What Lens?

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What Lens?

Post by The Walnut Cracker » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:01 am

What lens do I get to put on a 30d? What do you use?
I don't want to spend a great deal so it will be 2nd hand probably. I want to be able to take shots in dark dank gorges as well as open areas. I was thinking of something like an 18-70, f3.5 or larger if possible. As most of the shots will be from the water or right next to it do I really need anything greater than 70mm and the 18 should be wide enough for closer shots.
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Re: What Lens?

Post by SwamP » Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:09 pm

Take three lenses. two for focus length and one 50mm f1.8 for darker situations.

Personally for a river I use 10-20, 70-300 and the bright 50mm.

To ask 'what lens' is the same as asking 'what bike'...
Lets not try to understand each other. Thanks.

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Re: What Lens?

Post by DaveWortley » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:14 pm

Just get an 18-200mm lens, versatile and you don't have to swap lenses constantly which you don't want to be on a rier.

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Re: What Lens?

Post by janet brown » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:32 pm

My 18-200 is quite heavy and cumbersome, especially on a Canon 50D. I've just bought a secondhand 400D with 18-55, which is much easier to carry and use on the rivers, and I'm not too worried about it getting wet!

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Re: What Lens?

Post by DaveBland » Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:00 pm

I have a cannon fixed 50mm f1.8 that was about 80 quid I think. Really good for paddling shots and low risk if it gets wet.
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Re: What Lens?

Post by Pyro » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:38 am

SwamP wrote:Take three lenses. two for focus length and one 50mm f1.8 for darker situations.

Personally for a river I use 10-20, 70-300 and the bright 50mm.

To ask 'what lens' is the same as asking 'what bike'...
Yip, very similar. I have Tokina 12-24 f4, 50-135 f2.8 and a nifty 50 f1.8 with my Nikon D80. Covers 99% of situations for me. I'd love to go longer on the tele, but can't afford (or really boat carry) a 70-200 f2.8...
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Re: What Lens?

Post by StoneWeasel » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:19 am

Pyro wrote:...I have Tokina 12-24 f4, 50-135 f2.8 and a nifty 50 f1.8 with my Nikon D80. Covers 99% of situations for me. I'd love to go longer on the tele, but can't afford (or really boat carry) a 70-200 f2.8...
you could always get a 1.4x teleconverter for your 50-135 f2.8 which would effectively make it a 70-189 f4 (although you will probably get better results stepping down another f stop shooting at f5.6 with the teleconverter on).

I don't normally take my DSLR on the rivers but when I have I have mainly used my Cannon 50mm f1.8 (which gives lovely photos, especially in the f2.8-f8 range) or my Cannon kit lens 18-55 f5.6 as I find my Sigma 400mm Prime and Sigma 70-300 a bit bulky to take in the boat. The 70-300 would be totally doable with the addition of another dry bag or box though which is probably something I should think about doing as it is a very versatile and useful lens that could be useful in a variety of situations.

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Re: What Lens?

Post by geyrfugl » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:53 pm

Mostly nowadays I'm shooting video not stills, with a Canon 600D - so the following applies to that. I don't like changing lenses on the river, so I used to use a cheapish 28-105mm zoom. That didn't have terribly smooth zoom, so changing focal length during a shot tended to be jerky. So I bought the Canon 18-135mm kit lens which I do find to be a lot more useful for video, and quite acceptable for stills, too. I very rarely go to the full zoom for video - I'd want a big heavy tripod and smooth pan/tilt head to do that, and I only tend to take a light tripod in the boat. Off the river, for those Bomb-flow type pull-focus shots, I use an old f/1.4 50mm Contax lens (it would be quite an expensive lens to buy, but it's one I already had doing nothing - as I don't do film cameras any more, I don't use the Contaces) with a cheapo converter to the Canon mount. There are lots of fairly cheap 50mm f/1.8 and similar 50mm lenses on ebay and anything better than f/2 is going to be a lot better for low light work than your typical f/3.5 or f/4 zoom. Obviously for pull-focus the lack of autofocus is a pro not a con, and the fixed focal length avoids zooming accidentally during the pull. Modern mount converters will give you a beep when you achieve focus (although not whilst actually recording video), so its easy to set up. I've got converters for all my old Contax lenses, so I have several to choose from, but the 50mm is by far the most used because of its large aperture.

Andy

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