Which is the best lens for photowalking?

Best Lens For Photowalking Is?

Best Lens For Photowalking Is?

I get asked this question all the time. Which lens to buy for photowalking? Now, I don't normally give away trade secrets, but here it is.. It's model number 56-67850..Wait.. I'm of course kidding.  :-) The correct answer of course, is it depends on the type of photowalk your embarking on. If your photowalk is taking you through lots of beautiful vistas and landscapes, a nice wide angle lens would be ideal. On the other hand,  If your photowalk is taking place in more of a urban setting,  then, maybe a longer tele-zoom would suit you better. Or if street photography is your thing, then maybe a nice 35mm prime would be just what the doctor ordered.

For me, I've gotten in the habit of carrying  2 main lens with me on all photowalks. I carry a 16-35mm f/2.8, and a 70-200mm f/2.8. I find that these two lens are usually more than ample to cover most shooting situations. For that missing gap in-between 35 and 70, I zoom with my feet!

Even if you don't own a DSLR, most of today's point and shoot cameras are outfitted with great general purpose lens. My trusty 8 year old Canon G9 is outfitted with a 35-210mm lens, which is perfect for photowalking.  Remember, photowalking is about the experience, not how expensive you gear is.

So get out and photowalk this weekend!

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