manning wrote: Atomic Kitten wrote: baudman wrote:
Atomic Kitten wrote:Too much mucking around with multiple lenses and invariably you end up with the wrong one, or miss an opportunity because you can't change lenses in time.
True that. Unless you can take some time out from your holiday to take pix, they can get in the way quite a bit.
If manning had a bit of experience with a dSLR, changing lenses, etc, I'd say go for it. I will take a 28-75/2.8 and 70-400 G lenses +full frame Sony dSLR overseas later this year , but it takes up around 6kg of my 23kg checked baggage allowance and would be useless unless I knew how to use it fully.
I'm tempted by the interchangeable lenses to future-proof the camera a bit, if I could get one "do it all" for Europe it would make it easier. Then pick up more lenses as I need them over the next few years
That's a good plan.
The key is the lens: get the best you can afford. They last for ages, give you better shots, and most hold their resale value quite well. Cheap ones not so much. Your lenses will outlast the camera body, and should be usable on future camera models.
If you prefer landscape up to portrait shots, something like a 24-70/2.8 (on full-frame; 18-50 on APS-C) gives you good, wide-angle coverage as well as portrait possibilities. If you're more a wildlife / distance photographer, 70-200/2.8 (FF, or eg: 50-250 APS-C) in whatever flavour of camera you choose will suit. That way you only need take one lens.
One thing to keep in mind also is minimum focal distance : MFD. If you're used to taking shots up close, a MFD of 1.5 meters will annoy the heck out of you - even 80cm can be annoying when trying to do sneaky portraits at the dining table.
You can branch out later and get more lenses and experiment with other things, but in the short term it's a bit like trading on the stock market: decide what you are going to do (which style of photography) then commit to it and be happy with it. But choosing the style beforehand is key.
You can get some super tele zooms too, like 18-200, 50-500, 18-270, etc. Might be good for an oseas trip as you're not as concerned at losing / breaking a more expensive lens. If you're serious about getting into photography more though, start with a good lens, coz it's cheaper in the long run