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Jan 14, 2011 04:03 |  #1

Hi PotN!

This week I booked my tickets for a city trip to New York, so this will be my first time in the USA. Looking forward to it :D

I decided that I'm taking my 5D and 28-70L with me, but now I'm wondering what else I should bring along. An UWA is on my wishlist, so there's a big chance I'll buy a 17-40L. Or is this not necessarily for NY? Also I don't really feel like taking my 70-200 2.8 IS with me. It's quite heavy, and I barely use it in cities. And a friend of mine is taking his 75-300 IS with him, so we could exchange lenses. My 580EXII is probably staying at home as well. Any thoughts on my plans? Everything has to fit in a Crumpler 6MDH and I really have no clue what to expect in NY. We'll be doing the large attractions mainly, so I can't haul around my normal 10 kg of gear :)


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Jan 14, 2011 04:19 |  #2

Hallo Bert!

I've been to NY and over 50% of the time I used the 11-16 on my crop body.
So a 17-40 on your Fullf frame would be great! Then the 28-70 and you should be fine.

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Jan 14, 2011 05:30 |  #3

I just booked my ticket to NY too! :)
I'm going to be bringing the 10-22 and 18-55, as well as the 55-250 because I plan on going to the Central Park zoo and I'm guessing I'll want a telephoto there. I'm also going to be buying a sigma 30 1.4 while I'm there as its cheaper than in Europe, so was debating bringing the 18-55... But decided that I'm going to bring it anyway since its lightweight, and in case I get bad copies of the 30.


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Jan 14, 2011 06:14 |  #4

The 17-40 on FF in NYC is great (it was my primary lens for some time); real estate is at a premium, so space can be a little cramped - there isn't always room to back up. I, too, have a 28-70L, and it's great, but not always wide enough for my tastes. If I were pressed to choose only one for day in the city, it would be a close call, but I think that I would lean towards the 17-40 if I were going to be outside most of the time, so it gets my nod as a nice addition. The two of them together would cover most of my needs.


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Jan 14, 2011 06:18 |  #5

Have fun in NYC, I go there often. I think you will find that the 17-40 and 28-70 have ranges that overlap way too much. A friend of mine has the 24-70 and the 17-40 and he is going to sell off the 17-40 and go UWA with the 10-22. The 10-22 is an EFS and wont fit on the 5D without mods, but I'm sure there are other options.


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Jan 14, 2011 06:21 |  #6

Buy or rent the 17-40, it's amazing for cityscapes and enviromental portrait. And if you don't mind, bring a tripod, I know it's heavy and seems useless, but for the nightscapes picture it's very usefull.

The pain of bringing a tripod is worthed when you reviews the image you got.

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Jan 14, 2011 06:22 |  #7

NeutronBoy wrote in post #11638118 (external link)
I think you will find that the 17-40 and 28-70 have ranges that overlap way too much. A friend of mine has the 24-70 and the 17-40 and he is going to sell off the 17-40 and go UWA with the 10-22. The 10-22 is an EFS and wont fit on the 5D without mods, but I'm sure there are other options.

Is he on FF? Because they're very different lenses on FF (even the 4mm diff between the 24-70 and 28-70 is significant, IMO).


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Jan 14, 2011 06:23 |  #8

With the 5D, you don't really need to take the 70-200. You can crop till you drop. :) I would definitely take the 28-70 you have and get the 17-40, though. I lived in NYC growing up and visit often as my family still lives there. One time I brought my 5D with 50 1.4 only to keep it minimal, the 24-70 is a big lens to be flashing around, but it was definitely a mistake. The wider the better. Keep it minimal as it is crowded. Keep everything where you can get to it and no one else can. I use a Kata torso bag due to hopping on the bus or subway, the bag is in front. All zippers and straps are out of the way as well. I take my 5D2 24-70, 17-40 and a small flash, maybe a UV filter and extra batteries. That's it.


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Jan 14, 2011 06:25 |  #9

I think you'll want something wider than a 28 for NYC. The idea of renting a 17-40 is a good one. Certainly a lot less than buying one, even a used one. If you don't want to lug your tripod, look into renting one of those as well.

