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p.4 #1 · 3 lens travel kit.


First, did 10 days thru New Zealand with:

5D
Tamron 24-135
70-200/f4 L
Sigma EX 1.4x converter

Worked ok.

2 years later did 10 days thru Alaska with:

5D
24-105 L (never used this lens again)
70-200/f4 IS
300/f4 IS
Tamron SP 1.4x and 2x converters
Bogen 190XproB + Bogen 322RC2

Not much improvement. Actually was pretty disappointed with 24-105, 300/4 (and the head, too).

And finally, 3 days in Catalina with:

5D
Bigma
Ai-S 50/1.2 for night shots and/or bokeh
CZ 28/2.8 MM for panoramas & wides
Little Gitzo GT-0541 tripod + Arcatech GV2 head (holds Bigma+5D!) + Giottos M621 QR

And with this last set I think I have found the right travel combo for me. Except occasionally adding the little OM 21/3.5 MC and OM 24/2.8 MC (and CZ 35-70?) to the bag.



Mar 05, 2009 at 10:58 PM
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p.4 #2 · 3 lens travel kit.


Traveling for me usually includes backpacking & 4WD in Western states - desert/mountains.

What I have listed may not be Alts - but they are MF and in the case of landscape/nature - tilt. Not your average auto zoom. I use the tilt function as often as the composition allows & even when it does not. Hope this doesn't bother anyone. Some day it may change to ArcaSwiss.

LANDSCAPE/NATURE
5D
24ts-e (soon to be ts-e II)(landscape & pano)
45ts-e (flower/rock groups etc., close-ins, pano)
90ts-e (detail, close-ins & w/extender for macro)
1.4tc (accessory, not a lens?)(34mm, 63mm & 126mm respectively)
Gitzo GT 0541 - filter pack - pano rig
In breaking the 3 lens rule - add a soon to be 17ts-e.....or flip a coin to substitute one of the above.



Mar 06, 2009 at 12:12 AM
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p.4 #3 · 3 lens travel kit.


i don't really use my Domke F5XB any more, since the Crumpler 5mil is only the slightest bit larger and much more accomadating....

but my usual 5mil kit is:

D700
18/2.8
50/1.4 or 35/2
85/1.4
plus a few cards, a spare battery, and a few other dumb little things.



Mar 06, 2009 at 04:12 AM
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p.4 #4 · 3 lens travel kit.


My last trip was:

Oly 21mm f3.5
Canon 35mm f1.4 L
Rokkor 58mm f1.2
Canon 135mm L f2 (+ 1.4 TC)

Now, without a doubt the 21 Oly is the ultimate travel lens. So small it fits in every bag, and always handy!



Mar 06, 2009 at 03:16 PM
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p.4 #5 · 3 lens travel kit.


Mode of travel, security in the hotel, or lack of a hotel, security in the vicinity, scene requirements ... There's a bunch of things to consider when assessing what a good 3 lens solution is.


Mar 06, 2009 at 03:51 PM
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p.4 #6 · 3 lens travel kit.


reviving this thread a bit...

my last trip to hong kong, i took these:
5d
voigtlander 20mm f/3.5 SL-II
canon 35mm f/1.4 L
tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 SP



Oct 06, 2009 at 11:31 PM
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p.4 #7 · 3 lens travel kit.


My last travel kit was:

G1
14-45 OIS
ZD 40-150
SP 90/2.5

Next time it'll probably be:
G1
M.Zuiko 17/2.8
Nikkor 5cm/1.4 LTM
ZD 70-300



Oct 06, 2009 at 11:35 PM
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p.4 #8 · 3 lens travel kit.


Theoretical 3-lens kit:
GF1
14/2.8
20/1.7
45/2.8 macro

3-lens DRF kit:
R-D1
CV 15/4.5
CV 28/1.9
Summicron-M 50mm

Real 3-lens kit:
5Dii
Oly 21/2
35L
85/1.8

Crop version:
Tokina 11-16/2.8
Sigma 30/1.4
85/1.8 or maybe 60/2.8 macro

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The 5Dii kit works really well although it's sometimes not possible to change lenses on the go. The 35L was by FAR the most used of the three... I'd consider just going w/ 1 prime on my next vacation.



Oct 06, 2009 at 11:59 PM
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p.4 #9 · 3 lens travel kit.


M9
CV 25/4
CV 50/1.1
Leica 90/2

D700
nikon 24/2
sigma 50/1.4
nikon 85/1.4



Oct 07, 2009 at 12:13 AM
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p.4 #10 · 3 lens travel kit.


