1 Lens for vacation photography UP Moichigan

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WaseemH Forum Member • Posts: 88
1 Lens for vacation photography UP Moichigan

Planning to go to upper peninsula in MI for few days.

I have all the standard RF zooms (24-70f2.8, 24-105f4 and 24-240) and want to know which one is the best to take on vacation in terms of a compromise in size, image quality and one lens do it all. It will be on a EOSR body or if i am lucky, an R5. BTW, i will also take my 85mm f1.2 for portraits in wild.

Thanks. Any suggestion of must do things in UP MI will also be aoppreciated.

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JustUs7 Senior Member • Posts: 2,343
Re: 1 Lens for vacation photography UP Moichigan
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WaseemH wrote:

Planning to go to upper peninsula in MI for few days.

I have all the standard RF zooms (24-70f2.8, 24-105f4 and 24-240) and want to know which one is the best to take on vacation in terms of a compromise in size, image quality and one lens do it all. It will be on a EOSR body or if i am lucky, an R5. BTW, i will also take my 85mm f1.2 for portraits in wild.

Thanks. Any suggestion of must do things in UP MI will also be aoppreciated.

It’s a pretty big place. Where will you be staying?  One spot with day trips?  Or camping all over?  It’s a good 6 hour drive from the Bridge to Copper Harbor at the tip of the Keewenaw Peninsula

Could make a case for the 24-70 or the 24-240.  24-105 seems both a compromise in speed and reach.

I recently did a lot of hiking with both the 35 1.8 and the 24-240 in my backpack.  Low light in the woods, the 35 was small, easy to carry, plenty bright, focal length was good on a trail.  When we go the “destination” (waterfall, lookout, whatever) I switched to the 24-240 and got out the tripod, filters, or whatever as needed.  Back to the 35 for the hike back.

I did not use the long end as much as expected, but it was nice to have as small forest animals don’t hold still and won’t let you close.

“Say, ‘Ya!’ to da UP, eh!”  - regional take on the old, “Say, ‘Yes’ to Michigan!” tourism campaign.

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diness Veteran Member • Posts: 3,745
Re: 1 Lens for vacation photography UP Moichigan
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WaseemH wrote:

Planning to go to upper peninsula in MI for few days.

I have all the standard RF zooms (24-70f2.8, 24-105f4 and 24-240) and want to know which one is the best to take on vacation in terms of a compromise in size, image quality and one lens do it all. It will be on a EOSR body or if i am lucky, an R5. BTW, i will also take my 85mm f1.2 for portraits in wild.

Thanks. Any suggestion of must do things in UP MI will also be aoppreciated.

If you own them all, I assume you would know the answer as well as anyone??   If it were me, the 24-70 would be out and it would be between the other two.  I’ve never used the 24-240, but if the IQ was good enough, I’d probably go with that to cover anything.

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OP WaseemH Forum Member • Posts: 88
Re: 1 Lens for vacation photography UP Moichigan

Plan to spend one day in Mackinac island and then drive to Marquette and use it as a base camp, staying in a hotel and travelling from there.

OP WaseemH Forum Member • Posts: 88
Re: 1 Lens for vacation photography UP Moichigan

I have not been to UP and wanted to get advise from members who have been there. Off course, I would love to take the 24-70 because of its image quality but wanted to know if there were photographic opportunities that would require me to have a longer zoom. That may tip the balance toward the 24-240mm...

THanks

JustUs7 Senior Member • Posts: 2,343
Re: 1 Lens for vacation photography UP Moichigan

WaseemH wrote:

Plan to spend one day in Mackinac island and then drive to Marquette and use it as a base camp, staying in a hotel and travelling from there.

A lot of pano opportunities and a lot of woods on trails. So the 24-70 makes sense. The 240 would of course be good for wildlife. If that’s not your thing, take your brightest lens. If you want to be able to capture an image of a bear or moose or deer, you’d want 240 available.

Don't know where your from or how familiar you may be with the UP but:

Take the drive up to Tahquamenon Falls on your way from the Island to Marquette. Don’t miss the lower falls either for a lot of fun swimming in the river. Pt. Iroquois Lighthouse isn’t far from there either.

Marquette puts you about an hour from Munising, which is the west end of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Book your boat tour or kayaking now if you can. Just be careful with the kayaking. Remember, people surf on this “Lake” when the weather is rough. The National Lakeshore is run by the National Park service. Lots of great hikes.

About an hour south of Munising is a clear natural spring that you can take a pull raft out on. No swimming and no other boats allowed. Kitch-iti-kipi . Note the fish and bottom clear as day. 40 ft deep.

Of course lots of smaller waterfall hikes, copper mine tours, for a longer drive (2 1/2 or 3 hours) along M-26 near Copper Harbor is the Jampot Bakery run by a Monastery along the Lake Superior shore. Amazing baked goods and Thimbleberry Jam.
If you like roads and the highway system, US 41 runs from Miami, FL and terminates just past Copper Harbor. Nice sign at the end to take your picture by.

Take US 2 along Lake Michigan back for an amazing scenic drive.

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JustUs7 Senior Member • Posts: 2,343
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WaseemH wrote:

I have not been to UP and wanted to get advise from members who have been there. Off course, I would love to take the 24-70 because of its image quality but wanted to know if there were photographic opportunities that would require me to have a longer zoom. That may tip the balance toward the 24-240mm...

THanks

Don’t forget as well, for something you don’t plan on hanging on a wall, plenty of pixels shooting in crop on the R for an effective 384mm reach. Our first Rebel was “only” 10 megapixels.

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JustUs7 Senior Member • Posts: 2,343
Re: 1 Lens for vacation photography UP Moichigan

Sorry. Have to add one more. Find a place to enjoy a Pasty for lunch. Holdover dish from the copper mining days but remains very popular in the UP. I’ve read that to eat it like a local, it’s ketchup or plain. “Trolls”* will eat them with gravy.

* - Trolls live south of (under) the Bridge.

And find some albums from Da Yoopers to get into the spirit of things. “The Second Week of Deer Camp” was a big hit!

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OP WaseemH Forum Member • Posts: 88
Re: 1 Lens for vacation photography UP Moichigan

Loved your recommendations on the stops to make. thankyou so much.

OP WaseemH Forum Member • Posts: 88
Re: 1 Lens for vacation photography UP Moichigan

I defintely will have a pasty

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