I thought I would take a moment to talk about the lens choices that I have made for travelling around for 6 months. I wanted to be able to fit my main camera body, laptop and lenses into my carry on aeroplane bags, so the weight restrictions imposed by the airlines make it quite difficult to choose the right kit suitable to what I (perceive to) need.
The difficulty is that you just can’t take everything, it would be too expensive in extra baggage allowance, too heavy to backpack around, and just too much to worry about. With the rest of my kit accounted for I worked out that I could only really take two Canon EF lenses, to fit my Canon 5D Mark 2.
Most of my photography is at the wider end of the spectrum, I knew that much already, so it was a logical choice to take one of the best Canon EF wide angle, low light zooms. I selected my 16-35mm 2.8 L lens, nice and wide, super sharp and great in low light. I knew from the start that I would always be taking my work horse 24-70 2.8 L lens, it just covers pretty much everything, an awesome lens that is on my camera when I don’t know what to expect, it’s fast, reliable and tack sharp. I don’t use my 70mm plus lenses at all most of the time, and although I knew that I would miss out on a number of shots where I needed a longer reach, it would spend longer in my bag and breaking my back than actually on the camera – so the decision to leave the telephoto at home was made.
So I ended up choosing just the 16-35mm 2.8 L and the 24-70mm 2.8 L, to last me 6 months photographing whatever situation arose. I knew it would be difficult selecting lenses, believe me I spent a lot of time trying to decide, I had many options available – trying to account for everything is a daunting task, but you can’t take everything!
If you have a look on the Canon EF Lenses website you can have a look at the complete range and decide what you need for your travels, there is a lens for every situation, it’s just trying to pick lenses you think mesh with your photographic style and situation. The Canon EF range covers from 14mm ultra wide angle to 600mm super telephoto – with over 60 lenses to choose from.
At the end of the day, the less kit you take, the less decisions you need to make, and the less worry. Just choose a couple of lenses and forget about it, you’ll soon make allowances for lack of reach, in pretty much most situations you can just use your feet as a zoom lens.