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beardd
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Hello,

I will be vacationing in Jamaica soon and am looking to rent a good lens for my Canon 40D. I currently have the following lenses:
50mm f/1.8
EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6

I was thinking about renting either the Cannon L 70-200 f/2.8 IS or the Cannon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8

We will be staying at a resort but have the ability to leave and go into town.

Thanks,
Jake



Oct 01, 2012 at 06:42 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Best lens to rent for vacation


Hmm, how about a nice ultrawide. Canon 10-22?


Oct 01, 2012 at 06:44 PM
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Ah, I had not thought of getting a wide lens could get some amazing lanscapes with that. Would the Cannon L 70-200 f/2.8 IS or the Cannon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 improve the photos enough to warrant getting those over another angle of picture?


Oct 01, 2012 at 06:56 PM
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IMO, for vacation photography the 70-200 is too heavy. Though the IQ will be better than the 55-250, I wouldn't say it would make or break a picture. I have the 55-250mm and 70-300L and the IQ difference between them isn't that great.

The 17-55 vs 18-55 is more tricky. For outdoor daytime photography there isn't much of a difference. I've heard the 18-55 II IS is very good. If you are set on renting, I would probably go with the 17-55 and 55-250.

I went to Ireland with just the 17-55 IS and I was happy. I went to Hawaii with the Tamron 17-50 2.8 and 55-250 and really didn't use the 55-250 that much. Though I'm more of a wide angle guy than telephoto.




Oct 01, 2012 at 07:04 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Best lens to rent for vacation


Totally depends on a couple factors:

- your shooting style: landscapes? people? daytime? nighttime? wildlife? macro?
- your adventurability: where will you go? what will you see?
- who are you with: do you plan on spending time with them or planning every minute as a photo shoot?

When I've traveled:
- China: Mark2N + 70-200 + 12-14 (most used)
- New York: 7D + 17-40
- Austraila/New Zealand: Mark4 + 50/1.2
- Paris: Point-n-shoot (decent one)
- FL Keys: Underwater PnS

Most of these trips were not destined as vacation nor work per sŤ, each had their time for other things and plenty of time for photos. The main thing for me was enjoying the time there (with family members) but still being able to capture the scenery.
This keeps me from being too focused like I've been before with trips out west, hanging from a rock in river overflowing with mountain snow runoff trying to get a shot. Once I got back to the shore, I saw what stress I put my wife through when I looked at where I was and realized that had I fallen in, my body might have washed up several miles downstream and the camera probably never would have!
So I've learned to go much more casually - expecially the first time - to a location. If there was such great stuff that I knew I missed, then I know I'll make a point to go back someday with more photography intentions in mind - all while knowing what gear to bring and how much time to spend because I will already have been there.

But again, it really depends on your shooting style and expectations.



Oct 01, 2012 at 07:14 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Best lens to rent for vacation


Whatever you get, make sure its insured..... They love to steal shit in Jamaica.....

In Negril once, I had a bag snatched right out from underneath the table in a cafe (not in a bad part of town) by some kids that obviously did that a lot -- read: they were good at it.

Luckily, the camera (5D2+24-105L) was in my lap and the only thing they got was a 50 1.8, a Vivitar 285 strobe ($90), and some worthless kit (caps, lens cloths, etc.).




Oct 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
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robsuh wrote:
IMO, for vacation photography the 70-200 is too heavy. Though the IQ will be better than the 55-250, I wouldn't say it would make or break a picture.


100% agree. The 70-200 is a terrible travel lens. For a general purpose travel zoom, you have a great lightweight option already in your bag.

robsuh wrote:
The 17-55 vs 18-55 is more tricky. For outdoor daytime photography there isn't much of a difference. I've heard the 18-55 II IS is very good. If you are set on renting, I would probably go with the 17-55 and 55-250.


If you're not sure about renting the 10-22, then you'd probably get a lot of good use out of the 17-55. You would definitely get the most use out of the 17-55.



Oct 01, 2012 at 07:29 PM
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How much real world benefit would I get to use the 10-22 over the 17-55 for wide angle shots?


Oct 01, 2012 at 08:00 PM
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beardd wrote:
How much real world benefit would I get to use the 10-22 over the 17-55 for wide angle shots?


What do you plan on shooting?

If you expect to take a bunch of wide panoramas then the 10-22 is the obvious choice.
If you don't find 18mm on your current lens limiting for wide shots, then your current kit would probably suffice.
It really depends upon how you like to shoot. Some people don't really like wide angle photography.

