Modern zooms like my 1985 35mm-135mm f/4.5-4.5 AIS Zoom Nikkor are essentially as sharp as a prime and also allow macro focusing at the 135mm setting. This saves you the drudgery of carrying a bag of lenses.

The down side is the relatively dimmer viewfinder image and the fact that the front ring rotates as you focus. The rotating of a polarizeróif you use oneómeans that you must focus before fine-tuning the index of the polarizer.

Itís a good idea to buy a step-up ring and take filters for the larger size and the larger size lens cap. Otherwise, should you use a lens-protecting UV and add any other filter, the front-most filter ring will vignette the corners at the wide-angle setting.

By stepping up my lens from 62mm to 72mm, using 72mm filters and lens cap, itís impossible for stacked filters to vignette the corners.

A zoom like this should let you do just about anything and you only have to carry one lens. This is the very reason that zoom lenses became so popular with travelers. Once the major makers figured out how to make them as sharp as fixed focal length lenses, there was no reason not to use them.