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02-11-2011, 08:31 AM   #1
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Lenses for two week vacation

I have recently moved back to Pentax with the K-5,, ditching the larger format D700 for something more compact. Right now my camera is getting serviced for the stain issue, so I figured this is a good time to put together my lens lineup for my upcoming, first time trip to Colorado and Utah.

My current lineup is rather small
18-55 K-5 Kit lens
50mm 1.4
100 mm WR Macro.
135mm F2.8 Pentax A

I have given thought to adding the following for my trip, but want to get others opinions. I shoot a lot of landscape, and this trip will be focused on that as well as some street photography. I prefer primes... out of all the lenses I have, the only one that I HAVE to keep is the Macro. That lens is awesome, and I am open to spending around $2000, maybe $2500 to complete my kit.

15 Limited, or 12-24.
Basically comes down to this for my wide angle.. I am pretty torn between the two

I have given a lot of consideration to the 31mm 1.8 limited. This lens looks fantastic, but from my point, seems like it would kinda suck not being able to use my Cokin Filters with it. What do you guys do for using grad ND filters with this lens? Is there anything else in this range that is great for landscape?

Medium telephoto for portraits
70 mm 2.4
I would love to get the 77, I just don't see myself needing to spend $$$ on the 77 right now, when I already have the Macro that can be used for portraits.. ( and yes I enjoy shooting portraits... so I am including it here. The 70 seems like a good compromise to fill this range.

Telephoto 70-200 range...
This range I am just a bit baffled on. I already have the 135mm 2.8 SMC-A.. a nice lens, though manual focus. The Tamron is excellent ( had that with Nikon ) but it was very easy to get dust inside the lens in my experience. SDM issues are keeping me at bay with the Pentax zooms.. though most likely a 300mm would be best to add to my kit as I already have the 135.

Pretty much I am trying to get from wide to telephoto.. and I enjoy using filters and don't want to spend $5000. Any suggestions.. would love to hear it.
Thanks for reading.

02-11-2011, 08:37 AM   #2
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I just bought a 60-250 on the Marketplace. Great lens and I can leave my DA*300 at home when I travel. A little large but they have great IQ and is no larger than the DA*300 but more versatile. F4 is not really a hindrance since you have the K5 with its high ISO capabilities. And it is smaller than other companies 70-200mm f2.8 lenses. I sold my 50-135 to help fund the purchase with the intentions of being able to travel with 2 lenses. The 16-50 and 60-250. I think there is still one or two on the Market.
Good luck!
02-11-2011, 08:40 AM   #3
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If I were going to be hiking and going to national parks I would take the 15, 31 (or DA35mm macro), 70, and then something longer like your 135, or maybe a DA*, M or K 200mm. 300 would be too big for me if I was hiking. If hiking isn't your thing then I would think lens size would be less of an issue.

I had the 70 and loved it, but just traded it for the 21 since I am considering taking only one lens on my trip to Europe.
02-11-2011, 08:44 AM   #4
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Sigma 10-20 3.5?
The Sig 10 and 20 primes 1.8 get great reviews.

I just landed a Tamron 28-70 2.8 and a Tamron 70-200 2.8 from the Marketplace for about 750 total. I'm pretty happy with that. My wife however is not.

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One of my favorite threads for the Sig 10-20
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The 12-24 is probably the most versatile lens I have, and is perfect for Colorado and Utah scenery. The Sigma 10-20 would be as useful. The 50 and 100 would round it out.
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To me, 2 weeks in colorado an utah implies at least some time spent in or around the grand canyon (north rim at least) plus bryce canyon, glen canyon and zion canyon national parks.

First thing you should do is to get a national park pass, You will save a ton of money.

Next, and this depends largely on your tastes, you need to tell us what you want to photograph.

If you want to shoot wildlife, 200mm is simply not enough, and I think you would want to get to 400/500 mm

Landscapes and similar may want to go as wide as 10mm

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