Travel Lenses

27 Oct 2016 2:40:05 pm

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James from Ted's Cameras discusses the features and benefits of lenses for travel

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Hi I'm James and welcome to Get Teducated.

With the holiday season fast approaching, everyone is getting geared up for their holidays, so now is a great time to look at a few travel lens options. When it comes to travelling, generally you'll want to be carrying around as little as possible without limiting your potential to get the shots you want. This means most people will end up opting for a 'jack of all trades' lens, like these travel zooms here.

Obviously, you will always have first-party options, depending on your brand of camera. Canon offers a single travel zoom lens with the 18-200mm IS, while Nikon offer 2 options, including an 18-200mm VR as well as this longer ranged 18-300mm VR. If you're choosing between the 2 Nikon lenses, generally the extra zoom range you get with the 18-300 VR makes it the better option, but if weight is going to be an issue, do keep in mind that it does weigh in at about 300 grams more.

Alongside these offerings from the camera manufacturers, you also have the option of third-party lenses from Sigma and Tamron. The lenses we're looking at here are the Sigma 18-300 OS HSM which is part of their new 'Contemporary' range of lenses, and the Tamron 16-300 VC USD.

Tamron's 16-300 offers the biggest range I've seen in a single lens. Compared to the others, it gives you just that little extra on the wide end to help squeeze a bit more in with your landscapes and group shots. It's also one of the lightest at 540 grams, so coupled to a smaller SLR body, you'll likely have under a kilo hanging around your neck. The main downside to the Tamron will only really affect people who like to use Live View. While with cameras like the Canon 70D and 80D which use Dual-Pixel AF systems the autofocus was relatively fast, but I did find it a little bit slow when using the LCD screen on the smaller bodies like the Canon 750D and Nikon D5500.

This is a situation where the first party options will generally perform better, however the Sigma does seem to find focus much more confidently than the Tamron in Live View, which shouldn't affect a lot of DSLR users but does make it more competent for video recording. While it doesn't go quite as wide as the Tamron, starting at 18mm as opposed to 16mm, it does manage to squeeze the full 18-300mm zoom range into a lens that is still lighter than the Canon and Nikon equivalents, making it an excellent alternative.

The lenses I've chosen to look at here are the top travel zoom options, but for more personalised advice to suit your specific needs and budget, just pop in store and see myself or any of our friendly staff.

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