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Feb 12, 2019 12:17:50   #
JeffDavidson (a regular here)
 
If you are not shooting any birds or wildlife, don't worry about it.

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Feb 12, 2019 12:17:57   #
jaycoffman
 
Good information here about shooting Yosemite but Jerry and Steve have the most correct answer for you. Since you're attending a workshop contact the instructor and see what the focus of the class will be and what s/he recommends and what others typically bring. That should direct you to choosing the best equipment for this workshop.

All the other advice is great for future trips which you'll probably want to take once you've been there.

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Feb 12, 2019 12:21:41   #
Architect1776 (a regular here)
 
JeffDavidson wrote:
If you are not shooting any birds or wildlife, don't worry about it.


There will most likely be a shot opportunity of a bird or other wildlife and the OP will be miserable for not being prepared but over prepared with a bunch of primes and other junk not lending itself to a versatile kit of only 3 lenses.
Oh well what do I know?

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Feb 12, 2019 15:50:55   #
mas24 (a regular here)
 
Architect1776 wrote:
I always take 3 lenses as a minimum.
10-18mm, 24-105mm and 100-400mm.
Never fail to use all 3 no matter where I go.


You have all ranges covered with that trio of lenses. Some photographers don't mind taking extra equipment. Better prepared than not, they say.

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Feb 12, 2019 16:32:28   #
sv3noKin51E
 
Chuckle, You don't know if you need it until you wish you had it with you. Not everyone is Ansel, but you can make do with any smaller lens. I carry the body mounted on the 150-600mm in the Sample Tank holster adapted to my belt; it's a larger version of packing a hog-leg, only larger. No longer do any rock-climbing but it's been great to reach out when needed. Also pack an 18-135mm or other lens in a belt-loop bag to cover any situation. sv

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Feb 12, 2019 21:34:07   #
scooter1 (a regular here)
 
imagemeister wrote:
As concerns Yosemite photography, Adams is ALWAYS relevant



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Feb 12, 2019 21:58:39   #
Kiron Kid
 
More importantly, shoot with your own unique vision. No need to emulate or copy Ansel.

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Feb 12, 2019 22:02:20   #
Kiron Kid
 
While shooting and climbing 🧗‍♀️ in the Valley, I ran into and talked to Ansel a couple of times. Very friendly and chatty.

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Feb 12, 2019 22:21:37   #
LarryFB
 
Kiron Kid wrote:
A “Yosemite bag” should be fairly lightweight


Let me change your response just a little. "A Yosemite bag MUSTt be fairly lightweight!"

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Feb 12, 2019 22:46:33   #
wkillham
 
That shot is amazing!

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Feb 12, 2019 23:07:11   #
Kiron Kid
 
LarryFB wrote:
Let me change your response just a little. "A Yosemite bag MUSTt be fairly lightweight!"



They are having a heavy snowfall now. That translates into nice waterfall volume, well into the summer. 👍



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Feb 13, 2019 07:46:58   #
Architect1776 (a regular here)
 
mas24 wrote:
You have all ranges covered with that trio of lenses. Some photographers don't mind taking extra equipment. Better prepared than not, they say.


True, but if weight and maximizing versatility are the goal......
You can pack other items in a separate case.
And if you don't mind go for it.
I have over the years.

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Feb 13, 2019 09:18:03   #
chrisg-optical (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....


Unless you plan on shooting birds or wildlife leave it home. I would get/take a good wide prime though (not zoom).

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Feb 13, 2019 09:39:52   #
CanonShot
 
I did a 5-day Yosemite trip with two lenses: 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 with a 5D IV body. If you are hiking the Panorama Trail or anything like it... "light" is certainly better.

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Feb 13, 2019 09:45:50   #
Architect1776 (a regular here)
 
chrisg-optical wrote:
Unless you plan on shooting birds or wildlife leave it home. I would get/take a good wide prime though (not zoom).


PS
That will be seen

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