1 Lens for 3 week backpacking tripWhich one

panamacolin

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Hi,
Just wondering what one lens you guys would take on a 3 week backpacking trip with your g1?

Thanks in Advance....
 

tomasjpn

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> Hands down, it's gotta be the Planar 35. IMHO, the most versatile lens > of the whole bunch (with the possible exception of the zoom, which I > unfortunately don't own).

Mark Edwards
 
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rickd

That's pretty easy--the 35. Versatile, fast (for a G lens) lightweight. I use the t3 quite a bit for backpacking and it's enabled me to learn to maximize the use of this focal length.

Now, if I'm backpacking with the G2, it's either the 21+35 or 21+VS 35-70, the last choice of course not possible with the G1.

Where are you headed?

--Rick
 

panamacolin

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Hi,
Thanks for the post...you guys just confirmed what I was thinking. I have the 35mm 45mm and 90mm I want to travel light. Im going to Panama would you guys take more lenses?

Thanks,
Colin Thomas
 

panamacolin

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Hi,
I think im going to take only the 35mm, but I also think I could miss out on alot of shots if I dont take my two other lenses, would you take them???
Thanks!
 
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rickd

Hi Colin,

The 90 seems like the obvious choice as a second lens. Although it's the largest and heaviest of the three, it will give you the a very different perspective than the 35.

It would also be my top choice for snake protraits!

Best regards,

Rick
 

daleh

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> if no zoom, then 35mm or 45mm. Hi Colin. Got first pictures back from 28mm and they are terrific. I duplicated a shot in La Quinta near Palm Springs that is shown and sold by a well known commercial photographer. Mine is better (in my unbiased opinion, of course) DH
 

daleh

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> If you are taking the 35mm, the 45mm would be superfluous. Using the 35 where the 45 would be more ideal only penalizes you with a slightly smaller image size which can be compensated for in printing. I vote for taking the 90mm also. You might find animal or scenery shots that the double sized image would be to your advantage and the thing only weighs a few ounces (until it has been on your back uphill for three or four miles, then it weighs twenty lbs.). DH
 
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guy

C'mon Colin! You're a Contax man, man!! Take every piece of gear you have. In fact, go buy something extra, that's heavy, and bring that too. The lens you leave behind may be the lens you needed to take that one-in-a-million shot that you will be remembered for long after you're gone. Leave the extra clothes at home instead. After a few days you'll find you've got lots of alone time to really focus on your photography!

Guy
 

gjames52

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Colin:
I would not leave home without the 90mm. It would be a matter of preference for the 35mm or 45mm. If it becomes a matter of taking only one lens I would take the 45mm, because the image size is important to me.

I had a special opportunity while fly-fishing when an Eagle circled overhead once and then quickly dove in and caught a trout. I captured the moment as the Eagle’s wings were at their apex and the fish was in its talons. The only problem is that image produced by my T4 35mm lens is very small. Yet, if I had tried a 300mm I would not have been able to make a photograph due to the small field of view and fast action. I think the 45mm would have made a better and more pleasing photograph.

Regards:

Gilbert
 
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picturetaker

If you wanna take one lense only, the 35mm is probably the best choice, the 28mm is great for indor (with tripod) or landscape, but also too wide for the most needs. The 45mm is very close to the standard 5Omm lense thise pictures-angles are looking just a bit boring to me because everyone takes it with a 50mm lens. The 90mm you wont use very often at all, but somtimes you will miss shots, e.g. animals when you cant get close.
I use on trips the 35mm the most, second the 28mm for landscape. I dont use the 90mm very often, most for Animals with a fil in flash.
I very recomend the TLA 200 because its very smal and very good to fill in the foreground.
When you are paking dont forget the Film and also a soft micrfiber-cloth & brush.
Whats hapening with your SLR equipment ?
Have a good time !
 

panamacolin

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Hi,
I think I have pretty much decided on the G1 with the 35mm and 90mm and TLA140. I had originally planned on taking a Nikon FE with a 24mm and 55mm micro + the G1 and 35mm and 90mm. But got it all into a bag and it looks like more than I want to carry and worry about. The other thing is I have a high possibility of loosing my gear to theft. Im going to be staying in places where theft is a very real thing, pensions, budget hotels, crappy locks on doors, if any.

Im going on vacation and as a result will be taking pictures, but I will also be doing other things. Alot of these things involve water, snorkling, scuba diving...When im doing these things I wont be able to watch my gear. So I thought the less stuff I take the less I will stand out and easier to conceal. If you guys think I should bite the bullet and add the Nikon FE + the 24mm and 55mm micro, let me know. I just purchased a tripod for the trip, I ended up getting the Velbon 343e. I need to buy a quick release head for it. If anyone knows of one please let me know.

As for film I bought mostly 100 speed, Astia, Reala. a couple rolls of 50 speed, Velvia, RSX, Konica Impressa. I have some ilford Xp2 for the 400 but no color and I also got 2 rolls of 3200 just to try with no flash. I havent really had a need for fast film, because no mirror and being able to hand hold for up to a second, maybe more, and still get sharp pics.

Thank you for all the post its appreciated!
14 days till I leave!!!
 
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