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Which Lens Did You Take on Vacation?

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Jun 11, 2015 19:37 |  #16

Lbsimon wrote in post #17593531 (external link)
The 6D is made for European travel. However, you may want to use it with a zoom lens, as there is a big range of subjects to photograph, from architectural details on top of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to the Colosseum in Rome.

I couldn't agree more. I just know from very recent experiences, carrying my shoulder bag (which is comfortable) all day for about 12+ hours is not enjoyable.

I am not going to Europe to shoot photos, I am going there for the experiences.
The photos are important, but priority number two on my list.

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Jun 11, 2015 20:37 |  #17

My husband & I just returned from a 5 week vacation in Spain. I took my Canon 7D2, my Canon 10-18mm STM lens, my Canon 24-70mm f/4 IS L lens and my Canon 70-300mm L IS lens. I got some really wonderful photos, but my body paid the price. There were many days that we walked 8+ miles. We were on the go for 12+ hours everyday. My backpack got REALLY HEAVY!!
I am thinking about purchasing a Canon 55-250mm is STM lens for trips like this in the future. I will leave the 70-300mm at home. I will loose a little reach, but think that the trade off will be worth it.

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Jun 11, 2015 21:08 |  #18

It depends on the vacation. For a two week trip to Alaska last year, I brought along my 5D3, 7D, 16-35L f/4 IS, 24-105L, 100-400L, and 40mm pancake. For this summer's trip to Yellowstone, it will be the same, except an upgrade to a 7D2 and 100-400L II, along with an EOS M, EFM 18-55 and 22mm f/2 pancake - - I'll leave the 40mm pancake home.

For a weekend trip to Mackinac Island, brought just the 5D3, 16-35L, 70-200 f/4 IS and EOS M with both lenses.

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Jun 12, 2015 02:55 |  #19

I always take my "standard" kit:
5d mk1 + 17-40mm
60d + 85mm

The lenses switch places when required :).

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Jun 12, 2015 02:57 |  #20

Went to Japan with everything in my sig for work and ended up with using my 1DX and 11-24 for the rest of the trip and left everything else back at the hotel

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Jun 12, 2015 08:33 |  #21

I love the range of responses! All the way from everything to an advanced point and shoot! I really like to hear how you felt about your choices later.

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Jun 12, 2015 18:45 |  #22

35mm L on 5DIII & 100-400mm II on 70D. I recently did a 11 mile hike with a 3500 foot elevation gain carrying this gear.

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Jun 12, 2015 19:28 |  #23

akadmon wrote in post #17594781 (external link)
35mm L on 5DIII & 100-400mm II on 70D. I recently did a 11 mile hike with a 3500 foot elevation gain carrying this gear.

I would love to be again young and strong. But I am 64, and happy that I can carry the 100-400 for a couple of hours.

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Jun 12, 2015 19:40 |  #24

I will never ever take anything heavy with me on an overseas trip. After many years of shooting, schlepping heavy gear (I'm not as pro, just a nutcase hobbyist) I realized that I need to breath in the scenery more than just shoot. So, I got myself a Panasonic micro 4/3, I know it's not a FF camera but I slip it into my pocket or bag and enjoy the trip even more. But that's me and I'm nuts. You are not me :) I live by this motto "seize the day"

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Jun 12, 2015 22:08 |  #25

I agree with that though. Unless it's a planned photo trip, go small and light. Snap what you like, and enjoy being there. If your mind is constantly on 'what lens would be best for this building' you won't get to soak things in all that well. At least that's it for me.

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Jun 12, 2015 22:49 |  #26

I use different kits. Here's what I did for three recent and similar weekend holidays to NYC, taking a bus ride between DC and NYC, backpack and camera bag all over NYC. "If I bring it, I have to carry it," was my mantra. Getting around the city was a matter of walking and taking the subway. This last weekend I walked 26 miles in two and a half days; bringing all of my camera gear wasn't an option.

July 2014 for Manhattanhenge (sun setting through the urban canyons of NYC), I brought the 5DM3 with a 50mm f/1.4 for shooting the sunset. It clouded in the last minutes. No matter, the event was fun anyway. I also had the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 for shooting most everything else. While most of the shots with the Sigma were at 24mm, there are times when I shot at shorter focal lengths, including 12mm. Great kit!

