Vacation Lenses

Updated: August 3, 2012 Mpix Support Guest Post, Photos, Tips

DrewB is a wedding and family photographer and owner of DrewB Photography. She also writes a popular blog for moms who love photography called Mom*tog.

When I go on vacation I try to leave the pro photographer mentality at home and go the minimalistic route. The last thing I want to do is carry around a ton of equipment. But, I never want to miss the perfect shot. Here’s what I pack in my camera bag when I go on vacay.

1) If I could only take one lens on vacation it would be the Canon 24-70 2.8. It has a good range. It’s wide but not too wide, and I can still zoom a bit. It’s versatile, which is what I want on vacation because I really only want to carry one lens on my camera. And I don’t want to be changing lenses a lot. Especially when on the beach (dirty sensors are my pet peeve!).

F 2.8, 1/125, ISO 800

F 2.8, 1/1600, ISO 125

F 2.8, 1/400, ISO 250

2) The lens I still shoot the most with while on vacation is my beloved Canon 50 1.2. It’s small so I can keep my 24-70 on my camera and carry the 50 1.2 in my purse if need be. It’s good for lower light situations so I can get shots in the hotel room without flash. And it’s just my favorite lens so I could never leave it at home.

F 2.0, 1/1250, ISO 125

F 2.0, 1/400, ISO 200

F 2.0, 1/1250, ISO 125

F 2.0, 1/320, ISO 125

3) If I have room I also bring my Canon 16-35 2.8. Do I need it? Not really. But, I like to have it. It sits in my camera bag the majority of the trip, but I will usually bring it out once for a couple of wide, dramatic shots. Because I love a dramatic wide shot.

F 2.8, 1/500, ISO 125

F 2.8, 1/250, ISO 500

F 11, 1/5, ISO 1000

F 2.8, 1/4000, ISO 200

Plus, it’s great for taking rainbow pictures.

F 2.8, 1/6400, ISO 125


For more photography tips from DrewB, check out Tips for Summer ShootingPhotographing Young ChildrenPhotographing Your Own Baby, and Understanding Cropping.

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