Travel kit..

11 posts
4 Aug 2016
arkady001
Photographer
arkady001
Interesting article on F-Stoppers... 
https://fstoppers.com/originals/what-lens-should-i-bring-me-140752

Looking at images from when I used zooms the table of focal lengths used mirrors my own experience: 95% of my images were taken at the two extremes -  either 24mm or 70mm in the case if the 24-70 and 70mm or 200mm in the case of my 70-200 - with only a handful at other focal lengths. It was one of the deciding factors that influenced my decision to work more with primes: my 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm lenses combined still weighing less than my 24-70 and 70-200 was another. 
Posted 4 Aug 2016
paule
Photographer
paule
I think it depends on the subject you are shooting... & location. I mainly shoot weddings and the flexibility of my 24-70 is invaluable. It's too short by 15mm & not wide enough by 10mm.. however it is the Swiss Army Lens of choice because for the majority of scenes it can get the job done. I used 35mm & 85mm lenses on two bodies and I can get away with it. Indeed they are two of my backup lenses & two lenses I put on when I'm more able to take my time. Zooms just give flexibility, one moment I'm shooting a portrait: 50mm-70 mm next I'm being asked to do a 10-20 person impromptu group photo with very little space.. 24mm usually is enough. I like primes however sometimes I just don't have control over where I can stand & so a compromise is required. Lenses are just tools to get the job done.
Posted 4 Aug 2016
arkady001
Photographer
arkady001
paule

I think it depends on the subject you are shooting... & location. I mainly shoot weddings and the flexibility of my 24-70 is invaluable. It's too short by 15mm & not wide enough by 10mm.. however it is the Swiss Army Lens of choice because for the majority of scenes it can get the job done. I used 35mm & 85mm lenses on two bodies and I can get away with it. Indeed they are two of my backup lenses & two lenses I put on when I'm more able to take my time. Zooms just give flexibility, one moment I'm shooting a portrait: 50mm-70 mm next I'm being asked to do a 10-20 person impromptu group photo with very little space.. 24mm usually is enough. I like primes however sometimes I just don't have control over where I can stand & so a compromise is required. Lenses are just tools to get the job done.

Do you shoot weddings when you go travelling? 
This isn't about 'work' - I carried 3 bodies and up to 8 lenses and 5 speedlights on various jobs - but for general days out and travelling. 

Posted 4 Aug 2016
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
24-70 and 100-400 seem to cover most of what I need for holidays/travel, though I'd also take a 16-40 when I get ever around to buying one.

If travelling was my thing and I did it more regularly then I'd consider one of Canon's 35-350 lenses to replace the 24-70 and 100-400.

Posted 4 Aug 2016
paule
Photographer
paule
as I said.. depends on the subject you are shooting... & location. As for travel, easy: Olympus Stylus 1s - 28-300 f/2.8 fits in my pocket. & can double focal length with touch of a button.. images are fine for small prints & web use.
Posted 4 Aug 2016
ayearepee
Photographer
ayearepee
The last time I went on holiday I took an Olympus Mju II and a big bag'o'film. The MjuII has a 35mm f/2.8. It's small enough to hide in a palm. In the US it was sold as the Stylus Epic. Overall I loved it to bits, although I love my XA even more, because the viewfinder is much better. My conclusion is that Weegee's advice about "f8 and being there" is sound. There are more important things to worry about than the lens. A 16-35mm f/2.8 or equivalent is enough unless you're going on holiday specifically to take photographs of birds or tiny insects or timelapse videos of stars. Looking through the comments on that blog post I see a lot of people who have other things to worry about than their choice of lens. Over the last few years I've generally taken two different cameras on holiday, so that I don't get bored. Off the top of my head I have taken - in no particular order, and obviously not at the same time - a Mamiya C33, an Olympus Pen FT, a Mamiya 645 1000s, a Pen F compact, a Holga, a Canon 5D MkII, a Yashica Mat, an infrared-modified 10D, an old Ricoh rangefinder, an XA, an OM1. One thing linking them is that the lenses were almost always in the 20-40mm range, accounting for the different film/sensor formats (e.g. the medium format bodies had 65-75mm lenses, but the format is larger). Something in my heart responds to the 6x6 format, but on a pragmatic level my favourite of all those cameras is either the Pen FT or the XA. The thought of taking a set of lenses doesn't appeal to me - although it's a personal choice. I'd rather take the shot and move on, accepting that there will always be images you cannot capture this time. One thing, though. It would be nice if there was an APS-C only 17mm f/1.2 or f/1.4. All these many many years later there still isn't a good compact fast wide prime for APS, whatever-the-system (although ironically there are several compact fast wide Micro Four Thirds primes).
Posted 28 Aug 2016
snapper47
Photographer
snapper47
Since I retired I tend to just take a 6D with 24-105 L lens and the 40mm pancake. Such a change from when I was working, on long holiday I may just throw my 200mm f2.8 or 35-350 into a suitcase, but they seldom get used. I used to follow the rule that if it wasn't on the camera it was to late, which was very true for the reportage and theatre work I used to do. However I am determined to get my ancient Horizont out of the cupboard, everything just appears so different using that and I will scan the negs into laptop with my Epson V700. I have been scanning a lot of my old negs lately and I realise how much I preferred shooting with film to digital.

Posted 30 Aug 2016
Mr_Catz
Photographer
Mr_Catz
I've just come back from a weekend in Lincolnshire. I found my little 50mm & 85mm portrait lens adequate. Although I was annoyed with myself for not taking my pen..... The one for cleaning my lenses when I get a stubborn smudge on the lens.
Posted 30 Aug 2016
mph
Photographer
mph
Ladiesman

Although I was annoyed with myself for not taking my pen..... The one for cleaning my lenses when I get a stubborn smudge on the lens.


What are handkerchiefs for?
Posted 30 Aug 2016
Mr_Catz
Photographer
Mr_Catz
mph

What are handkerchiefs for?


Blowing your nose.
 
Whereas my pen has carbon on the end, and therefore is ideal for getting rid of stubborn marks on your best lens. frown

Small and light very handy for keeping in your travel bag. cheeky
Posted 30 Aug 2016
diipii
Photographer
diipii
These days my Leica D Lux is my constant companion. SLRs are just too big and clumsy and you look like such a geek.

Posted 1 Sep 2016
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