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Feb 11, 2019 09:14:03   #
chuckla
 
I'm doing a workshop in Yosemite NP next week, and the camera bag is getting heavy. Will I need the 200-500 for what I suspect is mostly wide angle landscape photography? Never been there, so I don't know what to expect. I'll have the 70-200 and/or 28-300....

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Feb 11, 2019 09:17:49   #
imagemeister (a regular here)
 
FWIW, I think the longest 35mm equivalent FOV lens that Ansel Adams used was maybe about 90mm....

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Feb 11, 2019 09:18:20   #
Kiron Kid
 
chuckla wrote:
I'm doing a workshop in Yosemite NP next week, and the camera bag is getting heavy. Will I need the 200-500 for what I suspect is mostly wide angle landscape photography? Never been there, so I don't know what to expect. I'll have the 70-200 and/or 28-300....


I know Yosemite very well. No, you will not need or use that lens. For full frame rigs, 24 to 200 will handle all of your shooting needs.

SVP



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Feb 11, 2019 09:20:03   #
Kiron Kid
 
A “Yosemite bag” should be fairly lightweight

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Feb 11, 2019 09:20:47   #
wmurnahan
 
chuckla wrote:
I'm doing a workshop in Yosemite NP next week, and the camera bag is getting heavy. Will I need the 200-500 for what I suspect is mostly wide angle landscape photography? Never been there, so I don't know what to expect. I'll have the 70-200 and/or 28-300....


As for me, I don't drag the 150-600 unless I've got the room, like in a car trip, or KNOW I will be trying to capture wildlife. For travel I love my 6500 and a 70-300 combo and I always take my a7ii.

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Feb 11, 2019 09:23:47   #
Day.Old.Pizza
 
I do not own anything as long as a 200mm-500mm lens, but I was there hiking with a 28mm-300mm lens. I gave it a workout on both ends of the range. It may save you carrying a 2nd, shorter lens. That is a great park! You will enjoy your time there.

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Feb 11, 2019 09:24:01   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
When I was at Yellowstone, I found myself taking mostly W/A shots. Of course, that depends on your interests. If you going to be shooting distant animals of mountain tops, then you'll want a tele. I liked shooting all those nearby thermal features.

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Feb 11, 2019 09:38:07   #
Steve Perry
 
Honestly, I'd ask your workshop instructor. There are probably priorities for the workshop and he/she would be the best person to ask what types of images the group will be pursuing.

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Feb 11, 2019 10:07:49   #
User ID (a regular here)
 
imagemeister wrote:


FWIW, I think the longest 35mm equivalent FOV lens
that Ansel Adams used was maybe about 90mm....


FWIW, for 8x10 he had no longer choice. For 4x5
you can get out to about 105 [FF equ]. So FWIW,
Adams is irrelevant here ... as usual.

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Feb 11, 2019 10:28:42   #
IDguy (a regular here)
 
You will likely see deer in the valley. But 300mm should be good enough as they are used to people.

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Feb 11, 2019 10:36:13   #
imagemeister (a regular here)
 
User ID wrote:
FWIW, for 8x10 he had no longer choice. For 4x5
you can get out to about 105 [FF equ]. So FWIW,
Adams is irrelevant here ... as usual.

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As concerns Yosemite photography, Adams is ALWAYS relevant

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Feb 11, 2019 10:41:34   #
Dr.Nikon (a regular here)
 
Your arsenal will cover it .. I always take my 14-24 2.8 , 24-70 2.8 , and my 200-500 5.6 .

The 14-24 gets in10 shots ...the 200-500 about 50 shots .., and the 24-70 500 shots ..
24-70 D810 Yosemite
24-70      D810     Yosemite...
(Download)

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Feb 11, 2019 10:58:22   #
User ID (a regular here)
 
imagemeister wrote:

As concerns Yosemite photography, Adams
is ALWAYS relevant


Yes, he helped preserve and enlarge the
National Parks system. Photographically
in digital 2019, he's not so relevant. For
a throwback sheet film shooter, putting
his tripod feet into well worn holes he is
" ALWAYS relevant " ... as you've
so eloquently put it :-)

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Feb 11, 2019 11:01:48   #
via the lens (a regular here)
 
chuckla wrote:
I'm doing a workshop in Yosemite NP next week, and the camera bag is getting heavy. Will I need the 200-500 for what I suspect is mostly wide angle landscape photography? Never been there, so I don't know what to expect. I'll have the 70-200 and/or 28-300....


I shoot in Yosemite often throughout the year as I live nearby. Yosemite, unlike Yellowstone, is not a park that you go to in order to photograph animals, which is what the 200-500 is for. Every so often you might see an animal but animal sightings are rare in the valley. I take my 24-120 and use it for most of the shots. Now, having bought the Nikon Z7 I also take the 24-70. It's rare that I would even use the 70-200 which is the longest lens I would take. Tunnel View is more of a wide angle shot, the only exception there is if you are shooting the rising moon and then you would want a long lens. Valley View is another wide shot as is Yosemite Fall, upper/lower, for the most part. One use for a long lens would be to get a close up of snow piled at the bottom of upper Yosemite Fall if you want that sort of thing. One other use for the long lens in Yosemite, but this would be in May, is to photograph Dogwood in bloom high up on trees. You might get lucky and get snow in the valley.

I'm guessing you are on the Gary Hart Horsetail Fall workshop? I've gone with him several times now and always had a great time. A 70-200mm will cover that shot unless he takes you across the river on the valley floor. I believe he shoots from the picnic area under El Capitan. This is the spot that I've shot from and I used my 70-200. Below is a sample of such a shot.



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Feb 11, 2019 11:09:00   #
wingclui44
 
chuckla wrote:
I'm doing a workshop in Yosemite NP next week, and the camera bag is getting heavy. Will I need the 200-500 for what I suspect is mostly wide angle landscape photography? Never been there, so I don't know what to expect. I'll have the 70-200 and/or 28-300....


Yes, you need it plus a wide angle lens at lease 24mm. I was there in 2017, you can not getting too close to those wild Bison , wolfs, elks ...etc, so you do need your long zoom, leave the shorter zooms home. I brought with me a24-50mm, 70-210mm and 300mm plus 1.4X converter last time, but I have never used the 70-210mm zoom the whole trip.

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