Backpacking lens recommendation?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by walangij, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. walangij macrumors 6502

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    I'm going on a backpacking trip later in the month and am trying to decide between renting a macro lens or a fisheye. I've done some macro work in the past but I don't know if I'll have the patience for it out in the backcountry with my buddies waiting for me if I stop every few minutes. Also I don't think I'll take a macro flash with me which may decrease the quality of my shots. I was thinking a fisheye lens would be a nice addition, though I did get bored of it when I had it, but never took one backpacking for landscapes. Any experiences? Suggestions? If you have any interesting shots post em up, they'd be helpful.
     
  2. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    If you're not going with other photographers it may not be worth renting a lens as you might feel obligated to keep moving and then not get your moneys worth. But also are you bringing a tripod? If not then maybe get the fisheye as a tripod would really help utilize the macro lens.

    Another possibility is to rent a tilt/shift as it world extremely well for landscapes, especially if you are going to like a grassland or desert where your landscape will run all the way from your lens to infinity- the tilting ability will give you that perfect "infinite" depth of field and the shifting will give you more MP as you can easily take 2 or 3 shot panos that are ultra easy to stitch.

    Ruahrc
     
  3. walangij thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am bringing a tripod for shots around the campfire/nightscapes with my walk-around lens. I will be in the mountains so I don't know if it would be beneficial using a tilt-shift for the infinite DOF. Also I haven't had experience with TS lenses, so maybe my rental would be a waste? Is the learning curve decent?
     
  4. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    How much does renting cost? What's your camera?
     
  5. walangij thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm bringing along a canon xsi which has been my backpacking camera because of it's lightweight. I limit myself to a maximum of 2 lenses now, and a lightweight tripod because weight is a factor. I did a trip where my camera gear weighed almost as much as my backpacking gear, awesome pictures, terrible trip lol. I've budgeted $100 for a week of lens rentals.
     

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