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I've found a lot of useful tips in this forum, but one area I couldn't settle on was how wide of a lens to bring for my Alaskan Cruise.  I use a micro 4/3s camera and wasn't sure how to translate some of the suggestions in other threads which mentioned specific lenses, but without mention of sensor size or crop factor.


I'll be taking a northbound Inner Passage cruise this summer, followed by a few days on land to see Denali.  I can see a wide-angle lens being used for the views from the ship, from our Kenai Fjords glacier cruise, on the flight to Taku lodge, and on the various trains between Seward and Denali.


Would 12mm (24mm full-frame equivalent) be wide enough for those circumstances?  Normally, I'd consider stitching panoramas when needed, but wasn't sure that would be an option from moving vehicles.  I have a 7-14mm (14-28mm FF) that I am considering bringing, but that's more gear to lug around and more lens-swapping.  I'm happy to leave that behind if the 12mm will get the job done.

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With a few exceptions, I have found the 24mm end of my 24mm-105mm standard zoom (full-frame) wide enough for Alaska. I have found that things like glaciers are the only things too wide for a single shot but when a super-wide is used, the magnificent wall of ice gets reduced to a thin white line at the minimum distance between the ship and the subject. A panorama works better IMHO.



A wider view works in town sometimes and definitely on the ship, but lately I just use the phone for that.



That's my 4¢...


Hope it helped.


Here's a link to my cruise galleries. You can find Alaska trips with photo info there.






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Thanks for the response and for the supporting pictures!   4¢?  Even opinions have to be adjusted for inflation these days, huh? 


Anyways, that panorama turned out great.  I was afraid that movement from the ship would impact the ability to stitch, but clearly that's not the case.  I'm glad to know I can leave at least one lens behind and not be regretting the choice mid-cruise.


Thanks again!

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I took my 11-20 to Alaska, Galapagos & Antarctica to supplement my 24-70/24-105.  Don't think I will take it anymore as I never use it, just takes up space.  Then I feel obligated to use it.  When I do, I take a few shots with it but I find either of my other two are better.  

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Welcome to Cruise Critic.


I am also a 4:3 user and all of my Alaska cruises included only a 12-40mm lens, a 40-150mm lens, and a 1.4 teleconvertor.  This included my visits to Taku Lodge, whale watching, Denali flightseeing, and lots of birds photo ops.













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Those pictures are stunning @Crew News I'll be loaning my 4/3's kit to a friend  if she decides to come to alaska with me as I feel it's justified to bring my Canon 7D/II kit for that trip, looks like she'll have plenty of scope to get some nice shots if the weather cooperates. I've a similar lens pairing for the 4/3s kit I have and it's what I normally bring on vacation with me as it's more travel friendly.  The Canon kits only gets broken out for sports or in the case of Alaska because I'm expecting rain. 

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