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Thread: Best Lenses for International Travel

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    When I travel, I like to take photos, but I try not to make the trip "about" photography. So it’s sort of a matter of priorities, and balancing comfort and convenience with quality. If you’re carrying a 5DSR, you’re already at a different level on that balancing act than I am, so take my comments with a grain of salt.
    My go-to kit is this:
    Panasonic GX7
    Panasonic 14-140mm superzoom (28-280mm equivalent) for day-to-day use
    Panasonic 20mm/1.7 pancake (40mm equivalent) for low light use
    Samyang 7.5mm/f3.5 fisheye for ultrawide and astrophotography

    It’s a tiny kit, but extraordinarily versatile. There’s pretty much nothing I can’t shoot, with the possible exception of action sports or birds in flight, I guess…
    As for your gear, I think you’ve pretty much got everything you need, realistically. A telephoto of some sort would be nice, especially if you’re taking photos in the mountains to get those compressed perspectives, but even the lightest Canon FF option there is a bit of a big commitment…
    The 24-105 would be a good, more versatile alternative to your 24-70/2.8, but you’ve already got a bunch of money tied up in that lens, and it’s not like the 24-105/4 is much smaller or lighter.
    One thing that I would heartily recommend is a small, light lens like the Canon 40/2.8 pancake or even the 35/f2. They’ll really transform your kit, and will make it infinitely more enjoyable for you to carry a camera even when you aren’t in full on "photography" mode.

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    Best Lenses for International Travel

    Waiting for the day I snap and go mirrorless or viewfinder. My problem is that the Df is so light and retro, it makes it harder to displace.

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    Thanks.
    If I go for the 24-105, I would definitely sell the 24-70. I bought it used, but it’s still a lot of money.
    Eventually, I’d love to get something lighter. I do a lot of backpacking in Washington and the big camera setup can be quite the hassle.

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    I went to New Orleans with only my Df and a 35mm f1.8 VC Tamron and had a blast taking photos.
    My deciders – Do I want to carry a bag? Do I plan to take specific types of photos?
    I have a 24-120 f4 that is about a versatile as it gets and gets a travel nod with the D4. The 28-300 on the D4 is great for nature stuff and my trips to COTA, reach to landscape. BUT, a few primes with the Df are fun if I carry a bag. 20, 35 and 85 makes for a versatile kit…

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    I went to New Orleans with only my Df and a 35mm f1.8 VC Tamron and had a blast taking photos.
    My deciders – Do I want to carry a bag? Do I plan to take specific types of photos?
    I have a 24-120 f4 that is about a versatile as it gets and gets a travel nod with the D4. The 28-300 on the D4 is great for nature stuff and my trips to COTA, reach to landscape. BUT, a few primes with the Df are fun if I carry a bag. 20, 35 and 85 makes for a versatile kit…

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