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35L, 135L or 70-200mm f/2.8 - who's going to be my third travel lens?

 
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Nov 08, 2010 03:59 |  #1

I'm looking for a third lens to take on a travel around Asia on a full frame camera. I have a 24-105L and a fast portrait 85mm f/1.8 but I was wondering whether it would be better to go high quality prime or a longer, more convenient lens. Cost is not an issue as it will probably be sold after this.

The 24-105 is just a general purpose lens while the 85 was picked up after seeing the work http://www.flickr.com/​photos/mytripsmypics/ (external link) did with one across the world.

I want to take portraits and candids as I have never taken a wide angle landscape shot I have been "wowed" by and frankly enjoy portraiture more, wouldn't mind something for shallow DOF still life shots and environmental portraits of people.

Problem with the 70-200mm is weight and showy-ness. Nothing like a big white lens to shout "rob me", particularly if you are young.


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Nov 08, 2010 04:05 |  #2

35L then 135L


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Nov 08, 2010 05:20 |  #3

For candid stuff with subject isolation would a 135L or 200L fit the bill? Neither will stand out much either. Allows you to keep some distance from your subjects.




  
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Nov 08, 2010 22:42 |  #4

From the sounds of it, 135L seems like it would work best for you. Discrete and takes great pictures. As for the 70-200, I do find it attracts attention and thus why it is my least used lens.


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Nov 08, 2010 22:54 as a reply to  @ sleeper's post |  #5

35L it's the one lens that might just stay on your camera the whole trip, it can pretty much do it all as a travel lens.




  
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Nov 08, 2010 22:54 |  #6

+1 I'd go for both the 135mm and 200mm, these are a good compliment to the 24-105mm.
Then all you need is a couple of extenders and an ultra wide.


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Nov 08, 2010 23:34 |  #7

35L


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Nov 09, 2010 00:13 |  #8

35L all the way


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Nov 09, 2010 02:37 |  #9

Which camera will you be using?
I am usually taking my 5dii with 24-105, 35L and 135L and find this is a great travel set up. I'd get the 35L, but it depends on what you shoot.


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Nov 10, 2010 09:33 |  #10

Portraits mainly, candids esepecially. Not to fussed on landscape but would be good to know I can take a high quality shot if a once in a lifetime one appears before me.

I was consdering either bringing the 7D or swapping with a friend for the time being and taking a 5D mark ii, which would be better? I want the highest IQ and great DOF, but is that worth sacrificing reach and focusing ability in the 7D?


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Nov 10, 2010 09:45 |  #11

As much as I love the Telephoto look, you'd probably feel less limited with a low light wide lens... so basically the 35L. One thing about Telephoto lenses is, for me, it requires a bit of preparation if you're shooting with family and friends on a trip. The camera to subject distance is far enough that you'll have to be a ways from your group or partner just to get shots of them. The 35L will definitely be a more social lens in this regard.


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Nov 10, 2010 09:54 |  #12

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As much as I love the Telephoto look, you'd probably feel less limited with a low light wide lens... so basically the 35L. One thing about Telephoto lenses is, for me, it requires a bit of preparation if you're shooting with family and friends on a trip. The camera to subject distance is far enough that you'll have to be a ways from your group or partner just to get shots of them. The 35L will definitely be a more social lens in this regard.

I'd agree completely. Bobby Sager is a shooter whose work and philosophy I greatly admire. In shooting candids overseas, he said (paraphrased) "in philanthropy, like photography, the closer you get, the better the results". Obviously this doesn't hold true in every situation but I think that being able to interact with your subject typically does yield a more meaningful result than simply capturing something from a distance. The latter seems to make me feel more like a spectator than a participant in my images.


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Nov 10, 2010 13:10 |  #13

I'd go for the 135, I really do love the results I've managed to get from it.

Then again I'm not really a fan of getting close enough for the subject to notice me before I get the shot. They're demeanor almost always changes when they see me in my experience. That said I do intend to one day get my hands on a 35ish just to have a fast wide(r) lens in my bag.


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Nov 10, 2010 14:56 |  #14

I you'e going to sell it. Why don't you rent the lenses?


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Nov 10, 2010 16:11 |  #15

You only need the 24-105 and 135L.
Leave 85 at home.
Bring LESS and travel Light is the way to go.
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