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Headed to Vegas

Discussion in 'Wanderlust and Travel' started by natethomas, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. I'm going to Vegas this Thursday - Sunday with some friends. Any ideas for photographic spots? We'll be staying at the Luxor near the airport. I'm not sure if I want to lug the 80-200 AF-S along for the trip or if I should just bring the D200 w/18-70 and Sigma 10-20. Any ideas would help.
  2. asaya

    asaya Subscribing Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    Tony Saya
    I was there in October the 18-70 was fine
  3. Miguel


    May 12, 2006
    Norwalk, CT
    I've shot Vegas with the 18-200mm, which I borrowed from my friend, the last time I was out there. The first time I used the 18-70mm and that was plenty. I think you'll be good with that lens.

    Go to the top of Startosphere out on the observation deck for some nice shots of the strip. Also you can go to Paris and go up the Eiffel tower. Only thing there is that it's caged in with a few holes to shoot through from what I remember. Stratosphere is open, no cage.

    You might also want to check out Hoover Dam. For around $30 you can take a bus out to the Dam and take the tour. Also go check out Freemont Street at night for some nice pictures.

    Good luck and have fun.
  4. eswinston


    Mar 11, 2006
    Our last trip to Vegas was only as a starting point....didn't really shoot in Vegas at all....Grand Canyon is about 2 1/2 hr drive....they have the new glass overlook (catwalk actually) which wasn't open yet when we were there. Closer is Red Rock Canyon, about 15 minutes west, about 1 1/2 hr west is Death Valley which is starting to get pretty hot but has some amazing possibilities for photos. Just north about 40 minutes is Valley of Fire which has amazing rock formations/some petroglyphs and there is always Hoover Dam which is very close....they are doing some interesting road building between the mountains, which is great to see but slows the traffic a bit.

    (Zion, Bryce, hinterlands of Arizona are all a bit farther away but were pretty fun to see/shoot too)
    My most used lens was the 12-24 followed by the 70-200....depends on what you want to shoot. I used the 12-24 the last time I did shoot in Vegas....all the better to get the lights/ reflections and chaos in... I would think your 10-20 would get a great workout.
    Have fun and post some pics when you get back!
  5. Thanks for the replies.
    We are only staying in the city and we don't plan on renting a car. However, we may look into some of the group excrusions.
    I'll post some shots when I return.
  6. gadgetguy11


    Nov 16, 2005
    You might find this link to a thread February 7th regarding this same topic:


    Here are some ideas:

    Most used lens for me was 17-55 /f2.8. Next was 12-24 /f4.0. Next was 70-200VR /f2.8, Next 28-70 /f2.8 and lastly 18-200VR. Uses:

    17-55 scenes from the strip, most taken toward the 17mm end. Perfect from top of the Eiffel Tower and 2nd best at Red Rock Canyon.

    12-24 Red Rock Canyon. Most taken toward the 12mm end. Take a 72mm CPL!!!! This is a MUST HAVE lens for Red Rock Canyon or Fire Mountain.

    70-200 from balcony of The Venetian - great candid shots of people from here! I left the 80-400 at home but it would work nicely, albeit a little slow catching those interesting people unawares. Also an excellent lens for Secret Garden at The Mirage. Shoots through the fence perfectly. Need f2.8 or faster for this application; there is a lot of shade and you need a very small DOF to make the fence completely disappear. Also perfect for the Flamingo gardens (but the penguins are no longer there!)

    28-70 Only put this on the 2nd body so I did not feel guilty for taking it and not using it. Not wide unough for scenes of the strip outdoors. Used it at Red Rock Canyon. Disappointing results. Photos clear as a bell, just not wide enough to show the formations.

    18-200VR with SB-400 Flash (light weight) is good for downtown, anything larger draws attention.

    If you go to the Eiffel Tower try to be at the top by 5:25PM, the magic time from daylight to dusk that will really give you some gorgeous landscapes. Look for the holes in the wire mesh made to put up to a 72mm lens through!!

    Take your longest lens / TC combi to Secret Garden. That is a great place. TC is handy for dolphins, but should be removed for tiger shots - you need all the light there you can get. Long lens is also useful at Wynn capturing the 2) "naked statues" in the pool...
    Enjoy your trip!

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  7. wbeem


    Feb 11, 2007
    Sanford, FL
    William Beem
    That magic hour may not be 5:25pm now, since the days are longer and DST is in effect. Still, it's a nice view at the right time:

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    I'm also fond of this fountain in front of the Paris hotel:

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    To get on the elevator in the Eiffel Tower, you first have to travel across a bridge inside the casino. If you look over the edge, there may be a game or two in progress:

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