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Lens for Japan

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by jackdaw, Feb 10, 2020.

  1. jackdaw

    jackdaw Member

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    This time mainly hanging around Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto/Nara.
    Using 1DX
    Taking 100-400 MkII as I have tickets to Osaka Sumo
    Want to take 2 other lens
    Options are:
    15mm Sigma fisheye
    17-40mm
    24-105mm
    70-200mm

    Leaning toward fisheye and 24-105 but open to suggestions.
     
  2. Hater

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    Too broad for a country like that, mainly city, mainly landscape, beach, personal, low light, night life... what kind of scenes!?
     
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    Mainly city shots/temples/streetscapes/some low light which the 1DX handles well.
     
  4. Arch-Angel

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    I did japan with a 17-40 and a 50mm.
    Easily covered everything I wanted it to.

    I legit don't think you will need the 70-200 at all. It'll just weigh you down.
    Granted the 1Dx does a good job of low light, but you'll want something faster than 24-105 IMHO.
     
  5. Zee

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    I've basically learned to just stick a 17 F1.8 (Close enough to 35 F3.6 on full frame) on my E-M1 and deal with it. Either that, or my 75 F1.8.

    I'd probably take the 17-40, and, for shits and giggles, the fisheye (which pretty much reflects what I normally take if I'm going to Japan and travelling light). Though, really, even the 17-40 would do the trick, I reckon.

    Z..
     
  6. mtma

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    I found things in Japan were just that bit closer to you that the 50 didn't work so well but 35 worked a lot better.
     
  7. Derfman

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    On my recent trip I used UWA the most, I agree with sentiments of above posters.

    I used sigma 12-24 f4, canon 24-70 2.8 for 90% of shots. ( on two 5div)

    I did take a 70-200 2.8 but only used it rarely. We did a lot of walking and it was heavy to carry all day and barely use. Was great to have for for Tokyo zoo and Kubuki theatre though...

    Used my 50mm 1.8 and my phone for night / food / aquarium/ street.

    Good luck and happy shooting
     
  8. Maddog06

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    On my trip to Japan, I took the Nikkor holy trinity (14-24, 24-70, 70-200). Mostly used 24-70 and 70-200.

    Tokyo - Mostly used 24-70
    Lake Kawaguchiko - 14-24 & 24-70
    Hiroshima - 24-70
    Kyoto - 24-70 & 70-200 (70-200 in Arashiyama and Nara Deer Park)
    Osaka - Nothing, typhoon hit, we were indoors, then flew to Aus lol.
     
  9. splbound

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    I took my x100 and bought an x100f there, coupled with the TCL.
    Also brought the M50 and EFM 11-22 which covered anything ultrawide and the EFM 22mm as backup.

    So in full frame terms 16mm to 35mm coverage was fine for Tokyo doing travel documentation style shooting.

    Also brought a Gopro Hero 7 black on an IStready pro2 Gymbal for waking around video clips.

    Only once I wanted something longer but that was on top of Mount Takao trying to get a closeup of Fujisan.
     
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    Just bought a 24mm f1.4L II as it would be great for the March night time festivals in Nara/Kyoto/Kurashiki.
    So might couple that with the 17-40mm.
    And of course the 100-400mm for Sumo!
     
  11. EvilGenius

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    Have been struggling with this question myself. My last Japan trip I ended up upgrading to a 70d + 16-300. It was great having the versatility, but next time around I'm going to want better quality.. Looking back on the shots I took, I'd absolutely want faster and wider. So many night life shots, so many landscapes, so many building interiors etc. I did sumo wresting as well, but at the time only had a 400D and kit 55-250. The 400d was woefully inadequate, but the reach of the 55-250 was fine, even from up in the nose bleeds. https://i.imgur.com/oVt62bN.jpg <-- shot at 117mm (~187mm FF equiv).
     
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  12. Hater

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    I took a 24mm and a 50mm (well, MFT so 12mm/25mm IRL) lens and they were adequate for all of the street/night/inside stuff I was doing. I did 0 nature or sporting photos though so YMMV
     
  13. hathro

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    My 22mm is welded to my EOS M when in Japan.
     
  14. Athiril

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    Lived there for 1.5 years. The lighter you pack the more you’ll get out of it.

    24-105
    100-400
    Ultra light tripod.

    There’ll be a handful of occasions where you need wider than 24mm and don’t have enough space to backup. I’m not too found of fisheye myself but it seems that’s all you have vs 17-40.

    if by low light you mean city, then I found it’s actually quite bright, ISO 800-1600 was enough for me.

    If you mean temples, forests etc at night, then it’s the blackest black and you need a tripod. The flimsiest lightest carbon fibre tripod will do well, just use a shutter release cable.

    when I went out at night with my A7s, 28mm f/2.8 still wasn’t enough without a tripod, and when I didn’t have it, then I found what I could do was take a tonne of photos at extreme ISO and auto align and stack them to clean them up and get some detail.

    in the city at night hand held is fine.

    Additionally you can leave gear in your room you’re not using on that outing, such as tripod, 100-400 when in the city etc.
     
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  15. CountParadox

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    24-105 is good, i found myself shooting at either 35 or 50 most of the time, jumping to 70/85 for portraits pretty basic but theres so much to see, wander around streets without aim, look for random side streets, plenty of beautiful secrets around :)
     
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    So the sumo was cancelled so left 100-400mm at home. Have 15mm fish, 17-40, 24-105 and 24/1.4L. Six days in and have used nothing else but the 24mm prime!
     
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    Show us your photos
     
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