September 2014 I brought my G16 (effective 35mm fl, 28-140mm). The only weakness was when I was in really dark locations (the Cathedral of St. John the Divine - I love photographing elaborate churches). Whereas the 5DM3 can easily work very high ISOs, the G16 reaches its practical limit at ISO 6400. No matter, the G16 did a great job.

June 2015 (last weekend) I brought my 5DM3 and the 24-70 f/2.8 and the iPhone. I mention the iPhone as I was able to use it and get a rather nice photo of Manhattan from Brooklyn ( …showthread.php?​p=17590821). My only issue with the 5DM3/24-70mm was that I should have stayed fully manual. I actually backed off and went Av, aperture priority. A few shots were at slow shutter speeds and were, uh, challenging.

Why the different choices? For the July '14 trip, I'd looked at to get ideas for shooting Manhattanhenge. The 50mm seemed the right focal length. The Sigma I brought because I wanted to shoot up and see the converging skyscrapers. The September '14 trip was grab-n-go and traveling as lightly as practicable. Also, we were planning a family vacation that included a cruise. Could the G16 do a respectable job of taking family vacation photos? NYC was the proving ground. Answer? Yes. Last weekend was a matter of having a fast zoom where I could isolate subjects with DoF. There were lots of complications regarding trip logistics, but in the end it was The Brick (the 24-70 Mk I) and it did a fine job. I choose what I want to photograph and pick the kit from there.

I have a Canon ELPH 330 and would shoot NYC with that. The ELPH 330 is a tiny pocket point-n-shoot, but it's a fun little camera and can take respectable photos, and it is good to ISO 3200. I've done DC with it, and I'd do NY with it if that was the best option. While there are things it can't do, there are things it can do that my 5DM3 and my best lenses cannot.

Hope that helps!

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Jun 13, 2015 04:56 |  #27

I do remember taking a 600mm mirror lens on tour in Egypt once.. I suspect I wouldn't do that again although it did get a couple of unique shots. Realisticly I'd generally go with wider (16-35mm) and take the 70-200mm with a 1.4x TC for the longer end. No way at all would I take a single lens as you often have no idea what you're in for until you see it - a lot of travel brochures don't give you much idea of scale...

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Jun 13, 2015 07:05 |  #28

For places that we travel to often, I will bring different lenses on different visits to try and get different shots and viewpoints. Last year when we visited Mackinac Island, I brought my 5D3, 16-35L, 24-105L, and EFM 22mm pancake with the EOS M. This year, I brought a 70-200 f/4 IS instead of the 24-105L, and added the EFM 18-55 to the EOS M kit.

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Jun 13, 2015 07:49 |  #29

All depends on the type of vacation, how much walking vs driving or how much I can get on a plane. If we fly and have a home base for the whole time I'll take more gear. If we fly bur are on the move every 2 days (trains, etc) I will take less.

If I go to Mexico in May I take my G11 only. I hate dealing with the heat and humidity when leaving from an air conditioned room.

So it ranges from all gear to two lens minimum and 1 to 2 bodies.

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Jun 13, 2015 08:30 |  #30

I just got back from London and took a 35F2IS for museums and low light, and the 17-40L for outdoors and big stuff. The 6D let me shoot in darkness at Bath. I generally go out with one lens for the day, and pick the lens that will get me most of what I will be photographing. I was pleased at how well the 6D works at very high ISOs.

I still prefer a fast prime for interiors. The 35mm focal length is very versatile on full frame. I am waiting for a 50 F2IS....with USM AF.

I like longer focal lengths for people photos, but this was not my main interest when visiting something like the Tower of London. The 40 mm focal length isn't bad for people, and 17 was as wide as I needed. The 24-105 or 24-70 wouldn't be wide enough in too many instances on this trip, and both are much heavier and bulkier than the 17-40. It is too bad that the 24-70 F2.8 can't be as light and compact as the 17-40, but there are compromises everywhere. I don't own this lens, and wouldn't want one, precisely because of the size and weight. Cost does play a role here as well.
For a trip to the beach, I would be more likely to take a crop camera and a 35f2 or a general purpose zoom lens. European travel really mandates a wide lens.

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