One of my favourite lenses is prime Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens on full frame body or its crop brother EF-S 24mm on APS-C body. It’s a pancake lens, super small, super light yet razor sharp and fast. It costs about the same as famous nifty thrifty 50mm but I like the wider angle of 40mm, which makes it pretty universal both for travel and blogging/vlogging.
Some sample photos taken with Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM in Venice
What Sony alpha camera and zeiss lens would you recommend for family portraits, travel and street photography purposes? For example, I am thinking about buying Sony alpha a7r iii and zeiss 55mm lens.
Do you really need a full frame high resolution 42MP Sony a7r iii camera and prime 55mm lens for for family portraits, travel and street photography purposes? I think travel photography would be better served by wide angle or universal tele lens like 24–105mm lens. Yeah, yeah, I’m aware about nifty-fifty magic and Henri Cartier-Bresson. There is a certain appeal in having the best of professional camera and lens package pushing your creativity to overcome fixed focus limitations. I understand the appeal and travelled with similar Canon package yet I still badly missed the wide angle part of the range. I found that a prime lens 28mm f/1.8 better matches my demands when travelling with single lens full frame camera set. Family members do not care about bokeh, they want photo of themselves against famous backgrounds.
Why not APC-S camera? I would go for Sony A6500 with 18–135 lens. You win versatility, lesser bulk and weight, unobtrusiveness, smaller files while spending much less. Add to this kit Sony 10–18mm lens and you are covered for all occasions.