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12-05-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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Two weeks in Spain: Which ONE lens to take?

I'm traveling to Spain over the holidays and want to get by with one lens on my K20. I'll be with my family (including my 1 year old son) which is why I want a light, extremely portable kit. I'm considering the DA35 f/2.4. Any other suggestions?

I currently own:
M 50 f/1.7
M 28 f/3.5
DA 18-55 (Kit Lens)
Vivitar 70-210 f/2.8-4 Series 1

I love MF but the little guy is walking now and AF is a must for this trip.

Thanks!
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What kind of things do you like to take photos of when travelling? Streets shots, architecture, portraits, landscapes? A mixture?
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Unless you fly to Spain often it does not make sense to limit this trip to one focal length. Camera manufacturers package the kit lens at a certain focal length because it tends to cover the most useful focal lengths for the average user.
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hchan: I'd say a mixture but biased towards photos of people (family) and in this case some landscape (first time to Spain.)

psychdoc: I travel for a living but probably won't be back in Spain with my family for a long time. I agree, the kit-lens focal length is acceptable, but it's a tad slow and not as sharp as I'd like. I use my M 50 f/1.7 99% of the time as it's really sharp and has fantastic color reproduction.

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QuoteOriginally posted by treetop flyer Quote
hchan: I'd say a mixture but biased towards photos of people (family) and in this case some landscape (first time to Spain.)

psychdoc: I travel for a living but probably won't be back in Spain with my family for a long time. I agree, the kit-lens focal length is acceptable, but it's a tad slow and not as sharp as I'd like. I use my M 50 f/1.7 99% of the time as it's really sharp and has fantastic color reproduction.

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In that case, the 35 might do it for you. With what I own I would take the DA21 or the DA40.
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QuoteOriginally posted by psychdoc Quote
Camera manufacturers package the kit lens at a certain focal length because it tends to cover the most useful focal lengths for the average user
...And the kit lens for most cameras tends to be: below average in optical quality, poor aperature range, sub-standard build quality.

If one had to do with just one lens, this would be a good choice. But for some it might be a bit too large of a lens in size.

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I traveled a lot this year and the 18-55 was my best travel companion because it's a really good compromise between range, IQ and weight.
I wouldn't mind having only this one for a trip, but I usually bring 1 or 2 other lens for better IQ.

The DA 35 is also an excellent walk-around lens, but you may find it a bit too long if you like to shoot buildings and monuments.
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Maybe the 18-55 for landscapes, stopped down a bit it's not that bad. Then in addition consider the DA 40mm XS, it's cheap, light, very small and will you give some prime lens quality IQ when you want it. It's pretty much the size of an oversized body cap...

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When I need to go with only one lens, I pick the FA 20-35/4. If you stop it down to f5.6 or 8, you can't distinguish it from a prime. This or a F24-50 would be what I would look for.
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Great recommendations so far. I recently spent a week in Florida and decided on taking my FA31, FA43, D-FA 100 WR, and my FA*24. Over 600 shots, 400+ with the 24mm. Great for buildings, great for people, great for street shooting. You need a Tamron 17-50, or Sigma 17-50 both f2.8 constant. 35 isn't wide enough in many cases, 24 or 21 would work well
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The 18-55 isn't terrible. I use my 35 a lot but depending on the situation a zoom is helpful. The 35/2.4 is reasonably compact and very lightweight such that you shouldn't have too much trouble bringing it along with the 18-55. Otherwise upgrading from the 18-55 to something with similar range but better optics & faster aperture could be a good move too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by treetop flyer Quote
I'm traveling to Spain over the holidays and want to get by with one lens on my K20. I'll be with my family (including my 1 year old son) which is why I want a light, extremely portable kit. I'm considering the DA35 f/2.4. Any other suggestions?

I currently own:
M 50 f/1.7
M 28 f/3.5
DA 18-55 (Kit Lens)
Vivitar 70-210 f/2.8-4 Series 1

I love MF but the little guy is walking now and AF is a must for this trip.

Thanks!
Treetop
With what you have, and your stated requirements, I would take the 18-55, plus the 50 for when you want to get creative. The DA35 is good, but my theory is that if you want to be on speaking terms with your family at the end of a long day, a zoom is a good idea. Zooming with your feet, and all that, is not family-friendly. I use primes for solo trips, or trips with fellow photographers. My other friends go ballistic when I faff around changing lenses or trying to get nearer the subject, or further away ...

Anyway, the 18-55 is pretty good for what it is.
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I would be somewhat tempted to take the 50 instead for better portraits, and use stitching software for landscapes where required. That said, the 35 is very lightweight, in reality I'd take both.
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The 18-55 if you do not want to buy anything, a 17-70 if you do.
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The 18-135 doesn't get much love, but it is a very nice travel companion. I will be taking mine to Finland in two weeks as my only lens.
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