So You’re Going on Vacation. What Lens Do You Take?

The impressive front of the Grand Kremlin Pala...

Different types of travel require radically different equipment choices. Concentrating on the pictures instead of the equipment is the path to sanity here. If you can figure out what kind of pictures you want to take, equipment selection gets much, much easier.

So let’s consider several travel scenarios:

  • Cultural Travel
    You are exploring Europe‘s rich cultural heritage—lots of museums, cathedrals and architecture, rides on canal boats through Amsterdam, and generally gawking at impressive castles and towers.First of all, take the kit lens that came with your digital SLR. Usually this is something like an 18-55mm, and it covers from a moderate wide angle to a short telephoto view. If you want to upgrade, then consider something like an 18-105mm or the ideal “vacation lens,” an 18-200mm. If you are going to carry just one lens, that would be it. If you are able to carry another lens, then…

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