Would like to take my camera with me when I travel on Work. I was not sure which lens to take. I did not want it to be too heavy. The idea was to take a lens which shall let me learn about composition and taking pictures. More like to help me practice. Forces me to shoot more than I do nowadays.
I try to carry my camera every day. I don't always take the same lens, but my top five for walking around follow (in order of most use): 1. 24-85 VR 2. 50mm 1.4G or 1.8D 3. 85mm 1.8 AF 4. 24-70 f/2.8 5. 35mm f/2D
If I'm traveling for work I take either the 24-85 or a few primes. It depends on the destination and how I plan to try and explore and photograph my destination.
If I bring primes I always want to make sure I have one that is fairly wide, say 20 or 24. I found on a few trips that taking only the 50 or 85 left me wanting something wide for city, architecture, and landscape shots.
The 24-120 f/4 has always appealed to me as a great travel lens.
Making the commitment to carry a camera all the time has been a challenge at times, but the rewards have been amazing, especially when I am traveling on business. Besides capturing some great photos, I have fun doing things that were previously mundane and learning something new every day.
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In General, if you aspire to carry "a camera and lens," I recommend a body with a medium range zoom. I usually carry 2 bodies and 4 lenses almost everywhere. I laughingly say this is to prevent disasters, as I know I will never forgive myself if there is a plane crash and I don't have my camera to record events. So... since I always do at least one with me, I am preventing such photogenic events!
On the rare occasion when I bolt out with only a camera and lens, it is one of my D800 bodies and a 24-70mm f2.8 -- medium wide to medium telephoto -- or some might say wide to medium normal! In order of use, the next lens would probably be my 70-200, with 3rd place falling to a 14-24. The 4th lens is a 16mm full frame fisheye. Plus a TC14-IIe, I pretty much have the bases covered.
But again -- let us know who you are, what you like to shoot and what you will use.
I had the same question a while ago. I am using a D600 and have a 24-85 VR, but at times the reach was not quite far enough, so I recently purchased a 24-120 f4. This past weekend I went out with the 24-120 and had my trusty 70-200, but never put it on the camera. I found the range of the 24-120 to be great for 95% of what I wanted to take.
I agree, when I travel for business I just carry a P&S, just so much easier and carefree with a light load and a great little camera that fits in my pocket. But if you want to go light with a single lens, you can't beat the 50mm. It is small and the same view as we see. I love to go out with one prime and challenge myself to be creative with a single prime. It is a good way to help you compose with what you got and try to make things look interesting.
Henri Cartier-Bresson carried a 50mm and nothing else most of the time and he made a few nice shots. ; ) Its a fun challenge to go out with a prime.
Since you posted this in the Dx forum I assume you have an FX (D3,D4) body. You may not like the weight, but you might consider a Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G zoom.
This one lens will let you explore composition over a wide range of focal lengths. Since I am somewhat "artistically challenged" I use one to help me compose landscape shots. Once I get a good composition I change to higher end lens of the selected focal length and shot away.
The major draw back is it is a slow lens so it doesn't work well in low light situations or when you want a really shallow depth of field.
I would have to say (and it's been said earlier as well) that if you're wanting the 'learn' factor - go with the 50mm single lens. Learn to use your legs to 'zoom' and since there is no zoom element involved, it allows you to work on your composition... the lens and it's very fast AF will do the rest.
I'd take either a 50/1.4 or a 35/1.4. The wide aperture will really put your attention on your focus plane. Even better if you take your camera off Autofocus, and examine what picture you'd get as you move the focus.
If I had a new lens, I'd take that lens, and shoot only with it for a week or so.