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Old 06-09-2013, 09:10 PM
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What one lens would you take to Alaska? As most know I sold most of my camera gear to pay off foster bills a while ago and the little I repurchased I sold again to crawl out of debt after the move to Oregon. The only things I hung on to were a canon 5D Mark 2, a 24-70 2.8, and a 50 1.8.

I haz a sad.

We are however going to Alaska July 12-21 and I would love to rent a lens for the trip. What lens should I rent? What rental company should I use? (I haven't used one for a long time)

Any suggestions are much appreciated!
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:18 PM
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24-70 will be very useful. So much of Alaska is big and wide angle scenery.

Unless you want animal pictures. Then you will probably need some sort of massive but fast lens.
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Old 06-09-2013, 09:25 PM
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A 70-200 f/2.8, probably.

I'm not sure if there' a longer lens with the same aperture that you could use for extra zoom, but if not, maybe rent a teleconverter too?

I'm going to Seattle this week for work and I am debating on whether or not I'm even going to take my camera with me.

Also, I haz teh envy of your impending trip.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:05 PM
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I like RottenFlower's suggestion. The 70-200mm f/2.8 would be a great choice, I remember being in Alaska and wishing I could have zoomed in on some of the fantastic wildlife I saw.

I'm guessing that the 24-70mm f/2.8 would be pretty great for landscapes in addition to portraits (plus you'd have the latter covered with your 50mm f/1.8 as well). So between wildlife, landscapes, and portraits, I think you'd have everything covered by adding the 70-200mm?

I really wish I could go back, Alaska is so beautiful. And I could finally put my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 to use LOL
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:20 PM
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I've never rented, i hear a lot of good things about lensrentals.com There's another one mentioned a lot, but I can't remember.

I'm guessing you don't want to carry a ton of lenses. I think the 24-70 you own is a great choice for this trip. I think almost any picture I was taking that wasn't a long shot of wildlife would most likely be taken in this range and crop if need be.

If I was taking the 70-200 I'd for sure get an extender. I'm not all that experienced, so I don't know what I'd do, i'm just thinking out loud. Right now I don't take anything with a longer reach than my 85 so I have no idea what the 100-200 range would give me. I know when I think wildlife I'd like to have a 300 prime and an extender, but that is a very specific lens for a very specific purpose. When I think of what I'd like to shoot, I think I'd be covered with the 24-70 and then the long prime. But that's me.

I'd say versatility wise, the 24-70 and then the 70-200 are both great lenses and cover a lot of ground.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:23 PM
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Cool, I knew I wanted to take my lens (I do love it's versatility) but I was curious if I should be taking anything else.

I will have whatever I rent shipped to Denis' parents house and then ship it back from there so I don't need to fly it.

Maybe I'll do a 70-200 along with my lens.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:26 PM
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:34 PM
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Oh yeah, LensRental is the one I usually hear about (I read their blog occasionally), but I've also heard good things about BorrowLenses.

So, so jealous. The pictures are not helping.

But seriously, please post photos from your trip once you're back!!
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:54 PM
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I would just take the 24-70.

If you want to rent a lens, borrowlenses.com is amazing and I know quite a few people that love it. But I think a 24-70 would be adequate, at least that's the one I always travel with.
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