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Europe Trip - Canon 16-35mm f/2.8LII or 17-55mm f/2.8 IS?

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1. Posted by uday029 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hello all,

I know that there have been many questions and threads regarding what lens to carry when travelling in Europe, but my question is more specific.

I want to carry a wide-angle lens since I will be carrying a crop sensor camera (Canon Xsi) and I will be shooting landscapes. I was browsing through lens rental websites and seems like the two most popular wide-angle zoom lenses available for canon are Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II or Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS. Any suggestions on which one is better and any major trade offs of one over the other? Also, please feel free to recommend any other lens (Sigma? Tamron?) that you might think will be better than the above two.

My main goal is to get a wide angle lens for landscape shots. In addition, I will also be travelling to cities like Barcelona, Pamplona (Bull Running festival), Amsterdam etc., where I will be needing a faster lens. I am trying not to carry more than one lens with me. So I am looking for a lens that can shoot in most of the situations, while landscape being my main priority. If needed, I was planning to rent a wide-angle prime lens in Iceland (that's where I need a wide angle lens).

Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by KellieBarnes (Travel Guru 813 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Firstly, what lenses do you currently have?

A fast lens in Pamplona would be nice but I presume you might also want a greater telephoto—unless you're planning on being in the middle of it all? Or only take broad overview photos? Both perfectly acceptable options but if you're imagining isolating a runner, you might want to think about something bigger.

Comparing an L series ultra-wide zoom (full-frame) with a mid-range zoom (crop) is not an altogether fair comparison. The 16-35mm is certainly beautiful but not necessarily suited to the crop sensor or your requirements. The 17-55mm is not really a wide angle; it's good for general stuff but I wouldn't choose it if you wanted to focus on landscapes.

I would suggest the ideal wide angle zoom for your camera would probably be the Canon 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM which is excellent and has much less distortion than its competitors. For a second choice I would suggest the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 which is incredibly sharp and fast. Both of these lenses are specifically designed for crop sensor cameras.