03 Feb The Best DSLR Lens for Travel
* This is not a comprehensive review, but rather a brief overview of my current favorite travel lens.
I used to hate bringing my DSLR with me whenever I traveled. It was bulky and too heavy to carry around. I’m guilty for asking my boyfriend to carry it for me (I suck, I know). So I eventually just stopped bringing it around, but I would always regret not taking pictures with it a few months later. Then I came across the magical “pancake lens”, which I heard so many great things about. I decided to do some research and ended up purchasing it myself.
I was scared at first because whenever I come across a good quality lens, it always ends up costing hundreds — if not, thousands of dollars. Luckily, most of you will be able to afford this lens as its under $200!
Here’s a brief overview of my favorite travel lens:
The Canon 40mm EF f/2.8 lens (aka the Pancake Lens) is all I carry around these days. It’s a prime lens and is amazing for travel because it’s light and versatile. I shoot mostly landscape so I don’t necessarily need one with a really big aperture. The 2.8 aperture on the Pancake Lens does the job for me.
The maximum aperture is F2.8 and the minimum is F22.
The focal length is 40mm. I didn’t think 40mm would make a huge difference compared to my 50mm lens, but it sure does. I love how wider the shots turn out. I personally love it over the nifty-fifty lens.
HOW BIG IS IT?
Personally, I’m a huge fan of prime lenses because they focus a lot faster than zoom lenses. This is because there is only one focal length on prime lenses. This means it doesn’t have as much glass for light to travel through in order to reach the sensor. On a zoom lens, extra elements are required to zoom in and out and because light is altered more times, the quality of the image begins to degrade. Prime lenses have a simple design, preserving sharpness. This also allows them to perform better in low light conditions.
MINIMUM FOCUS DISTANCE
11.81″ (30.00 cm)
I’d say the build quality is solid, especially for its size. It doesn’t feel plasticky, but it also isn’t the sturdiest — like the high-end lenses.
This lens is compatible with 35mm Film/Full-Frame Digital Sensor and APS-C size sensor. I also heard it is compatible with the Canon EOS 70D, Rebel T4i and T5i. But I could be wrong. I would do more research on that.
If you’re buying a brand new one, it’ll cost you around $149.00 + tax. That is an incredibly good value for a quality lens. If you buy a used or refurbished one, I’m sure you can snag one for under $100. Such a steal.
- No image stabilization
- Maximum aperture is F2.8
- No zoom
- Doesn’t come with a hood
- A bit of vignetting
- Not the fastest AF
Overall, I highly recommend this lens to any photo and travel enthusiasts out there. It’s been my goto ever since. I absolutely love how small and compact it is — it can fit in your pocket! For the price, I think you’d be getting a bang for your buck!
Comment down below and let me know what your favorite DSLR lens are! I’d love to learn about different lenses out there. Or if you have the same lens, let me know how you like it!
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