WHAT GOES/WHAT STAYS - TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

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    The old question - quantity versus quality and more or less I'm in the same predicament. I like to travel light mostly cause I travel solo and not all that young anymore. I'm torn between taking my Nikon 35mm Prime lens apposed to my Sigma 18-250mm Zoom. I'll be taking a lot of nature shots some landscapes, but not sure if my very light an convenient 35 will live the expectations. Any suggestions out there? By the way, I know some will suggest me taking both, but I wouldn't want to constantly switch between lenses either. Ohhh and another by the way, my work buddy is a Nikon D7100.


     
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    If all you want are happy snaps, then the 18-250 would be the way to go, but if your goal is quality images, then I suspect both choices will disappoint; the 35 due to its restrictive nature, and the 18-250 from an IQ perspective.
     
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    Of the two I'd probably take the Sigma 18-250. The 35 would give higher image quality I'm sure but I think yo'd find the focal length fairly limiting.
     
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    Another option would be to consider possibly adding another lens to your collection, when I'm travelling light I use a Tamron 17-50mm F2.8, it's fantastically sharp and takes great photos. I bought the old non-vc version without the built in focus motor, snagged it for $100 off of ebay. Best part about the 7100 is that it will use a lot of those older lenses that the 3xxx and 5xxx won't, so a lot of times you can get those lenses dirt cheap from Ebay, KEH and other sources.
     
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    Makes sense. May I ask what you mean by an IQ perspective? The idea is not just happy snappy's but also something worth while. As I'm still in the learning phase, I can do with as much advice as I can get. The aim is to improve my photography and I'm open to all suggestions and advice.
     
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    IQ means image quality. The sigma 18-250 like most all around lenses won't be as sharp and the overall image quality won't be as good as you can get from a prime lens like a 35mm.
     
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    Thank you for the advice. I sure will keep that lens in mind. The trade off on the Sigma zoom is definitely sharpness versus the prime. Appreciate your feedback.
     
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    No worries, happy to help.
     
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    Thanx. Now I get it. Yes I agree the 35 is nice and sharp but restricted. Someone mentioned the Tamron 17 - 50. Any thoughts on that from your side.
     
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    Wow awesome... Love the detail. Any landscapes you can share?
     
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    Not really a big landscape shooter myself, mostly critters. Think the closest I got to a landscape would be this:

    [​IMG]20150907 III 232 by Todd Robbins, on Flickr

    Dang Elk photobombed me though.. lol
     

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