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Jun 05, 2011 22:18 |  #1

Ok, sorry for another "which lens" thread, but I could use some inspiration. I'm heading to the Nepal Himilaya treking later this year. I'll be getting right up "in" the mountains and carrying most of my stuff myself so need to limit lenses. I'll be taking the 5D2 and 24-105L and 70-300L for general people and compressed landscapes.

I want to take something wide for landscape shots when I'm up in the deep valleys near the peaks. I have three to choose one to take from, but can't make up my mind and would welcome the thoughts of others.

  • 16-35L mk2 - fast (2.8) weather-sealed and versatile with AF and can use CPL, but not the sharpest
  • 24TS-E mk2 - infinite DOF control, well sealed, can do shift-panos as wide at 15mm equiv, can use CPL and uber-sharp, but slow and fiddly to use and manual AF
  • 14mm Samyang - fast (2.8) super sharp and ultra wide, but can't use CPL and no AF and no weather sealing. Probably has the advantage that if damage it or it get's stolen it's not such a big deal compared to the above.
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Jun 05, 2011 22:44 |  #2

When my 16-35 isn't on my 1D it lives on my 5D. I would take that one if I were in your shoes simply because it is fast and zooms which helps compose a scene whereas with both primes, you have to move to compose the scene and that may not always be possible. Secondly, the fact that the 16-35 can autofocus is a big help for getting the camera out for a quick shot where you don't have the time to fiddle with the manual focus to get the shot you want.

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Jun 05, 2011 22:53 |  #3

TS-E 24 f/3.5L II. When I do landscape and other stuff, I never need anything wider than 24mm, it is just too wide until sometimes people next to us is inside the frame.

And so far I think TS 24L II is the highest quality optics you can get for wide angle lens.


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Jun 06, 2011 00:51 |  #4

Thanks guys - anyone else?


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Jun 06, 2011 00:54 |  #5

I vote for the 24 TS-E, just because that lens is awesome. The only drawback is, that if the conditions are extreme, you're not going to want to be fiddling around with knobs and dials.

In that case, take the 16-35.

But I do suggest the 24 TS-E


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Jun 06, 2011 01:09 |  #6

I say the 16-35. Lighting and weather conditions can change too quickly for a shift pano.


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Jun 06, 2011 01:51 |  #7

Sirrith wrote in post #12543509 (external link)
I say the 16-35. Lighting and weather conditions can change too quickly for a shift pano.

The TS generally gets used on a tripod, right? OP didn't mention carting one, and schlepping one might be infeasible. The 16-35 seems prima fascia to be the choice. I don't know the situations the OP will find for shooting, but the lack of automation on the Samyang could be a real drag.


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Jun 06, 2011 02:06 |  #8

thanks guys, I do have a superlight (~1kg) carbon fibre slik tripod with minimalist head that I will be taking as well.


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Jun 06, 2011 02:42 |  #9

14mm Samyang no doubt, since you already have 24-105 you are brining.
24mm TSE is nice but won't offer much extra except for TS (which I don't think you will use too much in the himalayas) and slightly better IQ.

14mm on the other hand will offer you with a unique perspective that might come handy in certain situations (star trail shots with himalayas' silhouette? yummy). 16-35 is ok, but does not offer much wider perspective than the 24 and is also bested by the 14mm in IQ.

Do keep us updated after you return; seems very interesting.


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Jun 06, 2011 06:44 |  #10

16-35. You aren't going to be able to do much foot-zooming.


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Jun 06, 2011 06:46 |  #11

Buddy of mine took a 1DsMkIII + 17mm T/S and found all kinds of uses for it both straight up and in tilt mode. Did some amazing portrait-oriented landscapes that were tack sharp front to back...

I say take the T/S!


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Jun 06, 2011 16:27 |  #12

Thanks guys, actually beginning to think I might leave the 24-105 behind - useful as that is and take both the 16-35 and the 24ts. I'll have a gap from 35 to 70 before my 70-300l kicks in but I find my best shots are either longer or wider anyway - thoughts?


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Jun 06, 2011 16:31 |  #13

That will also depend on your health and indurance. It takes a toll after a while specially if you are mountain climbing or going uphill.


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Jun 06, 2011 16:31 |  #14

How about the 24 TS/E, your 50mm f1.4 and the 70-300?


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Jun 06, 2011 17:00 |  #15

Just off topic to the thread Rob when are you going? My son is booked for a September trek.


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