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TheSleepyEngineer says:

Just bought a Tokina 11-20 f/2.8 for my APS-C D5300. I have a Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 a 35mm f/1.8 and Nikon 55-300 F/3.5-5.6. I am going to Japan soon and I feel like I need to bring them all. I wonder which will be best for walking around.

Portraiture looks much better on the telephoto and I think I will need that. I want wide shots for dramatic landscapes. The 17-50 should be ideal in most situations so I will keep that on most of the time, I just don’t want to be overwhelmed with lenses so I can enjoy my trip.

Any tips?

puneet kumar says:

pleaSe suggest best lens for street or candid photoGraphy

Te Kari says:

you’re easy to get along with man, great video 🙂

Patric BoBoThike says:

Hey Matt! I’m a big fun of U, don’t you go to Myanmar. I’m sure U like indeed our sceneries. Welcome warmly.

Sofía Benito says:

what’s that lens you using? 10-18 is wide enough? what canon do you use?

Blue Calm Productions says:

Great advice, Matt. I’m actually using your videos and trying to apply them to cinematography. Love the wide angle perspective. That said, if it’s a really huge encompassing space outside like mountains, i’ll favour a telephoto. Not sure why but theres something about the wide angle for huge expanses that can make everything seem a little insignificant?

Paul D says:

Great ideas! I use a tamron 10 – 24 to give me a wide variety of options

cricardol says:

There is a difference between distorsion and perspective…

You seem to put them in the same pot but these are really different.

lostintimeline says:

what about the wide angle fish eye lens do you use these in your travels?.great vd btw

Vineet Chopdekar says:

“Handheld game of Snooker” == Carrom !

dan san says:

i love the 24mm 3.5 TSE lens (use 80%) and got a 50mm 1.4 (use 10%). and i give myself a hard time thinking about a zoom lens for traveling. even if i would go for a 16-35 or a 24-70 i would really miss the tilt and shift! i shoot landscape mainly but a bit more light would be appreciated. still hard ;). maybe i should try a 16-35 mm

oasskar says:

Hi. How do you get a sharp full scene in a landscape shooting if focusing on the flower closest to the camera. Im using sigma 10-24mm. I noticed that i have to sacrifice either the flower or the full scene behind it.

Kunal Roy says:

I’ve started using a 16mm prime wide angle lens with a sony ultra wide angle converter for my sony a5100. Mainly for youtube videos and vlogging. But I plan on taking photos too.

rajesh taheem says:

Hi Matt,
A bit frustrated – I have a rare 82mm 20-40mm f2.8 Sigma lens – on my Nikon D610 body. I use M setting – However, which ever aperture setting I use -( with ISO on Auto) I always get – ‘under exposed’ shots?????
If, I switch to manual, and I up the ISO – exposure ‘manually’ it makes the result great !
This only happens in very low light conditions… WHY??
Cheers fella,
Raj x

NETVO TV says:

What do you think about Leica TL2 with TL 11-23mm f3.5-4.5 as a all around and travel lens?

Mark Harris says:

Another great video. I like the way you don’t take yourself seriously (please don’t tell me you were serious about “Rugged good looks”) but you always give your craft full respect. Great shots, I was thinking of getting the Tamron but I’ve decided to go for three primes, Samyang 14mm, Sigma 20mm 1.4 and the Sigma 50mm 1.4. Then I can also use the Sigmas on the 7DII, but usually they will be on the 5DIII. I don’t do much studio stuff but the 50mm will be good for that on the rare occasions I do. At the moment I’m using the Tokina 10-17 on the 7DII and using it for landscapes from a great distance with the horizon in the middle of the frame doesn’t give too much distortion, but it’s very difficult to use with a foreground interest. I’ve only recently taken up landscapes, seem to have fallen in to it from doing wildlife.

Jeremy says:

Love this video and the shots you got!

Arm The Creative says:

All these TRAVEL photography tip videos are fantastic, Matt!!

Ernest says:

I’m looking into the Tamron 15-30mm due I missed the Tokina 11-16mm that was mounted on my previous body the D7000 & D90

Michael Pukmel says:

Thanks Matt, great talk.

Dylan Ben Haskin says:

3:54 – I spent the night at their hotel and saw your photo on the wall. Very kind people .

LeftyImages says:

That glass of water is making me nervous!

Jason Simons Magic says:

you got a sub….great info. thanks.

Sharif Mosa says:

what is the best full frame wide angle lenses for portrait?

oasskar says:

Hi. How do you get a sharp full scene in a landscape shooting if focusing on the flower closest to the camera. Im using sigma 10-24mm

Jesenia R says:

Thank you, that was helpful. I’m going on a trip to Rome soon and I have never used a wide angle lens but am very interested in learning how before my trip. I would like to do some walking around and only want to being 1 lens. I have 2 Canon lenses to choose from: EFS 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 lens and a 28-135mm lens. If wondering around Rome and you had to choose one, which one would you bring?

