Should I take my 70-300 to Nevada?

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  1. richard plumb

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    I'm going to Las Vegas for CES next week. I've booked a day off to head towards monument valley to take some photos. I even bought a new bag to carry my camera and other gubbins (lowepro something - my crumpler is good but no space for PSP/DS etc)

    The camera section in my bag is big enough for my 350d+grip+sigma 10-20, and my 24-105L as well. But should I also pack my 70-300IS? If so it'll need to go in the main compartment which isn't a big deal I'll just need to pad it somehow.

    I was thinking it wouldn't be needed - landscapes are generally wide angle. But as we'll be driving, and access to some areas might be restricted (its January after all) it might be useful to have some zoom to get in closer to particular areas of interest.

    Any landscape photographers out there? How often do you find yourself using 100-300m length? Can I save myself some hassle and weight?
     
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    Personally, I would take it. You're covered very well for normal landscape pics but I can guarantee that there will be the odd occasion when you wished that you had more zoom. Although I haven't got around to getting a good zoom lens myself yet as I'm saving up for the 24-105L, if I was to go to Vegas again i'd make it a priority to get one (probably the 70-300IS like your's too). There are so many photo oppertunities there that you'd really benefit from having the widest choice of focal lengths imo.
    It sounds like your bag isn't big enough for all the lenses though. Have you considered getting a lens case such as the Lowepro 1N? You can strap it to your bag and probably still be able to carry it onboard as hand luggage :)
     
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    I did a trip to Prague (Czech Republic) and only took my 16-35mm - it was fun trying to maximise the potential of the lens all the time, but there were a few times where I missed being able to zoom in (detailed architecture, etc.) - I'd say take it if you can manage, else make a damned good effort to make the best use of the lenses you take.
     
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    Only you know which lens(es) you use the most.
    I would say pack it and take it - if it's one of your mostly used lenses otherwise you wil miss it.
     
  5. richard plumb

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    OK, I'll try and take it.

    BTW, the bag I have has 'sliplock' bits. I think thats for attaching things like the lens case bowenjones mentioned.

    I also picked up a manfrotto 785SHB compact tripod to take with me. I'll pack that in the hold luggage but is there anything I can attach to the lowepro to carry the tripod as well?
     
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    No you shouldnt take it but if you bring me I'll bring mine :)

    I'm insanley jealous :(
     
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    Richard,

    I'm off to CES as well. PM where you are staying and when you are going. I also have a few days off and I don't really want to go and see the Canyon again with my travelling companions. Wanted to try something else instead.

    I'm taking my 24-105 and my 70-200 with me.

    Gordon
     
  8. Steve N

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    Have you done the Boulder (Hoover) Dam.
    It's definitely on my must see list.
     
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    Yes I did the dam....hired a Ferrari to drive to it as well....then went over to Red Rock Canyon later on....

    Gordon
     
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    If it were me i would deffinately take the 70-300. It's one of those situations where if you take it your probably won't use it, however if you don't take it there would have been loads of times that you would have wanted it.

    Jarvis
     

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