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One Lens Travel Photography19/10/2011 - 11:41 AM
I like to travel light. Because it's easier not to travel with bulky luggage. And because it's easier on my bad back. And because it's sometimes cheaper as well.
For the Skye Meet, I tried. I really tried. But I did end up with two big bags anyway. Just the tripod alone took up so much space. And the more I packed, the greater the weight. I packed my photo bag last. And then I thought: I had better reduce the stuff in my photo bag. I can't do without a change of clothes, without a change of footwear, etc., but I can probably do with less photo stuff.
I ended up leaving most lenses at home, and taking only my Tamron 18-270. I realised, of course, that this would force me to take every single picture with this lens in that range, and I did hesitate for a moment, but in the end I thought it would be okay.
And it was more than okay. I was happy with the relatively lightweight photo bag. It's so handy not to have to change lenses all the time. And the range was no problem, not even at the wide end. I did have to step back a few times, zooming with my feet so to say, but it was hardly a problem.
It's a really good lens, as those who have been following David's (discreetphoton) blog and forum thread about his experiences with the newer model (mine is the previous edition) will have concluded as well.
I'm not about to do away with my other lenses just yet, and maybe never, but "one lens travel photography" is definitely something I will do again!
(Below a wide angle and a telephoto shot, just to illustrate.)