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04/14/2008 09:18:53 AM · #1
I need a little help. We are leaving Friday morning for a 2 week stay in Maui. I'd like to get suggestions on a carry around lens for my 400D. I don't have alot of choices...but here is what I have.

Canon EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II/III USM

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6

Quantaray AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 High-Speed for Canon EOS
04/14/2008 09:23:53 AM · #2
If it were me, I'd probably go with the 28-135 since it has the widest range.
04/14/2008 09:46:55 AM · #3
Unless you're going on a whale watching expedition, Maui is all about wide angle. The landscapes and sunsets draw impact from their enormity. The 28-135 is the best walkaround lens in your arsenal, but bring the 18-55.
04/14/2008 10:01:46 AM · #4
even though I "want" to say the 28-135 because it has more range and is better quality ... i think the best answer is the 18-55 ... for the reasons Shannon states and also because when I went to Maui - I was in the sand all the time, plus I didn't want to have a camera at all - so the lighter and smaller the better.

to be honest, I'd say get a Canon Elph and leave the SLR at home

but that's just me ... is it a photo vacation? or a vacation where you'll be taking photos?
04/14/2008 10:15:45 AM · #5
Just take me with you and I'll carry all of you gear for you. Problem solved
04/14/2008 01:25:10 PM · #6
This is a vacation where I will be taking photos, my 6th wedding anniversary getaway for my wife and myself. We want to try and capture as much as possible while there. I have a new portable 300 gb hard drive, several 4 gb cards, battery grip, extra batteries, laptop, etc. Will spend at least 4 days taking photos, then the other 8 or so shopping, and touristy stuff. Thanks for all the suggestions!

Message edited by author 2008-04-14 13:25:49.
04/14/2008 03:24:58 PM · #7
One nice thing about a long vacation in a populated/commercial area is that if you find you really need something, there are photo shops on Maui and you can have something within days from Amazon or B&H if you need it. We were in Seattle last summer and I quickly found out that lugging my backpack to dinner was not making my wife happy (nor my back after a long day) so I found a Ritz and got a slingshot.

A suggestion: the hotels at night get really lit up and a starburst filter will make for some great shots. Also there are lots of waterfalls and obviously beaches on Maui, so if you want that silky water effect don't forget to bring along a tripod.

Message edited by author 2008-04-14 15:25:29.
04/14/2008 09:54:27 PM · #8
I'll give you the ultimate Maui tip, but you must not tell anyone. Shhhhh....!

It's THIS spot on the south end of the island.

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Rent some snorkeling gear, get a waterproof camera and do whatever it takes to get to that location. It's a place known to the locals (we learned of it from a friendly innkeeper), and spent several days there about 13 years ago. Obviously it could be very different now, but back then this was the scenario: you had to drive to the end of S. Makena Rd. and continue on a dirt (lava) road for a while until you saw a half-buried pipe with blue paint on the right side of the trail. Park the car off the road and look around. You'll be surrounded by hardened black lava for as far as the eye can see in every direction- no ocean or vegetation in sight. Around the pipe you'll find some small splatters of white paint (like bird droppings). That's the trail. You hike along the lava plain looking for those spots of paint for about half an hour. The reward is a huge tide pool formed by the lava with only a small opening to the ocean. It's crystal clear with no waves to push you around or stir up sediment, and maybe 20 feet deep at the center. The pool is teeming with an incredible array of colorful reef fish and sea creatures- parrotfish, sergeant majors, triggerfish, angelfish, rainbow wrasses, eels, octopus and the ever-popular humuhumunukunukuapua'a. The small ocean outlet and clarity of the pool mean you don't have to worry about sharks, although I did see a stonefish so you still have to be careful. Just a stunning place for photography!
04/15/2008 06:47:50 AM · #9
i looked for this when I went in 2005 ... didn't find it :(

but i'm not so smart, so give it a try :)

Originally posted by scalvert:

I'll give you the ultimate Maui tip, but you must not tell anyone. Shhhhh....!

It's THIS spot on the south end of the island.

