I always take a DSLR along when I travel. It seems a waste to go somewhere and not have the gear to capture nice pictures. But travelling alone means I have to think about the weight of all my stuff. There’ll be no one to hand off a heavy bag when I get tired. I’ve decided that my London photography gear will consist of three items. I’ll be taking my Canon 7D, a Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens, and a “Nifty Fifty” Canon 50mm f/1.8.

This setup will change the way I shoot. I usually travel with a Canon 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM. It’s a great all-in-one travel lens but it makes for lazy shooting. It will be a refreshing challenge to travel with just two prime lenses.

Canon 7D at ISO400, Canon 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, f/5.6 at 1/60 handheld

Canon 7D at ISO400, Canon 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, f/5.6 at 1/60 handheld. I shot this while eating a bowl of gamy chicken pho in a little restaurant on Lao Cai’s main thoroughfare.

I also need to work on my post-processing skills. I’m using a really old MacBook that’s on its last legs. It won’t tolerate being loaded with any new software at this point. I’ve been editing pictures using either Adobe Photoshop or iPhoto’s built-in editor. I’m looking forward to being able to play with Lightroom when my laptop gives up the ghost and I can get my hands on a new one.

PS: I bought the 24mm pancake from SLR Revolution for just S$180. It’s a pretty good deal as the next best price I found was on Lazada at S$219. You should call up SLRR before you go down – I bought the last piece they had in stock last week.