Thoughts on travel set up

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Lenses' started by Jim Duke, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Jim Duke

    Jim Duke New to TalkEmount

    Mar 12, 2016
    I have an a7II with the 24-70/f4and also the 28/f2. I rented the 70-200 for a trip last fall and loved the results but didn't do that much hiking. Thinking its a little too heavy if I have to take the 24-70 as well. Upcoming trips will be a lot more walking so thinking about the 24-240.Posted samples look really good. I was also thinking about finding a used crop body like the 5000 or 6000 as a backup and extra range. Appreciate any feedback if anyone is using similar set up for light travel kit.
  2. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    IIRC David @WoodWorks@WoodWorks also has the 24-240 (and others) and I think he likes his very much for the versatility (he also likes to travel light).
    Unfortunately for you seeking for feedback, he's on another motorcycle trip now so I don't think he can comment :(
  3. Xterra

    Xterra TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 8, 2016
    I am a Traveler and use: 16-35 f/4 ; 50mm f/2 Loxia ; 70-200 f/4
    Its a lightweight kit except the 70-200 is a bit heavier but great results, for more reach I mount it on the a6000
    but the 16-35 f/4 is BIG, I now ordered the 15mm Voigtländer native E mount to see how it will perform against the 16-35
  4. firemist

    firemist TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 4, 2015
    On the A7R I wonder whether the 24-240 (at up to 150mm focal length) would perform significantly better than the 18105G E lens used in the camera crop mode? The 24-240 is almost 2x the price, and 2x the weight of the 18105G but of course you get 36mp and not 15mp (crop).
  5. dmward

    dmward TalkEmount Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 21, 2015
    Metro Chicago
    I have and like the 24-240 for travel. I set it to F8 with the camera set to 3 EV 3 frame bracket. On a recent trip through Texas I took it and the 16-35 F4. I rarely carried both in a bag. Just selected which I wanted based on where we were going to be for the day. This is with an A7RII body.

    HERE is a page with galleries from the cities we visited on the trip.
  6. Jim Duke

    Jim Duke New to TalkEmount

    Mar 12, 2016
    Nice images. I am going with the 24-240 for my trip to the British Isles this summer.
  7. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Yes, as Nick said, I'm very happy with this lens. It's the one I used >90% of the time on that motorcycle trip. Here are a couple from the 24-240 and A7II.

    Perito Moreno Glacier.jpg
    by David Wood, on Flickr

    Cerro Torre.jpg
    by David Wood, on Flickr

    If you have enough light, this lens will give you the range for all but the most extreme lens angles. And when you find yourself in places where you really don't want to expose your sensor to the environment, it's a godsend.
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  8. dmward

    dmward TalkEmount Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 21, 2015
    Metro Chicago
    This is one of its most beneficial features.
    Also, having the focal length range available to get the farming desired when moving is difficult or impossible.
    There are a couple of videos that Scott Kelby did with Jay Maisel about walking around and shooting in New York and Paris that make a very convincing argument for this sort of lens.
  9. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    :hmmm::hmmm::hmmm:. David - Looks to me that you are only getting 23 megapixels worth of resolution using that lens. To each his own.
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2016
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  10. soeren

    soeren TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 12, 2014
    Næstved, Denmark
    Yeah loosing 1.3MP it must be crap :D
    Nice Pics BTW David
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