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12-09-2010, 11:52 PM   #16
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On my only cruise, stopping in Mexico at the same ports mentioned above, I had an FA 20-35, DA 40 and an FA-J 75-300. I mostly used the 20-35, sometimes with a little bounce flash inside. I did get some nice shots of birds and buildings from afar with the 75-300. Didn't use the 40 that much, although when I did the pics were nice. Didn't need it.

For the OP I would say 18-200 +/- a limited prime. If I was doing it again I would go 18-55WR and the 75-300 only.

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17mm, 55mm, and 135mm should cover most focal ranges. This is what I am taking...
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Thanks for all the suggestions again.

I am definitely taking my 50-135. Can't do without it for taking photos of the kids who are camera shy and I need to be at a distance.

I am debating between taking the da35 plus 18-200 along ORjust buy a 2.8 normal zoom...

Yes, I know I could take all my lenses on a cruise but I really want to see if I could take just 2 lenses and be disciplined enough to concentrate on composition etc.
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Having done a number of cruises from the Antarctic to the South Pacific, I take a 18-55, the 70-300, and the DA40. Also the W90 P&S for the really nasty stuff.

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DA*16-50 and your 50-135 - everything covered and WR too.
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in the lenses of your signature line, I think in general you are missing an ultra wide angle.

Let's assume here that the 50-135 stays home. the DA70 is OK for portraits indoors, and the DA35 as a normal indoor lens, your 18-200 is ok for most general use, after-all this is a cruse ship, it is painted white, and you will be in the sun, so an F2.8 zoom is not really needed.

BUT, the interior of a ship can be a little "small", I can see a desire for something wider than a 18mm lens. I agree look for a used UWA zoom, either pentax 12-24 or sigma 10-20 to compliment the 18-200. Use the two zooms for the shore visits, the primes for low light.
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if you have the budget for a normal zoom like the DA*16-50, why not get a DA12-24 instead? the DA12-24 is a marvel for scenery, tight shots around the ship, and fabulous for group shots at 24mm. the nice thing about it is that you don't have to push your back aganst the wall.
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When I went for cruise to Egypt I took 2 bodies, Sigma 10-20, FA31 and DA50-135. Didn't miss any shot I wanted to get.

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I realize I don't have an ultra wide and I am tempted to get one.

My current thinking is this:
-definitely take the 50-135;
-I have placed a rental order for the 16-50 today.

-Now that forum members have talked about ultrawide, I am wondering whether to add an ultrawide to the rental order. I am leaving on the cruise on the 18th, so I guess I need to make up my mind asap to be able to

-That would be three large lenses. I fear I would not be a Pentax owner if I did not have at least one limited prime. It would not make sense to take the ones I own as the two zooms cover that range. So even though the 10-20 sigma and the pentax 12-24 are options I might rent the da15. But then if I have the 16-50 would 1mm make that much of a difference? Darn it!is there anyone out there who has taken some ultrawide angle cruise pictures? Is it worth taking an ultra wide on a cruise, I suppose on offshore trips...

-Re: "after-all this is a cruse ship, it is painted white, and you will be in the sun, so an F2.8 zoom is not really needed".
I suppose so. But I am a sucker for a fast lens to get portrait type pics of the kids and extended family.
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i think your k5 will do with DA* 16-50



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+1 ^
I enjoy the wider field I get vs the 18-250 or the 17-70 I once owned.
the 16-50 will do fine.
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Thanks everyone.
I dont have anymore time to place a rental order change
So I will just go with the 16-50 and 50-135 and be done with it.
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If you would want 10-20 let me know. I'd sell you mine
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Although I have to admit, 16-50 + 50-135 is very good proposition indeed
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QuoteOriginally posted by psychdoc Quote
So I will just go with the 16-50 and 50-135 and be done with it.
I think for "light travel" thats probably the best combo imaginable.

Call me a little paranoid but I'd throw in that 18-200 at the bottom of a suitcase as backup just in case of an SDM failure. If you don't need it then there is no need to pull it out, but should a motor quit on you at least you don't lose precious family memories.

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