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    Posted: 06 May 2022 at 12:49
Hi,

I'm struggling to decide upon which gear to bring to Barcelona. Available is a vast amount of lenses but I want to keep my bag lightweight and versatile at the same time. Don't know if I am brave enough to bring only one lens...

Available (among others) is:
- Sony A7
- FE1635/4Z
- FE 35/1.4 Zeiss
- FE 90/2.8 Macro
- FE 70200/4
- Mitakon 50/0.95
- Minolta MD 24/2.8
- Minolta MD 50/1.4


Love the following setup but too heavy imho:
- Sony A900
- Laowa 15/4 1:1 Macro
- SAL2470
- SAL135F18Z


Currently I am leaning towards 35/1.4 Zeiss with Minolta MD 24/2.8 and Minolta MD 50/1.4. But sometimes a tele lens comes in handy, too... The 1635/4 is also unbeatable in terms of versatility.

Any opinions on that matter?
 



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Barcelona is most photogenic in all sorts of ways, but is rightly famous for its architecture, so I would certainly include the FE1635/4 for that purpose.
For street photography and general walkabout, a 50mm is good, and for more reach, the FE70200/4.
I would have thought those 3 plus camera would be manageable.

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For city trip like trips, I bring a wide and short tele. That means something like a 16-35 and 85mm. Looking at the lenses you mention that would mean the A7 with 16-35/4Z and the 90/2.8 Macro. I do not feel the need for a mid-range zoom or even a normal prime - but you could always add one.

If you feel you need more tele flexibility, the 70-200/4 is another option.

With your option with the 35/1.4 Zeiss and Minolta MD 24/2.8 and Minolta MD 50/1.4 I would bring the 90/2.8 Macro as well - I might drop the 50mm as I would probably not use it.

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I would go with the A7 + 35/1.4 and enjoy the city.

If you really want to add something else, take the 70-200. Quite a bit of the beautiful architecture is on wider lanes and has lovely details you might want to zoom in on. In the cathedral, you will find a magnificent colorful light show (especially when the sun is out). The 35/1.4 should be wide enough to capture the atmosphere.
Personally I never felt a need for ultrawide in this city.
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Having choices is a pain

Many thanks for your input, I'll let your thoughts sink in and post my decision (and results )
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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 2022 at 17:10
Originally posted by Mark Twain Mark Twain wrote:

Having choices is a pain
In this situation I usually buy something new so that it is even more difficult the next time
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Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

Originally posted by Mark Twain Mark Twain wrote:

Having choices is a pain
In this situation I usually buy something new so that it is even more difficult the next time


Furtunately I have so many expenditures at the moment that this is not a valid option But given the vast amount of lenses I already own it wouldn't make a huge difference...

I decided to bring the A7 + FE1635/4 + FE35/1.4 + 70200/4 + MC24/2.8 + MC50/1.4 and leave some in the hotel room. My stay is from Sat to Wed so enough time to use every lens

I remember that the MC24/2.8 and 50/1.4 are great companions during the night - small, lightweight and great character.

I used them very often during my stay in St. Petersburg years ago:







It still makes me wonder that the rain pipes simply end on the boardwalks


And here the reason why to bring a telephoto:
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