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    What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    I am going to Iceland for a week in August for a photography trip. I am planning to bring my Fuji XE1 and Hasselblad H4D 40. I do landscape photography. I have the following Hasselblad lens, which lens do you think I should bring? Any suggestion is very much appreciated.

    35-90mm, 50mm II, 28mm, 100mm, 150mm

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Many will comment, but for me based on the wide open expanse of Iceland the 100mm would cover more distant landscapes and still cover medium to wide range if only bringing one lens for travel. Enjoy your trip, stunning country!

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Doesn't this solely depend on what kind of subjects you want to photograph? If you don't know yet, take the zoom. If you can get really close i.e. you want to emphasize the foreground a lot, take the 28mm.

    I personally would use the 50mm II as I like this FL and it suits a lot of subjects. Anyway, have a great trip.

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    I don't plan to shoot birds, or wild life. I intend to focus on landscape. I am hoping not to bring 35-90mm. Is bring 28mm, 50mm II, and 100mm suffice? Thank you very much.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    I guess you will do mainly landscape.
    I've never been to Iceland but just came back from the Big Island, HI with my family. The lenses I used the most with my H4D-40 were 28, 35-90 and 150mm (with/without 1.7 TC).
    If I were you, I'd bring them all! They will certainly fit in a carry-on bag. It's an "Iceland for photography trip"!!
    I've never had only "a photography trip" in my life, always with my family.
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    The 28mm is a fantastic lens, but in many circumstances, too wide for certain expansive landscapes. The 28mm will also vignette with filters. I was under the impression you needed only one, but if that's not an issue, bring them all, better to have and not need then need and not have.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    All of them.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    The 28mm is a fantastic lens, but in many circumstances, too wide for certain expansive landscapes. The 28mm will also vignette with filters. I was under the impression you needed only one, but if that's not an issue, bring them all, better to have and not need then need and not have.
    This is a fun part of photography. Different POV
    Landscape is all I've been doing! Eighty percent of my Hasselblad 's works have been captured with 2 lenses 28mm and 35-90mm. Without rotating the Lee filter holder, the 95mm adapter ring is OK. The "Push on" Lee filter holder is fantastic too. If you need only graduated neutral density, just bracket 3 pictures (without any filter) and spend few minutes in photoshop.
    It doesn't make sense to go to Iceland for photography trip with one lens. Otherwise the trip would not be called "photography trip". Or it's better to bring Nikon with 28-300mm.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    All of them.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    I've just got back from two weeks in Iceland. I only took the 35-90 and a 120. Last time I was there two years ago I had the 35-90, 100, 150 and 210. Going over my images from 2011, over 90% were with the 35-90. My style is to shoot long rather than wide so the 35-90 may not work for you.

    You need to check what your carry on allowance is. I only had 7KG this time. Those lenses add up very quickly. Additionally, you will probably need to do a bit of hiking. I'm not good at that lugging a load of gear.

    Whatever you take, it is the most fascinating place that I have ever been!

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    I am sorry I gave the impression that I am only going to bring one lens for the trip. I just wonder what combination of lenses I should bring. Currently, I have decided on either of those 2 choices:

    1. 28mm, 35-90mm, 150mm
    2. 28mm, 50mm, 100mm, 150mm

    Any thoughts on those two combinations. I am hesitant with the 35-90mm only because of its size for an international trip, although I do use frequently at home. Icelandic air is quite generous with its hand carry luggage. Two hand carry luggage with 22 lbs weight each.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    I would go for the first.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    To me, lenses are liked my kids. I've known them well, for example, what f-stop to use to get the maximal DOF w/o significant diffraction.
    I think you will not go wrong with either #1 or #2. You know your comfort zone. I don't think you will get much different quality between the 50/100mm and 35-90mm. Zoom can be very helpful especially sunrise/sunset when time is critical. The HCD 35-90mm is the best zoom in this range for me. When it's on the tripod, it's not that heavy
    I've found the 1.7 TC is also very useful and it's very light. Sometimes 1% of your photos may turn out to be a winner and you will regret you haven't been well prepare! At least I know Graham has the same philosophy from his reputation Graham, if you read this comment, I'd like to let you know you are one of the greatest guys at GetDPI!
    I hope you have a wonderful trip and am looking forward to seeing your pictures.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Another reason for the zoom is wind. Iceland is a windy place so minimised lense changes make sense. Phocus is great for bulk dust removal if you need it.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Yes. Thank you for reminding me about the lens change issue. I did read somewhere about Iceland being very dusty because of the wind outside of the capital city. It's probably wise for me to take the 35-90mm zoom since it covers a wide focal range.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    It's been a few years since I was in Iceland. I'd take all your lenses, though if I were limited I'd take my 55 LS (I use Phase gear.)

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Personally, I'd only use primes for landscapes. Changing lenses is easy when you do it right. Bring a changing bag or rain cover.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    My recollection is that the 35-90 is considered the equal or better of the primes that it covers - 35, 50, and 80.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    The 28mm is a fantastic lens, but in many circumstances, too wide for certain expansive landscapes. The 28mm will also vignette with filters.
    It doesn't vignette on a 40 with Lee filters.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    I don't know of a 40mm, unless you mean the CFE, but the OP did't mention that. I used the lee system on my H4D.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    I don't know of a 40mm, unless you mean the CFE, but the OP did't mention that. I used the lee system on my H4D.
    H4D 40 I meant
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Murphy's Law #4.5 - Whatever lens you don't take will be the lens you need most !!

    As this is a photography trip (as opposed to a holiday) you should consider taking all the lenses, better to take and not need. Also don't forget to have sufficient insurance to cover the possibility of theft and/or damage and don't concentrate too much on photography that you forget to enjoy the sights.
    Have a great time !

