Camera lens for travel photography

11. April 2015 Cameras 0

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In today’s post we shall be discussing the lenses that you need to take along with you in your next journey.

What to expect:

This post is not an exact and a final answer to this topic, rather gives you choices and various combinations of it.

What kind of lens to carry:

While we are on a journey there may be several problems and difficulties due to which we don’t want to carry a bulky, heavy lens, so first consideration is the weight of the lens, thelens should be light & easy to carry.

So next thing to think on is what kind of objects you will be photographing, animals, people, architecture or landscape, or may be all. So carry appropriate lens/lenses depending upon the objects you will be capturing.

Another thing to keep in mind is to carry lens that can withstand the harshness of weather to some extent. By this we just mean that don’t carry lens prone to some issues.


Lets start with lens options:


1.) Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Canon EF 10-22mm travel lens

Canon EF-S 10-22 mm is wide angle zoom lens with f/3.5-4.5 maximum aperture. The lens has a superior AF performance and speed.

Three Aspherical lens elements, plus a Super-UD element, assure image quality. Its ring-type USM means fast and silent AF along with full-time manual focus. It focuses as close as 9.5 inches.

This exciting new zoom lens provides ultra wide-angle coverage to the EOS 20D and Digital Rebel shooter. Equivalent to a 16-35mm zoom, it offers excellent performance and optics designed from the ground-up for digital SLR use. Three Aspherical lens elements, plus a Super-UD element, assure image quality. Its ring-type USM means fast and silent AF along with full-time manual focus. It focuses as close as 9.5 inches.


Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

Canon lens for travel

The Canon EF 24-105 mm lens is great for portrait, museum and mid range shots.
Dust and moisture resistant and incorporating Canon’s very finest standards of precision optics, the EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM is designed for reportage, event, travel, and celebrity photographers looking for a lightweight and manoeuvrable lens with minimal image quality compromise.

Complementing the EF 17-40mm f4L USM and EF 70-200mm f4L USM, the lens completes Canon’s f4L-series zoom lens range. These lenses are designed for professional photographers requiring a light zoom lens with a fixed aperture throughout the zoom range. For outstanding camera-shake reduction, Image Stabilizer allows shutter speeds of 3 stops slower than would otherwise be possible, with no perceptible increase in image blur.



2.) Canon EFS 10-22 mm – f 3.5/4.5 USM

Best travel lens(canon)

This lens is a wide angle lens and is suitable for landscape shots.

  • Excellent optical quality and true wide-angle coverage with select digital SLRs
  • Superior AF performance and speed, with full-time manual focus by simply turning ring
  • Close-focusing to 9.5 inches — fill the frame with subjects as small as 3.6 x 5.4 inches
  • Relatively compact size and light weight for an ultra-wide zoom lens


Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM

Canon EF-S 17-55 mm

This canon lens has a shallow depth of field and is very well suitable for taking portraits with blurred background.

The lens construction includes UD and aspherical elements, which deliver impressive image quality throughout the entire zoom range. Image Stabilizer lens groups shift to compensate for camera movement so that the image appears steady on the image plane, ensuring clear, crisp images, even in dim light.



3.) Sigma 30 mm f 1.4 EX DC HSM

Sigma 30mm

Placed under the Art category, this large-aperture standard lens with an angle of view equivalent to 45mm on a 35mm camera is a superb go-to lens for artistic photography on an APS-C format digital SLR. Offering the bright F1.4 aperture and an angle of view extremely close to that of human vision, this lens is ideal for many different types of photography.

The lens is great for portraits, close ups, wide angle and low light shots.



Canon EF 24-70 mm f 2.8 L USM

Canon EF 24-70mm

This mid range lens is great for taking portraits, museums etc, but still not suitable to take very close shots.

EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8 at the latest update to the acclaimed L-Series of EF optics, re-establishing a new standard for superb optics, high-end durable construction and performance in professional zoom lenses. A standard focal length zoom lens, it features a large aperture throughout its focal length. Featuring the latest advances in optical lens design, it utilizes 1 Super UD lens element and 2 UD lens elements that help minimize chromatic aberration in the periphery at wide-angle as well as reduced colour blurring around the edges of the subject.



4.) Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II

This ultra wide lens provides a great coverage for landscapes.

The New Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II is an update to the widely popular and award winning AT-X 116 PRO DX, 11-16 F/2.8 lens.

The main update to this lens is in the Nikon mount, the AT-X 116 PRO DX-II has an internal silent focusing motor to allow the lens to AF on Nikon bodies that do not have an AF drive gear and motor.

There have also been some adjustments made to the coating for slightly improved optical performance.
This compact ultra wide-angle zoom has a bright constant F/2.8 aperture make viewing and auto focus possible in lower light situations but still maintaining a reasonable size and weight.



Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF-S 15-85 mm

The Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM standard zoom lens sets a new standard for everyday photography on APS-C sensors. With a focal length range equivalent to 24-136mm in 35mm format, image stabilization and high-precision optics, this lens offers stellar performance from wide-angle through to telephoto.

The Image Stabilization system allows you to shoot sharp images with a 4-stop advantage under less-than-optimum lighting conditions. Plus the Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) technology provides fast and quiet focus control with on-demand manual override when shooting in AF mode.



Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens


This lens is equivalent to 38 mm on a full frame camera and is great for indoor and museum shots.

Incredibly lightweight, the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is a fast and versatile lens with advanced AF and superior optics. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38mm, it’s appropriate for a variety of purposes. The lens features optimized lens element placement and includes an aspheric element for high image quality from the centre of the composition to the corners, and has specialized coatings on the lens elements to reduce ghosting and flare.



5.) Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8 R

Fujinon XF 14mm

Fujinon XF 14mm is a wide angle lens and this makes it suitable for landscape photography.

Designed to capture images rich in perspective, this ultra wide-angle lens with its extreme angle of view is the ideal choice. With minimized distortion, and high resolution from the centre to the periphery of the image frame, this lens has the versatility to capture not only powerful landscape and architectural photos, but also amazing image quality when shooting indoors in confined spaces.



Fujinon XF 55-200mm f:3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Zoom Lens

Fujinon XF 55-200 mm

This 55-200 mm zoom lens is a long zoom lens which makes it suitable for landscape photography.

The XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is a relatively portable, well-made telephoto zoom that delivers consistently fine images. Focusing is essentially silent and reasonably fast, at least with static subjects, and the optical image stabilization works very well. It’s a natural complement to the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS zoom.



So guys how you liked it, there are few more lens which might be good to take long on your next journey and we will try to write about few of those in net article may be.

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