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"Best" lens for travel photography ?

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1. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

I have a D70 and will be driving around Canada this summer. Need advice on a good telephoto and wide angle lens. Probably only have money for 1 and not the other. I will be visiting a lot of national parks and some cities in western/central Canada. Currently I have one lens the 24-120mm. Not looking to spend more than $500.

2. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

As a travel photographer i mostly use my 28-135mm lens and after that my 17-40mm. When i need to travel light and want some more tele then i take my 1.4 converter that on my 28-135 gives enough zoom for most of my work. But other wise i take my 300 mm.

So if i look at you lens configuration then i would say that i most cases you will be fine. Maybe you want a slightly bigger zoom for the national parks. I would not go for wight angel lens for the cities (you can always take a bit more distance).

I can't help you with types of lenses (i use Canon) but a good photo store would be able to help you with that.

Greetings,
George

3. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Sigma is does quite good lenses and is less expensive than the Nikon range.
I would recommend a long lense between 200 and 300mm for the national park. There are lenses that range from 28-200 or even 300 but I don't know exactly which ones, but I think Sigma does one. If you check with your local photoshop they could help you finding what you're looking for.

4. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

BUT if you are thinking of lenses that cover a big range like 28-200 or even 28-300 then PLEASE go for a GOOD one and not the cheap once because you will be disepointed. Personaly i would go for good that fits your budget and don't take to much because you are probably just using 1 or two lesenses any ways (that's atleast my experince)

5. Posted by melbell (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

It depends on what sort of photography you favour. My suggestion would be to spend big on a wide angle ( probably a 17mm to account for the magnification of the D70) to get crisp shots of landscapes and buildings, but to carry a cheapo telephoto for the occasions when you want to zoom in on someone unobtrusively. I only say this because on my last trip my 24-80mm was attached much more often than my 70-300mm and Canada has some amazing scenery.