Reader Tyrone asks:
I’m going away to Alaska on a cruise and was wondering if you had any recommendations for particular lenses that I should get for this trip.
First, it is not easy. You will want a wide range of focal lengths, from very wide (say a 10-20mm lens on a crop camera – this will give you depth and National Geographic type shots) to long (say, a 70-200); as well as a fast lens (a prime 50, say, for indoors portraits, or a prime 24 or 35).
The long lens is for faraway scenes and whales – but long lenses need fast shutter speeds and even then, when a ship is not steady (it is a ship after all) you will blur many images. Still, there will be whales and you will want the long length. A stabilized lens (IS/VR) is a big bonus.
So I would say, if at all possible: one wide, one long, and one prime fast.
Why not, say, an 18-270 all-purpose lens? Because its image quality is not as good, and its smaller aperture will reduce your available shutter speeds.
Two final notes.
- You can also rent lenses!
- Bring a spare camera, spare batteries, storage.
And finally: have a great cruise!