Two Lens Travel Kit

In just about a week I’ll set off on a car trip with my son through northern Arizona and southern Utah. It won’t be a photographic trip; just a vacation so I can show him some of my favorite places, such as Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley. That said, I’ll want to make some photos. Now, I own three pretty fast zooms (11-16, 17-55, 70-200, all f/2.8) and if I carried two of them, I could cover a  vast range of focal lengths. But I want to travel as lightly as possible, so my plan is to carry two prime lenses: the 24mm f/2.8 and the 105mm f/2.8 Micro. Granted, one D7000 body and those particular lenses prove that “traveling light” is a relative expression, but I have a lot of confidence in these lenses and the way I compose with them.

Anyone want to talk me out of it?

You've seen plenty of examples from the 24 lately. I don't see how I could NOT take it on this trip.

You’ve seen plenty of examples from the 24 lately. I don’t see how I could NOT take it on this trip.

The 105 has proven itself a competent medium telephoto, and I like the way it renders the colors of magic hour.

The 105 has proven itself a competent medium telephoto, and I like the way it renders the colors of magic hour.

Plus, I've used the 105 as a landscape lens - at least for my kind of landscape...

Plus, I’ve used the 105 as a landscape lens – at least for my kind of landscape…

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Filed under Camera Gear, Composition, Travel and Vacation

2 responses to “Two Lens Travel Kit

  1. Since you’ll be traveling in a car why do you need to leave anything behind?

    • I expect triple digit heat on most days, and don’t want to subject a bag full of redundant gear to that… Nor do i want to worry about it or agonize over which lens to use. That said, I might bring the 70-200 with teleconverter as a ringer, in case of birds…

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