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01-20-2011, 12:57 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by GaryH Quote
I have decided on 3 lenses.
16-50 and the
these should cover most anything I might want to shoot and will fit in my Lowepro Classified 160
I have had great fun with the 10-17 and it is hard to leave it behind.
I think thats probably the wisest choice...

You'll probably only use the 10-17 and 16-50 on the ship. The 55-300 is useful for camera shy folks and the odd long shots


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QuoteOriginally posted by ve2vfd Quote
I think thats probably the wisest choice...

You'll probably only use the 10-17 and 16-50 on the ship. The 55-300 is useful for camera shy folks and the odd long shots

The 55-300mm will be good for ports of call. I used the 50-200mm very successfully on a tour bus when I was on the inside seat. The other two lenses will also be good to capture "vistas" when there are some nice large open spaces to capture. I imagine Alaska has a lot of that.

Seeing as he has a K-5, I think the maximum aperture of f2.8 will be sufficient on the boat if he gives his camera enough auto ISO range to work with.

I suggest not using non-multicoated plain filters (eg. the clear digital or otherwise). The one I had on my 31mm Limited sucked and it was claimed to be a ultra-clear "digital" one. After the trip I ordered a Hoya S-HMC UV filter for the lens...much much better.
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I have gone on several alaska cruises. The first with 35mm: 17mm, 24mm, 28-55mm, 70-210, and "fast 50", and 1.5x converter. Then, with the k100, 16-45mm and 50-200mm. Next, the k100 and k200 with 10-20mm, 16-45mm, 50-200. Then for the last trip, I added the "bad" version of the 100-300mm.

I definitely got more pictures with the 10-20mm than I did without it, but not as many as I'd thought (compared to how much I use it generally.) The 100-300 was surprisingly useful - I bought it just before the trip and used that 200-300 range a lot. I liked it so much that I tried to replace the 50-200 and 100-300 with a 55-300, but it performed worse than either of the other two, and I haven't bothered to go through the while trial process again.

Occasionally you'll want more than 300mm if you want to take some wildlife pictures - although if you have a newer camera you can probably crop to make up for some lack of focal length. I mostly used the 300mm on my 6mp camera, so there wasn't a lot of room for cropping.

Weather sealing would be an advantage if you get wet weather, as we've almost always had. I have no weather-sealed lenses and haven't had a problem - basically it seems like if it's raining enough to hurt the camera, it's raining too hard for most picture opportunities. However I did get some water under the top lcd on the k100. Heating it with a hair dryer seemed to resolve the problem. I did have a plastic bag to cover the camera, but some water got through.

What equipment you can practically take on excursions will depend on what excursions you take. If you specify what ports you'll visit you might get specific excursion suggestions.


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