Depends what I'll be photographing, but D700 and 35/2 ZF are my travel companions ;p Offered another 2, my 58/1.4 will come for night photography, and my 100/2 for macro... But more often than not, I'll just take the 35 alone...


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p.4 #11 · 3 lens travel kit.


For a 'small as possible' 3 lens kit I often stroll with the following lately:

-5D2
-Yashica ML 21/3.5
-Rokkor 58/1.2
-Rokkor 85/1.7
-Couple of segments of a $12 eBay ext tube
-Few extra memory cards, extra battery, blower...

All in my newly found bag, which is perfect for my alt kit: The Domke F-6 'Little Bit Smaller bag'

And I might cheat since there is room, and slide in a fourth... Might be the OM 35-70/3.6, or possibly the Zenitar 16/2.8 fisheye... Or maybe my new (to me) Yashica DSB 135/2.8... Or perhaps...



Oct 07, 2009 at 01:54 AM
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p.4 #12 · 3 lens travel kit.


Sigma 20/1.8 (or Tamron 17-35 if I want to travel lighter)
Sigma 50/1.4
Contax 100/2 (or Canon 135/2)

I really need to figure out a better wide angle solution.



Oct 07, 2009 at 03:58 AM
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p.4 #13 · 3 lens travel kit.


My line up has changed and my new three lens kit is

5DII
Zuiko 18/3.5
Canon 50/1.8 mk1
Canon 85L or Zuiko 135/4.6 macro
+Nikon 4T cloese up lens.




Oct 07, 2009 at 04:50 AM
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p.4 #14 · 3 lens travel kit.


My 3-lens kit is actually 4 lenses. Contax 25 (to be replaced any day by ZE 21), ZE 50, ZE 85, Contax 135. I fit all this and my 5D MkII in a Lowepro TLZ-2. But once I get a 100 macro (CZ, or maybe the new canon or a Leica) a 3-lens kit will be ZE 21, ZE 50, ZE 100 macro. As I am going all-Zeiss, I will try to live without AF. Live and learn...


Oct 07, 2009 at 06:46 AM
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p.4 #15 · 3 lens travel kit.


I'm trying to decide between a three-lens kit and a five-lens kit for my coming trip to Sweden. Using a 5D.

3-lens kit: Voigtlander 20/3.5 SLII, Canon 24-105L, Voigtlander 180/4 APO
5-lens kit: CZ 28/2.8, plus Voigtlanders 20/3.5 SLII, 40/2 SLII, 75/2.5, and 180/4 APO



Oct 07, 2009 at 10:37 AM
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p.4 #16 · 3 lens travel kit.


If I could only carry three it would be: Voigtlanders 125, 180 and 20.

I just got back from a little trip where I took my Crumpler 6mdh and stuffed it with the 5D2, and all my Voigtlanders (125, 180, 90, 75, 20 and 40) - I didn't need all 5 but I wanted to see how I would use each one if they were all available on a trip. The bag was not heavy at all and very comfortable!

I don't have any problem carrying this size/weight of bag with me daily. From day to day I will trade out a Voigt or two for a CZ.



Oct 07, 2009 at 01:49 PM
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p.4 #17 · 3 lens travel kit.


rachp wrote:
I just got back from a little trip where I took my Crumpler 6mdh and stuffed it with the 5D2, and all my Voigtlanders (125, 180, 90, 75, 20 and 40) - I didn't need all 5 but I wanted to see how I would use each one if they were all available on a trip.


Isn't that six lenses?



Oct 07, 2009 at 02:36 PM
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p.4 #18 · 3 lens travel kit.


Opps, ya it is six - I guess I meant the 5 other than the 125 because I ALWAYS need it and carry it


Oct 07, 2009 at 02:50 PM
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p.4 #19 · 3 lens travel kit.


i just came back from 3 weeks in china. i took along:

a900
20/2.8
58/1.2
200/2.8

it was ok, it was frustrating switching lenses so often. i wish i had compact & sharp 20-50/2.8 & 70-200/2.8 zooms instead of the 20/2.8 & 200/2.8



Oct 07, 2009 at 03:12 PM
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p.4 #20 · 3 lens travel kit.


helimat wrote:
Isn't that six lenses?


You could say that the 20 and 40 add up to one lens, based on size that is.



Oct 07, 2009 at 03:37 PM
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