A few days ago we wrote about why you should really consider traveling with a DSLR camera. So once you get a DSLR, what lenses should you consider getting?
Well let me tell you…. there are TONS of amazing lenses out there. Especially if you go for a Canon camera. You can spend a little, or a lot, there are just so many options! So instead of talking about what lenses we think are the best, we thought we would tell you what we travel with.
When I bought my Canon 550D, it came with two kit lenses; the Canon 18 – 55 mm and the Canon 75 – 300 mm. To be honest, when I upgraded up to the Canon 550D, these lenses were amazing! And you know what, I still think these lenses are pretty good for those starting out. But unless I know I need a telephoto, I don’t often travel with the 75-300 mm as it is quite heavy.
An All – Rounder
We wanted to decrease the amount of lenses that we travel with so we decided to get an all-rounder lens but we didn’t want to pay heaps. We compared several lenses but in the end we went with the Tamron 18 – 200mm. This is an OK lens… but I’m not that happy with it. It takes a long time to focus and is a slow lens in general. I have heard that the Tamron 18 – 270 mm is actually much better, and it is only a little bit more expensive so it is definitely one to consider. I got my Tamron 18 – 200 mm for about $200.00
A Wide Angle
We take a lot of landscape photos so having a wide angle was an absolute must. We decided to go with the Sigma 10 – 20 mm and I am really really happy with it. This lens was much cheaper than its competitors at only $400.00 on Ebay new. We would not go anywhere without this lens – I would say it is our favourite *must have* lens.
A Portrait Lens
We don’t take that many portraits when we travel, but this little lens was so cheap and is so light and small that it would be a crime not to have it in our kit. We use it a lot for family photos both at home and on the road. This little lens cost us about $100.00 to buy used on Ebay.
Daniel loves experimenting with macro photography, and having a macro lens is essential if you want really clear close up shots. We decided to go with a third party lens again, as macro lenses can be very expensive. We went with the Sigma 105mm which is roughly half the price as the Canon 100mm, and we got this lens for $450.00