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Jun 19, 2009 20:48 |  #1

Okay, I am bringing the following to go with my 30D:

35L
70-200 F4L
10-22

and my question is. . . .

should I bring a 24-70 F2.8L or a 24-105 F4L IS?

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Jun 19, 2009 20:50 |  #2

Edit: Wow so I can't read...sorry it took me a while to notice.


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Jun 19, 2009 22:52 |  #3

A bicycle :) .


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Jun 19, 2009 22:53 |  #4

17-55 IS


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Jun 19, 2009 23:32 |  #5

+1

A 17-55 2.8 IS and a 70-200 2.8 IS would make an awesome combination for the Tour...

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Jun 19, 2009 23:43 |  #6

twoshadows wrote in post #8142019 (external link)
A bicycle :) .

got that covered!


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Jun 20, 2009 00:14 |  #7

JohnHemlock wrote in post #8142217 (external link)
got that covered!

Someone to ride it, JK.

If it were me I would think the most important lens would be the 70-200mm based on FL.


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Jun 20, 2009 01:05 |  #8

twoshadows wrote in post #8142023 (external link)
17-55 IS

I have a Tamron with similar range so would bring that rather than buy / rent the 17-55. I was looking to rent / try out a zoom I have never used.


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Jun 20, 2009 02:26 |  #9

I have not taken photos at the Tour, but I guess 70-200 is the best zoom for the job. Something with a wider range (24-105 or 17-55 or 17-50) may also be handy depending on where you will be standing. I am not sure 10-22 is that useful unless you are planning some more tourist activities while being in France.

I would say 17-50+70-200 or 10-22+24-105+70-200.


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Jun 20, 2009 04:30 |  #10

Me? :D


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Jun 20, 2009 08:38 |  #11

I think the 70-200 is what you will want. Unless you are going to be very close you will need the range.


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Jun 20, 2009 09:13 |  #12

You can let what you bring dictate your tour viewing. I mean you go out early for a stage and you think ok I can stand here and use this lens to shoot this way. Also try to figure where the sun will be later in the day.
If you're going to be on something like Mont Ventoux then you need to think wide angle. Unless you're at a corner you won't be able to see the riders way off, only as they get close. If you go to the very top it will be extra tough because their are barricades and it's shoulder to shoulder, everyone waving stuff in the air and going crazy. For photos you're better off finding a spot further down the mountain where there's not a lot of people around. Remember the people that are there will run out in the road, step in front of you etc.

On other mountain stages if you set up lower on the hill, or even on the mountain before the final one you can often get a spot where you're the only one in an area. Then you can use the 70-200 and get them approaching you, you'll likely get more good shots that way.

My all time best viewing spot was on Col Du Glandon. I found a spot where I could see the switchback below, so I could shoot that with the 70-200, then walk across the road and change to a while angle. A minute later the riders came right by me, then I barely had time to hustle up about 40 feet of steep hill while the riders went down 100 yards or so and through a hairpin so I could catch them one more time. Since there was still another big climb to go there were no barricades up and not an excessive amount of people. This spot also gave me a good spot to shoot the peleton from above as a group when they came by 20 minutes later.

If you're going to be in Paris on the final day you pretty much need to go early and get front row to have any shot at them on your own side of the Champs Elysee. My strategy has been to avoid baking in the heat a few hours, show up late, find the shortest people I can to stand behind and shoot over their shoulder. Even then I have to wait a few hours.

Google had last years route all mapped out, I'm sure they'll do the same this year so you might look that over and try to get some places in mind.




  
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Jun 20, 2009 09:14 |  #13

sebr wrote in post #8142682 (external link)
I have not taken photos at the Tour, but I guess 70-200 is the best zoom for the job. Something with a wider range (24-105 or 17-55 or 17-50) may also be handy depending on where you will be standing. I am not sure 10-22 is that useful unless you are planning some more tourist activities while being in France.

I would say 17-50+70-200 or 10-22+24-105+70-200.

Thanks! The 10-22 is for the week or so I will be in Dublin / Ireland and then Venice at the end, so more for touristy applications.


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Jun 20, 2009 09:18 |  #14

cmburns wrote in post #8143450 (external link)
You can let what you bring dictate your tour viewing. I mean you go out early for a stage and you think ok I can stand here and use this lens to shoot this way. Also try to figure where the sun will be later in the day.
If you're going to be on something like Mont Ventoux then you need to think wide angle. Unless you're at a corner you won't be able to see the riders way off, only as they get close. If you go to the very top it will be extra tough because their are barricades and it's shoulder to shoulder, everyone waving stuff in the air and going crazy. For photos you're better off finding a spot further down the mountain where there's not a lot of people around. Remember the people that are there will run out in the road, step in front of you etc.

On other mountain stages if you set up lower on the hill, or even on the mountain before the final one you can often get a spot where you're the only one in an area. Then you can use the 70-200 and get them approaching you, you'll likely get more good shots that way.

My all time best viewing spot was on Col Du Glandon. I found a spot where I could see the switchback below, so I could shoot that with the 70-200, then walk across the road and change to a while angle. A minute later the riders came right by me, then I barely had time to hustle up about 40 feet of steep hill while the riders went down 100 yards or so and through a hairpin so I could catch them one more time. Since there was still another big climb to go there were no barricades up and not an excessive amount of people. This spot also gave me a good spot to shoot the peleton from above as a group when they came by 20 minutes later.

If you're going to be in Paris on the final day you pretty much need to go early and get front row to have any shot at them on your own side of the Champs Elysee. My strategy has been to avoid baking in the heat a few hours, show up late, find the shortest people I can to stand behind and shoot over their shoulder. Even then I have to wait a few hours.

Google had last years route all mapped out, I'm sure they'll do the same this year so you might look that over and try to get some places in mind.

Thanks for the Google tip. I am skipping Paris and hitting Ventoux, a couple of early stages, and the stages near Chamonix. My plan is to camp out on the last climbs of any mountain stage, after the peloton has hopefully blown up! I'd like to get some good race shots but am also wanting a few of the crazy spectators.


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Jun 20, 2009 14:53 |  #15

MEEEEEE!!! Oh how I wish I could go.

It seems that nobody has actually considered your question yet. I think you should bring the 24-105 due to much of the tour happening during daylight hours and the IS and extra range could be useful.

Cheers, have a great time! John


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