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07/09/2008 04:23:26 PM · #1
Hey folks.

I was looking for some tips from the landscape gurus out there. I'm taking a vacation with my daughter to an animal rescue ranch in Utah in August (I know - great time to be in Utah, right?). We'll be at the ranch volunteering for several days, but the location looks beautiful and is within daytripping to the Grand Canyon, Brice Canyon, etc.

I have Nikon D80 w/ the kit lens (18-135 - the usual) and a 50 mm f/1.8 lens from my mom's old Nikon. Right now I have a polarizer and the standard "UV don't break my lens" filter. I've had a graduated 0.6 ND on order (backordered big time) and I'm probably going to have to go to another source for that. Looking for suggestions as to other equipment that's a "must have" for these kind of landscape ops. Oh yeah, I've got tripod of course.

Thanks!

Barry
07/09/2008 04:29:53 PM · #2
this is my favorite lens. You can get with 4 or 6 inches of the subject too so you can get pretty creative.
07/09/2008 04:33:02 PM · #3
Make sure u have plenty of battery power for Bryce Canyon....it is awesome....there is one canyon stop just before you enter the park STOP THERE is a must see, you can walk out on this four ft wide trial that lets you look back at the walls they are goergous, just don't look down :)
07/09/2008 04:33:50 PM · #4
Thanks meta!

Your "Paradise" is one of my favorite shots of all time on here - so the lens advice is particularly appreciated! (Not that the lens made the pic of course!)

07/09/2008 11:39:30 PM · #5
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07/10/2008 03:49:27 PM · #6
I am not sure how you are going around Southern Utah, but I would highly suggest Scenic Byway 12. It has to be one of the most beautiful roads I have taken, right up there with the Pacific Coast highway. The scenery changes every 15-20 miles to something different and unique. If you have the time to do I would.

For filters: You may look into Graduated Neutral Density filters and the Cokin filter system. It has a filter holder and you slide the filters in. A graduated neutral density filter is darker on top then the bottom. If you are shooting an from the top of the canyon with sky above it, you can place the filter on the sky and darken it to match the canyon's light level.

You can peruse my Southern Utah trip here if you like.

Here is an example of the GND filter in action, even though the image is really processed, it was a single image capture with filters.
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ETA:oops, I just saw you had that filter on order. :)

Message edited by author 2008-07-10 15:50:42.
07/10/2008 03:53:28 PM · #7
I second meta's 10-20. I bought the Sigma Canon mount 10-20mm and love it. It opens up a whole need set of photos.
07/10/2008 04:02:33 PM · #8
I find the Cokin P-system the easiest to use, mostly because anytime I buy a new lens, I only have to buy a $10 adapter ring instead of an whole new filter set. It's also easy to use; you can put up to three filters in the holder at a time, they just slide in and out. And, you can buy the Cokin ones, or the Quantaray by Cokin version (they're identical, but the Quantaray ones are sold at RitzCamera and are sometimes in stock when the "true" Cokin ones are not).

As for what filters to bring, a graduated neutral density would be a very good idea for toning down skies, etc. P121 is the Cokin number for that filter, if you decide to go that route. A circular polarizer is a must. To get blue skies, well-saturated colors (especially, I'd think, in the caynon rocks), it can't be beat. Pricy, yes, but well worth it.
07/10/2008 04:27:35 PM · #9
I also use the cokin system and would highly recommend it. And, you only need one circular polarizer for all your lenses. You could also buy their IR filter but its a little trickier to use...

Go to Zion if you get the chance and its not too far.
07/10/2008 04:35:18 PM · #10
I like the tokina 12-24 f/4 (This Lens

I tried the sigma 10-20 and the Tokina just felt like it was built better. Image wise, I'm sure you can create equally impressive imagery with either lens.

07/11/2008 07:56:45 AM · #11
Originally posted by Pipe_Dream:

I like the tokina 12-24 f/4 (This Lens

I tried the sigma 10-20 and the Tokina just felt like it was built better. Image wise, I'm sure you can create equally impressive imagery with either lens.

The Tokina 12-24 is a sweet lens, very sharp and built like a tank. I had one until I traded it fo a Tokina 10-17mm fisheye (which is also very cool, but cannot use filters).
07/11/2008 10:02:32 AM · #12
Originally posted by OdysseyF22:

Originally posted by Pipe_Dream:

I like the tokina 12-24 f/4 (This Lens

I tried the sigma 10-20 and the Tokina just felt like it was built better. Image wise, I'm sure you can create equally impressive imagery with either lens.

The Tokina 12-24 is a sweet lens, very sharp and built like a tank. I had one until I traded it fo a Tokina 10-17mm fisheye (which is also very cool, but cannot use filters).


ditto on the Tokina....I love mine
07/11/2008 12:11:34 PM · #13
I like my Sigma 12-24.

If you're at all considering a 1.3 crop or full frame sensor camera, then it's really the only rectilinear ultrawide option for those cameras.
07/11/2008 01:19:57 PM · #14
Tokina 11-16mm 2.8
07/13/2008 12:04:08 AM · #15
Thanks to everybody for the great input.

I really like the idea of the Conkin system - being able to "reuse" filters for multiple size lenses sure has an appeal. My order hasn't shipped yet (the Tiffen HT GND is way backordered ... sounds like they may have advertised it too soon!)

I'm going to see if I can tweak the budget enough to work in the Sigma or Tokina.

Also thanks for the specific route suggestions. Those are a huge help!

Barry
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