The moment of selecting the equipment to face your next great vacation adventure can be more complicated than you imagine. The big question is: to travel comfortable and light or to take all the equipment that I have?

Before trying to answer the previous question, you need to ask yourself an even more important one: What kind of photographs do you expect to take?

When preparing your backpack for a trip, there are many scenarios and possibilities with which you can come across, so taking time to think about what photographs you want to find on the way back will be essential.

That is why, in today’s article, I have prepared a list of the main aspects to which you should pay attention, if you want to travel comfortably but, at the same time, without missing any great photography.


Although it is true that, when preparing the backpack, you may be tempted to carry with you an arsenal of objectives to be “covered” in any situation, this may not be as practical and convenient (especially for your back).

Keep in mind that the more you load your backpack with objectives and accessories, the heavier the trip will be and believe me that, after a few hours walking in the sun’s rays, you will want to overturn everything in the air.

For a photographer like you, defining the type of photographs you hope to obtain throughout this new adventure should be as important as defining the destination or hotel where to stay. Taking pictures in a large cosmopolitan city is not the same as taking them in the middle of a tropical forest or on the slopes of a mountain range.

That is why the key to any great choice is: good research.

Depending on the destination you are going to visit, you should evaluate what are the photographic possibilities that they offer you so that you can choose which are the ideal objectives so that you can take your next great series of photographs.

But, for this, it is necessary that you know what the ideal objective is for each of the situations that you may encounter.


The focal length of your lens not only indicates the “level of closeness” you can obtain when taking a photograph, but also, depending on the focal length you plan to use, your photographs will change perspective, angle of view, depth field and how to frame each of them.

Choosing between one focal length or another will depend on what type of photographs you plan to take rather than the distance you will be from your subjects or objects to be portrayed. That is why, if any of the terms I mentioned above were strange to you and you do not know what they mean, the following article will answer you: “ How to Capture Splendid Compositions Thanks to the Focal Distance of your Objective ”.

As a review, here is a brief description of the different types of objectives that you can find and their ideal use:

  • Super wide angle: These types of lenses have a focal length ranging from 8 to 18 millimeters and will allow you to cover a viewing angle between 100 and 180 degrees or even more. The most extreme of these objectives will allow you to look at the world from a “Fish Eye” . If you want to take panoramic photographs or leave everyone speechless with an impressive photograph made with a fisheye, do not hesitate to take one of these objectives with you.
  • Wide Angle: are those lenses whose focal length ranges from 18 to 35 millimeters and that cover a viewing angle of between 100 and 60 degrees. If you are thinking of going out to portray great landscapes, a wide angle lens is one of the essential ingredients that all landscape photography needs .
  • Standard: These are all lenses that have a focal length of 35 to 65 millimeters and cover a viewing angle of 60 to 35 degrees. These types of lenses are ideal for you to take “social” or portrait photos. If you plan to take many photos of your loved one, your children or your friends sharing unique moments, take a standard lens with you. Do you want to meet the king of these? I present to you the 50mm f / 1.4 .
  • Tele short: these lenses are those that, its focal length, varies between 65 and 135 millimeters, that is, its mink angle will be approximately 35 and 18 degrees respectively. These types of lenses have the problem of being halfway: they are somewhat “long” to use in social photography and somewhat “short” to photograph lenses at a great distance.
  • Telephoto Lenses: These lenses cover a viewing angle of 18 to 8 degrees, which means that their focal length varies between 135 and 300 mm. These types of lenses are ideal for photographing distant subjects and also to compress perspective in an image. If you are thinking of taking an action and adventure trip, a telephoto lens will be essential if you don’t want to miss any detail.
  • Super telephoto lenses: the focal length of these lenses is almost extreme: you can find them from 400, 600 and up to 1200 and, unless you plan to give your first steps in documentary photography and then end up at the chiropractor to make up your back, you won’t need one of them.

Keep in mind that the above focal lengths are the respective ones for a Full Frame or full sensor format, so if you have a camera with a DX sensor or smaller, you must calculate the effective focal length for this one. How to do it? It is very easy, in the following article you will understand how: ” Everything You Need to Know About the Focal Length of Your Target “.

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