna be overlooking citylights in Irvine.. what lens do you think is the best to carry a 70-200 2.8 or 10-22 or a prime like 85L or 50 1.4? thanks!! I'd probably be there late night and early morning don't know yet, but I'd like to see my options


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Mar 27, 2009 10:37 |  #2

you cannot carry more than one?


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Mar 27, 2009 10:38 as a reply to  @ socalfreebordin's post |  #3

If you are limited to just one, I would guess that you should use the 70-200. Put a wide angle in your pocket for landscapes as well. I always wear cargo pants myself.


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Mar 27, 2009 10:40 |  #4

I always carry a zoom, macro and wide angle in my top-loader. Why not carry more than one?


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Mar 27, 2009 10:49 |  #5

iseecanonpeople wrote in post #7609940 (external link)
I'm a photographer by hobby and we will be hiking this weekend don't know where the exact place is but it's gonna be overlooking citylights in Irvine.. what lens do you think is the best to carry a 70-200 2.8 or 10-22 or a prime like 85L or 50 1.4? thanks!! I'd probably be there late night and early morning don't know yet, but I'd like to see my options

If you've been there before and know the view you'll have then take a lens based on the shots you want to take.

Sounds like there may be some distant views of a city skyline. I'd take a tele, like the 70-200, and a tripod for that.


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Mar 27, 2009 11:08 |  #6

actually I can carry more than 1 lens, its just that me and my fiancee would be on there and would like to take pictures of us and the citylights as backdrop.. I don't know what to bring, I'll definitely enjoy the scenery but see my brain can only hold so much picture of it so I want to bring the right lens...


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Mar 27, 2009 11:37 |  #7

iseecanonpeople wrote in post #7610176 (external link)
actually I can carry more than 1 lens, its just that me and my fiancee would be on there and would like to take pictures of us and the citylights as backdrop.. I don't know what to bring, I'll definitely enjoy the scenery but see my brain can only hold so much picture of it so I want to bring the right lens...

I suppose a prime and the wide angle then would be the minimum I might bring. If you aren't planning any wildlife shots or shots which might need high telephoto then you could leave the zoom.


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Mar 27, 2009 15:09 |  #8

If you don't know where it's going to be, take all three. The end. both zooms and a prime. Better still, all four. Not as if that 50 takes much room. And don't forget your tripod.

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Mar 27, 2009 15:51 |  #9

If I'm going hiking, I'm not hefting my 70-200. I'm sticking w/ either my 17-40 or 24-105.


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Mar 27, 2009 17:21 |  #10

iseecanonpeople wrote in post #7610176 (external link)
actually I can carry more than 1 lens, its just that me and my fiancee would be on there and would like to take pictures of us and the citylights as backdrop.. I don't know what to bring, I'll definitely enjoy the scenery but see my brain can only hold so much picture of it so I want to bring the right lens...

Get a flash for fill, unless you like sitting frozen for 10 seconds at time...

10-22 and 70-200, and a prime in between.




  
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Mar 27, 2009 17:36 |  #11

I don't know where you'll be hiking but I would definitely take the 70-200

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Mar 27, 2009 18:12 |  #12

I'm an avid hiker and backpacker, and I'd recommend taking the 10-22mm and the 50mm. Going LIGHT is your best bet, and neither lens is a slouch. The LAST thing you'd want to worry about is lugging heavy equipment.


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Mar 27, 2009 18:17 |  #13

I'm an avid hiker and backpacker, and I'd recommend taking the 10-22mm and the 50mm. Going LIGHT is your best bet, and neither lens is a slouch. The LAST thing you'd want to worry about is lugging heavy equipment.

I've been backpacking since 1969 (still going strong) and seriously into photography since 1973 (ditto) and this is good advice!


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Mar 27, 2009 18:52 as a reply to  @ Naturalist's post |  #14

I second what the posters above me wrote. 10-22 is my ultimate hiking lens, at least for my 40D.


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