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John W. DeHority

Walk-about Lens for 7D

I only want to pack one lens for an upcoming trip to Europe. I'm considering:
1. Canon 24-105L IS F4
2. Canon 17-85 EF-S IS
3. Tamron 24-75 F2.8 which I already own from my Canon 20D days.

For a one-lens trip, the 24-75 seems a little short on tele reach. My shooting style gravitates toward "longer" more than "wider". Most of the reviews of the 24-105 say it's better suited to full-frame bodies than 1.6x bodies. What are people's favorite walk-about lenses on a 1.6-crop body?

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1/31/2011 6:55:59 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  For less money than the 24-105L, EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM would be my pick. The 17-85, if the budget is less than $500. With either, spend extra and get the lens hood (Canon's own or a cheaper clone), since it's not included like it is with the L lens or the Tamron. 24-xx just isn't wide enough for me to use as general purpose/travel.
Your mileage may vary...

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1/31/2011 7:38:04 PM

Memoriee G. Sconce
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/30/2008
  Hi John,
I have a 7D, and the 24-105L is on my camera 90 percent of the time. It would be hard to take just one. I am going to Venice at the end of Feb. and plan to take the above lens and the 10-22 Canon(which I love). As the trip gets closer, I keep thinking I should take a 70-200 but really don't want to carry the weight.
Anyway, have a great time.

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2/1/2011 9:28:14 AM

Lynn R. Powers   John,
Unless you are going to be traveling in a private auto or a rented van where you can stop anywhere you want, the Canon 17-85 is perfect for Europe. Unless you have the finances, then the Canon 15-85 is better. Seldom will you need to go longer but wide-angle zoom lenses are best for most of your photos. I did use the 100mm f2.8 macro for some scenics though, or to isolate some subjects. Be sure to take plenty of cards, an adapter for your battery charger and extra batteries. Also a lightweight, not cheap, tripod with a ball head and a cable release will be a welcome addition.
Memoriee: Your 24-105 alone will not be wide enough for Venice. So be sure to take along the 10-22mm. There were a couple times I was wishing that I had a little wider lens than what my 18-55 would give me. Make sure you also take the additional equipment that I recommended to John.
Leave the 70-200 at home. I carried the f2.8 version for three weeks and only took about 10 photos with it and they were taken in Switzerland.

Good Luck to both of you!

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2/1/2011 12:24:54 PM

Memoriee G. Sconce
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/30/2008
  Thank you, Lynn. I will leave it at home that is the one I was going to take and I worried about the weight. I think I have most of what I need, I keep going over my list just to be sure.
Enjoy Jon,

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2/1/2011 6:05:23 PM

Bunny Snow
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  It depends what you like to capture. My favorite is the 24-105mm f4L lens. It's wide enough for most wide angles, long enough for a decent portrait lens or a short telephoto, extremely sharp with beautiful clarity and light weight considering it is a low dispersion lens. Plus, while the widest aperture is f4, this does not move with the focal length. It can be set for the wide angle if that's your desire, and left in place to the 105mm.

Some lenses have moving apertures that change from wide angle to telephoto, which drives me crazy. This lens does not do that.

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2/15/2011 5:10:51 AM

Tiia Vissak
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/1/2007
  I have 7D & use a 18-270mm Tamron lens (not the one that very recently came out, but the one that came out before that): cheap, not too heavy & ok for most situations & subjects (including macros). This is my only lens, all 7D photos in my gallery were taken with it, so you can have a look at some if you wish.

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2/15/2011 2:50:24 PM

William McCrossan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/30/2008
  Greeting all,
I have to ask the same question as John but I feel I have to add a comment about the original question and the replies. John stated his shooting style gravitates toward "longer" more than "wider" but fails to mention what and where he will be shooting. Will you be shooting cityscapes? Landscapes? Indoors or outdoors?
I be hiking the Alta Via 1 route in the Dolomites later in the year so most of my photography will be landscapes in the mountains. I also use a 7D and I'm bringing along a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L and a 28-135mm f/4.5-5.6. I have a 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6. So, my main question is should I bring the 70-300mm lens? I really want to minimize the weight I have to pack around. I'm thinking the 135 mm will be sufficient in the mountains. Thanks for any advice...

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2/23/2011 10:35:19 AM

stephen j. weidley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2010
  I use a 1.6x body and the 24-105L IS stays on it 90% of the time. I take other lenses on trips but never leave this one behind. The pictures from this lens are always sharp, it is f/4 constant in stead of variable and has the IS function which is critical for walk around purposes.

If I can take only 1 its always this one.

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2/23/2011 5:41:26 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Hey Jon, are you Maverick678 in another forum?

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2/23/2011 8:16:41 PM

Carlton Ward
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  Notre Dame Cathedral Strasbourg, France
Notre Dame Cathedral Strasbourg, France
f/4, ISO160, 6.0s, 10mm, tripod
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Hi John,
I had the privilege of making a photo tour through Europe (Switzerland, France, Germany & Luxembourg) in 2008 with Jim Zuckerman, Deborah Sandidge & many other fantastic photographers. I carried my 40D with a 24-70mm lens and shot 50% with this setup BUT I got some of my best shots with my 70-200mm & a 10-22mm lens. Being that the 40D & 7D have APS-C sensors, I highly recommend the 10-22mm (I borrowed the 10-22 from a friend just for this trip).
When is the trip ?
Have fun,

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2/24/2011 9:55:25 AM

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