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    Cookie_Monster
    Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Dec 2013 - 3:10 PM

    Planning a trip to New York city and was wondering what would be the best lens (Canon mount) to bring to take images of skyscrapers.
    Is the Canon 24mm enough or am I better off with the 10-22mm?
    I don't own either but would rent one for the trip - so they choice is there!

    I have a Tamron 18-270mm but thought it might be a good idea to get a 'specialist' lens specifically for the architecture.

    Thoughts please.

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    chris.maddock
    13 Dec 2013 - 3:18 PM

    It depends how far back you will be standing Tongue

    Cookie_Monster
    Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Dec 2013 - 4:06 PM

    I guess mostly on a street in Manhattan looking up!

    mikehit
    mikehit  46146 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Dec 2013 - 4:25 PM

    It depends on what sort of images you want to take.
    Judging by your other lenses I presume you have APS-C camera - you will get a lot of good architectural shows with the lens(es) you have. It is nice to get a whole skyscraper in the shot but how often? So if you see this as a one-off requirement then my preference would be to save the money and stay with the 18-270 (spend the money on visits to the top of skyscrapers etc for unusual views); but if you expect architecture or wide landscapes to be a common subject for the future it may make sense. Or buy a second hand 10-22 (or similar Sigma/Tamron alternative) and if you resell it you will lose little money. Another option is the 15-85 - a lens with superb quality and will give you that little more angle.

    discreetphoton
    discreetphoton Site Moderator 93443 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Dec 2013 - 5:36 PM

    First visit? You're in for a shock. Most of the recognisable buildings are better shot from farther away and with a longer lens. Looking up from the street, you can walk right past the Empire State Building without recognising it, as the distinctive top can't be seen from outside the lobby! Don't worry too much about correcting distortion. There's not a lens in production that will get those sky scrapers in without some serious perspective.
    Make a point of visiting "the Top of the Rock" (Rockefeller Centre). Best view (and viewing experience) to be had in Midtown. Brooklyn Bridge has great views as well as being an iconic landmark in its own right, and can be quite quiet on Sunday mornings.
    PS. If you spend all your money before visiting B and H Photo, you'll kick yourself.

    Last Modified By discreetphoton at 13 Dec 2013 - 5:37 PM
    lemmy
    lemmy  71768 forum posts United Kingdom
    13 Dec 2013 - 8:37 PM

    I find a 90mm (FF) or equivalent or so best for this kind of thing. Pick out the details that tell the story your way, otherwise, just buy the postcards.

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314899 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Dec 2013 - 11:10 PM

    Short telephoto or semi fish eye Smile

    Cookie_Monster
    Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
    13 Dec 2013 - 11:43 PM

    not sure what a semi fish eye is. but would the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 fall in that category (for example?)

    Paul Morgan
    Paul Morgan e2 Member 1314899 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
    14 Dec 2013 - 12:03 AM

    Something like this

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/SAMYANG-3-5-UMC-fisheye-lens/dp/B009YTQFF2/ref=sr_1_1?s=...

    Nick_w
    Nick_w e2 Member 73818 forum postsNick_w vcard England99 Constructive Critique Points
    14 Dec 2013 - 7:23 AM

    I got This of the Empire State, with 16-35 on a full frame. So if your on a crop sensor, something like the Sigma 10-20 would be ideal.

    That said I got similar results with a 24-120 which was a much better lens for the general sight seeing things. The height of the buildings in New York is something else, so you do have some leighway.

    Edit: your 11-16 should be more than adequate.

    Last Modified By Nick_w at 14 Dec 2013 - 7:24 AM
    Cookie_Monster
    Cookie_Monster e2 Member 2Cookie_Monster vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
    14 Dec 2013 - 5:59 PM


    Quote: I got This of the Empire State, with 16-35 on a full frame. So if your on a crop sensor, something like the Sigma 10-20 would be ideal.

    That said I got similar results with a 24-120 which was a much better lens for the general sight seeing things. The height of the buildings in New York is something else, so you do have some leighway.

    Edit: your 11-16 should be more than adequate.

    What a fantastic image! Thank you for this and your advise.

    Snapster
    Snapster e2 Member 2114 forum postsSnapster vcard England
    14 Dec 2013 - 7:55 PM

    Do Empire State and Rockerfeller Centre, one during the day and the other at night.Wink

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