Travel Lens Kit Philosophy

Started Sep 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP Jeff Klofft Veteran Member • Posts: 3,559
Re: Travel Lens Kit Philosophy

Brev00 wrote:

Jeff Klofft wrote:

Whenever I travel with my camera and want to take a smaller DSLR kit, I seem to always face the dilemma: do I take something simple like a superzoom (and maybe a small wide lens or wide-zoom) or something like a wide-zoom paired with a tele-zoom (and maybe a small 50). With the former I give up some quality for convenience and few lens changes but at the cost of image quality. With the other set, it’s just the opposite.

Now I know that sometimes the destination makes this choice obvious, but all things being equal, I’d be curious to know what everyone else does. Thanks.

Exactly what sort of traveling are you doing that necessitates this choice?

For example, my daughter and I went to London and Cambridge UK this spring and I didn't want to be lugging a lot of extra gear.  For this trip I had my D800, an 18-35, 70-300 and a 50 f/1.8.  It was a nice kit and I got some fine images.  A few times I did feel like I was missing a mid-range zoom, but now enough to add another lens.  This is what got me thinking about the super zoom.

I just finished a year traveling more than ever before (Hawaii, Bermuda, Oregon, Lake George) and found myself able to take both sets of choices to each location. I rely on your second choice for the majority of situations: a 17-70 os with a 70-300 vc.

So that would suggest a mid-range zoom and tele-zoom?  I might want something wider.  Did you?

But, I also have a very light and small Tamron 28-300 which marries very well with my Tokina 12-24 for the first type of kit you describe. I like the second setup for those situations lens changing may not be indicated: boating, volcano viewing, etc. All four lenses fit in the either of my two bags and can be carried on a plane. I can drop all the gear at a hotel and take what I need for the day. If I had to choose one or the other due to some kind of restriction, I would take the superzoom setup. The light weight and convenience combined with an iq that is fine for me would be decisive. Especially if I am traveling with others who do not share my passion for pictures. If there was a lot of fast action involved, I would have to go with the 70-300 vc.

Thanks.

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