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Old Sep 27, 2005, 7:34 PM   #1
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If you were going on an extended vacation, and only allowed 2 lenses for your SLR... What would they be and why???

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Old Sep 27, 2005, 9:09 PM   #2
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I'moffering the followingchoices based onmy lens porfolio:

Since it's an extended vacation, I'd take my Canon 28 - 135 IS and my SIGMA 18 - 200 DC. If I could take three lenses, I'd take my SIGMA 17 -35, Canon 28 - 135 IS and my Canon 70 - 200 F4 L. In diggital coverage that's 28 - 320 mm.
If money was no object:

I'd take along aCanon 17 - 40 L and a Canon 70 - 200 F2.8 L.
I actually had to make a similar choices a while back and I chose my SIGMA 17 - 35, Canon 28 - 200, and the 50 mm 1.8 (it's so small that it almost the same things as having thecamera body lens cover)

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Old Sep 28, 2005, 3:44 AM   #3
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Easy choice :-)

17-85 + 70-300 DO.

1. Semi-pro quality.
2. Small and light (certainly compared to anything else of similar quality).
3. Inconspicuous - no red rings or white bodies.
4. Both with IS.
5. Both with fast focus USM.
6. Coverage of 27-480mm focal length equivalent.

Perfect travel companions to the 20D.
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Old Sep 28, 2005, 1:30 PM   #4
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I'm leaving on an extended (2 weeks anyway) vacation to France on Friday. I'm taking 3 lenses with my 20D:

Canon 10-22mm zoom
Canon 24-105 f/4L (yes I got lucky and got one of these)
Canon 70-300 DO IS

I considered taking my 28 f/1.8 but I'm already taking enough stuff and the IS on the 24-105 will help in low light. Plus I have a light tripod. As peripatetic mentioned, these lenses are all much less conspicuous than the white lenses, and the IS is a huge help.

If I could only take 2 I guess I would have to leave the 70-300 since I'm more likely to want wide angle than zoom. I think. Actually, I couldn't decide on just two which is why I'm taking all three!

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Old Sep 28, 2005, 2:52 PM   #5
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peripatetic's suggestion is a great one for travel.. both lenses are small and light and are quite good optically.. sure there are better optics out there, but none that come close totheir focal-length to weight ratio..


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Old Sep 28, 2005, 11:49 PM   #6
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17-40 f/4L
80-200 f/2.8L
Of course these are lenses I own, if I were purchasing today:
17-40 f/4L
70-200 f/4L
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Old Sep 29, 2005, 10:06 AM   #7
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Almost same as peripatetic, EFS 17-85 and SIGMA 70-300 APO.... as that's what I have ... and it worked well for my trip to Hungary last august.
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Old Sep 29, 2005, 11:22 AM   #8
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On a 300D

10-22mm [16-35mm]

70-200mm f2.8 [112-320mm]

Two x1.4 converterswould give me out to 627mm f5.6 which would probably be plenty on a holiday :shock:

Does that count as cheating ? :twisted:
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Old Sep 30, 2005, 2:55 PM   #9
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It depends. What kind of vacation? Where? If it were my kind of vacation...far away, mix of city, small towns, country, and national parks...then I would take two of those that I took to New Zealand: 17-85mm IS and100-400LIS. On that trip, I also took a Sigma 12-24mm (almost never used it) and Canon 1.4xII extender (almost never use it, either). 80-85% of my New Zealand keepers were with the 17-85--a most versatile lens. Most of the rest were the 100-400. A couple with the Sigma, and maybe one with the 100-400 and 1.4x.

You may notice that both my choices have IS. I consider IS to be so useful in a vacation lens as to be almost essential. Still took a tripod, though. Beanbag, too.

I could have taken a 28-135 (not wide enough), 500mm F4L (too big, too heavy for continuous travel), Sigma 50-500mm (too heavy, but if I didn't have the 100-400, it would have been my next choice), 50mm F1.8 (redundant), 35mm F2 (redundant), Sigma 70-300 (also redundant).

Have a great trip.

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