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Best lenses for hiking in Glacier?
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adam mcconnell
Best lenses for hiking in Glacier? on 05/28/2013 05:30:05 MDT Print View

I have an upcoming trip to GNP with the family. The primary purpose is the daily hiking adventures, but I plan to weigh myself down with my 6D and accompanying lenses. I've been to RMNF and Yellowstone. The wildlife encounters were fairly close at both locations. Only the grizz encounters at Yellowstone required more than 300mm to fill the lens.

I am looking for some insight as to how close the wildlife encounters will be in GNP and what would be the best lens to have as my primary mount? I have a 24-105 and 70-200f4. I was planning to rent a 100-400, if needed. Advice and insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks


Buck Nelson
(Colter) - MLife

Locale: Alaska
Plan for distant animals on 05/28/2013 08:31:21 MDT Print View

You might well get close to some animals, but I'd plan for opportunities for more distant wildlife. You're likely to see distant grizzlies you won't want to approach, and animals like goats in places where you cannot approach even if you want to.

I've seen elk, goats, grizzlies, bighorns and deer in Glacier, and the scenery is spectacular. You should get some really good photos.

adam mcconnell
Distant is nice on 05/28/2013 08:43:26 MDT Print View

That's just the type of info I was looking for. I was beginning to get the impression the grizzlies would be walking right next to me! Seeing them from afar will be comforting. I guess a 100-400 zoom would do the trick? Thanks


Gary Yee

Locale: NW Montana
Best lenses for hiking in Glacier on 05/28/2013 15:04:55 MDT Print View

On a full frame the 24 is a must have in Glacier for landscapes with a prominent object in the foreground supported by background vistas. As for wildlife 24-105 mainly for goats, a little to close for sheep though I do recall being about 60' away from two bighorns smashing it up once and was surprised at what 150mm allowed me to get despite the adrenaline rush. Small animals such as marmots can be had with the 70-200. Bears if you are under 400mm you're too close. I live and work within 45 mins. of West Glacier for three decades, if you need anything give me a call.


Mark Montag
Crop sensor camera body on 07/04/2013 15:49:50 MDT Print View

Love my 6d but it's not the best wildlife camera when needing distance. Use your 70-200 - rent a TC x1.4 III extender - the Mark III has excellent IQ and rent a 60d or 7d, or the new 70d if it's available in time or save weight with the SL1. Use you 6d for landscape. jmo

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Best lenses for hiking in Glacier on 07/04/2013 16:12:18 MDT Print View

"Bears if you are under 400mm you're too close."

You know that you have a long enough lens when you look through it and all you see is fur.

I was there a few weeks ago. My 100-400mm lens was perfect for trail encounters with wildlife, but I carried a shorter lens for scenery. A longer lens was perfect for shooting from the road. There were times when the wildlife was a mile away.