/ Your favourite climbing lens?
I'm currently torn between getting a wide angle zoom for dramatic scenic shots, or a telephoto for more intimate climbing shots.
I'm finding it hard to decide on a lens that can achieve both (or close too)
Which lens stays on your camera the most for climbing photos?
What do you already have?
I got the Canon 18-135 in place of the 18-55 kit and quite pleased with it - enough zoom for most climbing situations. Also have a Tokina 11-16 which is great but doesn't see much action for climbing shots.
Sigma 10-20 new, or Canon 70-200 f/4 L (non-IS) second hand.
Actually, scrub the 70-200L non-IS, get the 70-300 IS USM non-L version (£300ish 2nd hand).
The IS is excellent, and it's only half a stop slower up to 200mm ish.
I currently have the kit lens and a canon 50mm 1.8.
how does the image quality of the 18-135mm compare to the kit lens? if its not much better maybe save up for a second hand L lens?
Are the big telephotos too big for crag use? i would like something that i can climb/abseil down with.
I have to admit I don't use my dSLR at the crag very much and switch to a good compact.
However, for general use in the hills I have a 70-200L f4 which is a superb lens if you are a little distant from the action but I wouldn't have thought it was ideal if you were closer in. For a long lens the f4 non IS version is quite light and it's not too bulky. So you can carry it about but it would probably be a pain to ab with nonetheless. The f2.8L IS version is much heavier and bulkier (and v pricey).
I've also just got a canon 10-22 which I am loving but it would be too wide for general crag use - you need to get in very close to the action. Really good for some specfic dramatic shots mind.
I'd have thought a mid range zoom (with wide angle capability) would be better - also so that you don't need to be changing lenses too often in windy/dusty conditions. I currently use a Tamron 18-55 f2.8 which, for the money, was an excellent buy. The canon version is supposed to be v good but is £800 and I don't think you really need IS if you have a fairly fast mid range zoom. Probably useful for the 18-135 at the long end though.
How about a quality lens like the canon 17-40L or even the 24-105L IS? Maybe 2nd hand to bring them within your range? Both compatible if you ever change to full frame.
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That sounds a pretty good suggestion to me. Personally, it's usually the Sigma 10-20 const. f3.5 but I only go down to about 12mm, (on a cropped sensor.)
you can usually fine good deals for it on ebay
Vast majority of my climbing shots are taken with a Pentax 16-45; when I need more reach I use a Pentax 24-90, both on a cropped sensor camera. I'm aiming to take shots which show not only the climber but also give a feel of the route, so the wideangle works for me. If you were just doing closeups of figures then you'd want something less wideangle and more tele.
My favorite is my Olympus 9-18mm zoom, which I use on a m4/3 camera, so it has a field of view equivalent to a 18-36mm in 35mm/full frame.
The best thing about this lens is that it is very small and compact, so it's easily portable when climbing.
Most climbing shots I find myself rarely using the wide end, suprisingly I think. I'm nearly always zoomed in as far as my 18-55 will allow. Occasional wide shots if you can call 18mm wide, but I don't think I've ever wanted wider than that when climbing - there would usually be too much 'clutter' in the shot.
So a 10-20 lens would see little use when climbing and a telephoto would only be useful for zooming in to capture your climbing partner's gurns.
The 15-85 I reckon would be the perfect lens for climbing with and I'm very perturbed that I can't get one for my Nikon!
Back to the OP, I'd definitely recommend the 15-85 as an all rounder, though if Canon make a 28-200 or similar (Nikon's is a tiny little plastic thing, smaller than a 55-200), that plus a 10-22 works nicely as a two-lens pair.
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