If you could only take one lens with you to the parks that day, what would it be and why?

drizgirl

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Mid-range 2.8 zoom. 17-55 on a crop or 24-70 on FF.
 

Maeryk

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My EF 24-105 L series Canon.

It's my best all around shooter for places where you want everything from landscape to portrait, and even kinda can do closeups.
 

Jahona

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My heart goes out to my Nikon 50mm f1.4g. I started with a nifty 50 and it's always in my bag.
The practical side of me says a 24-70mm f2.8. Get a newer generation with VR and you should be good for dark rides as well.
 

sporadic

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If it was one trip and just one day, I'd probably go with my XF 18-55 on my Fuji XT-2. If I was going multiple days, I'd spend an entire day with just the 35/1.4 and probably another with the 10-24. That said, I rarely use the 18-55 in the parks. It's usually either the 35/1.4 or 10-24. However It's a stellar walk-around lens and would be my go-to if it was a one-trip / one-lens deal.
 

jato4x4

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Thanks for all of your replies. I'm new to using a real camera instead of my phone to capture my wife and daughters beauty. I only have the 55mm 1.8 for my A7iii, and really I'm only planning on using that for at least a few months so I get in the habit of moving to zoom and really work on framing. With that said though, I'm trying to decide on a lens to rent for my daughters bday trip in December. I really like the primes so far, so I don't know if a fast 28mm would be more useful in the parks instead of like a 24-70.
 

thomas998

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Thanks for all of your replies. I'm new to using a real camera instead of my phone to capture my wife and daughters beauty. I only have the 55mm 1.8 for my A7iii, and really I'm only planning on using that for at least a few months so I get in the habit of moving to zoom and really work on framing. With that said though, I'm trying to decide on a lens to rent for my daughters bday trip in December. I really like the primes so far, so I don't know if a fast 28mm would be more useful in the parks instead of like a 24-70.
Just to make your life easier I would say go with a 24-70... If you were to get a 28 then you would likely be swapping with the 50 now and again and it would just be easier if you are on a trip to have 1 lens instead of two to deal with. On a full frame like th a7iii either lens would likely be as wide of angle as you would normally want, but once in a while you are likely to want to get a little tighter than the 28mm.
 

jato4x4

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Just to make your life easier I would say go with a 24-70... If you were to get a 28 then you would likely be swapping with the 50 now and again and it would just be easier if you are on a trip to have 1 lens instead of two to deal with. On a full frame like th a7iii either lens would likely be as wide of angle as you would normally want, but once in a while you are likely to want to get a little tighter than the 28mm.
Yeah I've had my eye on the Tmaron 28-70/2.8. I'd prefer the Zeiss 28-70. But it's only f4. So I don't know if that would be helpful inside or even at night without high iso. Which my camera can handle, but I'd prefer not to use it that high. I guess I really should just rent it and see now that I'm reading this post back to myself.

I'm sure I'd be smarter to go with the faster 28-70, right? Especially for a week at the World.
 

drizgirl

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Yeah I've had my eye on the Tmaron 28-70/2.8. I'd prefer the Zeiss 28-70. But it's only f4. So I don't know if that would be helpful inside or even at night without high iso. Which my camera can handle, but I'd prefer not to use it that high. I guess I really should just rent it and see now that I'm reading this post back to myself.

I'm sure I'd be smarter to go with the faster 28-70, right? Especially for a week at the World.
When I went full frame (Canon) everyone said f/4 was fine. I was just dead set on going 2.8 for this mid-range zoom and I'm glad I did. That Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 is my favorite "go to" lens. I have it on my camera most of the time at Disney. Sometimes I wish for a little more length, but the high megapixels mean I can make some pretty severe crops. Love that lens. So sharp.
 

thomas998

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Yeah I've had my eye on the Tmaron 28-70/2.8. I'd prefer the Zeiss 28-70. But it's only f4. So I don't know if that would be helpful inside or even at night without high iso. Which my camera can handle, but I'd prefer not to use it that high. I guess I really should just rent it and see now that I'm reading this post back to myself.

I'm sure I'd be smarter to go with the faster 28-70, right? Especially for a week at the World.
Just take the lens you have now and take some shots outside at night with it set to f 4.0 and see how it perform on the ISO you need to get a good shot. Unless you want to start going for dark ride shots, f4 might be enough for you.
 

stratman50th

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My EF 24-105 L series Canon.

It's my best all around shooter for places where you want everything from landscape to portrait, and even kinda can do closeups.
I do the same. It does a lot of things well.
I've gone places with almost everything I have. Heavy but if I'm headed out to do nothing but shoot I don't want to get caught short.
 

BoarderPhreak

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I'm a prime guy. Last year and this upcoming trip I'm going with a 24mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/2. Also tossing in a 15-36mm f/4 for those ultra-wide shots and a pancake 40mm f/2.8 for smallest possible size. The two trips before last I had a 21mm f/1.8, 28mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4 and 90mm f/2.8. Primes have higher image quality and much faster than zooms. They're also smaller, but that's a moot point if you need to take a bunch. Yes, you need to change lenses occasionally. If I could only take one, it'd be the 24mm, 35mm or 50mm f/1.4 (I lean towards wider).

That said, if I could only take one zoom lens, it'd be along the lines of a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens (typically no IS). Depending on your platform of choice, there's also a 24-105mm f/4 option (typically with IS). Not a fan of superzooms because they're large, quality suffers and are way too slow. If you take a zoom, take a fast prime as well.
 

Timmay

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I love my Rokinon 12 f/2...but just one day...have to be my Sony E 18-105 G. But that’s if I’m only doing photography that day. Every other day? Lightroom Mobile through my iPhone is perfect.
 
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