If you want to shoot lots of local people with a photojournalist technique then a prime like the 85 f1.8 might be useful, but your 50f1.8 is probably fine.
If you plan on shooting lots of lowlight shots, like a torchlit party, then a fast zoom like the 17-55f2.8 might be a good choice.
If you just plan on shooting scenery with the aperture stopped down to f8 your kit lens might be all you need.



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beardd wrote:
How much real world benefit would I get to use the 10-22 over the 17-55 for wide angle shots?


The difference in field of view between 10mm and 17mm is substantial.

http://media.the-digital-picture.com/Images/Other/Canon-EF-S-10-22mm-f-3.5-4.5-USM-Lens/Focal-Length-Comparison/10mm.jpg

http://media.the-digital-picture.com/Images/Other/Canon-EF-S-10-22mm-f-3.5-4.5-USM-Lens/Focal-Length-Comparison/17mm.jpg

But the lens is only useful if you're actually going to shoot that wide. Unless you are planning on taking a bunch of landscapes where you know you want wide angle, the 17-55 is probably a safe bet since it can stay on your camera 75% of the time.



Oct 01, 2012 at 09:07 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Best lens to rent for vacation


Generally, you shouldn't buy or rent any gear until you know you need it, and know why you need it. This should become obvious when you bump against the limits of the gear you know. If you're not hitting those limits, then there's no point in getting new equipment if your current equipment does just fine.

That said, if you want to just rent a lens and experiment a little, then I'd recommend 2 options:
Sigma 30 f/1.4, or
Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS

In your place, I'd get the Sigma 30 f/1.4, because it'll give you a large aperture and won't be as tight as your 50 1.8.

The Canon 17-55 f2.8 IS will just give you a feel of what its like to use a high quality lens compared to your kit lens.



Oct 01, 2012 at 09:19 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Best lens to rent for vacation


If you need a telephoto lens and would like a quality one, try 70-300L. I find that 24-105L and 70-300L is the best combo if you can't rug around too many. If I can carry less, 24-105L is the best all-around. If I can carry more, I'd probably add 16-35L II, 35L and/or 50L. But I use full frame though.

Back to when I occasionally only had cropped DSLRs in possession, I was torn between 17-55 IS and 15-85 IS. But I found 15-85 suited me better and I added 35L for low light situation if I could go with more than one lens. I would put 10-22 to my bag as well.



Oct 01, 2012 at 11:33 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Best lens to rent for vacation


Thank you for all the suggestions I think I will Try to learn the extent of my current lenses before starting new journeys.


Oct 01, 2012 at 11:35 PM
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beardd wrote:
How much real world benefit would I get to use the 10-22 over the 17-55 for wide angle shots?


What I can tell you from my experience is that, during the time that I only had APS-C cameras, I didn't find 17mm to be wide enough. That's why I'm more happy with 24-105L on full frame or 15-85 IS on cropped body. Of course, 17-55 IS gives you f/2.8. So, when I used 17-55, I normally carried a second body with 10-22 attached.

Some people can live with 17mm, but certainly not me.



Oct 01, 2012 at 11:56 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Best lens to rent for vacation


70-200 f4 is. You will like it so much you will come home and buy it.great iq small and compact





Oct 02, 2012 at 02:53 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Best lens to rent for vacation


I in theory still own a 70-200F4 (It is on 'semi permanent loan' to my godson - aka I gave it to him so long as I can borrow it back), and have the 70-200F2.8. Whenever I know I'm going on vacation, I really wish for the F4 unless it is a serious photo vacation, or I'll be working 'from the car'. That 2.8 is HEAVY. On a crop body...
On a crop, the 16-35 is a great lens, and there are/were times I wished for wider, just as there are times I wish for longer than my 400. I solved THAT issue by adding a full frame (other than my initial kit lens, I never bought an EF-S lens, because I KNEW someday I'd want a FF body)



Oct 02, 2012 at 01:06 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Best lens to rent for vacation


I never want the liability of a rented lens or an expensive lens for personal travel. Just too much hassle and worry. I'd rather travel light and enjoy the trip. If it were an assignment where I needed the best equipment, that's a different story.

My favorite personal travel DSLR is the 60D with 15-85 IS lens (with G10 backup). Otherwise, the M4/3 with two bodies and 14-42 (or 12-50) and 40-150 are fantastic.

For more local trips where I'm in charge of transport and planning, I like full frame with "L" lenses like 16-35II, 24 TS-E, etc.



Oct 02, 2012 at 02:09 PM





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