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1. Posted by synness (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Hi
In February I am leaving for a 3 month trip around the world. As I am very interested in photography, I decided to take my DSLR (canon 400d).
As I will be traveling with only a backpack I really need to minimize the weight and therefore I want to take only one lens.
At first I thought I wanted something in the 18-200mm range, but then I realized that I am a lot more interested in something that will manage well in low light. Therefore I have looked a bit at the 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro, but then again the reviews are very up and down. I like to shoot details, people and landscapes. Maybe a wide angle lens would be good, but then again those go fast up in price.

I would like to keep the price quite low (at least not over $1000) both because I need money to travel and also because I don't want to be too afraid for it being broken or stolen. So do any of you have any suggestions?

Cheers, Synne

2. Posted by geraldphoto (Budding Member 10 posts) 2y

Hello Synne,
I think if you want to bring one lens only I would go with a 17-55 f/2 or 2.8. This will cover most of your needs. If you have place for one more lens I would take a 80-200 f/2.
I am leaving for 10 days in Jan to go to death valley national park and I am taking only 2 lenses.
Good luck and send me a few pics!
Safe travel
G.

3. Posted by tedh17 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

Synne,

You've a good basis for great travel photos. I travel a lot and mostly use a Canon 17-85mm on my 40D. Great range of views and fast enough for nearly all situations. I think you'll have a tough time finding an reasonably priced digital lens with a good telescopic factor though. You're better off using the on camera flash or buying an inexpensive shoe mount flash for the few times you'll really need it. Also consider taking a small tripod or monopod (which can also serve as a hiking stick) for low light situations.

Ted

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5. Posted by synness (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Quoting geraldphoto

Hello Synne,
I think if you want to bring one lens only I would go with a 17-55 f/2 or 2.8. This will cover most of your needs. If you have place for one more lens I would take a 80-200 f/2.
I am leaving for 10 days in Jan to go to death valley national park and I am taking only 2 lenses.
Good luck and send me a few pics!
Safe travel
G.

Thanks, I think I will go for something like 17-55 f/2, as I don't need the zoom to often :)

6. Posted by overkill (Budding Member 30 posts) 2y

The Tamron 17-50 f/2,8 you should also check. Costs half then the Canons 17-55 and is more or less on same level.

7. Posted by synness (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Quoting overkill

The Tamron 17-50 f/2,8 you should also check. Costs half then the Canons 17-55 and is more or less on same level.

Thanks! I have looked the tamron up and it looks great!