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Ellie
12th February 2008, 02:55 AM
What would you take abroad, when there's no room in the case for a tripod.

40-150 or 70-300 lens?

To be used with an E-400 that doesn't have IS when we're doing a bit of sightseeing. Camera will be mostly handheld because I might be able to squeeze an old, and not too stable, monopod into the bags, but 'they' might not be too thrilled if/when I try to use it.

DTD
12th February 2008, 04:57 AM
40-150 would be my choice.

Scapula Memory
12th February 2008, 06:54 AM
40-150 would be my choice.

Same here, think the other may be too much for everyday sight seeing.

ndl0071
12th February 2008, 07:36 AM
I agree Ellie it would be the 40-150 for me, I am sure you will find this lens much more use, enjoy the trip, going somwhere nice?

Hiding_Pup
12th February 2008, 07:47 AM
How about picking the lens that you'd most like to "get to know", maybe the one you're least well acquainted with? Last month, I went round Germany for a couple of days, shooting everything with an 85mm lens. At first, I constantly found myself backing up to get everything I wanted in the shot but, soon enough, I just started "reading the road ahead", a bit like you do in driving. I guess, eventually, your brain just tunes into pictures it can take with the kit you're carrying rather than the ones it can't.

Meogeo
12th February 2008, 08:27 AM
I have one of them Gorilla pod tripods Ellie, It fits into my camera bag ok I just bend the legs, it shapes round allsorts to give the camera stability. I am sure you can pick them up for less than 25.00. Check them out at your local camera shop or have a look here. http://www.joby.com/

Have a great holiday

DerekC
12th February 2008, 12:00 PM
I have both these lens and like them both. But the 40-150 is very compact and is the lens I would take. I think you will find the range much more use for sightseeing. But you know which ever lens you decide to take you will wish you had the other! Have a good Holiday.

Derek C

j.baker
12th February 2008, 01:19 PM
I agree with the above posts.

If you are more comfortable with the 70-300 then take it. The 40-150 is a good all round lens. You can also use a polariser on the 40-150 without having to worry about the lens rotating.

Have fun on your trip.

theMusicMan
12th February 2008, 02:02 PM
Hey Ellie

If you are considering taking the 70-300mm, then I'd suggest taking both as the 40-150 is half its size and I'm sure you can find some room in the case somewhere... :)

win-win :)

HughofBardfield
12th February 2008, 04:03 PM
40-150 would be my pick - but sure as eggs is eggs, you'll want the longer lens for something!

I second Meogeo's Gorillapod idea above (get the SLR Zoom model) - you may even be able to pick one up at the airport. And/or a beanbag (take it empty - no space or weight - and buy some dried peas when you're there). That shouldn't be too uncool. Or this: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1041948/1_image_stabilizer_for_any_camera_lose_the_tripod/
for the ultimate in portability!

shenstone
12th February 2008, 06:48 PM
40-150 would be my pick - but sure as eggs is eggs, you'll want the longer lens for something!

I second Meogeo's Gorillapod idea above (get the SLR Zoom model) - you may even be able to pick one up at the airport. And/or a beanbag (take it empty - no space or weight - and buy some dried peas when you're there). That shouldn't be too uncool. Or this: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1041948/1_image_stabilizer_for_any_camera_lose_the_tripod/
for the ultimate in portability!

Lens - I'd take the longer one in preference and lug it (pockets in coats are useful when passing through checking in and then you can drop things in to bags after you've been weighed !)

Re tripods I rate these devices for mini tripods - works both as a tripod and as a clamp which means any fence,car,handrail is perfect. I purcased mine from Jessops for < 10 (can't remember so it must have been small)

http://www.enjoyyourcamera.com/Tripods-Accessories/Mini-Special-Tripods/Multifunctional-Clamp-Tripod::490.html?XTCsid=faa1a83ec6d3160928f05f5f66 048cdf

Here's one I took using it on my E500 - before I bought any wider lenses so it's 17.5.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/colloseum.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/2707)

Now I've got a woder lens I'll need to go back for a 2nd Honemoon (See this is what you do at night on a Honymoon!)

Regards
Andy

Ellie
12th February 2008, 09:17 PM
Thanks everybody. Hope you won't mind if I don't reply individually.

There's no time to go shopping because the plane takes off tomorrow morning. I've got a beanbag, must remember to take it. Will look at the various options of small 'pods etc for next time, they look like a very good idea.

The coat I'm taking doesn't have big enough pockets for a lens, although it's a good idea because I've done the same with clothes before - worn them instead of putting them in the luggage. Easy enough to take off a coat on the plane.

I haven't really got used to the 70-300 yet and although I'd love to take it I think I might end up with a few too many blurries. I'll leave it at home this time and use the 40-150, I'll probably regret the choice. If I do, can I blame you chaps? :rolleyes:

Beautiful picture of the Colosseum by the way

j.baker
12th February 2008, 09:23 PM
Dont forget to take your charger and CF cards.

Have a good trip.

sidy2001
12th February 2008, 10:02 PM
Enjoy your break and come back with pic's to share with all of us.

Cheers Sid

Ellie
12th February 2008, 11:20 PM
AH, yes the charger, thanks.

Hope I get a couple of pictures that are worth sharing :)