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justiny

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Switzland trip - what lens to bring?
« on: June 12, 2017, 11:10:44 AM »


Hi all

I'm heading to Switzland in a few weeks and will visit Jungfrau, Mattehorn and Montblanc.
Will bring my Actus Mini set with 75, 135, 210mm w/ a7r2 to take panoramic pics.
The question is whether I need wider lenses. Any inputs will be appreciated.

Cheers
Justin
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nma

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Re: Switzland trip - what lens to bring?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 08:01:24 AM »

I have no experience with Actus-mini but have visited Jungfrau and Matterhorn many times. This will be wildflower season, in the mountains they grow low to the ground. In FF shooting, wider angle, in the rang of 16-24 mm can be very appealing for capturing the scale of the mountains. If you are truly going for panoramic shots, maybe stitching will suffice. Otherwise, your lens set seems too long.  If the actus has a FF back, I think you need wider, as I said from 16-24 mm.

These areas provide great photo ops, but realistically, if you are just passing through, you may not be there at the best times of day. In fact, the trains and lifts don't allow for really early morning photo access. As you may know, you can take trains high into the mountains and you will have access to vistas near the stations. For example, in Zermatt, you can take the train from Gornergrat Bahn up to the Rottenboden and Riffelsee stations. From either, you can walk short distances to vistas of the Matterhorn over a shallow lake. Similarly, from  Lauterbrunnen , you can take the cog railroad to Kliene Sheidegg, the midway point on the trip to the top of the Jungfrau. From there and other points, you can photograph the Jungfrau, weather permitting, crowds, permitting, etc.


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justiny

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Re: Switzland trip - what lens to bring?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 01:37:44 PM »

Thank you for your insights.
I will bring some UWA lenses as well.
And I assume my lenses are wide enough to take those mountains from various view points.

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Re: Switzland trip - what lens to bring?
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2017, 08:18:04 AM »

I really think this is a matter of personal taste.  I rarely shoot wide's on my Actus/3100 combination and much prefer the reach of longer lenses and usually stitch two images 10mm left and right for a Panorama in 16X9 format.  I shoot the Dolomites and rarely use anything shorter than 120mm.

Victor
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justiny

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Re: Switzland trip - what lens to bring?
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2017, 08:55:44 AM »

Truly amazing!!!  Jungfrau, Shilthorn, Mattehorn, Mont Blanc
mostly used 210mm.
I want to visit Dolomite as well.
I will try to post some images... but it may not happen because of the size.

Cheers!!!

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