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aznpapaya

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I'm leaving for Cancun soon and wanted to see if everyone here could offer some advice/suggestion on what gear I would need for the shot I'm looking for. First my gear consist of the Olympus E-PL5, 17 1.8, 45 1.8, and 60 Macro. I'm planning on taking a lot of sunset/sunrise and panorama shot of the ocean/scenery and of my gf and myself. I've seen some really cool dramtic shot of the ocean using a polarized filter and would like to try it out. I always like landscape photography and since I'll be spending a lot of time on the beach I figure I'll dip my toes in landscape photography.

I was planning on bringing my 17 1.8 as a walk around/all purpose lens. I was considering picking up a Rokinon 7.5 Fisheye for landscape, I heard Cancun beach is very pretty. Do you think it's worth buying the Rokinon for landscape or should I just take multiple shot and combined them in PS to make a panorama ? I was also thinking of picking up a polarized filter for the 17mm for the more dramatic and deep color ocean/sky shot. Can I use PS or Lightroom to create the same effect?

Any other gear I should be considering?

Thanks in advance for any advice/suggestion.
 

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Personally I think a Polarizer is a must for ocean/sunny photography - it's not something you can really emulate in PP afterwards - I'd suggest the Marumi DHG filters as a good value option. If you've got money to spend pick up a VF2/VF4 as an EVF is handy for sunny conditions and helps when getting the polarizer rotated correctly.

I'm not lucky enough to own a 7.5 but by all accounts it's awesome and de-fishing works well.
 

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Personally I think a Polarizer is a must for ocean/sunny photography - it's not something you can really emulate in PP afterwards - I'd suggest the Marumi DHG filters as a good value option. If you've got money to spend pick up a VF2/VF4 as an EVF is handy for sunny conditions and helps when getting the polarizer rotated correctly.

I'm not lucky enough to own a 7.5 but by all accounts it's awesome and de-fishing works well.
I would get and EVF but I don't like to spening that kind of $ on a EVF, the fact it makes the camera look bulkier (to me at least), and because of the lost of the flash function.

For that price how does the Marumi DHG compares to the B+W Polarized filter? I own a couple B+W filters and they are very good quality filter, expensive but very nice.
 
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Plan for the condensation problems. I would bring a nice pack of high quality large ziplock bags. Plan on warming the cameras and lenses outside in the bag before you open them up and start using them. Indoors is typically heavily air conditioned and outdoors will be like a steam bath.
 

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If money is an issue, I might suggest the 9mm BCL that should work fine in the sunny beaches (though I don't know about sunsets unless you also have a tripod and can do longer exposures). Otherwise an Oly 9-18mm or a 12mm should be great. I only used the 20mm pancake in Cancun a few years back and that was actually fairly sufficient, though I wish I also took a wide angle lens.
 

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A "sunset over the ocean" shot is going to be wee bit difficult given the geography.

It's been a while since I've been there so I don't recall if the bay is picturesque enough for sunset shots.

During the daytime you may want an additional neutral density filter (remembering that a polarizer can also serve as an ND). Consider your daytime shots and desired apertures. See http://www.calculator.org/calculate-online/photography/exposure.aspx

Similarly if intending any fill-flash (helpful with people pics in bright sunlight) know whether you can do high speed sync with your flash.
 

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I wouldn't get a fisheye personally, but then again, I don't care for them in the first place. On my recent trips to Play Del Carmen (and one night in Cancun), I took the 45 f1.8 for evenings and portraits and a kit 14-42 for landscapes. Partly didn't want to carry too much expensive stuff there. I only really went out for photos when the sunsets were nice or if I was up early enough for sunrise on departure day. I got some good ones, but mainly chilled at the pool/beach. I think what you have is fine...might not even need the 60, but it's not that big either.
 

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If money is an issue, I might suggest the 9mm BCL that should work fine in the sunny beaches (though I don't know about sunsets unless you also have a tripod and can do longer exposures). Otherwise an Oly 9-18mm or a 12mm should be great. I only used the 20mm pancake in Cancun a few years back and that was actually fairly sufficient, though I wish I also took a wide angle lens.
I was thinking about the 9mm BLC but I heard the IQ of the Rokinon is superior given it's only $200 used. I think the 9-18 and 12mm lens is a litttle redundant seeing how I already have the 17mm and thinking of picking up a fisheye as a ultra wide alternative.

A "sunset over the ocean" shot is going to be wee bit difficult given the geography.

It's been a while since I've been there so I don't recall if the bay is picturesque enough for sunset shots.

During the daytime you may want an additional neutral density filter (remembering that a polarizer can also serve as an ND). Consider your daytime shots and desired apertures. See http://www.calculator.org/calculate-online/photography/exposure.aspx

Similarly if intending any fill-flash (helpful with people pics in bright sunlight) know whether you can do high speed sync with your flash.
You have a point, I guess the sun will be setting in the opposite direction of the beach lol. I'm not really a flash person, I prefer to use camera setting to offset the harsh sun/shadow.

Being able to double and ND filter is another reason for me to buy the polarized filter....


I wouldn't get a fisheye personally, but then again, I don't care for them in the first place. On my recent trips to Play Del Carmen (and one night in Cancun), I took the 45 f1.8 for evenings and portraits and a kit 14-42 for landscapes. Partly didn't want to carry too much expensive stuff there. I only really went out for photos when the sunsets were nice or if I was up early enough for sunrise on departure day. I got some good ones, but mainly chilled at the pool/beach. I think what you have is fine...might not even need the 60, but it's not that big either.
How did the 45 1.8 work out for you? I havn't been using mine much because I just can't get used to the focal length. I'm also to used/comfortable with my 17mm lens. I was only planning on bring only the 17mm lens and the fisheye if I decide to get one. The 60 is staying home as I really don't feel like bring a tripod along lol
 

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How did the 45 1.8 work out for you? I havn't been using mine much because I just can't get used to the focal length. I'm also to used/comfortable with my 17mm lens. I was only planning on bring only the 17mm lens and the fisheye if I decide to get one. The 60 is staying home as I really don't feel like bring a tripod along lol
I like the 45....great for pictures of wife/GF, food at restaurants or anything indoors. I use it for landscapes at home too, but did not while in Mexico. IF its not your length, then that's a personal thing. I feel that way about the 20 kinda.
 

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I would bring just one kit zoom for day shots (pref order: 12-50, 12-32, 14-42) and one fast prime for nights (17/1.8 or 20/1.7).
Keep in mind that outdoors air will always have more or less salt and sand in it - not a good place to switch lenses.
 

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For that price how does the Marumi DHG compares to the B+W Polarized filter? I own a couple B+W filters and they are very good quality filter, expensive but very nice.
I've got both B+W & Marumi CPLs, both are excellent, I can't tell much difference other than the price (though Marumi do a "super DHG" version that is quite expensive) - Lenstip did a fairly comprehensive comparison of CPLs here that you might find useful.
 

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I've got both B+W & Marumi CPLs, both are excellent, I can't tell much difference other than the price (though Marumi do a "super DHG" version that is quite expensive) - Lenstip did a fairly comprehensive comparison of CPLs here that you might find useful.
I'll check out the review. Thanks
 
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