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Holiday time - only 1 lens....

simwra 12 64 England
23 Sep 2010 7:28PM
Good points Stevie thanks, I have been considering the 10-20mm actually to complement my set. I really just fancy travelling light this time but the lenses above may end up being a compromise. My lense choices are with a FF in mind for the future.

My problem is is that as I'm still learning I tend to photograph everything so am constantly wanting to switch between wide and zoom, zoom and wide. As this isn't a photography holiday I was aiming for an all rounder.

Perhaps i'll sucumb and take the lot with me.....but I'm resisting.
simwra 12 64 England
24 Sep 2010 8:21PM

Quote:I Had a Tamron 18-200 great lens and really light to carry


Thanks Eddie, i've compared reviews on photozone, whatdigitalcamera (90%) and WE, there's a generally consensus that this is a good lens, you say HAD, why did you get rid of it?
SimplySimon 12 281 England
25 Sep 2010 11:17AM
I have had the tamron 18-200 xr for over a year now,on my D300,and it rarely comes off it.For the money,it is a cracking lens,and will focus down to 45cm across the range.At the 200mm end,it can be soft wide open,but at f10 and above,is quite sharp. HTH Simon.
Just Jas 19 26.3k 1 England
25 Sep 2010 12:26PM
For holidays less is more! Wink

Although when I was younger I used to lug a lot of gear around on holiday. The point is that if you have a family it is their holiday as well, not just a photo expedition.
ade_mcfade 17 15.2k 216 England
25 Sep 2010 12:30PM
sigma 300-800
BigRick 15 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2010 1:17PM

Quote:Sigma 300-800

nice. Smile
Just Jas 19 26.3k 1 England
25 Sep 2010 10:19PM
On holiday? FinePix S9600 - 28-300mm (35mm Eqv)

No problem - my most used digicam at the moment - when I'm not shooting 35mm or 120.

Or I might even take just my TLR if I went on holiday, and have a real good time (and lightmeter, of course - no batteries to worry about with either! Smile )
simwra 12 64 England
26 Sep 2010 1:12PM
Well after checking out the test results on SLR Gear (any many others) it seems the Tamron edges it over the Sigma on image quality but isn't quite as well made. Then the price is significantly less and it also weighs less.

The only siginficant difference appears to be that the Tamron doesn't have IS.

So on balance I think I'm going for the Tamron, I have a very lightweight mini tripod so I can use that in low light conditions whilst away.

I'm also going to buy a 10-20mm to add to my kit as it was always my intention.

Thanks for your opinions everyone, much appreciated, I'll post up the results after the holiday for your critique.
Coleslaw 16 13.4k 28 Wales
26 Sep 2010 1:52PM
Just take 10-20 and 70-200.
Both are very lightweight anyway, I am sure you can cope with them.
miptog 15 3.6k 65 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2010 2:06PM
If it really is just one lens then suggest the 18-200

If you can take a couple of others:

50mm f 1.8
colin beeley Plus
18 1.2k 10 England
26 Sep 2010 2:20PM
what i take is my canon ef-s 10/22 & my canon 100/400, but i use my canon G10 most of the time it fits in your pocket & its just like a mini dslr .
b6waf 15 6 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2010 1:08PM
I can't believe no-one has suggested the Canon EF-S 15-85mm.

I used to have the 10-22mm plus the 17-85mm, which gave me a good range for most things (plus I've some longer lenses, eg 100-400mm). Then I replaced my 17-85 with the new 15-85 and I haven't looked back. That extra 2mm on the wide end makes it SO much more versatile. I hardly ever use the 10-22mm now, because the 15-85mm covers such a useful range.

Image quality is absolutely excellent - can't recommend it highly enough. I'm using it with an EOS 7D.
colin beeley Plus
18 1.2k 10 England
28 Sep 2010 7:48PM
things have now changed i have just got the lens i have wanted for some time , so now i will be taking a canon 28/300 L IS with my ef-s 10/22 & my canon G10. can't wait to give it a good test ! Smile
simwra 12 64 England
12 Oct 2010 8:41PM
Update - I've bought the Tamron today, not had chance to use it properly yet.

I think I have some sort of shopaholic problem....

I also bought the Sigma 10-22 from Amazon so hopefully that will be here by the weekend.

I got carried away so I ordered a new small(ish) kit bag, a Lowepro Slingshot 202AW so I don't have to lug my Flipside 400 around.

A Nissin flash, an OEM battery grip and a release cable with timer.....

@miptog - great suggestion thanks, I will also pack the 50mm prime.

now, how the hell do I use it??Tongue

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