Do we need an ultra wide angle lens for travel photography? When travelling especially if it is not a photographic trip, saving every ounce of weight is a must. That is why we always bring the least number of photographic equipment as possible. If the equipment weighs you down during the day, it kinda defeats the purpose of travelling and somehow it can affect your whole trip. That is why packing up with the right equipment is important. There is always a dilemma what to bring and what not to bring.
One of these nagging question (for me) is – do I still need to bring a ultra wide angle (UWA) lens? It really depends on the destination if an UWA lens will be needed. But for most of our trips, we know only to a certain extent the places of interests – and there is always that “mystery” that one might need an UWA lens when the opportunity arises. Aside from being an ultra wide junkie, I always consider the UWA lens as a specialty lens for those very few instances that require that extra wide perspective. For me, it is also my “security” lens – I feel secured (in a nice way hehe) that I have an ultra wide lens to cover the scene when the situation calls for it. Although in practice, only about 10%-15% of my shots are taken with an ultra wide angle lens – most likely, I will still take it with me. As many of you know, I use extensively the Micro 4/3s system for travel photography, and my lens of choice is the Panasonic 7-14mm 4 – an equivalent to 14-28mm in full-frame. Relatively speaking, it is quite a big lens in the Micro 4/3s world, but it is comparably very small and compact compared to its DSLR counterparts. And don’t forget that with a Micro 4/3s system, you can bring a smaller and lighter tripod for those shots that need longer exposure times.
Here are some shots taken with the Panasonic 7-14mm 4 (all taken at 7mm). Oh and the answer to the question? YES, I bring* an ultra wide angle lens for travel photography! *with a caveat that I might leave it behind for some special crazy reason whatever LOL…
My (mis-)adventure goes on…
Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/640, ISO 160, Panasonic G3, Panasonic 7-14mm 4
Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/60, ISO 400, Panasonic G3, Panasonic 7-14mm 4
Photographer’s note: F/16, 6 sec, ISO 160, Panasonic G3, Panasonic 7-14mm 4, Marumi tripod
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