Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
11-23-2010, 11:12 PM   #1
Senior Member




Join Date: Jul 2010
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 209
Vacation lenses: what to bring

I posted this on flickr when this site was done, but the responses there are much slower and less helpful than this forum is.

Glad to be back!!!

I'm going on vacation for 2 months and can't decide what to bring on vacation.

I'm definitely bringing
1. Pentax K10D
2. Pentax Program Plus

For lenses, I've narrowed things down to two options

A.
-Pentax 18-55II f3.5-5.6
-Pentax A 35-105mm f3.5
-SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8

B.
-Sigma 30mm f1.4
-SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8
-Super Takumar 135mm f3.5

A advantages
-Wide angle from kit lens
-55mm for fast lens
-zoom range from 18mm-150mm (factoring in crop sensor)
A disadvantages
-that 35-105 is a bulky beast and I can't use any filters on it
-18-55mm doesn't work well on film

B advantages
-2 fast lenses
-light weight
B disadvantages
-no wide angle
-30mm works on DSLR only
-55mm is my widest film focal length
-more fiddling with adapters

What do you think?


Last edited by dj_saunter; 11-24-2010 at 01:03 AM.
11-24-2010, 12:46 AM   #2
SPB
Senior Member
SPB's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Zug
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 132
Vacation lenses

B+ depending where you are going of course. If you go to zoos for example you'll need a longer lens .......
11-24-2010, 01:04 AM   #3
Senior Member




Join Date: Jul 2010
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 209
Original Poster
No zoo's
I'll be visiting family and friends in Ottawa/Montreal in January...

So I figured some countryside, family photo's and city shots
11-24-2010, 01:11 AM   #4
SPB
Senior Member
SPB's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Zug
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 132
Ok then B is my answer, two fast lenses.

11-24-2010, 01:11 AM   #5
axl
Veteran Member




Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Nove Zamky, Slovakia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 7,181
I'd say C:
18-55, 30/1.4, 55/1.8, 135/3.5
That has you covered from wide angle through normal, short and long tele on K10 and normal + tele on the program plus.

my 2p
11-24-2010, 03:43 AM   #6
Veteran Member




Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Taiwan
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,075
QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
I'd say C:
18-55, 30/1.4, 55/1.8, 135/3.5
That has you covered from wide angle through normal, short and long tele on K10 and normal + tele on the program plus.

my 2p
Or pick up a manual focus 28mm to use on film as the wide angle. As low as $50 and you won't know if it's in the bag or not.
11-24-2010, 04:15 AM - 1 Like   #7
Senior Member




Join Date: Jul 2010
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 209
Original Poster
Haha, this is what makes camera's so frustrating but also interesting.

So many possibilities, so many situations.

Your suggestions have given me a few ideas.


I have a 28mm smc takumar, that would be a wide on film.

So I was thinking

D. 18-55mm kit, 55mm takumar, 135mm takumar

I have a auto focus and zoom lens if I feel lazy, I have a fast lens and a telephoto.

I'll bring my spotmatic instead of program plus since i'm using all M42 film lenses.

I also like this setup because i've seriously neglected the kit lens. My K10D came with the 30mm f1.4 and I bought the kit lens a year later but was so disappointed with it's slow speed that I never used it. Maybe now is the time to get acquainted.

I could bring the fourth 28mm takumar, but kind of like keeping things ultra simple and I think i'll be ok with taking wide-angle photo's only on my digital camera.
11-24-2010, 05:30 AM   #8
Veteran Member




Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Taiwan
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,075
I think it just comes down to which lens you want to take a bulk of your photos with: the 18-55 or the Sigma 30? Does the versatility of the zoom outweigh the advantage of F1.4? But you will have a fast 50 you can switch to.

I plan on traveling with a 24mm on film, a 28 or 35mm on the digital with a fast 50 and 135mm zoom in the backpack.


Last edited by abacus07; 11-24-2010 at 05:32 AM. Reason: add'l info
11-24-2010, 05:55 AM   #9
Pentaxian
bdery's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,831
I'd bring A but also include the Sigma 30 mm.

