« on: February 14, 2012, 12:28:09 AM »
I am new to the forum, but from what I have read there is a great volume of knowledge and experience here. I am seeking advice on what other forum members find to be a great travel kit. I am an amateur, and a variety of subjects interest me including sports, wildlife, street photography, landscape, macro, etc. When I am shooting locally, I can choose the right lens for the job. When I am traveling, I compromise for weight and space. I have taken several trips with the Tamron 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens as a do everything with one lens solution. This lens has some good features including great focal range, effective VC, good maximum magnification, and small size. However, limitations with overall IQ and focus speed have been more important as I have upgraded my camera from a Rebel XT (8 megapixel) to a 60D (18 megapixel). I also now own more high quality Canon lenses that put the Tamron to shame. I am looking for relatively light and compact multi-lens solutions that will improve the IQ and/or versatility of my travel photography kit.
My style of travel includes both travel to cities and outdoor/hiking/adventure trips with lots of wildlife. I usually fly. For trips under 1 week, I prefer to travel carry-on only so space is at a premium. Comments on bodies, lenses, bags, and other gear are all welcome. Upcoming trips will include Washington DC, Chicago, IL, and Ashville, NC. Comments on interesting photographic opportunities in those areas are also appreciated.