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11-01-2010, 03:10 PM   #1
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dilemma of what I should get/keep...

Right, I own a DA 17-70 f4 and a 43mm f1.9, and a 1.7x AF TC
At the moment the 43mm is on the camera most of the time, and when I want to close things up then I'll add on the AF TC.
The 17-70mm hasn't been used since I got back from morocco in August, and in fact I haven't had much time to plod around shooting, but I just can't see myself using it a lot.
I will be travelling again in january but not backpacking so changing lenses and bringing an extra one wouldn't be a pain. At the moment I am very tempted by the ultra wide Tamron 10-24mm, but I will have to sell the 17-70mm to fund it, and that also means losing a walkabout zoom, although I have also targeted the 18-250mm and the DA 21mm as more a travelling and everyday use respectively, but that will take a fair while.
I'm just thinking is it a bad idea selling the 17-70mm, it is a very very good piece of optic IMO, or would you guys reckon that it'll come into use eventually? I'm just torn, to bits.

11-01-2010, 03:26 PM   #2
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You need to tell us what you like t o photograph most. The 17-70 is a good focal length range
11-01-2010, 04:03 PM   #3
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You don't sell lenses--you just buy.

Especially in the situation and the focal lenses you're talking about.

We're ALL poor these days, but there are certain ranges that we just all have to cover, and can't sell and buy lenses based on a particular trip.
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Consider the 18-135mm, it is supposed to be out next month. Keep your 43mm and maybe look at the 15mm if wide enough for you.

I travelled with the 21mm, 40mm and 50-200 for a while and that was a light and capable rig. It wasn't (too) expensive, either.

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If you don't use the 17-70 then sell it. But, you'll likely need something wide for travel, and the 10-24 is a good range.
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Another fan of culling unused lenses here.

Get one you *will* use. If that's the 10-24, then go for it. If you don't have much need for zooms and are happy zooming with your feet, the another prime like a 15 or 21 should do you well for landscapes.
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Thanks for the advise guys, I know I will need a handy, wide ranging zoom when I'm travelling light/backpacking, otherwise if I'm just going for a walk I'd probably use a prime. The 17-70 f4 is optically excellent but somehow annoying with it's range when I'm travelling, it doesn't cover enough at the long end whilst the 17mm is very handy indeed.
I know I'll use the 10-24mm plenty as it would create some very nice images at that angle and I quite often find myself looking at the wide end of things.
I guess maybe I'll have to change the 17-70 into a 10-24, then find a 18-250 and a 15mm or 21mm prime!
probably not going to worry about the tele end of things, those could wait :P

How would people compare the tamron and pentax version of the 18-250??
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QuoteOriginally posted by chaude Quote
How would people compare the tamron and pentax version of the 18-250??
I think you'll find agreement that the DA is slightly better because of the coatings. I certainly can't complain about mine. My first K20D kit was the DA10-17 for wide, DA18-250 for walkabout, and FA50/1.4 for low light. Now I use a Zenitar 16/2.8 more than the 10-17, and supplement those with 24/2.8 (24/2 would be better) and 85/2. But the superzoom is just *so* handy...

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I'd probably end up going for the 18-200 tamron because of the "macro" function which comes in quite handy whilst travelling, plus the price means I won't worry excessively about it :P
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If you don't use the 17-70mm much, but are worried about not having it, why not sell it and get a 18-55mm WR? Pair it with your 43mm, and then also get the 15mm Limited to give you a wider perspective. Though I don't have the 43mm (have a 40mm and 50mm), the 15mm would be great for travel (I assume when you say travel you are referring to landscape, outdoors, architecture type of photos).
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I am very much tempted by getting an ultra wide (around 10-24mm) and a 10x (ish) zoom, then save up for a 21mm
I have two travelling modes, one that I will bring the absolute minimal so I'll just go on a 18-200 do it all zoom, shooting locals as well as architecture, the other one will mean I'm travelling with friends and being more chilled I'll probably bring a zoom and one or two primes.
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