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Old 03-25-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Which lense should i bring?

I got my first DSLR for Christmas (Canon EOS Rebel T3) and have not gotten to take too many pictures with it yet. My family and I are going to disney world for a week in April and I will bring my new camera. I got 3 lenses,

the one it came with 18-55mm IS II Lens
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens

I am so confused which one to take to disney, I have really only used the one that it came with along with the super zoom one.

If anyone has any suggestions as to which they would use for disney please let me know.

I also purchased a Tiffen filter to protect the lense, but I have read that it blurr's the pictures.. should i put it on for disney?

Thanks im clueless!
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Definitely the kit lens, which you'll probably use the most out of those three. But I would still take one of the telephotos. I don't know Canon lenses so not sure if either one is better than the other, but if I were choosing, I would take the 'better' lens even if it gave me slightly less range. You probably won't use telephoto as much as you think but you'll miss it at the times you need it, if you don't have it.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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I went to Disneyland with a film camera this month. I brought a 24mm, 50mm and 28-200mm.

On your camera, the equivalent lenses would be a ~15mm, ~30mm and ~17-125mm.

I never used my zoom lens. My two prime lenses covered everything I needed including rides, parades, shows, scenery and people. I started leaving the zoom lens in the hotel room. So I would say, you would be in good shape with just the kit lens.

I imagine given the size of Disney World, you could benefit from having a zoom lens.

Also, I spent the whole trip without anything (filters) attached to the lens except the cap.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:49 PM   #5
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I would definitely bring a longer lens. You will it need for things like the castle stage shows and the safari ride.
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:50 PM   #6
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I'd say to pack your Kit lens and bring that daily for sure. It's likely to get the most use and has a decent range for most of the stuff at Disney (though, it can actually be a little tight every now and then).

For the zooms, if the 70-300 is bigger and heavier than the 55-250, and not much better quality-wise (I don't know, I just know that the 55-250 is small, light, and quite decent for the price, size, and weight), then pack the 55-250. You don't have to bring it with you daily, but it's small enough and light enough that it won't really affect your overall packing. This way, if you decide you need reach for something specific, you'll have it available.

Of course, since I travel solo and with certain shooting goals, I tend bring and use my whole kit of lenses daily (8-16mm f/4.5-5.6, 30mm f/1.4, and the 18-55 and 55-250 that you have), so my advice may be a bit biased toward bringing more. Even with that recognized, I'd still err on the side of caution and at least pack the 55-250.

(As a note, on my 2 trips with my T1i, the first was ~50% 55-250, 15% 8-16, rest 18-25, the 2nd was ~50% 30mm, and about equal for the other 3 (got my 30mm after that 2011 trip.))
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I would bring the 18-55 and the 55-250.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:20 PM   #8
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I would leave the 75-300 home. You already have that covered with the other 2. If you want an all in one solution you can rent the canon 18-200 which is perfect for a beginner from lensrentals.com. We went one year with that and my wife love all the reach from a character greeting to a outdoorshow.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:50 AM   #9
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I believe the 55-250 is seen as the lens with better lens quality. Couple that with the fact that the 75-300 is likely bigger, I think the choice is easy. Take the 18-55 and the 55-250.

Honestly OP, with the overlap between the 2 zooms, I'd try to sell the 75-300. Start a lens fund for the next time you find yourself saying "I wish I had a lens that would (fill in the blank)"
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bring the 18-55IS and 55-250IS and tripod
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