Need an advice on prime lens for travel

Started Apr 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
jeffharris Veteran Member • Posts: 8,612
Re: Need an advice on prime lens for travel

Chris Dennehy wrote:

spotfromoz wrote:

Your on holidays so changing lenses all the time can make the Missus impatient or at least it does mine.

And How!!, It starts with "why did you bring that thing with you" and ends back at home with "Why didn't you take a snap of....", after 45 years I'm not stupid enough to answer that one.

Sorry to hear that. My girlfriend actually enjoys it when I photograph stuff. She doesn't mind lens changing and told me that it makes her really stop, look around and notice things around her much more. She even encouraged me to buy my Voigtländer 17.5mm right after getting the Voigt 42.5mm!

It depends where you're going, I haven't been to Spain but I have been to old cities in both Germany and Italy where the buildings are really squashed together, in both instances however I noticed that the standard DSLR kit lens 18-55mm (35mm equiv. of 27 to 82mm) covered nearly all the options, I just felt that slightly wider would have been more useful as far as buildings and street scapes were concerned.

Agreed. The 17.5mm really is a great all-around length for tight, dark streets and alleys, especially in older, mediaeval cities and villages. I still carry a 12mm when it gets really tight and it's too dark for the 7-14mm.

So, I carry the 7-14mm, SLRMagic 12mm T1.6, Voigtländer trio… 17.5mm, 42.5mm and 75mm f2.5 Color Heliar… and either a Nikon 105mm f2.8 macro or the 45-150mm.

On that basis if it's within your budget I would go for the 12-40mm lens (35mm Equiv. 24 - 80mm) which also has the advantage of not having to change lenses and getting dust on the sensor.

Failing that I think I would go for the 15mm, it's not so wide as the 12mm and not so tight as the 17mm and it's quite fast as well for those gloomy interiors designed to keep the sun out.

That makes sense, but the 15mm isn't supposed to ship until the end of April, but who knows when it will actually be available for purchase out here in "the real world".

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