What Lens Should I Take?

Almost every forum that I visit, there is always someone asking “which lens should I take to (fill in the blank here)”. So this post is for all of those that ask that question and more. I went through that same dilemna myself and I will post later on what equipment I took and how I got it there and back safely. To answer the topic question, I used Adobe Lightroom 2 to do some statistics. Of the 1800 or so pictures I took, Adobe Lightroom reports the following information.
That’s right, I took 9 lenses for the 1D’s and the 6.0-72.0mm lens is the PowerShot. As you can see, my most used lenses were the 300, 16-35, 24-70, 85 and the 70-200 in order of pictures taken. You can see that I took two Tilt-Shift lenses too and only used them a couple of times. So was it worth it to take those two? Well they got me a picture that I wouldn’t get otherwise and since I doubt I will be traveling to Tasmania again real soon, it was worth it. The 1D was brought along as insurance in case I had problems with the 1Ds. I didn’t, but on a couple of occasions it was convenient to have two lenses on two camera bodies so that I could quickly snap some wildlife that happened along while I was setting up a macro shot or a landscape shot. The PowerShot was for my wife, in fact a lot of her pictures are better composed than mine. But it was mainly brought along to take videos, which it did a superb job at. If I had to narrow the lenses down a bit, we can look at the stats for the gallery put together by Lisa shown below.I guess I could have left the 300 at home and gone with the 1.4x and 2.0x converter option on the 70-200. That would narrow the list down to 16-35, 24-70, 70-200 and the 85. Not a bad set and this is pretty close to the kit I take with me when I shoot action sports (well, I always take the 300 to as it is a very hard lens to leave at home and usually leave behind the 85).

Another Google Earth

Here is an interesting hedge that we found while traveling in Sheffield. There are more pictures in the Lisa’s Picks gallery. Here is the Google Earth Location File Hedge House.


Google Earth Comparison

None of my cameras, nor did I bring one along, have a geotagging device. However, this is an example of how the resolution of Google Earth is such that you can identify by hand the location of a photo taken from a top of Mount Wellington. It helps that there are readily identifiable structures (the electrical station) and landforms (the reservoir) to help align the two. Click on the picture to be whisked away to a zoomify site where you can pull in all of the detail of the full photograph. Then download and load the location from the google earth location file below to find the same location. Then look at the two photographs. It’s scary as to how detailed the google earth photo is and how much of the detail it reveals in everyone’s backyard.



These guys were flocking in a tree a couple doors down from our cottage.