I am leaving next week to do a photo workshop in Zion National Park. After Zion, we will be going to the Slot Canyons near Page, Arizona.
I was planning on traveling light and bringing two lenses with me each day. One is my Sigma 17-70. It's not a fast lens, but it's what I have. Since it's not fast, it's not as heavy as some of the f2.8 lenses which is a good thing for a 115 lb. woman
I was also thinking of renting a Tokina 11-16 to cover wide angle better than my Sigma
I ~may~ bring my 70-300 but am not sure.
Can anyone advise which are the best focal length lenses for Zion National Park and the Slot Canyons? They will be used on my crop sensor D300.
Thanks in advance!
#1. "RE: Best lenses for Zion Nat'l Park +Slot Canyons" | In response to Reply # 0rwwright Nikonian since 23rd Feb 2003Sat 01-Sep-12 12:43 PM | edited Sat 01-Sep-12 12:52 PM by rwwright
on the anpat11, zion and bryce, i took 2600 photos with D700.
24-70 approx 2000 shots
70-200 approx 1000 shots (300 over 100mm) many in bryce but i did not walk into bryce canyons
i did not go to slot canyons, but we went to an area kinda like cheap version of slot canyons and there used mostly a 14-24 someone loaned me.
bottom line is i think you will find a need for the 70-300, but leave it in the car most of the time. also i think you will be happy with the 11-16 in the canyons based on my limited experience
#2. "RE: Best lenses for Zion Nat'l Park +Slot Canyons" | In response to Reply # 1ornate_wrasse Nikonian since 19th Feb 2006Mon 03-Sep-12 09:22 PM
You were shooting with the full frame D700 so it appears that my rented 11-16 will be roughly equivalent to your borrowed 14-24. Any my 17-70 will be approximately equivalent (on the wide end) to your 24-70.
The 70-300 I have is not a fast lens (probably won't need the speed in Zion anyway) so fortunately it's not too heavy.
Thanks for the feedback on the lenses I was thinking of bringing.
#3. "RE: Best lenses for Zion Nat'l Park +Slot Canyons" | In response to Reply # 2ericbowles Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Fri 07-Sep-12 02:25 PM
My experience is similar. On DX I've used a 12-24 and 24-70 for most images. The 70-200 is useful, but a 70-300 is a good lighter weight alternative.
I don't think you'll see a lot of wildlife, so the 70-300 would be used to isolate areas of a larger landscape. You might use it for macro with extension tubes.
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#4. "RE: Best lenses for Zion Nat'l Park +Slot Canyons" | In response to Reply # 0
Haven't been to the slot canyons, but Zion is spectacular! I took a 24-70 and 70-200 both f/2.8 and, like the other poster, used them both. I found myself taking a lot of panoramas, with the camera vertical, at about 70mm.
I definitely want to get to the slot canyons soon!
Oops - just saw the date and it looks like you're probably there now or back. Would love to see some of the photos.
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