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Old Jul 28, 2010, 5:13 AM   #1
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Default Going to Vegas, what lens should I take?

I have been practicing around the house with the kit lens that came with my EOS 7D, I thought at first awesome but as I learned from what I read and pictures I take with this combination I came to a conclusion that I need a better lens.

I am going to Las Vegas for a small family get together, would like to take a walk around lens that would be appropriate for use in this occasion. Would like to take candid, portrait pictures of my nieces and nephews and occasional group pictures.

I'm thinking of renting from "LensRentals.com" a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS! Will this be appropriate for the occasion? Anyone have any experience renting from this company, good or bad? Any advises or suggestions is greatly appreciated. Thanks..
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Old Jul 28, 2010, 6:24 AM   #2
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The Canon 24-105/4 is an excellent lens, but 24mm isn't very wide, and you may have trouble when shooting indoors because of it. I think you should consider the 15-85 instead.

I've heard a lot about LensRentals.com, and none of it was bad.
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I agree with TCav, the 24-105 is a great lens and use it on my full frame cameras but wouldn't want to use it as my only lens on a crop body. I have a couple of times traveled with that and a 10-20mm Sigma which was a good combo but would rather just have the one 15-85.
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Wow! Wish I was headed to Vegas about now.

I don't have and never used on of those 18-85 as Mark and TCav mentioned above, but would agree it should be a nice choice.

I use the Tamron 17-55 and agree with TCav that 24 may be a little too tight on the short end (but would want more than 55 zoom) for group shots.

I mainly chimed in to say I have rented from lensrentals.com three time in the past year and have been very happy with their service, delivery, and the condition of their lens. I would recommend them to anyone.

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Tcav, Mark1616 and griffina6,

Thanks guys for your replies. Is 18-85 with IS? I guess I'll have to check with the rental place if they have it available and what's the difference in price.

griffina6, I think it's the cheapest time of the year over there right now because it's like hot hot hot . Thanks for the vote of confidence about the Lensrental.
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It's the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, yes it's stabilized, and yes LensRentals.com has them.
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  • The best pictures in Vegas are at night when the casinos and hotels are all lit up. Consider a fast (numerically small f-stop) lens, such as the 50mm f1.8. Also, bring a tripod or other support so that you can take some long exposures beyond what you can achieve with IS.
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  • The best pictures in Vegas are at night when the casinos and hotels are all lit up. Consider a fast (numerically small f-stop) lens, such as the 50mm f1.8. Also, bring a tripod or other support so that you can take some long exposures beyond what you can achieve with IS.
Thanks ropp, I might consider the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS. Most of the activities will probably be during the night anyways. In and out of the casinos, if you know what I mean!
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  • The best pictures in Vegas are at night when the casinos and hotels are all lit up. Consider a fast (numerically small f-stop) lens, such as the 50mm f1.8. Also, bring a tripod or other support so that you can take some long exposures beyond what you can achieve with IS.
Really wouldn't work well as you are not going to be wide enough with a 50 on a crop body, or even FF for that matter. Also you would be with a shallow DOF if trying to get that much light in by using f1.8.

The 17-50mm f2.8 is much more usable.
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tokina 11-16mm 2.8 for the 7d if you want a wide angle. Or regular wide the ef-s 17-55mm 2.8
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