Lenses for Europe Trip?

Started Jan 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ralph46 Senior Member • Posts: 1,183
Re: Lenses for Europe Trip?

As a European resident and frequent traveller within Europe my recommendation is as follows. Keep your kit as small and light as possible. Many churches, museums and theatres make you check in anything larger than a handbag. That rules out the non e-mount lenses via adapter to start with, and you won't need them. An obvious camera bag also draws the attention of certain highly skilled "specialists" unfortunately present at most tourist venues, the larger the more attractive for them. You will find most European places you visit quite crowded and bustling, so there is a certain danger.

Over 90% of my travel pictures for towns and general landscapes are taken at 16-50mm on APS-C sensor (most of these at 16-28mm), so the 16-50 PZ is a must and should be your standard lens. Since the 55-210 mm is so small and light, you might as well take this too.

Preferable to a 3rd wide aperture lens (e.g. 35 mm f1.8) is for me definitely a small but sturdy pocket TRIPOD. The best shots are generally those at dusk and also in churches etc. you can almost always find somewhere to support it. That and the 16-50 PZ will get you by in almost all situations.

Good shooting,


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