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Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by Tighearnach, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Tighearnach

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    So i travel a bit and next stop is ten days in The Lebanon. Cant wait but id like to ask everyone what lens they would bring with them if they could only bring one lens. I really wanna pack light and am thinking of buying a new lens that would be used specifically for travelling.

    So any suggestions?
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    When I travel and need to pack a DSLR light....

    1) 1 camera body. Black electrical tape over the branding and generic camera strap.
    2) 1 light-weight zoom lens with a wide focal range. Not necessarily fast aperture.
    3) 1 compact prime lens of 35mm or 50mm for low light work.
    4) 1 small compact table tripod. Mine is a Cullmann Magic 2 tripod... folds flat
    5) Regular looking camera bag.

    It will be hard to make suggestions if we don't know what camera you shoot with...

    If shooting primes.... I like to at leat carry two: 35-ish and 75-ish focal lengths.
     
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    Hi

    I shoot with a 400D. I will be bringing my nifty fifty. I suppose what i really would like to know is for travel would a 17-85mm f/4-5.6 I.S (or something similar) be better than a shorter focal range but faster lens like the 17-50 f/2.8....
     
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    Sorry.. I can't shoot with EF-S lenses therefore I have no experience with either.

    Assuming both provide reasonable IQ and judging just by specs alone...
    I'd take the extra reach of lighter weight of the 17-85mm... paired with the nifty fifity

    Again.. take this with a grain of salt.. someone else will hopefully provide more feedback.
     
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    24-70 f/2.8? 28-105?
     
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    It's a crop body. Those are great, but not very wide and still not terribly long. Something like EF-S 55-250 IS might be more appropriate.
     
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    Packing light? My D200 and Nikon 18-200VR serve well enough for that. It's always a choice though, right? Quality vs versatility... its near impossible to have both.
     
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    sounds good... and how much extra space does a 50mm in a pocket take up.... the 18-200 and 50mm would work well considering....
     
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    But the 24-70 is an L that's most likely sealed, and as solid as a tank and the 28-105 has IS and good IQ. The 55-250 is does have huge coverage, but IQ usually degrades with that.
     
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    Why not just take the 85mm F/1.4? It is better than the 50mm... but then why not also take my 30mm F/1.4 as well... and we cannot go without the... and so it starts... lol.

    To heck with light traveling, all or nothing, I say!
     
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    Personally I would go wide. I would not want to go there to take portraits but to capture scenes - although the nifty fifty could do the job if I met an interesting looking face...
     
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    Just like any experienced hiker, traveling within your capacity to carry comfortably is very important. The only time I'd put myself through needless suffering is if a paycheck was depending on it.

    Canon's nifty fifty is very light and compact.

    As I said... if you really want fast primes, go with 35-sh and a 75-ish. For most that are used to zooms... get a long range one and a single fast prime.
     

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