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Rajesh C

What Equipment for the Grand Canyon?

I'm going to the Grand Canyon for the first time. I am confused as to what equipment to carry. I have an Olympus OM2000. The lenses I have are 35-70mm f3.5-4.8, 70-205mm f3.5, 100-300mm 4.5-5.6, and a 135mm f2.8. The telephoto zooms are very heavy, and I don't want to carry both of them because of back pain. I also have to buy a wide-angle lens. Should I go for a 24mm f2.8 or 19-35mm f3.5-4.5? Both are within my budget.

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8/8/2004 4:26:07 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  When I went to the Grand Canyon, I carried these 3 lenses: 28mm, 50mm and 135mm FD for my Canon AT-1. I used the 28mm and 50mm most. I only used the 135mm on one photo. So my suggestion to you, either the 24mm or the 19-35mm, the 35-70mm and optional, either the 70-205mm or 100-300mm, whichever is lighter or the better optic. Hope this helps.

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8/9/2004 8:13:10 AM

Randall    Hi, Rajesh G: I have been to the GC twice, once in the fall and once in the winter, and spent weeks poring over books (photographer's guide to the Grand Canyon and Northern Az by Lange and Photographing the Southwest by Martres, especially). I took my 24mm, 80-200, 105 micro, 24-120, a lot of film, my flash, my Nikon F100, my filters for BW and packed them in a mini trekker. My husband took his Nikon N80 with a Tamron 28-300. I spent so much time switching lenses that I felt like throwing the backpack into the canyon. My husband didn't even carry a pack or a bag and was able to go places I could not. Our lab could find no difference in quality between his images and mine with enlargements of 8x10.

The 24-120 was the lens I used most. If I had had the 28-300, I would have used that, but I seldom used the 80-200. Having so much equipment was unnecessary, exhausting and a distraction - for me, at least. If I were going again, I would buy the widest angle zoom I could afford and take only 2 lenses.

You are very lucky to be seeing the Grand Canyon. Have a wonderful trip. I hope this info is of some use.

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8/10/2004 8:09:55 AM

Marvin E. Woodward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/6/2004
  I spent some time there this spring - and, to make a long story short, my Fuji S2 Pro, my 12-24 Nikon, and my Tamron 28-300 would have been all I needed. When you're working on or near canyon edges, you can't always move up or back for composition. A zoom has an edge over a prime in this type of situation.

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8/10/2004 1:44:39 PM

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