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    I wouldn't worry too much about theft in Iceland but I'd certainly be wary of accidental damage as it's pretty 'raw' there.

    I was there in April and unsurprisingly I'd recommend taking your lenses to cover all eventualities from wide through to telephoto because both extremes will present themselves whether it be in the form of waterfalls, seascapes, expansive volcanic scenery or details everywhere. Also although you mentioned that you'll be shooting landscape I defy you to not shoot at least one Icelandic pony or herd.

    If it were me I'd be taking the 28, 35-90 and 150 as the core. The primes could be an alternative to the zoom depending upon your shooting style.

    When I went I used my 23HR, 35XL, 90HR and 150 XL on my IQ160. I addition I used my D600 with 14mm, 24-120VR & 70-200VR. There are lots of telephoto opportunities so don't overlook that. Close in on the beaches and waterfalls you'll easily use your widest lenses. You may be surprised how much also you may want to shoot in places like Reykjavik too. It's a very target rich place.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffg53 View Post
    It doesn't vignette on a 40 with Lee filters.
    I've always had slight vignetting with my Lee and 95mm adapter filter, but I use the squares and holder, so that's probably why.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Thank you for all the input. It really helps the planning of what I should bring for the trip. I do use Lee filter system, and besides the Hasselblad, I will bring the Fuji XE1, so I think I should be able to shoot in Reykjavik when I am out and about in the city. I have never been to Iceland, and I am thinking of how much Iceland krona I should exchange at my local bank. Is the access to ATM readily available? Thank you very much again. I really appreciate all the help.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Just use ATM machines. Just make sure that you tell your bank that you're going to Iceland. I had no problems at all in Reykjavik or the larger towns. The smaller places have less options although gas/petrol service stations generally have options to use cards or get cash.

    Btw, fuel isn't cheap. Actually, nothing is cheap there! However, the scenery is priceless.
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    Diesel is about 242KR per litre. That's great advice about letting your bank know. I had a card blocked after a $5 purchase. I almost got nostalgic and bought a bottle of Australian until I did the conversion and found that it was 8 times more than bottle shop prices in Sydney.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    I've always had slight vignetting with my Lee and 95mm adapter filter, but I use the squares and holder, so that's probably why.
    Johnny, there have been a number of threads about the H4D and lee filters. It may be worth searching. I don't remember the details. I use the universal hood with 2 lots and also the polariser without issues.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Jeff, thanks for the advice. I sold my H4D in favor of the D800, but kept my Lee filter system.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    I am sorry. I have another question that is unrelated to camera equipment. I am going with this photography tour group, so lodging, transportation and meals are all included, but I will have a couple of extra days in Reykjavik to check out the city on my own. I have read about the tips is already included in restaurant bills and other services, so there is no need to add extra tip, is that true?

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    No need to tip...ever. Don't let anyone fool you! Credit cards (visa) are taken everywhere. I live here and have not used cash in months for anything. Icelanders don't usually use cash, so you will find credit cards are accepted everywhere, even for small purchases. You will find ATMs in all the towns, but probably not at some of the country hotels and tourist stops.

    In terms of lenses, if it were me I would take just the 50mm and 100mm. I don't find super wides very useful here, but your taste may vary. The landscape is so vast in general, that super wides make things just look tiny and distant. They are more useful in cramped environments, which are not really that common here. Telephotos can be useful, but again, it depends on how you like to work. I would say about 85% of my landscape work here is shot between a 35mm and 100mm equivalent from 35mm.
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    I think lens choices are tastes and different from person to person.
    Although I've lived in Colorado, not Iceland, and had never been there, I have a hard time believing you can't find interesting foreground to compose with the 28mm or 35-90mm in Iceland.
    I've been traveling a lot and has never experienced a single place in which the 28mm or 35-90mm could not be used. Sometimes, you just have to use lots of creativity to find nice foregrounds for compositions.
    At least bring the 28mm which is very light, please. You will be regretted if you decide not bringing it!
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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Just thinking about the way I compose landscape images I would feel quite comfortable going anywhere with just the 35-90mm lens on a H4D-40.

    I basically travel with just two lenses with my Arca Rm3Di and IQ160 setup. The 40mm and the 70mm. And its not just because adding lenses is VERY expensive on that system because when I went to Glacier National park I really only used my 24mm TS-E and the 40mm pancake on my Canon 5D3. I went on a lot of hikes with just those two lenses. I did add the 70-200 for a few days.

    Bottom line lens choice is a very personal choice depending on the way you work, your style.

    That said the 28mm + the 35-90 + the 150 seems to me a very complete kit. I don't think you want to carry anything more than that.

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    I'd take the 28mm, 35-90, and the 150 combo. I only had the 35-90 when I want and could've used wider and longer in a couple places, but the 35-90 was perfect for 90% of everything else. Also, because of the weather, I really appreciated the 35-90 and not having to change lenses in the wind/rain/snow/etc.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    Thank you for all the great input. After much consideration, I have decided to take the 28mm, 35-90mm and 150mm along for the trip. I may bring the 50mm if there is room left. Another question is about the adapter for any electrical chargers. I have read different report when it comes to type c or type f adapter being commonly used in Iceland. Which type should I bring? Thank you very much.

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    Re: What lens to bring to Iceland for Hasselblad H4d 40?

    I am not sure what type c and type f are, but the plugs here are mostly standard European Schuko connections. That will be about 90% of what you will find. At some older places you might find the smaller, thinner version, but pretty much everywhere you will find the Schuko plugs.
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    Thank you very much. I purchased the right adapter then. I am very excited about this trip to Iceland. I can't wait to see this beautiful country.

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