Lenses for visiting Ayers rock...

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cpt kent
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Lenses for visiting Ayers rock...
Sep 16, 2013

Hi all,

Im off on a holiday in a week, to Uluru (Ayers rock)

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Im taking the 14-54II, 45mm and 60mm macro

Im undecided between the 12mm or the Panasonic 7-14. I can't take both, but I'm leaning towards the 12mm for sone night photos. Panoramas will probably be with the 14-54, and stitched in photoshop. using the E-M5.

Thoughts / suggestions between the two?

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In reply to cpt kent, Sep 16, 2013

Looks like a good combo. I think the 12 would be wide enough.

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In reply to cpt kent, Sep 16, 2013

There isn't a huge difference between 14 and 12mm, especially if you are willing to stitch.

The main reason I can see for taking the 12mm is star photos wide open at 2.0, but you could still manage this just fine with the 14-54mm at 2.8.

I really can't see a need for any of the primes you have mentioned as you can get similar results with just the 14-54mm and macro doesn't seem like a serious consideration for Ayers Rock.

Maybe you only need to take one lens?

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In reply to Acrill, Sep 16, 2013

Thanks,
45mm is coming along because ill be visiting family afterwards, and need it for photos of my nieces / nephews.
60mm is coming along, because I've only just purchased it, it doesn't take up much weight and I'm lovin finding uses for it!
Both of which step me up from my Messenger 100 to Messenger 150 bags, so I may as well fill the small hole left - hence the question.
But in essence your right, my 14-54 will/could do most things I ask of it!

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In reply to Martin.au, Sep 16, 2013

Thanks
I'm thinking the same.

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7-14 ... 7-14 ... 7-14
In reply to cpt kent, Sep 16, 2013

sorry, I disagree with your conclusions.  I would leave the 12 at home and bring, yes, the 7-14.  Nowadays, on a trip, I just don't leave home without it. With that angle of view, it can do things no other lens can.

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In reply to cpt kent, Sep 16, 2013

cpt kent wrote:

Hi all,

Im off on a holiday in a week, to Uluru (Ayers rock)

Uluru

Im taking the 14-54II, 45mm and 60mm macro

Im undecided between the 12mm or the Panasonic 7-14. I can't take both, but I'm leaning towards the 12mm for sone night photos. Panoramas will probably be with the 14-54, and stitched in photoshop. using the E-M5.

Thoughts / suggestions between the two?

so I'll definitely be reaching for the 7-14mm. Specially if you are already bringing the 14-54...since then you would be covered from 7-54mm. If you see yourself taking macro shots, then take the 60mm otherwise, even though it's new, I would rather swap that for the 12mm, though with the 7-14mm I'm not sure you would need it. Course if you want to travel as light as possible, things change

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No fisheye?

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Lots of macro opportunities so yes the 60. I would also take rhe 7-14

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In reply to cpt kent, Sep 16, 2013

Take them all. The 12mm is a small lens....:-)

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In reply to harveysteeves, Sep 16, 2013

Good point. Thanks

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Thanks?

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In reply to Ulric, Sep 16, 2013

No fisheye.

Its never been my 'cup of tea', though I have seen some nice pics on this forum recently. Perhaps one day...

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In reply to cpt kent, Sep 16, 2013

From the standard 'Viewing Uluru at Sunset' position, the 14-54 will be fine, as 35mm fills the frame. As I remember it - from 2005 - wider lenses would simply produce a smaller monolith against a backdrop of nothing much.

I presume that you will, at least, walk around the base at sunrise the following morning. Again, the 14-54 will be fine to capture the interesting contours of rock from this closer range.

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In reply to sinkas, Sep 16, 2013

The wont all fit in the bag I use, but I may be able to stuff it into my jacket pocket for the plane flight!

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In reply to fraserhadden, Sep 16, 2013

I had wondered on the field of view / focal length from there. Thanks!

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In reply to fraserhadden, Sep 16, 2013

I seem to recall that a 28mm lens was fine for getting the whole rock in one shot but that I also used a 40 mm lens to do a stitch from 2 photos. Both lenses were full frame so the equiv in M43 would be 14mm and 20mm.

Of course it depends on where you view from. We did a guided tour at sunrise and could get no closer than the barrier everyone had to stay behind and the above lenses were used from there. I assume the barrier won't have moved but it would be best to get advice from a more recent traveler. Try posting also in the Open Talk forum as you'll reach a wider audience.

The best shots occur when the light (at dawn) is low so I'd be inclined to take the 12mm (f2?) rather than the slower zoom if the rock is important to you. I guess the same would apply in the evening.

Go early as it can get crowded!

Its a great place - have fun & watch out for the flies, mossys & spiders!

Phil

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In reply to cpt kent, Sep 16, 2013

The real important thing is to get up before daylight and start photographing as the sun comes up. Also don't forget the Olgas, and Kings Canyon, just as spectacular IMO.

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In reply to harveysteeves, Sep 16, 2013

harveysteeves wrote:

sorry, I disagree with your conclusions. I would leave the 12 at home and bring, yes, the 7-14. Nowadays, on a trip, I just don't leave home without it. With that angle of view, it can do things no other lens can.

Totally agree! always bring 7-14 when going to travel!!!

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In reply to cpt kent, Sep 16, 2013

Hi There

Whatever the lens; do yourself a favor and take the sunset FLIGHT over Uluru and the Olgas (Kata Tjuta).

Actually, come to think, you don't need a wide angle for that.

Pricey,Yes,  $$$$ - but unforgetable!
You already spent all that money to get there, so a few more bucks? Who cares!

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