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Mario Morel

Equipment to bring to the betterphoto conference ?

Hello Everyone. I am going to this yeras conference in chicago and I just wanted to know what equipment to bring with me. my options are: (all my equipment is canon) 100-400mm lens, 28-135mm and 17-85mm. I have the 30d wich I am bringing. I am also arriving a day earlier for some sightseeing in the city. Appreciate any help. thanks.

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7/16/2007 1:53:11 PM

Erin  Johnson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2007
  bring your credit card, some tall boots and a shovel

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7/17/2007 6:29:11 AM

Mario Morel   if this is a joke I don't get it.

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7/17/2007 9:44:55 AM

John G. Clifford Jr
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  I don't get it either... well, I get it, but the point of the joke seems to be the responder.

Anyway, back to the question at hand. Are you going to want to carry all of your lenses with you? I wouldn't think so.

If it were me, I'd bring the 17-85 and the 100-400, and probably have the 17-85 on the camera most of the time. When I want to travel light with my Sigma SD14, I bring along my 18-50/2.8, my 50-150/2.8, and my 1.4x teleconverter, and then I have pretty much everything covered in a reasonably-sized camera bag. I also bring my external flash along, a LensPen, an extra battery, my charger (stays in the hotel room), a couple of CF cards, and my laptop (stays in my suitcase in the hotel room).

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8/7/2007 11:44:34 PM

Mario Morel   Thanks for the advice john. Another thing is that I will probably buy the 70-200mm 2.8, what would you think about this one vs the 100-400 fir the trip? Thanks.

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8/8/2007 4:48:48 AM

John G. Clifford Jr
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  Well, if you're buying a new lens, a 70-200/2.8 is certainly a good lens to buy. I certainly love mine. However it is a big bulky lens, because there's no such thing as a free lunch.

Have you looked at the new Sigma 50-150/2.8? It's only for APS-sized dSLRs (can't use it on a full-frame camera like the 5D), but it gives you that extra f-stop, it's $300 cheaper, and it's equivalent to a 70-210mm on a 35mm SLR... the most popular zoom range ever. Best of all, you can turn it into a 70-210mm f/4 lens by adding a 1.4x teleconverter (get the one made by the lens manufacturer, i.e., Sigma).

In short, while I really love my 70-200/2.8, the 50-150/2.8 is just as good in terms of image quality and about half the weight and size.

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8/9/2007 11:16:56 AM

Jim Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
Owner,, Inc.
  Hi Mario and John,

If the 100-400 you refer to is the Canon, Mario, I have to say I have liked it a lot in the past. However, it's big and heavy. So big and heavy, in fact that I now use a 70-300 almost every time I need a telephoto. Canon makes one that is Ohhhh so small and lightweight... I love it!

Did you see how we are going to be helping groups shoot together via the Scavenger Hunt? Check it out on the Summit page:

Thanks - see you in Chicago!
Jim Miotke

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8/10/2007 4:23:25 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Scavenger hunt is corny, but they can be fun. Especially if you allow figurative meanings.

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8/11/2007 2:42:29 AM

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