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Jeff Stanley
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Best single lens for museum


I'm taking my wife and son to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry tomorrow. I've got a D700. What would be the best 1 (or 2) lenses to take? Should I take a monopod?




Mar 16, 2013 at 06:35 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Best single lens for museum


either the 24-70 or 70-200, depends if you want to go wide or tele I guess? Or buy a 50mm & enjoy!


Mar 16, 2013 at 06:44 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Best single lens for museum


This sounds awesome! Enjoy the visit , cant wait to se photographs! Id assume a wide angle or. Med wide like 35mm with1.4 for max in door no flash shots or if rented the zzeiss 21mm 2.8 is very killer. Enjoy and good luck on choice ! Oh the 85mm 1.4 any nikkor is also excellent!


Mar 16, 2013 at 06:47 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Best single lens for museum


I've got a Nikkor 50mm 1.8 and a Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC. I was trying to go "minimalist", but I'm thinking I'll probably "load up" to be prepared. It's been a long time since I was there.


Mar 16, 2013 at 07:14 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Best single lens for museum


I visited the Air and Space Museum at Dulles back in 2009 and shot everything with an 18-135mm and a 50mm f/1.4 on my D300. I suspect you will be fine, as the 18-40mm end was the most common use of the zoom.

Have a great visit.



Mar 16, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Best single lens for museum


Thanks for the info on the use of the 18-40mm. I had a friend recommend that I just take a wide angle and let it go at that.


Mar 16, 2013 at 07:36 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Best single lens for museum


from your list, I'd say the sigma 24-70


Mar 16, 2013 at 08:10 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Best single lens for museum


I went a few years ago and shot everything with a 24/2.8 prime. The 35/1.8 and the 24-70 should do it. The 35/1.8 will be handy, its dark in some places.--Eric.


Mar 16, 2013 at 08:24 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Best single lens for museum


Thank you everyone. It looks like I'll take the D700, Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8, Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 w\VC and a Nikkor 50mm 1.8. I think I'll skip the 70-20mm. My backpack is only so big.

The 50mm 1.8 should help in dark areas if need be. I checked the museum web site and I didn't see anything prohibiting flash photography, but it's dangerous to assume.
I'm hoping to get some "interesting" shots with the 14-24. I've had good luck so far with the Tamron 24-70mm with Vibration Compensation and I suspect it will be the workhorse for the day. Now, if I was just a few years younger where I could keep up with everybody...



Mar 16, 2013 at 08:35 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Best single lens for museum


Jeff great question, I plan on going to the art museum there in September. I have a D700 also. One way to think about focal lengths is, what size of object am I photographing. I believe that the 24-70 would be a great choice, I wonder what the min focus distance is? One thing I would recommend, is setting up auto iso, shoot in Aperture priority, and you only have to worry about the Aperture, and keep an eye in the viewfinder at the ISO value and adjust for that accordingly. Please post many shots

btw shoot up to ISO 6400, don't be afraid to go that high.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Best single lens for museum


24-70 if you can use a tripod or 16-35VR or 24-120VR if you can't.


Mar 16, 2013 at 08:55 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Best single lens for museum


I'm waiting for an answer myself as to photography. I'm hoping to take my grandson this summer.

I would bet they don't allow tripods or monopods, but you never know.



Mar 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Best single lens for museum


I like something with VR in this situation, but thats just me. LIke a 24-70mm VC or 24-120mm or even the 24-85mm on a budget.




Mar 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Best single lens for museum


Hi Jeff,
I was there in January and I took the D600 and the 24-70mm lens with me. You probably want to bring your 12-24mm lens. As for flash, I used one and nobody said anything. Have fun.
Duc



Mar 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Best single lens for museum


Every museum has different rules, but some only let you take pictures of their permanent exhibits, not ones they do not own or are on loan. Most also do not allow flash, so you need a fast lens.


Mar 17, 2013 at 12:25 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Best single lens for museum


http://www.msichicago.org/about-the-museum/museum-faqs/

Is photography allowed in the Museum?

Yes. Photos and videotapes for personal use may be taken inside the Museum, except in the Omnimax Theater and in certain special exhibits or presentations. Due to safety concerns, tripods are not allowed. Photos, videotapes or audiotapes for any other use require advance notice and the express prior written permission of the Museum's Public Relations Department.

The local art museum has a similar policy, but when I tried to use a monopod there, I got scolded for it, and had to put it in the trunk of the car. I don't see anything there about no flash, so it looks like you may be good on that account. Have fun, and share some shots



Mar 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Best single lens for museum


I forgot to mention that when I went to the fine arts museum in Houston they made me check it and they gave me a claim check. In other words, no photography. When you get there just ask.


Mar 17, 2013 at 12:38 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Best single lens for museum


I've been to Field Museum a number of times and am going again in April. They don't allow flash but do allow cameras (unless I'm confusing them with the art museum down the street.) The best combo I've used there was a Nikon D5100 and a Sigma 30mm f1.4. The d5100 worked so well because I could hold it at my waist and swivel the LCD up. Holding the canera this way is extremely steady and the shots were sharp. Very, very sharp. The only problem I can see with an f1.8 lens on a D700 is your DoF is going to be extremely shallow. Finally, I have to doubt they will allow a monopod. In all the places I've been, if they don't allow tripods, they don't allow monopods either. That's what makes the waist level finder on the D5100/5200 so great!


Kent in SD



Mar 17, 2013 at 04:41 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Best single lens for museum


Had the same query a few weeks ago as I was making a trip to the NY Museum of Natural History. Searched for hours online for an answer and got tons of suggestions. Finally came down to my 35MM 1.8, Sigma 10-20MM and 18-50MM 2.8. Decided on the 10-20MM and 35MM. Only worry was the 10-20MM wouldn't keep up as well as the 35MM 1.8 based on its variable (4-5.6) aperture. To my surprise, the 10-20MM was on the camera 95% of the time. In dark areas, the 35MM just couldn't keep up based totally on its length. Even at 1.8 and ISO 800-1600 (yes, still on a D200), I was only getting usable shutter speeds at around 1/20-1/40. Not good at 35MM (or 52MM if we wanna get technical). And even for shots that were doable at 1.8, the DOF was way too thin. The 10-20MM on the other hand, usually kept between 10-13MM, held up to speeds as slow as 1/5-1/20 and still provided sharp shots. My only complaint was its limited reach. For those shots, usually lit miniatures behind glass, I switched back to the 35MM. All others, such as closeups and dino shots is where the UWA sang.

A week later, took the same setup to the Metropolitan Musuem of art and got the same results with the same setup. Yes, the slowwwww 10-20 is one of my favs now.


DSC_8158 by lexdiamond20, on Flickr


DSC_8256 by lexdiamond20, on Flickr


DSC_8220 by lexdiamond20, on Flickr


DSC_8593 by lexdiamond20, on Flickr


DSC_8670 by lexdiamond20, on Flickr


DSC_8702 by lexdiamond20, on Flickr


DSC_8723 by lexdiamond20, on Flickr


DSC_8719 by lexdiamond20, on Flickr

Full sets of each below:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47304132@N03/sets/72157632942524821/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/47304132@N03/sets/72157632946654950/



Mar 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Best single lens for museum


Wow a great set lexdiamond.


Mar 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM
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