545iBMW wrote in post #17265249
We will be on a cruise next month and I'm planning to just bring my 35L, 5D3 and 600ex flash.
I searched and most of the threads suggested 70-200mm which I have (2.8 IS II version) - but I don't think I will like to carry that. I'm curious, why do I need a big zoom?
I just want to get pics of my family, beach and some landscapes/sunset and the likes. Should I bring a wide angle zoom too? Or a longer prime?
If I had to bring 1 or 2 lenses, which lenses should I bring? I have most L primes and zooms from that covers anywhere from 17mm to 200mm but I don't want to bring all 11 lenses with me.
Wide for fun, and something for good portraits. Keep it light and simple. You don't want to have to be constantly fretting over the camera and lenses and missing out on the vacation and those people around you.
Personally I would not take the 5D3 and some heavy zooms/primes. This is where I'd take a lesser camera, something smaller, lighter, with simple lighter lenses. This is why I enjoy the EOS-M though.
In your case, I'd take the 17-40 and either a 35 or 50 for portrait (or just the 17-40 and call it a day with that lens honestly). I don't think you need 200mm+ unless you're going some where that there are a lot of tropical birds or big animals that you can get relatively close to. I find vacation more to be about context, so wide angles give you that.