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    I am going to be going on two separate trips to Alaska and Kenya, Africa later this summer. I would like to buy a new lens that would suit my needs for these two trips, but I need help choosing.
    I am currently flirting with the idea of getting either the Canon 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 or the Canon 28-135 f/3.5-5.6, but I'm not sure which one of these is better, or if I should get another lens altogether.
    My current setup is a Canon T1i With a kit 18-55 f/3.5-5.6, a 55-250 f/4-5.6, and a 50 f/1.8.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks!
    Last edited by TyT41; 02-25-2012, 02:15 PM.

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    So, uh, what's wrong with your current kit?

    The only thing I'd be tempted to suggest is renting something longer than 250mm: Africa and Alaska are both BIG places and, from experience, greatly benefit from very long telephotos.
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    • #3
      Good Travel Lens for Canon T1i

      I am going to be going on two separate trips to Alaska and Kenya, Africa later this summer. I would like to buy a new lens that would suit my needs for these two trips, but I need help choosing.

      I am currently flirting with the idea of getting either the Canon 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 or the Canon 28-135 f/3.5-5.6, but I'm not sure which one of these is better, or if I should get another lens altogether.

      My current setup is a Canon T1i With a kit 18-55 f/3.5-5.6, a 55-250 f/4-5.6, and a 50 f/1.8. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
      Thanks!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by OsmosisStudios View Post
        The only thing I'd be tempted to suggest is renting something longer than 250mm: Africa and Alaska are both BIG places and, from experience, greatly benefit from very long telephotos.
        What about the 70-300 f/4-5.6?

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        • #5
          Not enough of a difference, really. At least spring for the 100-400; better yet would be something like the Bigma (50-500) or a Tamron 200-500.

          To rent:
          LensRentals.com - Rent a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
          LensRentals.com - Rent a Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 HSM OS for Canon
          LensRentals.com - Rent a Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP Di LD for Canon
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          • #6
            Originally posted by OsmosisStudios View Post
            Not enough of a difference, really. At least spring for the 100-400; better yet would be something like the Bigma (50-500) or a Tamron 200-500.

            To rent:
            LensRentals.com - Rent a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
            LensRentals.com - Rent a Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 HSM OS for Canon
            LensRentals.com - Rent a Tamron 200-500mm f/5-6.3 SP Di LD for Canon
            +1. Kit + 50-500 IMO....unless you have big bucks.
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            • #7
              First of all I am sooo envious... how lucky to be going on two such wonderful trips...
              I hope someone with more experience will chime in and answer your questions... I will be watching this thread with interest, I have the exact same set up you have.... I did however, just buy a used canon 28-135mm.. I am still getting acquainted with it... but so far I really like it, it is a pretty heavy lens though.

              Next If I were going on these trips I think I would be looking at some far reaching lenses:> I would not want to get to up close and personal with many of the critters that live in either of these places...but would definitely want to capture some pictures of them... and a good tripod to boot.


              Good luck and have a great time on your two trips
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              • #8
                Cross posting is not recommended

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by OsmosisStudios View Post
                  Sorry, I wasn't aware that trying to gain as much information as I possibly can was a bad thing.

                  If you don't mind my asking, why is that the case?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TyT41 View Post
                    Sorry, I wasn't aware that trying to gain as much information as I possibly can was a bad thing.

                    If you don't mind my asking, why is that the case?
                    It means there are several threads essentially clogging the forums that contain the same information request. It can get confusing for those who are replying to the threads and it's messy.

                    This is general forum etiquette you'll see just about everywhere.
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                    • #11
                      If you are only taking one lens with you, and not knowing where in the state/country you are going and what you will be able to shoot, I would recommend the 18-200mm lens as an all-around walk around lens. The quality will be lacking though. If you can take the gear you have listed that would be better.
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                      • #12
                        Went to Kenya in Oct '10 and Juneau in July '11. Had a little P&S in Kenya and was so pissed! Got a T2i with 18-135mm lens for Alaska. Also rented the 70-200mm 2.8L with a 2x TC. The 200+ 2xTC was not long enough for most wild life or eagles except a few instances where some were close enough. They were good for landscape shots though.

                        If I could redo both trips with the current T2i, I would have at least the 18-135mm lens plus the 70-300mm f/4.5-6 IS L USM lens. (got the 70-300 after the trip) That one would have been better than the 70-200 + 2xTC. On a crop camera, the 300 would be 480mm so thats close enough to the 500mm length many would say you need.

                        There will be many instances where you would want a longer lens, but then it becomes expensive and cumbersome to carry. The 70-300 works great handheld especially considering if you go on a safari with the open top vans. Saw quite a few photographers in safari vans with the 100-400mm or 500mm lenses on FF cameras. With that in mind… the 70-300 on a crop camera is pretty much the same as the longer ones on the FF.

                        So my recommendation would be to add the 70-300mm f/4.5-6 IS L USM to your kit. If you could do two, but money is tight, maybe sell your kit lenses and add the 18-135 so you have a wide angle capability for landscapes and its range is big enough so you dont have to switch lenses all the time.
                        Last edited by Harpo63; 03-03-2012, 12:24 AM.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Harpo63 View Post

                          So my recommendation would be to add the 70-300mm f/4.5-6 IS L USM to your kit. If you could do two, but money is tight, maybe sell your kit lenses and add the 18-135 so you have a wide angle capability for landscapes and its range is big enough so you dont have to switch lenses all the time.
                          The problem here is that 300 on a crop is only 480; 250 on a crop is 400. 80mm, at that range, isnt enough to make the expense or trouble worthwhile: you'd be better off cropping. As I mentioned, renting something in the 400mm or 500mm range (640mm and 800mm equivalent, respectively) is going to be a great enough difference to be noticeable and worthwhile.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by OsmosisStudios View Post
                            The problem here is that 300 on a crop is only 480; 250 on a crop is 400. 80mm, at that range, isnt enough to make the expense or trouble worthwhile: you'd be better off cropping. As I mentioned, renting something in the 400mm or 500mm range (640mm and 800mm equivalent, respectively) is going to be a great enough difference to be noticeable and worthwhile.
                            I will agree with you on that one… My thoughts are if the OP is going to BUY a lens that would work for Alaska and Kenya (this is with not knowing what the OP typically likes to take pictures of most of the time at home) the 70-300 would work well in most situations. However, if the OP was into birding and wildlife, then investing in the longer lenses makes sense. Since the OP has a Rebel… Im thinking they aren't ready to purchase the much more expensive long lenses yet.

                            Figured if a purchase was going to be made, the 70-300 is a safe bet that can be used on the trip and at home. Otherwise I would rent the longer lenses for these two trips.

                            The 70-300 Im recommending is the L lens. The image quality is better than the 55-250.
                            Last edited by Harpo63; 03-03-2012, 02:25 AM.
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                            • #15
                              I understand that but that's quite the investment for what seems like a one- or two-off need. Trust, the extra range will be well worth it and the OP can then return to their 55-250 when finished - which is not, it should be noted, a bad lens. It has a few significant advantages when it comes to everyday or general use over the L
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