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Jun 7, 2021 18:50:14   #
joe p.
 
Last year I carried my 10/20 nikon lens on an autumn trip through New England. It is a heavy lens and I never took it out of the bag.

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Jun 7, 2021 19:31:28   #
MTDesigns
 
Rent a 400mm or bigger. I have been 3 times and kept big lens on all the time. You won't be saying I wish I had a bigger lens.

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Jun 7, 2021 19:47:19   #
mundy-F2 Loc: Chicago suburban area
 
I always take my 35mm f/1.4. It is an all purpose lens and can handle low-light for nite hots. I agree with others that less is more. If you are walking the streets, rather than open areas, a wide angle lens is the way to go, at least for me. I like zooms on my tripod. They are usually heavy and can weigh-you-down.
Mundy

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Jun 7, 2021 19:49:10   #
joe p.
 
Bigger is better for wildlife .I usually shoot landscapes .I'm good from 18 to 300 with the two lenses I have. But the Nikon vr lenses are HEAVY,especially my 10/20.

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Jun 8, 2021 07:58:00   #
mizzee Loc: Boston,Ma
 
Do NOT take the extra lens! Your 40-150 will do nicely. And, will probably be on your camera most of the time. I envy your trip, Yellowstone is my favorite NP. Do sign up for a photography tour in one of the original Yellowstone buses from the ‘20s.

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Jun 8, 2021 10:03:12   #
Dreynolds Loc: Texas
 
Curmudgeon wrote:
If you are traveling by private vehicle take everything you have.


I would rent a longer lens as the bear shots and wolves will take a longer lens.

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Jun 8, 2021 12:30:25   #
C. Loren Loc: MN
 
If you truly want good photos, take whatever equipment you need to get them. If simply traveling light is a priority for you, then feel free to limit the equipment you take.

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Jun 10, 2021 07:19:35   #
Robertl594 Loc: Michigan
 
I am preparing for a photo trip. A very famous photographer who is leading the trip said to me while discussing my packing list, “If you don’t bring it, you can’t use it”. I got my answer.

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Jun 10, 2021 13:13:49   #
joemcl1
 
I would add a lightweight pair of 8x or stronger binoculars to truly enjoy some of the wildlife you will hopefully get to see. They may provide a more lasting impression compared to what you may capture on your camera.
Most importantly immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings and the relationship with your grandson.
Have a wonderful trip.
Joe

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Jun 11, 2021 07:12:39   #
ncribble Loc: Elephant Butte, NM
 
We just returned from a similar trip to Yellowstone and the Black Hills. Your selection of lens 13-42 & 30-150 is excellent and will cover 95% of your opportunities.

Being we were traveling by car I also carried a Canon 7Dii and a 100 ~ 400 II. It was great to have a Grandson use the Big Rig, as he is young and strong. Way too heavy for me to carry and hike/walk, so shortly this rigging goes on the block. Go lightly and savor the scenery.

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Jun 11, 2021 07:14:43   #
sueyeisert Loc: New Jersey
 
User ID wrote:
Or a 100-400 or even a 75-300. It’s an m4/3 after all ...


Good suggestion.

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Jun 11, 2021 12:34:28   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
MTDesigns wrote:
Rent a 400mm or bigger. I have been 3 times and kept big lens on all the time. You won't be saying I wish I had a bigger lens.


Remember that the Olympus has a 2X crop factor, so a 400mm lens yields the field of view of an 800mm on full frame! That would be extremely limiting for anything but distant wildlife.

A 100-400 or even a 50-200 is a more flexible rental option.

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Jun 11, 2021 13:17:48   #
nervous2 Loc: Provo, Utah
 
For a single f stop, the 135mm just does not seem to yield that much advantage. If you are driving, throw it in but my guess is that you won't need it. Have a great trip. We will want to see pics upon your return.

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Jun 12, 2021 11:43:16   #
xt2 Loc: British Columbia, Canada
 
Xmsmn wrote:
I have an “extra lens” question. Heading to Yellowstone next week with my wife and our #1 grandson (9) for a week. My camera is an Olympus EM10 mk iii with the 14-42 f/3.5 kit lens and the 40-150 f/4.0 “plastic fantastic”. Both of these lenses are going along for sure. From my SLR days I have some Contax-Yashica lenses, one of which is a 135 mm f/2.8 for which I’ve bought an adapter that works well. It’s significantly heavier than the 40-150 because it’s metal and glass, but would it be worth it, with its wider aperture, to take it along for the lower light conditions in the early morning and later evening? I’m comfortable shooting in Manual. Or would I be better off boosting the ISO on the 40-150 in those conditions? (Additional lenses are not in the budget right now). Thanks in advance.
Mark
I have an “extra lens” question. Heading to Yellow... (show quote)


Take whatever you want! You already are well acquainted with your kit...it is difficult for me to tell you what to do.

Cheers!

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Jun 12, 2021 11:48:55   #
Hip Coyote
 
I second the recommendation for binoculars. Great suggestion. Also, lensrentals.com has the pany 100-400 for rent for about $100 a week...may be an option. A quick look revealed they do not rent the much cheaper Oly 75-300.

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