My suggestion is to travel with the equipment that you are comfortable with. Don't change your system (Camera+Lens combo) because you are travelling.
Another thing to do is, what do you want to take?
I am using a 50mm f1.4 quite a lot on FF of course and it works for me.
If I am travelling, I will generally consider 24mm, 50mm and 135mm prime lenses on FF DSLR. If I am greedy.. I would fit the 16mm FE and 2x TC...
These are the lenses that I use all the time so I do understand how it "looks" and what I want to capture.
If you don't know what you want to take and want to keep option open, I will suggest to bring zoom lenses, UWA, Medium and perhaps a longish zoom...
Hope it helps.
My 50mm f/1.4 AI is on the cam most of the time but I will always have other lenses - 20mm, 105/180/300mm - in my bag. But if I can only bring one prime lens, it will be my 50mm.
I use 20-35mm and a 50mm for most of my travel photography... on a full frame
Leica M4P/ M2 / Summarit 35mm f2.5 / Summicron C40mm f2 / Kobalux 21mm f2.8
personally using a 24-70L and 135L on my 5DMk1 and 5DMk2 bodies. Really nice combo and pretty much perfect for my kind of photography except that i sometimes miss out on the wide end.
Dont you think 24-70 is too heavy for travelling purpose?
many people's idea of photography while traveling is very different...
so whether a 24-70 is too heavy or what it really depends on individual...
heck! for me, if i am traveling and all.. means i wanna have fun exploring and spending time with frens n family.. the camera & equipment shouldn't be bogging me down in anyway that will hamper me or even worse dampen the mood of others accompanying me.. so even a 17-55 is too bulky for a holiday trip...
i'm not doing a photoshoot for a model or anything.. so just use what is comfortable and enjoy the holiday...
so most importantly is that you feel comfortable with ur choice..
I agree with you. Sometimes I'm so lazy that I just pack a pns along for the trip and afterwards regret that I can't take a shot because the pns is so limiting. But that's just me. Travelling for me is just to enjoy the sights and not to be so overly concerned with composition and photo taking.
of course when you are going for a trip that is half half, then you will need a good enough camera to capture some nice memories.. but don't let it ruin the other experiences...
somehow i realised that the people who are enjoying without having to worry whether they got a nice photo or even got a photo are the ones who really had the most fun...
I wonder how it's like to bring a 24-70L on tour. I plan to do that this year end for a 9 day trip, hope it doesn't break my neck.. I am quite new and not really sure what sort of lens is suitable but the 24-70 seems fine to me, maybe the weight is the only trouble?
Canon 5D Mark III | 5D Mark II | 24-70L | 70-200L II | 50 f/1.4 USM | 580EXII |
Just wanna to you all ...is that 18mm-135mm suitable for travelling ?
I was posted to Hong Kong for work for about half a year not too long ago. I brought along a combo of D90 with 35mm f1.8 and the kit lens 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6. I also brought a tripod.
I brought both lens because they were the only lens I had in my possession. I was using them to take the following images of :
1) my 2-month old daughter who was growing and changing with every passing day while she made the trip with my wife and me to Hong Kong.
2) food and gloriously good food (from 茶餐厅 to Yum Chas to Michelin-starred restaurants)
3) as I was on a business trip, I was taking photos at nights on Mondays-Fridays and day/night shots on weekends.
4) Landscape shots were taken at places such as The Peak, Lantau Island and Lamma, Big Buddha, Stanley, North Point, Mong Kok, Hong Kong Island from Sheung Wan to Tai Koo and Kowloon to Lai Chi Kok and even Yuen Long and Ma On Shan!
5) Theme parks that I had visited included Disneyland and Ocean Park.
6) Weekend getaways to Macau as well.
During my time there, I must say that I had 80% of my shots using the 35mm. Since I take mostly images of food and my family, the 35mm f/1.8 was able to capture suitably well in low lights. The only times when the 18mm was needed were for:
i) the nightly laser shows from Tsim Sha Tsui overlooking Hong Kong Island and vice versa. (even the 18mm is not able to capture the entire Hong Kong Island)
ii) the view from the Peak (the 18mm was also not able to capture the entire view in 1 shot)
iii) views from Lamma Island
iv) shows at theme parks where I ensured that I'm seated at the "No splash zone" so as to protect my camera equipment.
v) The Ruins of St. Paul in Macau
Since TS does not have any intention to switch to FF, a 35mm lens is effective about 50mm already so it does present a tight angle to shoot with. Fortunately for me, the 35mm focuses to about 1 foot so I never really have to stand up to take a picture of a food in a busy and cramped 茶餐厅 or Yum Cha place around Hong Kong)
At the Avenue of Stars, I was taking the statue of Bruce Lee in low light (The sun sets around 5:30-6pm in Hong Kong). Using a tripod, I was able to set a longer exposure with the 35mm fully open compared to the 18-105 kit lens at f/3.5. With the f/3.5, my subjects were moving like they were practicing 無影腳 (shadowless kick)!
Changing lens is quite challenging in Hong Kong due to bad streetside air quality (very high PSI readings) and strong winds. It is advisable to change your lens indoors before you go outdoors. At places like The Peak and Avenue of Stars, I was running indoors to change my lens.
I hope you will enjoy your trip to Hong Kong. Regardless of the lens you bring, it is more important to enjoy the trip than to worry about the adequecies of the gear you bring. I did not bring my tripod every day as well and ocasionally relied on my wife's PnS camera or the camera phone for those times when I went jogging at Happy Valley Racecourse or to Stanley and to some cosy cafes with free wireless access point.