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What lens do you use the most?

Unread post by shortcourse » Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:40 am

Hi all

What lens / focal length do you guys usually use in the park?

Just thought I'd throw it out there...

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Unread post by madach » Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:54 am

The lenses I use for the majority of my images are:

70-200 f/2.8
300mm f/2.8
300mm f/2.8 +1.4x converter

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Unread post by bert » Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:56 am

100-400 5.6 L Canon
And during my recent trip in Kruger saw more than a few of these

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Unread post by Johannes van Niekerk » Tue Sep 11, 2007 3:30 pm

During my recent trip (July/August 2007) the lens I ended up using most was the 70-200 F2.8 IS together with a 1.4 converter - giving me 100-280mm F4 with IS :D .

This ended up on my camera just about all the time and was always ready for a quick shot.

I also had the 400 F5.6L and used it for birds and far-away animals, sometimes even putting the 1.4 Converter on for 560mm reach.

I looked through the exifs of my photos and see that a whole lot of them was taken at maximum reach (280mm), and I could have used a bit more reach.

If I could only have one lens, I think the 100-400 F5.6 L IS would be great (if you can get one that is really sharp).

I'm really happy with the sharpness of all my combinations - even with the converter attached. I've heard some negative comments that the 100-400 with a converter loses a lot of sharpness.

Here's an example of the 70-200 + converter (280mm):
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Large image here

Here's an example of the 400 + converter (560mm):
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I will upoad a larger (less compressed) image later that shows the sharpness much better than the small compressed image.

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Unread post by delboysafa » Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:14 am

On my most recent trip it was my 300mm F4 IS L with a 1.4 TC. Also used the 100-400, but not as much

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Unread post by NightOwl » Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:55 pm

I started off with the 100-400 (GREAT flexibility), then moved on to the 300 f/4.0 (Better Quality images, even with 1.4x), now I have the 300 f/2.8. AWESOME!!! AWESOME!!!
Excellent quality. The thing is just damn heavy, but worth the extra poridge in the morning :lol:

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Unread post by richardharris » Tue Sep 18, 2007 2:34 pm

I agree about the 100-400 being replaced with the 300; much better quality despite the loss of flexibility.

But as mentioned elsewhere, current airline baggage restrictions are a huge problem - unless you are happy for very expensive cameras etc being in the hold. So I will be bringing the new 70-200 L F4 IS which is amazing along with my trusty 500F4. Does leave a bit of a gap but the 1.4x will help.

But unless rules change the days of bringing several primes have sadly gone. I will have to leave the 135, 300 and 100 macro (the 70-200 with an extension tube actually makes a great macro lens!). Not even sure I will get the 24-70 out. I have a Lowepro rucksack for photo gear which is as large as I am likely to able to take on - and the 500 plus camera plus the 70-200 really stretches it!

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Unread post by Salva » Tue Sep 18, 2007 4:43 pm

What exactly are the current restrictions for taking lenses in the cabin of a plane.
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Unread post by Chris 18 » Tue Sep 18, 2007 5:34 pm

On my last trip, I used the following:

28-300 5.6 L is (heavy)
300 f2.8 L is
17-35 Sigma
150 f2.8 macro Sigma

1.4 & 2 Converters

28-300 very versatile, 300&1.4 Combo better still.
Macro was rarely used, more for fun.
17-35 for landscapes.

For travel put the white glass & bodies, plus image tank, flash ect, in a Lowepro Omnipro case,(it's rectangular and resembles a large laptop case) totalled about 10kg no problems.

Rest wrapped and put in hold.

Now use the x2 as a paperweight :) it will not be returning.

Richard, would a 500f4 fit in this case?

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Unread post by bert » Tue Sep 18, 2007 6:12 pm

KLM allows you to take a big photobag with you
But think the 500 mm and bigger will only fit in a pelicase or
similar and must travel as luggage

I always pack my tripod in my suitcase.
Will take the 300 4.0 next year with me in the suitcase.
Its a risk, but insured.
Donno any other way :?

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Unread post by Ollie » Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:26 pm

On my last trip I used a new bag (meets the international travel size restrictions). I comes from thinkTank photo - http://www.thinktankphoto.com/ttp_product_ArprtInl.php No one asked me to weigh it.... I managed to fit my 500, 100-400 and all my equipment I did not want in the hold.

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Unread post by DuQues » Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:29 pm

For me it's the 100-400 for most shots, and the 28-105 for panos and landscapes. One day I'll add either the 10-22 or the 24-70 to replace the 28-105.
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Unread post by madach » Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:58 pm

I have a page on my website with tips and tricks for taking the maximum amount of cabine luggage with you 8) You can find the page here.

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Unread post by richardharris » Wed Sep 19, 2007 7:51 pm

Couple of points. First, the 500F4 does fit in my Lowepro rucksack style camera bag and its dimensions just make the regulations. And it will leave room for the other bits as well - but binoculars will have to go in the hold (very well padded, in a 'hard case' so hopefully secure). My 1D and the 70-200 will also fit. Might get the laptop as well, though may have to leave that this time.

The second point is that the UK is being a complete idiot where carryon is concerned and is more restrictive than other EU countries. They are currently only allowing 1 item; even a small handbag/purse etc has to fit inside the 1 bag allowed.

You used to be able to have a camera and even a pair of bins as well as a bag. You could have a handbag or wear a 'bumbag' with bits and pieces in. Now even thats not allowed - though you can wear a coat with pockets stuffed full of items.

Laptops need to be screened separately so I might be able to carry that in ready for screening! And then put it in one of the 10 duty free bags that you can then freely carryon!

All very irritating and I am sure does nothing for security.

Richard

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Unread post by madach » Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:31 pm

The security measures in the UK are the reason that I don't use flights with a transfer in Heathrow anymore. I'll rather pay more for a direct flight from Amsterdam or use a flight that transfers at Frankfurt to avoid all the hassle in the UK.


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