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08-31-2015, 08:59 PM   #1
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Do I really need long zoom for New York trip?

I'm going to NY to meet my friends there, explore Manhattan, take subway, ferry to Liberty island , walk near bridges - all standard tourist attractions.
I will lend my Canon with 40mm to my friend using Pentax K5iis myself most of the time. The only travel zoom I have is Canon 55-250mm and I take that lens as well. In case I need it, we can simply swap memory cards.

Now, for Pentax I take the widest 21mm ltd I have, 70mm ltd for friend's portraits (and flash for that only reason since the group all of us will only meet ones at late evening) and for zoom Tamron 90mm macro. The other zoom is Sigma 70-300mm, and it's not the best travel option.

Now I'm thinking if I really need to take Tamron, and want to take old F 35-70mm instead. That lens is sharp, small, and the FL is good for streets. I can use super tak 50mm hood with it.
With that setup I can figure out what would be better: 21mm and 70mm, or 21mm and F34-70mm for walk around the city. Plus it will be occasional use of 55-250mm on Canon, mostly for the Statue of Liberty.

Do I really need Tamron? Will I regret leaving it home?
With two cameras my bag is already heavy.

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I would be surprised if you use anything over 135mm. If anything, you'll need wider than 21mm.
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That what I suspect. I wish I could go for 15mm ltd instead of 21mm ltd because sometimes 21mm is not wide enough for landscapes, but that what I have for a moment.

The problem is that I got used into longer zooms shooting birds, and not much streets, and going without anything above 70mm is not comfortable. LIke feeling naked
However, may be I have to pull myself out of that habit and practice wider options to create the "vision" for wide zoom and start feeling it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
I'm going to NY to meet my friends there, explore Manhattan, take subway, ferry to Liberty island , walk near bridges - all standard tourist attractions.
Streets - Wide (21) to Normal (35) mostly. Some opportunity for subject isolation above the crowds with telephotos - 70 may be sufficient here.

Subway - smallest gear available - least conspicuous. 21mm.

Ferry - Wide expanses but long range shots too... 21, or 200+

Bridges - See streets.

With the Canon along and a 55-250 on it - you should be OK. I would take the 21, the 70. The zoom 35-70 is another choice that fits but I would avoid lens changes and try to stick to one option most of the time in an area. 21mm in the city, then the 70 for portraits.

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Let me say this. I think anything you take can be made to work. But a light kit makes for a happy tourist.

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Your idea to swap memory cards could leave you with corrupted photos. If you must swap cards each of you should have one for each camera, and format them in that camera before using.
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35mm and 21mm were my favorite F/L when I visit. I've taken wider zooms but got better results from the 21 / 35 combo. As for Tele... probably better for the parks or ferries than right in the city.
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Your idea to swap memory cards could leave you with corrupted photos. If you must swap cards each of you should have one for each camera, and format them in that camera before using.
I swap card on my camera sometimes, and so far did not get corrupted photos. I mean shot with one card, then turn it off, then after a while put different card. Can it really cause corrupted files if cards are good, and formatted?

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So, I will leave Tamron at home and learn how to get rid of zoom addiction
It should be fun.
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
I'm going to NY to meet my friends there, explore Manhattan, take subway, ferry to Liberty island , walk near bridges - all standard tourist attractions.
I will lend my Canon with 40mm to my friend using Pentax K5iis myself most of the time. The only travel zoom I have is Canon 55-250mm and I take that lens as well. In case I need it, we can simply swap memory cards.

Now, for Pentax I take the widest 21mm ltd I have, 70mm ltd for friend's portraits (and flash for that only reason since the group all of us will only meet ones at late evening) and for zoom Tamron 90mm macro. The other zoom is Sigma 70-300mm, and it's not the best travel option.

Now I'm thinking if I really need to take Tamron, and want to take old F 35-70mm instead. That lens is sharp, small, and the FL is good for streets. I can use super tak 50mm hood with it.
With that setup I can figure out what would be better: 21mm and 70mm, or 21mm and F34-70mm for walk around the city. Plus it will be occasional use of 55-250mm on Canon, mostly for the Statue of Liberty.

Do I really need Tamron? Will I regret leaving it home?
With two cameras my bag is already heavy.
If your friend is using the Canon with the 40mm you can use the K5iis with the 21mm and have in your bag the 70mm. If you want a longer range get the 55-250 aswell.
When i am on a trip, i mostly use two cameras with following lenses : DA15mm and the DA*50-135. Or the combo Ricoh GR with the Pentax 50-135.

Cheers

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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
With that setup I can figure out what would be better: 21mm and 70mm, or 21mm and F34-70mm for walk around the city. Plus it will be occasional use of 55-250mm on Canon, mostly for the Statue of Liberty.
21 & 70 will do fine.
limitation sometimes is a good thing
my 2 cents
& likely you'll do a lot of hiking. no need to bring a lot of weight.
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If I were going I would take my 16-85 and 55-300 but would most likely never use the 55-300.
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I love my 40mm pancake for street shots, and I think the 21mm will be even better for it. You'll want to be able to take everything in, so wide is the way to go, and the 21mm on a body is inconspicuous. I agree with the others, travel light.

Also, I recommend the Circle Line Boat tour around Manhattan Island to everyone who visits NYC. You get to see almost everything from the boat, without having to take subways and taxis all over, in about 3 hours. You get to see places you might not want to spend time on otherwise.

Enjoy!
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
I swap card on my camera sometimes, and so far did not get corrupted photos. I mean shot with one card, then turn it off, then after a while put different card. Can it really cause corrupted files if cards are good, and formatted?

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So, I will leave Tamron at home and learn how to get rid of zoom addiction
It should be fun.
I recommend you never use the same card in more than one camera without formatting (erasing) each time the card changes cameras.
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I also recommend you take the DA21 and DA70, and while you're in NYC, stop by B&H and buy a DA40 (used as low as $230). You will have all you need and still have space in your pockets. In the rare situation that you would want a telephoto, you can get by with cropping.

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I took an old "M" series 135/3.5 to NY and I used it a few times but not often. I suppose it will depend on your shooting style, but I'd say a telephoto is far from being essential.
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
21mm ltd
21 will be fantastic for street, candids, night (bring a tripod for gorgeous long exposures).

As for a long lens, it depends on your style. I grabbed a lot of candids from a distance with a 70-210 Vivitar series 1 a few years ago. Now I'd clearly bring the 60-250. Statue of Liberty indeed, anything shot from a boat on the Hudson, people, details of buildings. It depends on what you intend to shoot, and how. You could probably only bring the 21 if that's your style
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