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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


I am going to visit the following National Parks in Utah: Capital Reef, Zion, Bryce, Arches, etc. Would like to take two or three of the following lenses: 100-400, 10-22, 70-200 IS II, 24-105, 70-200 f4 IS or any of the following primes 28, 35, 50, 85, 135.
Would appreciate any input as to what len(s) to take from any of you that have visited these parks.



Oct 18, 2012 at 05:55 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


All of them?

Depends what your shooting style is.

10-22 is essential.

70-200 would be my second pick.

And then some combo of primes or the 24-105.

But if you really only can do 2 or three. I'd just take the three zooms covering up to 200.

Also: you'll go wide a lot, but don't sleep on the 70-200... lots of tight shots to be had.




Oct 18, 2012 at 06:00 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


There is nothing remotely close to a 'right' answer.
FWIW, I'd take the 10-22, 35, and 85. And a tripod.




Oct 18, 2012 at 07:57 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


My son & I did Capitol Reef & Arches last month - lots of day hikes, so we kept our loads light (with plenty of water). I used my Tokina 12-24 most of the time along with the 28-105; he used his 18-105. We don't feel we missed any shots, but I might have used a 70-200 for stitched panoramas if I didn't have to hike with it. So I'd take your 10-22 and 24-105 if I were in Canonland.
Good light to you (and take your time on UT 12 between CR and Bryce - fabulous)!
Ron



Oct 18, 2012 at 08:26 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


For the most part, you will want stabilized lenses on the 7D for this type of outing. When you are hiking and continuously moving around, a tripod is not handy. In Zion, you will probably spend a lot of time on the trails or in the Narrows; so, you will be shooting hand held. A stabilized lens that goes wide to telephoto is ideal. I used my 17-55mm IS quite a bit. Since you do not own a stabilized lens below 24, I would take a monopod (a monopod/walking stick can be handy at times on some of the trails) and use the 10-22mm lens. The 24-105mm IS will handle everything else. At Bryce Canyon, the 10-22mm is deal for the most part, and I would try to use a tripod there. In Bryce Canyon you will probably not spend a lot of time on the trails since the view points are amazing. Again, you can get some wonderful shots with the 24-105mm IS also. A longer telephoto can also come in handy for some shots, but just a few. In that case, I would take one of your 70-200mm IS lenses. At the Grand Canyon in Arizona, a wide angle lens is ideal; the wider the better. However, if you go into Colorado to Mesa Verde National Park, then a longer telephoto lens is good to have; like your 100-400mm IS. For the most part, I seldom use any of my primes when I visit these places and the wide angle zooms typically get the most use. It is very difficult to zoom with your feet. So, I prefer the zooms under these conditions. And, today's zooms are excellent.
The bottom line is to enjoy the views and capture as much of it as you can; without spoiling the experience.



Oct 18, 2012 at 08:30 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


Thanks to all for the wonderful comments. Keep them coming. Also, I am wondering on how many of you would be using a CPL on the lenses for this type of trip? Again, appreciate all of the comments that you have provided.


Oct 18, 2012 at 08:38 PM
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I would use one a much as possible. You would have to be very careful when using it on your 10-22mm lens. It could actually create problems. On your other zooms like the 70-200mm IS and the 100-400mm IS, I would have a CPL. I would also use it most of the time on the 24-105mm IS.


Oct 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


I spent a month in southern Utah this past summer. Most of my outdoor photos were taken on ful frame (1DsIII) with TS-E 24/3.5L II, 70-200/2.8L IS II (sometimes with 1.4x III or 2x III), and 24-105L.


Oct 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM
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If you make it into any of the pretty-yet-dark slot canyons in the region ( http://www.americansouthwest.net/slot_canyons/map.html ), you will *need* a respectable tripod when shooing deep DOF images. A cable release won't hurt either.

When shooting any sort of redrock, always chimp the RED histogram, and try to minimize red channel saturation!



Oct 19, 2012 at 06:01 AM
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IMO a tripod would be a great addition to whatever lenses you take. For a 1.6 body the 10-22 / 24-105 would probably be a good idea...I enjoyed the 16-35 and 70-200 on my 1.3 body.


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Greg Campbell wrote:
... you will *need* a respectable tripod when shooing deep DOF images. A cable release won't hurt either.


godfather wrote:
IMO a tripod would be a great addition to whatever lenses you take.


+1

I use a Gitzo GT-0540 CF for travel, including my trip to Utah.



Oct 19, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


+1 on the monopod. I have a solid Manfrotto with a ballhead & quick release - works well on the trail and has literally saved me from bouncing, falling, etc. on tricky footing. Tripod is just too heavy and clumsy for me to carry on most trails.
Ron



Oct 19, 2012 at 01:52 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


Thanks for the great responses. I have decided to take the 10-22, 24-105 and the 70-200 IS II. Will also take my monopod. Again, I appreciate everyone's responses.


Oct 19, 2012 at 06:16 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


godfreyz wrote:
Thanks for the great responses. I have decided to take the 10-22, 24-105 and the 70-200 IS II. Will also take my monopod. Again, I appreciate everyone's responses.


Going to see some of the best scenery in NA and not taking a tripod?

A tripod might be considered a double amputee tripod.

G



Oct 19, 2012 at 06:35 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


I.S. is 'nice,' as is a monopod. But IMO neither will remotely substitute for a proper tripod.
No star trails? No deep, dark canyons? No f22 sunset shots, with pretty rocks in the foreground? OK, it's your trip!



Oct 19, 2012 at 11:29 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


10-22, 24-105 and 70-200 f4

I don't think there is much point in taking the faster/heavier glass as I doubt you'll be shooting wide open, and given the weight of a pack, who wants to carry a heavy 70-200 f2.8 when you can save a few pounds and take the f4 version which is just as good optically.

I assume you'll also be working from a tripod as well ?

Certainly some great primes you have in your collection, but again, given your probably shooting stopped down, zooms like the 24-105 and 70-200 f4 can give great images



Oct 20, 2012 at 09:33 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


Without a doubt, bring and use the CPL. Agree with your lens choices.




Oct 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


Full frame - 24-105 & 70-200. Just got back from Southern Utah and had all my stuff and those two were used about 80% of the time.


Oct 26, 2012 at 11:51 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Lenses for trip to Utah National Parks


Mostly I use a 17TSE, 24 TSE II, 24-70, 70-200, 300/4 and 1.4x. Sometimes I use a 16-35, but not so much since adding the new TSEs. I have never used a crop camera, but you can extrapolate. I always have a tripod, either equivalent to 2 series or better. I prefer to obtain >200MP pans where feasible.

EBH



Oct 27, 2012 at 08:10 PM





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