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Rent some snorkeling gear, get a waterproof camera and do whatever it takes to get to that location. It's a place known to the locals (we learned of it from a friendly innkeeper), and spent several days there about 13 years ago. Obviously it could be very different now, but back then this was the scenario: you had to drive to the end of S. Makena Rd. and continue on a dirt (lava) road for a while until you saw a half-buried pipe with blue paint on the right side of the trail. Park the car off the road and look around. You'll be surrounded by hardened black lava for as far as the eye can see in every direction- no ocean or vegetation in sight. Around the pipe you'll find some small splatters of white paint (like bird droppings). That's the trail. You hike along the lava plain looking for those spots of paint for about half an hour. The reward is a huge tide pool formed by the lava with only a small opening to the ocean. It's crystal clear with no waves to push you around or stir up sediment, and maybe 20 feet deep at the center. The pool is teeming with an incredible array of colorful reef fish and sea creatures- parrotfish, sergeant majors, triggerfish, angelfish, rainbow wrasses, eels, octopus and the ever-popular humuhumunukunukuapua'a. The small ocean outlet and clarity of the pool mean you don't have to worry about sharks, although I did see a stonefish so you still have to be careful. Just a stunning place for photography!
04/15/2008 07:53:46 AM · #10
Originally posted by socalsteve:

... A suggestion: the hotels at night get really lit up and a starburst filter will make for some great shots. Also there are lots of waterfalls and obviously beaches on Maui, so if you want that silky water effect don't forget to bring along a tripod.

Filters: CP, Grad and Regular ND's
04/15/2008 11:03:02 AM · #11
Originally posted by hopper:

i looked for this when I went in 2005 ... didn't find it :(

Unfortunately, we didn't have the benefit of a close satellite view to show the exact spot back then.
04/15/2008 11:26:45 AM · #12
exactly ... probably my handheld GPS would have helped a bit as well :)

Originally posted by scalvert:

Originally posted by hopper:

i looked for this when I went in 2005 ... didn't find it :(

Unfortunately, we didn't have the benefit of a close satellite view to show the exact spot back then.

04/15/2008 11:50:30 AM · #13
Maui has a phot op around every turn. Rainbows galore when we were there.

If you can, take trip up to the crater. Get there at sunrise for on of the most spectacular views you'll ever see. We went up there and a clound socked us in right before sunrise, so we weren't so lucky that time. I did get off this shot just before the cloud rolled in.

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You can also book a tour that will take you up ot the crater for the sunrise, then you bike down the valcano afterwards. Breakfast is served when it's done.

Whale watching was awesome as well. You might be at the tail end of the whale season, but there may be some still hanging around. The peak season usually runs from mid-February through March.

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(Boat hit a wave just as I snapped this one)

Have a great trip!

04/15/2008 11:57:07 AM · #14
Haleakala is clearly worth the extremely early morning (actually night!) get up and long car trip. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the top and make sure you get there early enough to see the fireworks. That wide angle will do you well and so will the tripod....
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And stick around when everyone else leaves to go to the bottom and the sun starts touching the crater - well worth it
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04/15/2008 12:50:24 PM · #15
We weren't so lucky up there. The wife and I did the bike trip which starts at the top for the sunrise, then heads down the volcano. I don't recommend it. Our top experience was just cold and windy ... the view stunk. The bike ride ... not worth it.

I would recommend driving up there yourself ... just skip the bike tour.

Also, we did the snorkeling trip out to that moon shaped island. Fun, but we saw the same exact fish you would see anywhere else for free (and in abundance). There's HUGE sea turtles right by black rock in Kaanapali - free :)

Originally posted by bassbone:

Haleakala is clearly worth the extremely early morning (actually night!) get up and long car trip. Give yourself plenty of time to get to the top and make sure you get there early enough to see the fireworks. That wide angle will do you well and so will the tripod....
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And stick around when everyone else leaves to go to the bottom and the sun starts touching the crater - well worth it
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Message edited by author 2008-04-15 12:52:20.
04/15/2008 12:53:26 PM · #16
Originally posted by hopper:

... There's HUGE sea turtles right by black rock in Kaanapali - free :)

And plenty of those long needle fish (whatever they're called) - I swallowed a gallon of sea water the first time I turned my head and one nearly clipped my nose! :-D
04/15/2008 12:58:36 PM · #17
Originally posted by hopper:

We weren't so lucky up there...

HA! The day after we arrived, congress failed to pass the federal budget and shut down all non-essential government services (as in national parks) for the week. Haleakala was closed, and there were armed park rangers all along to road to Hana to make sure nobody stopped. Apparently there was no budget to let people walk the trails, but they could afford to pay rangers to keep you from doing so. :-/

Message edited by author 2008-04-15 12:59:58.
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