Travel Photography Gear Guide | John Greengo
Lenses aren’t that different from cameras in that they’re all designed for travel in some manner of speaking. Like a camera, any lens can be justified if there is a true need to have it along. I’ve traveled with my 300mm f/2.8 because it was the lightest, smallest and best quality lens for what I needed. This lens is by no means small, but it’s all based on what your goals are and your desire to make them come true. In general, I won’t travel anywhere without good coverage between 24mm and 200mm, and I’m a big fan of the f/4 lenses for travel; they’re a great balance of speed, size, weight and quality. My favorite combo is a 24-105mm f/4 (or 24-70mm f/4) and a 70-200mm f/4. Working professionals or those who take lots of portraits could benefit from using the same lenses in f/2.8. The increase in light gathering will yield better results in marginal situations, but with a compromise in size and weight.
settings: f2.8 @ 1/160 iso 200
Once you’ve covered your 24-200mm range, the questions to ask yourself are if you have any space left in your bag and are there other needs that need consideration. If you are visiting grand landscapes, churches or big cities, then adding an ultra-wide, prime or zoom makes sense. If you’re headed out on safari, bird watching or anywhere with big wide-open spaces, then a lens in the 300-600mm range can be a big benefit. Should you have enough space for a small bonus lens, I highly recommend a prime in either 35mm or 50mm with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 to f/2; they’re small, lightweight and fast. They are the perfect lens for a dark monastery, an evening stroll, or keeping a low profile while shooting on the street.
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