/edit Meant to throw this in there as well. It might be nice to have something fast, so for a few bucks, why not grab a 50 f/1.8 II? ~$100, and sell it if you don't think you'll use it again. It's small enough and light enough that you probably won't notice it in your bag.


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Jan 14, 2011 06:25 |  #10

From my trip to NYC I can tell you that the wider the lens you have, the better. I didn't find I needed a long lens for anything.


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Jan 14, 2011 07:05 |  #11

SuzyView wrote in post #11638137 (external link)
With the 5D, you don't really need to take the 70-200. You can crop till you drop. :) I would definitely take the 28-70 you have and get the 17-40, though. I lived in NYC growing up and visit often as my family still lives there. One time I brought my 5D with 50 1.4 only to keep it minimal, the 24-70 is a big lens to be flashing around, but it was definitely a mistake. The wider the better. Keep it minimal as it is crowded. Keep everything where you can get to it and no one else can. I use a Kata torso bag due to hopping on the bus or subway, the bag is in front. All zippers and straps are out of the way as well. I take my 5D2 24-70, 17-40 and a small flash, maybe a UV filter and extra batteries. That's it.

All well and good, but he can leave the sense of paranoia at home; a nice camera/lens in NYC isn't uncommon and it's not going to make you a target... smelling of fear, however... :D


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Jan 14, 2011 07:15 |  #12

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Hi PotN!

This week I booked my tickets for a city trip to New York, so this will be my first time in the USA. Looking forward to it :D

I decided that I'm taking my 5D and 28-70L with me, but now I'm wondering what else I should bring along. An UWA is on my wishlist, so there's a big chance I'll buy a 17-40L. Or is this not necessarily for NY? Also I don't really feel like taking my 70-200 2.8 IS with me. It's quite heavy, and I barely use it in cities. And a friend of mine is taking his 75-300 IS with him, so we could exchange lenses. My 580EXII is probably staying at home as well. Any thoughts on my plans? Everything has to fit in a Crumpler 6MDH and I really have no clue what to expect in NY. We'll be doing the large attractions mainly, so I can't haul around my normal 10 kg of gear :)

UWA is definitely a good choice in a tight area like NYC. I've been there many times, it's a little over an hour train ride from where I live. 17-40L, 28-70L sounds like a good combo, with your friends 75-300. As a traveler Zooms are definitely the way to go.


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Jan 14, 2011 07:19 |  #13

Go to the Top of the Rockefeller plaza for some nice photo's!

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Jan 14, 2011 07:25 |  #14

You can get away with the 24-70 in nyc. If you are shooting form across the river into manhattan then something wider would be nice. NYC is a vertical city. If you want to take photos of aspects of buildings a zoom would be helpful. I live in manhattan. Wide is nice, buy you can get away without it.


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Jan 14, 2011 07:36 as a reply to  @ Max Powers's post |  #15

Well congrats to you all coming to NYC.
There should be no need to worry about using any camera or lens, as NYC sees this all day, every day. There are always certain things that may happen, but that is true no matter where one travels to.

A few questions:

1. How long will you be in NY?
2. What have you thought that you may take photos of?
3. Do you plan on visiting any of the museums?


Some notes:
1. Central Park Zoo is not very big.
2. NYC is huge and can take time to get from one location to the next, especially if you do not know where or how to get where you are heading.
- so plan you trip as much as possible via the internet, and help from people on this site. There are many sites that help. Remember that there is only so much time in a day...try to plan your time wisely. It is better to plan for a few good locations, then screwing up many.
3. It is extremely cold in NYC these days, dress warm, bring extra layers.

I shoot in NYC, mostly buildings and bridges, etc... not too much on the people end.
I like 2 types of lens - uwa and telephoto lens. There are many shots the uwa lens will provide you with fun, and then there are many shots high up on buildings or from enough of a distance that a 70-200 will be well worth the extra weight.

Good luck and have some fun in NYC!!!


just a few of my thoughts...
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