Frank A says:

My basic travel kit always includes an ultra-wide zoom, 2 AF-D series primes (quite small…), and a telephoto zoom. Standard zooms kill all my photography and weigh me down. If keeping a low profile, then just 2 primes (35/85). And sometimes just the ultra-wide and an 85 (no camera bag) if travelling “light.”

Don Lorenz says:

Thanks for the pointers about shooting at the navel. I had the Ah ha moment.. as in that’s what I did wrong.

Sabrina Hill says:

Really great images.

Oshi says:

Would this lens be good for wedding to do group shots and to photograph the night. Ace reviews.

x10nd says:

@matt Its not hand-held game of snooker but caroms

Shyam Kumar says:

Thank you Matt Granger , I always use my prime lens for every occasion because I felt the kit lens are not sharp enough and the pics are not good looking , now I think I give a try to use the wide angle lens

Achilleas Labrou says:

Wide lenses below 35mm have inherently bigger barrel distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting and softness at edges than lenses with greater focal lengths. Wide lenses are very demanding during their construction.

In practice a wide 20mm lens costs three times more as a 50mm lens with the same quality of image.
Nevertheless wide lenses are unavoidable and very useful especially in street, architectural and indoor photography.

Longrider says:

Matt a very interesting video I am having to choose between a 12 to 24 F4 or a 16th 2:35 F 2.8 what would you recommend both are pretty good glass

Simon Hjelm says:

Hello Matt!
I’m going to shoot a conference the 1-3 June and the only “wide” lense I own is the 24-70 f2,8 and I think I need something way wider. I’ve been looking at the 14-24, 16-35 or the 15-30 what do you think? Others opinions are welcome 🙂

Birmingham Dashcam says:

Just purchased an old Sigma 15-30mm 3.5-4.5 on ebay (on a very tight budget). Got it for a trip to Chernobyl in June but struggling to get to grips with it, getting blurry images 🙁 am I going to need a tripod? Don’t think it has any sort of anti-vibration in the lens.

forsa 6200 says:

I went on vacation around the world every year and used to carry 2 3 lenses, somehow bought an old 11-18 sony by accident and i love it, now that lens is my go to when travelling… you know what is the point travelling if your not capturing the moment as much as you can…

Koen Dekoning says:

I love you man and no offence but that 9:47 photo makes you look like one of those typical western pedo’s in Asia. 🙂 Love your stuff keep it up.

Zhida Zhou says:

Holy shit, you know there’s medication that will help with your parkinson right?

grovestballer says:

I’ve got a Canon 600D and Sigma 10-20mm. I was my first experience with DSLR shooting and i love it till today. Its a great budget choice.

Justin Borja says:

“…he drinks chain coffee, what a tosser..”

Classic. A. F. Love you Matt!

Sutejo Tan says:

15mm is not ultra-wide enough

Jake Evans says:

Thanks for the vid. Getting 12mm 2.0 fixed on crop sen. so 18mm.  I was curious how you might best use it for travel.  I’ve been consumed with 90mm equivalent and 300mm. Thank you.

Rahul G says:

Great! I just bought a 12mm lens. Need to figure out how to use it.

Peter Wydmuch says:

Hi Matt. I love your videos.i just started considering a wide angle lens and I would really love to buy the Tamron 15-30. I am a bit worried that this lens is so huge and heavy that i won’t be able to just carry it mounted on my camera when i’m walking around, because i’ll be worried to damage the front element and maybe damage the mount on my D700. What is your opinion on this? would you ever carry a heavy lens like that mounted on the camera for any periods of time, or you always put it into a camera bag?? Thank you

Arm The Creative says:

My fav WIDE-ANGLE set-up is the 7Dmkii with the 8-15mm Fish-eye. Great video!

Philip Gowdy says:

Wide Angles do give great people photos but are pretty difficult with m/43. Can you do some more on this format as it is on the rise where a lot of cameras are in decline. Olympus, Panasonic.
OMD em1 mk2 and OMD em5 mk11 are amazing cameras and give larger formats a run for their money..Have you ever used the Old 7-14mm or the Lumix 7-14?

tonkatoytruck says:

If you are traveling, why would you take a full frame with you?

Richard Crowe says:

I have two UWA lenses for my 7D2 cameras… The 12-24mm f/4 Tokina and the 8mm f/3.5 Vivitar Fish Eye. I like both of these lenses but, I shoot about 2/3 of my travel shots with the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens and the final 1/3 with my 70-200mm f/4L IS lens. Although I will bring my 12-24mm on trips, I will most often leave it in my hotel safe. I don’t even bring the fisheye with me on trips…

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