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Going to Europe and need a walk around lens

 
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May 17, 2009 18:49 |  #16

sigma 17-70? sigma 18-50? or tamron 17-50?

i have used a 24-135mm on a 5d extensively that serves as a wonderful walkaround for me.


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May 17, 2009 19:01 |  #17

im heading off to europe in july. and i only going to bring the 24-70 2.8 on my xsi


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May 17, 2009 19:45 |  #18

Tuscany and a long lens...

wem wrote in post #7914798 (external link)
Most people take wide angles. And while in cities you will surely use them, the compression of a telelens in Italy's Tuscani or in France's sunflower or lavender fields will be of great use as well.

So to be clear: the 55-250 would be great. I have never owned one, so I don't really know what the advantage vis-à-vis the 70-300 is.

Here is a gallery of Tuscan views, many of which wewre shot with long focal length lenses....

http://www.pbase.com/a​lekhine/one_day_in_tus​cany (external link)

His images are great.

My travel kit is the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses in a 30D and a 40D camera. I will also, when traveling to Europe bring my 12-24mm Tokina and possibly a third body.


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May 17, 2009 20:20 |  #19

I'd add another vote for the 24-105L, but it is generally out of the range you specified, although you can sometimes find a nice used one in that price range. Another good option that is within your price range is the EF-S 17-85. It makes an excellent walk-around lens, especially in urban areas or areas with vast, sweeping scenery. It's a true 17-85 on a crop camera, so it's plenty wide while the higher end will enable you to isolate people, details of architecture, etc. You can also leave the horrid kit lens at home. The 17-85 will cover that range and then some, and has much better optics and build. Right now they run about $450.


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May 17, 2009 20:35 |  #20

JMB1983 wrote in post #7914667 (external link)
I have a budget of about 400-700

400-700 dollars, pounds, euros?

For 400 pounds you could get a totally different lens than one for 400 dollars.


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May 18, 2009 08:36 as a reply to  @ Gibbo's post |  #21

I just returned from a long weekend in Washington DC with a group of 8th graders (it's great to be home :-) ), and the lens that I used the most was my 10-22. I occasionally used the 24-70, and never pulled out the 70-200. I did find my 430EXII flash useful.

My point is that for the up close at the monuments, trying to get group shots with some scenery in the background, etc, the wide angle was by far the most useful. I also used it, without flash, inside the Cathedral where we had Sunday service. Photos turned out great.

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May 18, 2009 09:03 |  #22

RPCrowe wrote in post #7939721 (external link)
Here is a gallery of Tuscan views, many of which wewre shot with long focal length lenses....

http://www.pbase.com/a​lekhine/one_day_in_tus​cany (external link)

His images are great.

My travel kit is the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses in a 30D and a 40D camera. I will also, when traveling to Europe bring my 12-24mm Tokina and possibly a third body.

Yes, I saw this gallery before as well. Absolutely stunning images!


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May 18, 2009 10:31 |  #23

Europe is all about wide angles. The architecture and large gathering areas is best captured in its entirety. I walked around Athens, Greek Islands, Munich, Salzburg, and Prague with my 16-35mm f/2.8L II (90%) and 24-70mm f/2.8L (10%) with my 40D. If you had to travel light and bring only a couple of lenses, I say take a wide angle and a fast prime. The 16-35 is not truly a super wide angle on a crop body, but it was the perfect focal length for most of my shots.


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May 18, 2009 10:52 |  #24

I dont see how you could go wrong with a 28-300 IS. I think it is the best compromise. Compromise being the word here. Nothing is going to cover all bases.




  
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May 18, 2009 11:03 |  #25

My tokina 11-16 barely left the camera when I was in Prague, but for night shots with water reflections I longed for something longer in the 35-50 range (left the 17-50 at the apartment that particular night :p ).

As said before, it REALLY depends on where you will go. For the classic old architecture shots, (ultra) wide is pretty much a must IMHO... for some situations, like distant castles, having a tele like the 70-300 is more than just a luxury.

If you have a comfortable camera bag, I'd go with the 3 lenses you have, and maybe add a low light prime (Sigma 30 1.4 / Canon 50 1.8 or 1.4 should do).

Remember to bring a small tripod though, you'll be extremely happy if you have one that you can always bring with you, because a lot of the typical European cities look SO MUCH BETTER at night, and with 30 seconds or longer exposures you can "blur the tourists into submission" >:]

When all else fails, you can make a composite of several identical exposures to get rid of distracting elements. The shot below had a few hundred people in it, and is a combination of two 1-minute exposures, using a wired release and my phone as a stopwatch.
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May 18, 2009 14:25 as a reply to  @ TweakMDS's post |  #26

Tweak...That is a gorgeous shot! Great composition and very well done!

I just got back from Paris about 2 weeks ago.

I mentioned this in a few posts but I took 10-22, 24-105, 70-200 on my 30D. I used the 24-105 about 65% of the time, the 10-22 about 20% and the 70-200 the other 15%.

The 10-22 was used a lot inside of churchs and other buildings to capture ceilings and other architechtural details. I had planned to use it for the outsides and didn't realize how often I would be using inside as well.

James....

To your original post I upgraded to the 24-105 from the 28-135. Its a little slow for indoors without a flash but I really liked it as a walk around lens. It does have IS which is nice and I prefer more reach on my general walk around lens than faster speed.

Good luck with your trip!




  
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May 19, 2009 05:37 |  #27

RPCrowe wrote in post #7939721 (external link)
Here is a gallery of Tuscan views, many of which wewre shot with long focal length lenses....

http://www.pbase.com/a​lekhine/one_day_in_tus​cany (external link)

His images are great.

My travel kit is the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses in a 30D and a 40D camera. I will also, when traveling to Europe bring my 12-24mm Tokina and possibly a third body.

Wow! Those images are beautiful!




  
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May 19, 2009 11:49 |  #28

There are different options, depending on where you'll go and what you like to shoot.

1. If you value speed: Tamron 17-50/2.8 or 28-75/2.8
2. If you value focal range: EF-S 18-200.
3. If you do not mind using 1-2 prime(s): 28/1.8 (or sigma 30 if you can get a god copy) and 85/1.8.

I'd go with option 3: 10-20 + 28 + 85.


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May 19, 2009 14:45 |  #29

If I could only choose one lens not knowing what or where I might be shooting I would probably go with my 24-105L F/4 IS


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