Oenihss 4:56am, 12 August 2013
I am currently planning a trip around Spain for January. At the moment I only have two lenses the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm. I am considering in taking one lens instead of both of them but I was wondering if there is a lens that you would recommend if it were none of these twos. Note: I would be taking pics of landscape and architecture and I am on a budget!
JyBravo 8 years ago
From your note I would take the 18-55 if only 1 lens is going.

The best option would be something like a 18-200 but it is bigger, heavier, and not sharper. The 2 lenses you have are small, light, and work great but unless you are in need of telephoto shots the 55-200 isn't going to do much for you. In my last to Asia trips, Singapore and Cambodia, I used my wide angle lenses much more then the 55-200 which I carry because it is so light and compact. Landscape and architecture, unless you need some really close up detail shots, the 18-55 would be much better suited in my opinion.
lorenzo1910 Posted 8 years ago. Edited by lorenzo1910 (member) 8 years ago
Which camera you have?
If you're going for only one lens you can take two/three/four pictures of the scene panning left to right and then stitch together the images for a wide angle picture...

This was taken with a 35-70
(Actually three shots in one)
Karl Gunnarsson 8 years ago
The times I've traveled with just a D40 with just one lens (excepting when I only had an 18-55), I only took a Sigma 30mm f/1.4. Different strokes and all.

Suits me very well, might not suit you well. The 18-55 is pretty good, its main weakness, to me, being the small aperture.
MARCO_POLO! 8 years ago
Yup, when I had a D40 the 18-105VR & the 35/1.8G were my standard 'go everywhere' kit.
Lee Longwater 8 years ago
I am considering in taking one lens instead of both

I suggest you take both lenses; how difficult would it be to pack one extra small item in a suitcase?

If only one lens is to be taken, I would go with the 18-55mm. It's good for close up, landscape, urban photography, and just covers the normal viewing angles.

If you want to buy one new lens for your trip, and leave the 18-55 and 55-200 at home, I'd suggest the Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G because this would give you wider apertures for lower light photography. 35mm is right in the middle of 18 & 55mm; just zoom with your feet! This lens is smaller, lighter, sharper and only costs around $200 or less. See article here:

If you buy the 35mm lens, you could conceivable take it with your 55-200mm.

The other "one lens does it all" alternative (but it might not fit in your budget) is to buy the Nikon 18-200VR or the newer Nikon 18-300VR. However, these are longer, heavier, expensive and lack the wider apertures.
Mervyn S 8 years ago
Just bring the 18-55.

If you can expand your budget a bit, you could go for either one of the SB-400 or the newer SB-300 first, and then the 35mm f/1.8 after-both of these would be for low light situations. I imagine you could well have an interest in taking pictures of nightlife in Spain.

Similarly to , I have brought the 18-105, 35mm f/1.8 and SB-400 on my prior vacations in 2009 and 2010.
For landscape and architecture, the 18-55 should be OK (or if you want something better, get the 16-85VR). The 55-200 is very small and light, so I think you should take it also unless you are sure that you will not need it.
If you really want one lens for everything and are on a budget, Nikon's 18-200 or 18-300 are very expensive, so try Tamron's 18-270 PZD
Oenihss Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Oenihss (member) 8 years ago
Lore lorenzo1910:

I have a Nikon D60.
Oenihss 8 years ago
Mervyn S:

Mervyn S:

I have the SB-600. It was the only one that I could afford back then when I got it. I am still getting the hand of it!
Oenihss 8 years ago
Lee Longwater:

A 35mm! I was considering in getting one a few years ago. I was debating if I should go for the 50mm or the 35mm but according to Ken I am better off with the 35mm. Hmm that might be the next lens I might get since I do not have one of that nature.
Oenihss 8 years ago
Thanks everyone for your input! I did not get the notice of the replies to this message. Good thing I save the link. Jaja I think I am not subscribe to this group? O_o
FotoJobo 8 years ago
bring the 18-55mm.....when I travel, that's all I bring
lorenzo1910 Posted 8 years ago. Edited by lorenzo1910 (member) 8 years ago
I have a Nikon D60

Ok then...get the 35mm f/1.8 AF-S
Very small and lightweight with good image quality (and bright! A must have in low light condition)...I'm thinking about to get it too...

Here are some users reviews
tomassz 8 years ago
For one lens travel photography of imposing buildings, monuments and churches and in cities with narrow streets, do not leave the 18-55mm home unless you get something wider. Consider a very small good quality tripod too.
burly oatmeal [deleted] 8 years ago
For travel my kit is a D3100, Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, Nikkor 50 f/1.8 and an SB-400. The 18-300 is not a budget lens but as cmartin_ok (Chris Martin): has said the Tamron 18-270 may be a viable option and can be found new for around $450.00 USD.

The only problem with the 35 f/1.8 or 50 f/1.8 is for landscape or architecture may not be wide enough? If money is an issue and as others have said I would just take the two lenses you have, a light weight tripod, and maybe pick up a flash. Enjoy your trip!
Oenihss 8 years ago
It may not appear as a budget lens but I could bring less, that would be a good investment for me in the future! Desert Rat 2011:

What about the Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X or Sigma's 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC or shall I take the 35mm lens instead? I been reading ken Rockwell's blog now I am overwhelm with info. Jaja
Karl Gunnarsson 8 years ago
What about the Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X or Sigma's 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC or shall I take the 35mm lens instead? I been reading ken Rockwell's blog now I am overwhelm with info. Jaja

You need to decide what you need and/or want and what works for you. Do you feel a need for a wider lens than your 18-55? Would you still just take one lens with you and would 20 or 24mm then be okay as your longest focal length?
Oenihss 8 years ago
I am willing to take an additional lens. Karl Gunnarsson:

So I will be taking the 55-200mm along but I do not think the 18-55mm is wide enough or is it me that I have not played enough with this lens?
Mervyn S 8 years ago
I don't think you will use the 55-200 much in Spain. If you can afford wider, sure, go for it. Having been to Catalonia, Spain in 2006, I think the 18-55 would work well enough. Where I'd think you would miss wider in Spain is if you are inside a very large building or church. In Catalonia, the only building I came across with such a large interior is la Sagrada Família.
Oenihss 8 years ago
Mervyn S:

Well I was sort of looking for something more wider than the 18-55mm. I am not thinking of this trip as well but for other future trips. Also it would be something that I would use for work.
Mervyn S 8 years ago
There are a fair number of wide angle lenses for DX

Nikon 10-24
Nikon 12-24
If you use View NX2 (free) for your NEF files, you will find that jpegs processed by ViewNX2 will have a good amount of distortion corrected.

Otherwise, there are lots of options:
Sigma 8-16
Sigma 10-20
Sigma 12-24
Tamron 10-24
Tokina 12-24
Tokina 11-16

There are varying opinions on what people prefer, one reviewer mentions here he prefers the Nikon 10-24 over the Tokina 11-16 or:

My opinion only, if was going to buy a wide angle zoom for DX, I'd try the Sigma 8-16 or Nikon 10-24.
Oenihss 8 years ago
Mervyn S:
Sigma 8-16

Good to know! For this trip I will just get the prime lens(35mm) for low light situations and the 18-55mm. Use the stitch to put landscapes when it merits.
Lee Longwater 8 years ago
something more wider than the 18-55mm

Tokina 12-28 f/4 for Nikon DX
Tokina 11-16 AT-X f/2.8 II for Nikon DX

If you go with the Tokina 11-16mm, make sure it's newer model with the internal auto focus motor.
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