You’ve booked your trip to a far off land and the planning has begun! As fellow photographers you may be like me and your creative juices start churning at the endless possibilities this trip has to offer! While you’re trying to pack your entire closet into your suitcase, in the back of your mind the contents of your camera bag are just as important. When traveling for fun I sometimes forget I don’t NEED to bring my entire kit and I can easily bring just a camera body and one lens. For me, the best lens to travel with is the Canon 24-70mm 2.8.
The whole idea to only packing one lens (maybe two if you’re really connected to more than one) is to keep your camera bag light! If you’re jet setting to the other side of the world, carrying your camera bag can become bulky and straining on your back. The Canon 24-70 weighing in just under 2lbs, it’ll be idea for carrying around on your adventures!
Range of Focal Length:
I LOVE shooting with my prime lenses! They’re compact and some of Canon’s sharpest lenses but when carrying them together they start getting really heavy! I love to travel with the 24-70mm 2.8 because it offers enough of a focal range so I don’t feel like I need to change my lens all the time. I can easily use this lens to shoot landscapes and then switch to shooting portraits.
When you’re playing tourist for a day you’re likely to find yourself in low light situations and flash photography is not permitted. Another reason the 24-70 is the best lens to travel with is because it is a telephoto lens that still gives you a wide aperture. This will be great for those historic churches you’re touring or catching the details in the dimly lit pub you found around the corner from your hotel!
Traveling with the Canon 24-70 2.8 isn’t the only lightweight option available to you. Lenses such as the 24-105mm or 70-300 are also good options for weight and focal range but won’t give you the same low light abilities. Maybe you’ve decided this trip your camera bag will stay at home and you’ll capture memories only on your iPhone. That’s totally cool; smartphone cameras have come a long way in the last 10 years! I have a few tips and tricks to share here to taking better iPhone photos! When you’re traveling, what is in your travel camera bag!?