Everytime when I go away on any trip, no matter how long or how short, there is the ultimate question to be answered; what camera gear do I bring along? It’s impossible to bring it all, as I have too many lenses really but I am always afraid I am taking the wrong ones. So I need your help in answering this for the upcoming trip to Cambodia and Laos. I’m thinking it is not gonna be a wildlife trip, so my heaviest lens (100-400mm) can stay at home. But then comes the difficult part; which of the allrounders to bring? 24-105 f4.0 or the 24-70 2.8? I have been browsing through my photos taken when we were in Indonesia a couple of years ago and checked which lens I actually used the most.
Ofcourse I did not have the 24-70 at the time so I cannot really compare it but I can safely say that I used the 24-105 most. Out of the 1000 images I checked I shot 732 images with this lens and only 265 with the 70-200mm 2.8 IS. I looooove that lens but it is heavy and bulky and so I think that is gonna be a no go. I would bring it if I new there was going to be a lot of wildlife in either of the countries but my guess is not..
For markets and general scenes the 24-105 is fine. The only drawback is that it is a F4.0 and not an 2.8 but it seems silly to bring both as they have the same range. The plus for the 24-70mm is the fact that you can get in much closer. It focusses at a closer range then the 24-105 plus it is a f2.8. But for now… I think it makes no sense to bring both just for that.
Wow, so that is only one lens sofar…. Then a definite yes is the 50mm 1.4. This will be perfect for late at night stuff without flash. So that is a ticked box. I could bring also the 85mm 1.8, but not sure yet. I guess it depends on what else I will bring (but if I take the 50mm 1.4 then the 85mm will stay home). The 100mm macro will definitely stay home. I brought it with me to Indonesia and used it for the grand total of one image, so that is not worth the carrying around!
For the first time I am only bringing memorycards with me and nothing to download them to. I used to bring a tiny laptop to save all the images I’d taken but since the cost of memory cards has gone down considerably I got a few 32Gb SD cards which will last me for three weeks for sure. So that saves a lot in weight as well. No extra chargers needed etc. Just a tiny memory card box…
So I guess the conclusion is I am taking the 24-105 f4.0 and the 50 mm1.4.
What would you bring??