If you go in the countryside, you'll enjoy the convenience of one zoom (that's why I got my WR kit lens) especially if you're snowshoeing or hiking.
11-24-2010, 06:19 AM   #10
Site Supporter
GeneV's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Albuquerque NM
Photos: Albums
Posts: 9,775
QuoteOriginally posted by axl Quote
I'd say C:
18-55, 30/1.4, 55/1.8, 135/3.5
That has you covered from wide angle through normal, short and long tele on K10 and normal + tele on the program plus.

my 2p
I'm with Axl on this one. My travel complement contains mostly primes with the kit or a kit substitute to pick up the slack. Without the Kit, you have no wide angle for the DSLR. The problem with all the options is there is not much WA coverage for the film.

If a film SLR is part of your traveling gear, you really need to get a nice WA or, better yet, an UWA lens. One of the nicest things about having a 135 body along is the ability to put a 24mm or shorter lens to use. If you don't mind a lens that it not as compact, an inexpensive, discontinued Sigma 17-35/2.8 DG EX can take the place of the kit lens on the DSLR and does a decent job as a WA-UWA on film. An UWA zoom is great fun on film:


Last edited by GeneV; 11-24-2010 at 06:45 AM.
11-24-2010, 07:16 AM - 1 Like   #11
Veteran Member




Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Western Missouri
Posts: 429
With the given conditions my option C with no new lens purchases would be:

- 18-55
- 35-105
- 30

Swapping an M42 adapter in and out is a show-stopper when on the move. And shots missed due to the 135 being left at home will prompt a return visit. This lens combo with good planning could result in very few lens changes.
11-24-2010, 07:34 AM   #12
Veteran Member
paperbag846's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,396
QuoteOriginally posted by dj_saunter Quote
D. 18-55mm kit, 55mm takumar, 135mm takumar
+1

Greatest range. The kit would likely get the most use, the 55 will be great at night or for those special shots, and the 135 will let you capture scenes that would otherwise be out of your reach.
11-24-2010, 07:35 AM   #13
Veteran Member




Join Date: May 2009
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 2,869
I vote E! 18-55 - wide and light. 30mm for low light/indoor portrait and 135mm for the extra reach.
11-24-2010, 11:21 AM   #14
Site Supporter
SpecialK's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: So California
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 14,904
I would say you need something wider, regardless of the rest of the gear.
11-24-2010, 12:27 PM   #15
Pentaxian
Lowell Goudge's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Toronto
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 15,400
QuoteOriginally posted by dj_saunter Quote
I posted this on flickr when this site was done, but the responses there are much slower and less helpful than this forum is.

Glad to be back!!!

I'm going on vacation for 2 months and can't decide what to bring on vacation.

I'm definitely bringing
1. Pentax K10D
2. Pentax Program Plus

For lenses, I've narrowed things down to two options

A.
-Pentax 18-55II f3.5-5.6
-Pentax A 35-105mm f3.5
-SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8

B.
-Sigma 30mm f1.4
-SMC Takumar 55mm f1.8
-Super Takumar 135mm f3.5

A advantages
-Wide angle from kit lens
-55mm for fast lens
-zoom range from 18mm-150mm (factoring in crop sensor)
A disadvantages
-that 35-105 is a bulky beast and I can't use any filters on it
-18-55mm doesn't work well on film

B advantages
-2 fast lenses
-light weight
B disadvantages
-no wide angle
-30mm works on DSLR only
-55mm is my widest film focal length
-more fiddling with adapters

What do you think?
I would take A plus the 30mm.

Use the program plus, which I believe is an A body, to get really wide with the kit lens. it probably does not vignette too badly. the 30/1.4 is a real advantage in low light where you are better in digital than film any way, but I'm not sure about the comment it onlyu works on a digital body. It should work on the program plus also.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
55mm, advantages, angle, disadvantages, film, k-mount, lens, lenses, pentax lens, slr lens, takumar, vacation
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Upcoming trip to Las Vegas (which lenses to bring?) dgaies Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 9 06-11-2010 05:47 AM
Going on vacation and need advice on lenses akira181 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 15 10-02-2009 07:02 AM
Will Pentax bring out super long prime lenses again ? lesmore49 Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 08-28-2008 09:39 PM
Lenses for Vacation?? CJSpangler Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11 06-11-2008 08:39 PM
Going camping. Should I bring my AF-360fgz? Macro lens? What should I bring? igowerf Photographic Technique 11 08-17-2007 07:48 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:25 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top