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Holiday time - only 1 lens....


simwra 11 64 England
21 Sep 2010 8:12PM
Hi All,

Well it's that time again and since it's been nearly a year since my last lens question I thought I'd post something new.

I currently have a 24-70 and a 70-200, I took the 24-70 on holiday following advice from this forum and got some cracking shots.

The only downside was 24mm on a cropped sensor didn't really give the width I'd have liked for quite a few of the landscape type shots I was looking for and at 70mm it was a couple of stops short when trying to zoom (so lots of cropping when I got home).

I'm heading to Egypt this time so it'll be a mix of landscapes and portraits but I really only want to travel light this time being in the desert and all so am looking for advice and to also run my ideas past you folks to see what we end up with.

My initial thoughts are:

Sigma 18-125mm f3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM Lens
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
Tamron 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 XR DI II Lens
Sigma 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS Lens

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

S

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BigRick 14 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2010 8:33PM
out of the 4 i would get the canon 18-135.... if it is anything like the nikon 18-135 then it will be a great all purpose lens.... i only sold mine as i dont mind taking a couple of lenses around with me, and wanted better f stop lenses so got the 17-55 and the 70-200 both f2.8.... however at the short end the 18-135 gave a good image in low light Smile
simwra 11 64 England
21 Sep 2010 9:31PM
Thanks Rick.
User_Removed 10 4.6k 1 Scotland
21 Sep 2010 9:53PM
Faced with a similar predicament prior to a 2-month trip to New Zealand at the beginning of the year, I bought a secondhand Sigma 18-200 DC OS lens on Ebay for 200 and used it throughout my holiday.

It is a cracking lens at all focal lengths within the range. Razor sharp and great contrast.
simwra 11 64 England
21 Sep 2010 10:14PM
Thanks for the tip, there new ones on ebay I seeSmile
EG Plus
11 24 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2010 9:21AM
I Had a Tamron 18-200 great lens and really light to carry

Eddie
ade_mcfade 16 15.2k 216 England
22 Sep 2010 11:21AM
Lensbaby every time!
simwra 11 64 England
22 Sep 2010 6:39PM

Quote:Lensbaby every time!
seriously? a 50mm walkabout, shirley notTongue
Paul Morgan 19 19.5k 6 England
22 Sep 2010 6:41PM

Quote:Lensbaby every time!


And second that Smile
simwra 11 64 England
22 Sep 2010 10:19PM
I should add that my lenses are pretty good quality, my 24-70 is a Sigma f2.8 EX DG and my 70-200 is a Canon f4L.

Will the Sigma 18-200mm OS Lens offer significantly lower quality photos? and at 610g its going to be heavy enough...

I'm concerned that the 18-135 still might not give me the reach i'm craving.
User_Removed 10 4.6k 1 Scotland
22 Sep 2010 11:22PM
I can't tell the difference in "quality" between the results from my Sigma 18-200mm and my mega-expensive 24-70mm f/2.8, either at 1:1 on a computer monitor or printed to A3+ on an Epson R1900. If I printed a hard crop up to A1 on a roll paper printer I might. - but I never go there so it doesn't matter.

So what is the real difference between a cheapo Sigma and an expensive "pro" lens? Well, I guess that if I let the lenses tumble down three flights of stairs into a puddle, there might be less chance that the "pro" lens would suffer any serious damage. But for 95% of the imaging requirements of the normal "serious amateur" photographer, there is nothing between them.
cambirder 16 7.2k England
23 Sep 2010 12:21AM

Quote:So what is the real difference between a cheapo Sigma and an expensive "pro" lens?


Try shooting them wide open all day and see the difference.
magicaxeman 12 47
23 Sep 2010 2:55AM
With the best will in the world your not going to cover it all with one lens, ideally what you want is a 17-200 F2.8, but it doesn't exist.

There are options but the best thing you can do is work out which focal length you will use most, exif data from others trip photo's is handy here, a few hours on the net will at least tell you what focal lengths others are using when over there.

I would also add that it can be really dim in some of the back streets and markets so do yourself a favour and throw 90 at a 50mm F1.8, it will really come in handy in low light conditions.
simwra 11 64 England
23 Sep 2010 5:28PM

Quote:With the best will in the world your not going to cover it all with one lens, ideally what you want is a 17-200 F2.8, but it doesn't exist.

There are options but the best thing you can do is work out which focal length you will use most, exif data from others trip photo's is handy here, a few hours on the net will at least tell you what focal lengths others are using when over there.

I would also add that it can be really dim in some of the back streets and markets so do yourself a favour and throw 90 at a 50mm F1.8, it will really come in handy in low light conditions.



Thanks magicaxeman, I'll actually already have the cheeky little Canon 50mm, my first purchase in fact...good idea to take that along as it will take up naff all space.

I'll have a nosey round for similar types as you've recommended, never done that before but I have been reading the reviews on photozone.

I'll be looking for another bag as well as my Flipside 400AW will be a touch large for this trip....
stevie 16 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2010 6:38PM
For trips like Egypt I've always reckoned you need two lenses - one a wide zoom for landscapes, architecture and the other a medium telephoto zoom for portraits, people and other longer stuff. For a lot of trips (on FF) I take the same combination of a 17-40 and a 70-200. For crop sensor I'd suggest taking a wide angle like the Sigma 10-20 plus your 70-200. You could take a single lens but it's obviously a compromise and you may find you can't get the exact shot you want just too many times. Obviously weight is a factor but why have an interchangeable lens camera if you don't take advantage of this feature?

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