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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · 2 week Japan trip about to give me lens anxiety


24-70mm and a list of great restaurants


Mar 18, 2017 at 01:04 PM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · 2 week Japan trip about to give me lens anxiety


fsiagian wrote:
24-70mm and a list of great restaurants


It's easy to overthink packing, but I agree - sometimes, less is more. I regularly travel with just my 40mm 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 ii - it covers just about everything that I need.



Mar 18, 2017 at 02:12 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · 2 week Japan trip about to give me lens anxiety


banky wrote:
Guys...

I travel abroad for vacation about 2-3 times a year. For the past 2 years, I've been taking 3 lenses and 1 body:
- 16-35 f4 II
- 24-70 f2.8 II
- 70-200 f4 IS

I have always been ok and never doubted my choices.

Last year, I acquired 3 prime lenses:
- 35 f2 II
- 85 f1.2
-135 f2

Considering the location, Japan, do you think I'll be missing out if I leave the primes home?


With such a set-up, I would mix primes and zooms, probably something like 16-35, 85, 135, or 16-35, 24-70, 135.

I was there a few years ago and used 24-105L, 21ZE, 40 pancake, 135L, and that combination worked beautifully. I used the 21 a lot, and also the 135. This is the reason why I recommend 16-35 and 135 in your case.



Mar 18, 2017 at 05:32 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · 2 week Japan trip about to give me lens anxiety


What do you like to shoot? I mostly use to shoot snaps while on vacation. Zooms are perfect for that and I have been to many countries with a 16-35/2.8ii, 24-105 and 70-200/4IS. 24-105 was often my most used lens. But I wouldn't have wanted to do without the UWA, that was a close second on most keepers basis.

135 and 85L I consider specialty lenses, not for travel. What would you shoot on travels with aperture between f/1.2~f/2.8? My guess is it would be dead weight is your bag.

If you like to shoot shallow DoF stuff while travelling, the 135L could make sense.

You say your UWA is a 16-35/4II. Do you mean 16-35/4IS? If so, then that is the lens to bring in my opinion. With your 5D4 30mp sensor you can even crop a little at 35mm and get normal range images.

Basically I think I would stick with the trusted kit.




Mar 18, 2017 at 06:23 PM
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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · 2 week Japan trip about to give me lens anxiety


Xavier Rival wrote:
With such a set-up, I would mix primes and zooms, probably something like 16-35, 85, 135, or 16-35, 24-70, 135.

I was there a few years ago and used 24-105L, 21ZE, 40 pancake, 135L, and that combination worked beautifully. I used the 21 a lot, and also the 135. This is the reason why I recommend 16-35 and 135 in your case.


I'm intrigued. Could you tell more about what type of travel subjects you shot with the 135? Really I'm interested not trying to prove you wrong.



Mar 18, 2017 at 06:25 PM
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In an urban setting, I'd lean toward the 16-35 for walking around the city and maybe pop on the 70-200 or 135 for landscapes and other compressed scenes. I find that most of my shots with that lens are in the 100-135 range and cropping from 135 to 200 equivalent is not so hard. Plus the 135 can shoot great portraits and has awesome rendering. Take the 35 prime for night photos.

Light Kit
16-35
35 prime
135 f2 or 70-200 f4 IS.

If you shoot more stopped down landscapes go 70-200. If you shoot zoomed in subjects, isolated parts of a scene or portraits, go 135

Experiment with a few different combos around town




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rabbitmountain wrote:
I'm intrigued. Could you tell more about what type of travel subjects you shot with the 135? Really I'm interested not trying to prove you wrong.


Sure, no problem. In addition to what a mid tele lens can do, I find it great at isolating details in plenty of situations (architecture, parks,...) with a combination of longish focal length and think Depth of Field. Of course fantastic for portraits, but even for other things it shines. I wish my web galleries were up to date to point to some, but it is not. Sorry for that.

Another consideration is its ability to freeze motion even when it gets a bit dark. Last, it is both shorter and more discrete than a 70-200, even f/4, and I do not see another similar choice combining compactness, longish FL and great optical quality.



Mar 19, 2017 at 11:28 AM
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p.2 #8 · p.2 #8 · 2 week Japan trip about to give me lens anxiety


Take whatever lens gets you good shots of food because eating is what I spent most of my time in Japan doing


Mar 19, 2017 at 02:36 PM
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I mostly take zooms for travel. 16-35 + 24-70 would be the fl I use most, but I'd probably take the 70-200, too.

If you are going to need the prime for low light, you might take one or 2, but I'm kinda leaning towards 3 zooms lately, plus maybe a macro. Of course, it's whatever you want to carry. 6 lenses too much hassle for me, but it is possible. How big is the 35/2?



Mar 19, 2017 at 03:04 PM
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p.2 #10 · p.2 #10 · 2 week Japan trip about to give me lens anxiety


Xavier Rival wrote:
Sure, no problem. In addition to what a mid tele lens can do, I find it great at isolating details in plenty of situations (architecture, parks,...) with a combination of longish focal length and think Depth of Field. Of course fantastic for portraits, but even for other things it shines. I wish my web galleries were up to date to point to some, but it is not. Sorry for that.

Another consideration is its ability to freeze motion even when it gets a bit dark. Last, it is both shorter and more discrete than a 70-200, even f/4, and I
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Thanks, New ideas are always welcome I would have said 70-200/4IS is also great for the things you listed but yes it's definitely more conspicuous just being white. Maybe, just maybe if I decide to get another 135L I'll also bring it for travels.



Mar 19, 2017 at 03:30 PM
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I would take the 40mm pancake and your 16-35mm and 70-200mm. I know you don't list the 40mm (and might not have it), but it is such a great, inconspicuous lens that is really light to carry around, so you could just bring your camera everywhere. Perfect for street photography, a very 'natural' focal length (eye is 43mm I think) and quite decent macro capabilities (despite not being a macro lens) for those snapshots of local flora, fauna and food. The other two will cover all your 'serious' photography needs.


Mar 19, 2017 at 11:18 PM
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p.2 #12 · p.2 #12 · 2 week Japan trip about to give me lens anxiety


I went to Japan 2 years ago for a little under 4 weeks in April backpacking. At the time I was living in Rome so I had only primes with me, 21mm Zeiss, 35L, and 85 1.8.
Most of the time I carried both the 21mm and 35mm for the sake of weight. If I had a 16-35, I think I would just take my 85mm 1.8 or one of my 50mm. Then I got a Rolleiflex 2.8 (was wanting an EOS M3 for the sake of light weight travel..but they were sold out all over japan!), and that was about the only thing I used for my last 5 days..
I went to Tokyo, Yokohama, Sendai, Mastumoto, Nagano, Osaka, Kyoto.

Tough, If I went there again I'd probably bring the same kit, although I told myself I want a lighter kit...
Given your two options, I would choose the second one but take out the 24-70 and replace with your 35mm.



Mar 21, 2017 at 12:47 AM
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