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Vacation Lenses- Go Light or Return w/ Regret?
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May 13, 2019 11:39:29   #
devil-dog
 
My wife & I are taking a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to London, Paris, & Nice in September. I have a Nikon D750 with 50mm 1.4, 15-30mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8, & 70-200mm 2.8. We'll be walking a ton. Any recommendations on taking all of the above (& just suffer through the heavy backpack) or simplifying & lightening the load with just a couple select lenses?
I've also read a lot about taking extra precautions due to theft & pick-pockets (especially in Paris). Any advice on this from experienced travelers/photographers would be appreciated, as well.

Thank you!

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May 13, 2019 11:44:36   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington State, home since 2002
 
Is it more important to soak in the experiences of this once-in-a-lifetime or to carry around a heavy bag and then jostle crowds while you change lenses? Do you really think you'll feel regret at not getting a "perfect" composition?

Take the 24-70 and enjoy the experience of a lifetime!

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May 13, 2019 11:44:42   #
agillot
 
you have everything except what you need , a 18 / 300 , or something close to it would be it , even tamron .

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May 13, 2019 11:48:15   #
devil-dog
 
Well said- thank you!

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May 13, 2019 11:51:50   #
jeep_daddy Loc: Orange County - CA
 
Linda From Maine wrote:
Is it more important to soak in the experiences of this once-in-a-lifetime or to carry around a heavy bag and then jostle crowds while you change lenses? Do you really think you'll feel regret at not getting a "perfect" composition?

Take the 24-70 and enjoy the experience of a lifetime!


I agree with this. Take one lens and forget about the rest. Just have fun and take a snap here and there.

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May 13, 2019 11:54:00   #
GWZ Loc: Bloomington, IN
 
I have done two trips through Europe and found my D5300 with the 18-140 f/3.5-5.6 zoom to be an excellent walk-around combo. I also brought a 35mm/f1.8 because it was easy to carry. I used it a few times, but 98.63% of my pictures were taken with the zoom.

As you said - you will be "walking a ton". Go light - it makes your walking experience that much more enjoyable.

Gary

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May 13, 2019 11:56:04   #
John_F Loc: Minneapolis, MN
 
What would the experienced readers here recommend for the best all-around walk-around lens for his camera.

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May 13, 2019 11:57:35   #
joehel2 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
 
I have a full frame Nikon and the lenses that you have. I have been to the places you are going to visit. I would take the 24 - 70 f2.8 as my only lens. In my opinion, 24mm will be wide enough for those locales, and you can crop a 70mm shot a bit closer if needed. I would bring a CPL filter for the shots along the Thames, Siene, and Mediterranean.

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May 13, 2019 11:58:38   #
tomcat
 
John_F wrote:
What would the experienced readers here recommend for the best all-around walk-around lens for his camera.


24-120mm

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May 13, 2019 11:58:51   #
BebuLamar
 
John_F wrote:
What would the experienced readers here recommend for the best all-around walk-around lens for his camera.


I used the 24-85mm while in Paris and Lyon.

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May 13, 2019 12:17:14   #
Bultaco Loc: Aiken, SC
 
If you plan on taking photos inside of the great old church's you'll need a short fast lens, I'd take your 15-30mm 2.8, & 24-70mm 2.8. Just have fun.

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May 13, 2019 12:19:45   #
BebuLamar
 
Bultaco wrote:
If you plan on taking photos inside of the great old church's you'll need a short fast lens, I'd take your 15-30mm 2.8, & 24-70mm 2.8. Just have fun.


I shot inside the Notre Dame de Fourviere in Lyon using my 24-85 at f/8 hand held no problem. I don't need fast lens.

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May 13, 2019 12:37:06   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington State, home since 2002
 
John_F wrote:
What would the experienced readers here recommend for the best all-around walk-around lens for his camera.
My earlier recommendation was based on experience, albeit with film not digital. If someone is looking at photos years after a trip of a lifetime, and they say, "I really wish I had had a longer lens for this shot, and a wider angle for that shot," then they spent their time looking through a camera lens instead of immersing themselves in the culture, the language, the iconic tourist attractions as well as the memorable vignettes of the little encounters that enriched their experience.

Like when I was standing on a train platform waiting to travel to Versailles and dusted off my high school French to chat with a local - priceless

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May 13, 2019 12:39:42   #
devil-dog
 
Thank you- great advice!!!

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May 13, 2019 12:42:23   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
24-70!

I won't bother mentioning choices not on your list.

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