lewisc wrote in post #17440485
Going to Europe ( England, Scotland, Italy, France and Spain) later in the year and I'm trying to decide on a lens selection to take. I'm not sure if 35mm will be limiting.
Seeing that 35mm is your widest non-fisheye lens (assuming your sig is correct and up to date), I would actually say that 35mm is going to work for the majority of things, but you'll want wider than that quite often in a lot of situations when inside and sometimes in areas where you're very close and just can't capture it all. If you're willing to do panorama stitches with the 35mm, then yes, it will work (just will take more work). But ultimately I wouldn't want to fiddle with it. I'd take a wider lens.
I shoot nearly only primes in general. However, when I'm traveling or doing something with my family, I don't like to fiddle with a bag of lenses and I want to be able to enjoy the trip and do stuff too, so I try to make my camera as simple as possible, and that's where a zoom comes in. Or, you simply take the widest lens you can get, and be ok with the wide angle for everything. Really a zoom is more ideal. I generally take my EOS-M with a 22 F2 lens, as it's tiny and does it all. That's a 35mm field of view just like a full frame with 35mm lens, so I'm very comfortable with a 35mm FOV as my walk around travel setup. However, if I were going on this trip, I'd want to take my 10-22mm (APS-C lens) because it will go ultrawide to 35mm field of view equivalent. If I wanted a longer lens, I'd just exchange a 50mm or 85mm as my 2nd lens, and take a TTL capable speedlite, and that's it in the bag for me tops on this sort of trip (even then I almost would rather just take my EOS-M and an ultrawide lens and call it a day).
This is a trip where the 17-40 would be a good lens to tote. Or if funds permit, the new 16-35. Even a humble Tamron 17-35 would be a very nice lens for a trip like this. Alternatively, a sharp and fast Rokinon 14 F2.8 would be really nice for this too. Combined with the 6D's ISO ceilling, you can handle dark indoor places just fine with nearly any lens upwards of F4 and faster.
I'd want wider angles in general for a trip like this for indoor stuff as there's so many interesting indoor places to be. Outdoors, I think wide is still the way to go. But there will be times when you want a bit more telephoto mainly, for things on the horizon, places far away, where you don't want a wide angle and would rather have a telehpoto.
Maybe 17-40 & 24-105 would be a good setup to cover most of it. Or even just 24-105 and 14 F2.8?