Recommended APS-C Lenses for Travel Photography

BEST Recommended APS-C Lenses for Travel Photography

After our earlier piece recommending five full-frame DSLR lenses for travel photography, we would be remiss not to also suggest five lenses for APS-C-format cameras. DSLRs with APS-C-size sensors are normally more compact and lighter than full-frame DSLRs and, therefore, advantageous when traveling. Remember, however, that the lightweight design often indicates a design containing less metal that may be less prepared for the rigors of unmerciful use. Also, be sure to calculate the crop factor of the APS-C sensor and focal-length equivalency when considering your lens. And while full-frame lenses can be used on APS-C cameras, the reverse is not true. Here are a few of my favorites, emphasizing zoom versatility and compact build. Which of these lenses work best for you when traveling?

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

I recently used this lens when reviewing the Nikon D7200, and while I could have swapped it out for any number of primes while testing, I found the image quality was more than satisfactory for daylight and dim light, and its convenience factor was off the chart. Its zoom action was smooth and precise and lens creep was never an issue. At only 3.8″ long when retracted, it carries on your camera like a prime lens but gives you a 27-210mm focal length equivalent for versatile perspectives. The Silent Wave AF motor works as advertised, which is ideal when using this lens for video recording, and the VR image stabilization is effective in low light and at the telephoto end of the zoom range.

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