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oneballjay


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What range camera lens do you find yourselves using the most while you are climbing? Sorry if this has already been answered.


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Just my 2 cents:

Range cameras? Most people seem to use a P&S or SLRs. I'd personally find the closeup parallax problems of a rangefinder too annoying...


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wide-to-wider +
long-to-longer


Basically, if I was going to buy a camera with one lens, it would be the Ricoh GR-21 with a 21mm WIDE ASS LENS.

With my Nikon body I shoot my 20-35 and 80-200 incessantly. The rash of shots that hit the front page recently were taken with those two lenses. I also have a 50/1.4 which is useful for the end of the day when the light fades.

I have a pair of superfast prime lenses (28/1.4 and 85/1.4) but I'm selling them to buy a D100 and a 14mm lens for it, which will act like a 21mm lens on that digital body.

Basically, wide wide wide wide wide... you must hook yourself up with a wide lens!





willstrickland


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Defintely wide. My 17-35mm stays on the body well over 80% of the time when shooting climbing. If you're looking for one prime lens, anything from 20mm-28mm would probably serve you well.


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When I can be on the rock near the subject, I usually use my 20-35mm zoom or my 24mm Nikon prime. For shots taken from the ground or at a distant route I usually use the 80-200mm zoom shot wide open at f2.8 to blur the background and make the subject pop out of the suroundings. If I could only take one fixed focal lenth lense on a climbing trip, it would be the 24mm.
Hope this helps.

JC


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Yeah, these guys are right on. If you are shooting people and not tall snowy things, go wide. I always use my 28mm prime, and I'm about to spring for something even wider. I might suggest forgoing a zoom because if you buy a nice 24mm 2.8 wide angle, you will be able to shoot in lower light. The glass on the faster lens will probably be higher quality anyways. I you are not in college like me and can afford a 2.8 17mm-35mm zoom, more power to you!


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I use mostly my Minolta 28-105 mm for climbing shots.
When the climber is too far from me, I sometimes use an Exacta 70-300 mm of poorer quality, but enough to make nice pictures (not of the quality of climbnow1's or dirko's anyway...).

I would like to buy better lenses, but they are so expensive...
A good 300 mm or 400 mm fixed focal lens would be great for wildlife pictures, but awful for my finances.


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i use 2 lenses. a 20-35 mm and an 80-200 on a nikon slr


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I use 2 ... a Canon 20-35 (although I'm always shooting at 20mm, so something even wider could be very useful, although exe)

The other is my zoom-135, however this doesn't really go long enough.

Same as everyone else I guess, something very wide and something very zoomy, dunno why the in between is uninteresting ...


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You know, everyone here has really advocated wide or tele. Thus, if you are good at composition, and you want your pictures to stick out, maybe you should try 50mm or 85mm.

If you get good at photography, any lens can give you a picture that you are happy with. If you always shoot the same focal length, your photos are liable to get boring and predictable.

Tim


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Ha ha ha ha I clicked on your phone Tim lol

Itís really funny


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