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| p.1 #7 · Lens Advice for Europe Trip - Switzerland and Paris, France |
I just shot three weeks in London, Germany (Heidelberg, Bavaria, including portions of the alps), and Austria (including Salzburg and some areas in the Salzach valley.)
Anyone who knows me knows that I usually shoot a full frame DSLR with lenses ranging from ultrawide to rather long, almost always shooting from the tripod, and doing predominantly but not exclusively landscape work.
However, on this trip I took only a Fujifilm X-E1, an APS-C cropped sensor mirrorless body, with a 14mm f/2.8 prime, a 35mm f/1.4 prime, and a 55-200mm zoom. The primary reason for this change was that I did not want to cart a full kit of heavy and bulky full frame gear and L lenses around the UK and Europe for three weeks - and I wanted to travel very light. In fact, we took only carry on luggage - a backpack plus a small messenger bag that carried the camera gear and a few other things like a small laptop.
If I were going back tomorrow, I would likely again forgo the full frame gear and go light. I happily shot most of the time with the 35mm primes (roughly equivalent to 55mm on full frame), though I was happy to have the wide prime for tight interior and exterior architectural shots (cathedrals, etc.), and the zoom gave me flexibility that I occasionally needed, too.
Think about it.