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Boundary waters trip - lens choice help, would like input

 
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Jun 21, 2011 09:51 |  #1

Have a couple week trip to the boundary waters coming up soon. we'll be doing some long portages so weight (and bulk) is the limiting factor. I've got most of my gear figured out but I've come to the last dilema.

70-200 F4 IS, or the 15-85.

only one lens is going along. Gotta make the compromise between camera, fishing gear, and camp gear/food.

it's gonna be a mix of shots of the 6 of us paddling around, lots of wildlife opportunities, and some of the (IMO) beautiful scenery MN has to offer.

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Jun 21, 2011 10:27 |  #2

I don't own a 15-85 but if I had to choose between my 17-55IS and 70-200 f4IS I would choose the 70-200 because I'd want the extra reach for any time I was shooting while paddeling.




  
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Jun 21, 2011 10:30 |  #3

I could travel the world with my 15-85. You can crop somewhat with the 15-85 files if you see moose, eagles or bear. I know for me, if I had to decide between those two, the 15-85 is a no brainer.

Very jelious. I did a 2 week trip in the Boundry Waters when I was about 12 and it was the most amazing experience. Talk about being out there. Have fun!


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Jun 21, 2011 10:31 |  #4

Man am I jealous! I went to the BWs about 12 years ago as a young scout and it had to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Weight is an issue, no doubt. Some of those portages can be brutal, from what I remember. Have fun up there, can't wait to see the photos of your trip!


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Jun 21, 2011 10:39 |  #5

one of the guys has put forth bringing a G12 along instead. Now I'm starting to waver again....


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Jun 21, 2011 12:04 |  #6

RyanLikesVespas wrote in post #12632020 (external link)
Man am I jealous! I went to the BWs about 12 years ago as a young scout and it had to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Weight is an issue, no doubt. Some of those portages can be brutal, from what I remember. Have fun up there, can't wait to see the photos of your trip!


I too made the trip as a boy scout. It's beautiful up there and yes, brutal portages!




  
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Jun 21, 2011 12:18 |  #7

I would take the 15-85. The 70-200 is a great lens but would be very limiting (to me, at least) as the only lens. You’ll need wide angle for the group and boating shots. FWIW, my primary hiking/backpacking lens is the 24-105 on FF.

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Jun 21, 2011 16:24 as a reply to  @ scottda's post |  #8

When we canoe camp, I use wide a lot more than long. I would never be without either on a canoe trip. My long lens for tripping is the old 70-200 F4. It's light and very sharp.




  
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Jun 21, 2011 19:10 |  #9

I would bring the 15-85 if forced to bring only one lens. However, if it was me I would totally try to find a way to bring both. If you going up there intending to shoot, better to be prepared than to not have the right tools for the job.


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Jun 21, 2011 19:27 |  #10

I'd suggest a 24-105 if that's an option for you.




  
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Jun 21, 2011 20:18 |  #11

15-85, micro tripod and CPL.


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Jun 21, 2011 22:03 |  #12

would love to take both, but only one or the other fits in the pelican.

kf095 wrote in post #12635449 (external link)
15-85, micro tripod and CPL.

that's what's in the pelican case now. + a ND filter

after looking over a few trip pictures in the past I'm settling on the 15-85 as well. I might miss a few of the longer shots, but paddling is pretty quiet and I'm with a well schooled outdoors bunch. I'm just going to risk missing the long shots. There's a real chance of seeing lots of bald eagles - but let's be realistic. 200 isn't really long enough for that either.


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