Early next year my girlfriend and I will be heading off to India, Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia for a few months traveling and I really need some advice on the best kind of lens to buy before we go.
I have a Nikon D5000 with the 18-55mm kit lens, and that has suited me fine, plus I had the use of a friend's 55-200mm and a 50mm for a while which gave me a good chance to try out other lenses. But I have since had to return them and am now back to my kit lens, so I am looking to purchase a secondary lens that will be ideal for traveling next year as well as complimenting my kit lens.
I did enjoy both of those trial period lenses, and would have no problems buying one of my own should that be the advice, but I really want to know whether there is something better out there that would suit my circumstances.
I am based out in Korea at the moment so also have access to the decent camera markets in Seoul where I can barter for better prices, but when it comes to actually making a decision on what I want I am struggling.
I suppose what I am looking for is a lens that will basically be an all purpose lens that combines flexibility in range with excellent quality, so I can get the most out of my time traveling without having to lug around a number of different lenses with me. Is there such a lens? Am I too hopeful with this? Or should I really concentrate on one or the other?
My price range is between $200 to $400.