Travel Lens Kit Philosophy

Started Sep 9, 2013 | Discussions thread
Brev00 Veteran Member • Posts: 9,008
Re: Travel Lens Kit Philosophy

Jeff Klofft wrote:

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.

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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?

I always have my Tokina 12-24 with me on these trips.  I bought it specifically for Hawaii.  There are times I bring just it and my midrange on any one day trip.  Other times, I like to just use my 70-300 vc (birds, surfers).  I like to have it all available and choose what I will use as one might select one's clothes.  The only lens I tend to neglect on these trips is my macro.  I did bring it to Michigan last year but I knew I was going to a well-stocked greenhouse.  Now that I have the Tokina, I would definitely bring it to London or any other trip with so much architecture and land/cityscape opportunities.  I might leave my 70-300 home if I had to choose (just bring my little 28-300 in that case).


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Nikon D90 Nikon D7100 Nikon D610 Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 DX II +4 more
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