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aboudd

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Iceland landscape gear. Is ultra wide useful?
« on: May 26, 2017, 06:52:24 am »

My main camera for my upcoming trip to Iceland is a medium format. I'm thinking of taking the 35MM (28MM equivalent) and the 70MM (roughly 50MM equivalent) for landscape shooting, supplementing it with either the 17MM TS-E or the 11-24MM on the Canon as well. I'm taking the Canon with the 40mm pancake for street shooting as well - and of course, it could be a backup if needed.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Iceland landscape gear. Is ultra wide useful?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2017, 08:37:42 am »

When I went to Iceland in 2013 I only had APS-C cameras with me.

About 25% were shot with my 10-18 mm.

Here's a few examples at 10mm










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Re: Iceland landscape gear. Is ultra wide useful?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2017, 09:36:46 am »

Thank you that is very helpful.
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Re: Iceland landscape gear. Is ultra wide useful?
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2017, 11:47:18 am »

yes

some of the panos i tried didn't work because one of the images was primarily water or too misty
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Re: Iceland landscape gear. Is ultra wide useful?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2017, 03:43:12 pm »

You'll find scenery which responds well to 10-22 and scenery which responds well to a longer lens. I spent an awful lot of my time there with my 70-200 mounted, and I used my 16-35 very little.

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Re: Iceland landscape gear. Is ultra wide useful?
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2017, 02:52:37 pm »

I think everything is useful. So far on the westfjords I would have said 80% is shot with a 120mm on the GFX or 80on the phase.

So around 50-90 on 35mm.

However, I expect that to change during my next three weeks.


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Re: Iceland landscape gear. Is ultra wide useful?
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 08:29:40 pm »

I'll preface this by saying there's nothing I like better than an outstanding wide landscape where the viewer can w"walk into" the photo.

On my latest trip to Iceland, fully 30% of my "keepers" were made with a focal length of 35mm or less, with ⅓ of those (10% of keepers) at 24mm. This is low for me when amongst grandeur like Iceland offers. Even though I had lens coverage down to 18mm, I rarely used it, but found the 24-35mm length much more useful.

In my trip previous to that, the proportion of "keepers" at 35mm or less was about 37%, with just less than 20% at 24mm. And on that trip, the widest I had was 24mm.

Yes, there's a place for wider than 24mm, and some truly spectacular shots are possible, but you're also looking at diminishing returns.

The toughest part with shooting wide or ultra wide is finding a view that does not include other tourists and photographers who want to be everywhere, even during the less-touristy golden hours. They are everywhere, well off the marked trails, sitting on cliff edges, etc., even when it is clearly marked/signed to stay in the trails! Cloning/healing are useful tools!
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