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04-22-2016, 06:35 AM   #1
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Filter for Canada travel

Hey everyone,

I am traveling to Canada in 2 weeks and at the moment I'm planning which camera gear I will take with me.
K-3ii, 18-135mm, 16-45mm ist already packed.
Now I am asking myself, if I need a ND or polarizing filter. What do you recommend?

Best regards,
Philipp

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04-22-2016, 06:39 AM   #2
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First question that pops to mind is why are you taking the 18-135 and 16-45?
If I were you I'd take just the 18-135.
If you plan on doing landscapes a couple ND filters and polarizer might be nice.

Where you going to be visiting in Canada?
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First question that pops to mind is why are you taking the 18-135 and 16-45?
If I were you I'd take just the 18-135.
If you plan on doing landscapes a couple ND filters and polarizer might be nice.

Where you going to be visiting in Canada?
Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Banff, Jasper, Calagary.
I thought the same about the 16-45. Maybe I will leave it here and instead pick my 70-300 Tammy For some bears and birds
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Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Banff, Jasper, Calagary.
I thought the same about the 16-45. Maybe I will leave it here and instead pick my 70-300 Tammy For some bears and birds
I leave a polarizer on my 18-135 all the time, so I can tell you what I'd take. And a 70-300 for wildlife is an excellent idea. You're almost certain to see some.

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For some bears and birds
You'll definitely see those

Another thought - have you got a tripod coming with you?
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You'll definitely see those

Another thought - have you got a tripod coming with you?
2 of them A Gorillapod Focus for hiking and a Manfrotto beFree for maybe some astrophotography
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Since moving to Canada, I've found that weather resistance is a nice thing to have. Review the long range forecasts and see what sort of general picture you're expecting. If you're visiting people you know, consult with them.

The polarising filter is probably the more useful of the two for general use, unless you specifically had some long-exposure work in mind.
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Hey everyone,

I am traveling to Canada in 2 weeks and at the moment I'm planning which camera gear I will take with me.
K-3ii, 18-135mm, 16-45mm ist already packed.
Now I am asking myself, if I need a ND or polarizing filter. What do you recommend?

Best regards,
Philipp

PS: If the sectionis wrong, feel free to switch
Take the 18-135 forget the 16-45 as it will not add much if anything over the 18-135 in that range. Take the Tamron 70-300. It may come in handy. Stay away from the bears. They are not generally in a good mood in the spring. So yeah, use the telephoto there or make sure you run faster than the guy next to you. Take the polarizing filter. I leave mine on the 18-135 most of the time. If you intend to shoot around noon in the mountains perhaps stick a ND in your bag. It might come in handy on bright days. On the other hand its a K3II - you will have to work to blow the highlights. Shoot low ISO and ensure you don't overexpose the highlights. You can bring up any shadows in post or if you are shooting Jpeg enable the shadow correction setting to taste.

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You are travelling to some of the most scenic spots anywhere. Remember to not take photos all the time so you can let the environment soak in. Three of my favourite places: a walk along the seawall in Stanley Park in Vancouver, Lake Louise in Banff, and the top of Whistler Mountain in Jasper (you get there via a tram).
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Lake Louise in Banff
I'd lake to say that Lake Louise is not in Banff, it's a separate town.

Also make sure you stop at Wapta Falls, Emerald Lake, Takakkaw falls. There are lots of great hikes in the aera as well. Make sure you go into Golden instead of just passing through, it's a beautiful town. I better stop now. I could go on for hours...
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Thanks so far guys. If you have any tips for great scenic places, let me know
@bertwert: If you like, go on
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Thanks so far guys. If you have any tips for great scenic places, let me know
Hiking in or drive in?
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Most of the time driving, but we planned some hikes to wilderness hostels But I don't know where there are exactly
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I haven't been out there in years. Lovely place. I remember house boating on Shuswap Lake as a kid. My aunt tells me its over crowded now though. I was speaking with an old friend recently. He works on the Rocky Mountaineer Train.

Just remember weather can change very quickly in the mountains. Rain, snow, mist, fog, sun, cold, hot. Anything in between. Oh and don't forget the prairie dogs. Those things are adorable. Haha.
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Lake Louise is not in the town of Banff, but it is within the borders of Banff national Park, so it's both not in Banff ( the town) but is in Banff (the National Park.)
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