A&P Planning a trip to montana / yellowstone in November lenses to rent?

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  1. Section8

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    I'm hoping to get up early and into the park to try and catch some of the wolves in the snow in the early morning, not to mention other park wildlife. Currently looking at this sigma:

    http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/sigma-50-500mm-f4-6.3-ex-hsm-xxx/for-nikon

    or maybe this Nikon

    http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/nikkor-300mm-f4-af-s/for-nikon


    and just pick up a 1.4 converter? How many stops do you lose with a converter? I'll need long reach to get good shots, I can't spring for the super fast lenses because I'll be renting for probably 21 days and it gets too pricey. Plan on pretty much being tied to using a tripod or monopod for these for sharp pics obviously.
     
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    Or maybe just get the 70-200 2.8 and a converter?
     
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    my condolences

    montana sucks :rofl:
     
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    yeah, fucking place sucks alright

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    Montana and Yellowstone has more cool shit than any city in the US. A week can be spent in Yellowstone and you still won't even see 50% of the awesome stuff.
     
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    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    widest angle you can get for landscapes

    longest telephoto you can reasonably carry for wildlife

    If I had to go with what's in my bag it'd by my 28-70, and my 70-200 in my glass taxi and throw it over my shoulder and have a great day
     
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    I'd personally get something longer then a 70-200. The Sigma 50-500 would probably be perfect. And something in the wide angle range, 10-20 or something equivalent.
     
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    I have a 10-20 sigma and my 28-70, i was thinking of renting a 70-200, but then i started thinking of renting something longer for wildlife. That being said, I'll need something that is reasonable for carry since we'll be doing a lot of hiking and cross country skiing.


    also, can someone suggest a decent tripod in the $100 range? not including head? I figure it's time to get something, but I can't afford to drop $300-500 on some of these baller tripods.
     
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    :werd: we've been there 3 times, and still haven't seen it all. This will be my first time there in the Winter, i'm excited :o
     
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    Yeah, the focal range on the sigma would make it great for running around too. I could go all day with just that lens and my 10-20, and a good tri-pod.
     
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    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    I'm thinking more portability...start getting into longer lenses and carrying them gets to be a bitch. I could handle those 2 in a backpack style bag all day (hell I have before:o )
     
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    I came in here to say this. One long as fuck, the other wide as fuck... and color me fucking jealous. Though i'd prefer Yosemite Nat'l Park, but yellowstone is still fucking awesome.
     
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    Why not just get a fixed prime super wide angle
     
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    I'm trying to keep costs low - since I already have a wide angle lens i didn't see the point in renting another one.

    I'm crop body, D300.
     
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    Yellowstone FTW! So much beauty is hidden there. I would tell, but then i would give up my secrets.

    Enjoy! Its the best park ive ever been to. If you go off the beaten path then i would suggest something in the 17-50mm range and 70-300mm. A 400, or 500mm lens would be nice, but im sure you can get by without it.
     
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    I would have liked to have seen Montana.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    its pretty scenic i guess

    but there is fucking nothing to do there

    and being east indian...i get funny looks when walking around late at night :rofl:
     
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    East indian + hanging out late at night in the Mountain West= Risky business
     
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    The Bigma is longer in reach but doesn't have VR. That is a MUST when shooting at long focal lengths. I took my 18-200 to Yellowstone last winter, and I needed more reach. The Nikkor 80-400 has VR and will prolly do just fine. I only went in the N Entrance to Yellowstone and saw what I could via auto, but my 200mm was not long enough. I wish I took my 70-200 2.8. I will go back this winter...I love MT and WY. Wayy better than the East Coast.

    Here's some of my photos from last winter... http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdpayne/sets/72157615026738894/
     

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