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1. Posted by dianasaur (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 28 Feb '08 11:01

I'm planning a trip to Europe and I'm trying to decide what would be the best type of lense to purchase for when I go. I have a Canon Digital Rebel XTi and i have two zoom lenses but I was looking for a lense that would require less changing so that I don't have to worry about that when touring around in cathedrals and stuff.

Does anybody have any suggestions on a lense that's still good for normal photography, like the standard 18-55 lens but has a large zoom on it? Or any suggestions on what you would suggest traveling with?

Thanks! :)

2. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru, 607 posts) 6 Mar '08 12:44

I like to carry two:

the canon 50mm it's dirt cheap, good in low-light and forces you to get much closer to your subject ...it's so much more intimate. I might actually pick up a spare before I leave for australia. Since it's so cheap you don't feel like you've lost a child if you break it.

and the canon 28-135mm is a decent one.. it's got decent range without being too big or expensive.

I might pick up a 70-200mm F4 L-lens but idunno I like to travel lite

3. Posted by Mjsneddon (Budding Member, 7 posts) 8 Mar '08 17:17

On a camera with a smaller-then-35mm-film sensor, I suggest that the Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens would be a better choice than the 50mm lens previously recommended. The wide aperture will allow you to use your camera to get some good night cityscapes.

For an additional lens (or perhaps your only lens) you might consider a zoom with 18-200mm focal length capabilities. These lenses can't yield "top quality", however, they are extremely flexible - although not well suited to low light. The main advantage of such a lens is it is relatively compact and light weight.

Just my thougts.

4. Posted by nameste (Full Member, 7 posts) 20 Mar '08 10:38

hi dianasaur
don't forget the conversion ratio on your rebel is 1.6x.
thus making a 28mm lens 45mm and a 50mm=80mm,not very wide.
this is due to the cmos sensor not being full frame like film cameras and the 5d and 1d.
the EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM would be a good lens for you as it converts to 28mm-135mm
still relatively wide and with a good zoom for cathedral shots also has image stabiliser for low light shots.
alternatively if you want to spend more then go for the L series lens for far superior and sharper shots.
good luck and enjoy europe

5. Posted by jlala (Budding Member, 36 posts) 29 Mar '08 08:08

When I travelled on my RTW trip I carried by Sigma 18-200mm with me with my Canon 50mm as a backup. However, the image quality is not very very good, but it was very easy and convenient as it covers a large range.

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7. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member, 297 posts) 14 Apr '08 21:25

i have a nikon d80 with 18-135mm lens. works pretty good, i don't have to worry about changing lenses all the time. easier to carry, too.

8. Posted by gandk (Full Member, 100 posts) 23 Jun '08 08:51

hi there,

i just did 7 months with my SLR and i only took 1 lens due to wieght and changing them! i would recomend to sigma 18-200 fitted to my Canon 400d (rebel XTI) its not the best lens on the planet but i got some great sharp pics and value for money and pure range and the luxury of zooming from 18-200 its great.

9. Posted by Ardy (Full Member, 62 posts) 29 Jun '08 00:51

I have a Pentax K100D I am India at present, I have a DA50-200mm and a DA16-45mm ... the cheaper of the two, the 50-200mm, is my walk around lens, though I do recommend a prime as suggested above, but I needed a zoom for India and thus chose the 50-200mm when it came down to purchasing for the trip. It does have it's limitations, not being able to close focus for one, and being relatively poor in low light, but my 16-45mm makes up for the short comings.

10. Posted by bennnn (Inactive, 93 posts) 30 Jun '08 05:43

Hi all,

I have a similar question: I have a Nikon D70s with the kit lens 18-70mm. I like it but afraid it may be to limiting.
This may sound crazy, but i'm deciding between buying a 18-200mm, or a 12-24mm. I'll only be traveling with 1 of these (i do'nt like changing lenses).

My 18-70mm is great, very sharp. I hear bad reviews on the 18-200mm, but i like the idea of 'all-rounder'. And I love wide angle photos - even for portraits!
Am I right to even consider these lenses?

thanks!