05-23-2013 10:51 AM
It's a tough question to answer as there is no best choice. Too many variables, what may be best for you wouldn't be for me.
Some people want one single lens to do everything, the so called Super Zooms. Sigma makes a 18-250 which would qualify. But the image quality and speed will never be that of more traditional ranged lenses. My personal recommendation to these people is, if you never plan on changing lenses then just get a point and shoot. The Canon SX50 fits this bill well. But if that's what you're looking for there's the sigma, or you can get the 18-200 from Canon.
As far as traditional ranged lenses, it depends on what you like to shoot. Some people love ultra wide angle for travel if they're look at old archetecture or panoramas. The Canon 10-22 is a great lens. A standard issue lens would be the 18-85 - decent quality, decent range. Others hold image quality and speed paramount and would use an L lens, like the 24-105L.
05-23-2013 12:24 PM
I think we'd need to have a better idea of what type of things you would like to capture while traveling. As for superzooms I've used several & am quite happy with the results far more often than many think one would be. They've improved over the years & can do a very good job unless making huge prints.
05-24-2013 10:43 PM
Thank you Skirball for giving me good points in how will I choose on my next lens. Now I have a starting point. Again thank you!
05-24-2013 10:53 PM
Thank you cicopo for replying to my post. I think scenery and people will be the most that I would want to capture in my travel and so with some sports or actions if opportunity comes.
06-04-2013 09:34 PM
06-05-2013 09:54 AM
Thank you mikeB for sharing your actual experience on this issue. I will strongly consider your point with regards to acquiring used lenses....
06-05-2013 10:26 AM
"Don't be afraid to look for used lenses, most people who have "L" lenses take good care of them..."
This is a grand tip and it is right on. But a word of warning, keep it into Canon "L" for the most part. Unless you know the history of a third party lens, used may be risky. A good deal of the time someone will get rid of a third party lens because it has issues. Miss-focus is one in a list that can render the lens useless. Do a thorough check of them first. Buyer beware!
06-05-2013 11:07 AM
Thanks a lot ebiggs1, your tips and warnings are a great help specially to those who are just a beginner just like me.