We could get scientific here and say something like: "with your 35mm lens, you'd need to be X yards away in order to fit the (insert famous landmark) in frame. Due to the confines of the surrounding streets you'll only be able to get Y feet away. Therefore, buy at least a 24mm lens". If you had that, would it affect which lens you bought? Or would you trust your instincts and go with what you already own and know? If you are a 35mm shooter, it's because it fits your style and vision, right? I don't think I'd change that just to get a few snaps of a random building...
At the same time though, if you are like me and everyone else on this gear forum, buying a new lens for a trip to Europe (or any trip outside of your home town/city/state/country) is a most enjoyable experience It's fun knowing that you'll get to use a new piece of gear, but it's also agonizing when you have to choose which one!
Nortonski wrote in post #17442056
Historically I would take a 24L & 50L, both great lenses & perfect for most shots, however, since I purchased the 24-70L II that's my default walk around lens in Europe.
My one trip to Europe (Italy) I took my 24L and 50L. Aside from constantly switching between them, I had a great time and captured some amazing 'scapes with those two lenses. They were with me on the ancient streets of Rome, in the medieval confines of Florence, along the picturesque Amalfi Coast... it was like sharing an unforgettable journey with two close friends
Of course there were times when I wanted wider than 24mm (especially in Rome), or some telephoto capability greater than 50mm to shoot details from far off (Tuscany), but I was more than happy with those two lenses.
davidfarina wrote in post #17442072
Have been to all countries listed and i have to say i came along very good with just a 16-35 and 40/50mm lens
24mm is wide, but at times I wanted a bit wider, so: 16-35 f/4 and 50L is now my lineup for travels as well.