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03-02-2011, 02:57 PM   #16

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QuoteOriginally posted by ben_leg Quote
What about if i only bring a 12-24 and a 50-135... if you were in my situation, will you mist much...
I would very sorely miss the normal range. The gap between 24 and 50 is a very important one, and the majority of the best (mountain) landscape shots I've taken are all in that range. I once took the Sigma 10-20 out hiking in the mountains to see if I would need it, as opposed to just the 15 ltd. Out of 500 shots I took that day, I found it useful for exactly 1 (standing on the edge of a lake in a wide cirque). For the rest of that day, it was simply dead weight, carried up a couple thousand feet of elevation gain.

Take a look at this guy's photography: Galleries | Mountain and Climbing Photography | Alexandre Buisse. Notice that none of the shots are wider than 16mm, while the great majority are in the normal range or longer. Virtually all the wide angle shots (16-24) are taken while actually climbing the mountains themselves (which I assume you're not going to do).

In short, a terrible idea IMO. You would always be using the 12-24 at the long end (the weak end), you would be constantly changing lenses, and you would miss the very important normal range, all while putting yourself over your own stated weight limit. The 12-24 is a good lens, and if you want to get it, then just get it. But unless you plan to do a lot of architecture or interior shots, this trip is not a reason to do so. You would get a lot more mileage out of a normal zoom (like your 17-70) and a longer lens.

As a side note, you say the 18-135 is slow, but it's not really any slower than the 17-70 (at 70mm it's f/4.5). But it's not worth it if you already have the 17-70 (unless you value WR).

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03-02-2011, 03:07 PM   #17
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Having done a 21 day himalaya trek, you could not pay me to take the 50-135 with me, no freakin way. You need to count every single gram, walking at altitude makes everything feel 5 times as heavy.

Aside: a 12-24 would be awesome in Katmandu, but not on the trek.
03-02-2011, 08:54 PM   #18
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Let say that we put money aside for a second...

Will you prefer to go on a multi day hike with?
a) 18-135 WR + a prime 35mm (0.7kg)
b) DA* 16-50 + DA*50-135 (1.4kg)

To be honest, both options will pretty much cost the same since with the second option i could sell all my existing equipment.... and it also simplify my kit.
03-02-2011, 09:43 PM   #19
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They have porters in the Himalayas, they can even carry you, if you like. I would take big heavy lenses as I dont have to carry them.

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After having done the Gokyo-Base Camp trek I can attest that every gram definitely does count. My tripod and Sigma 100-300 stayed in the luggage the porters had almost the entire time. All I essentially used for the whole trip was my K-7 and the Sigma 17-70mm. The scenery lends itself so well to photography that you pretty much can't go wrong:

Zenfolio | Corthyll Photography Gallery | Nepal

03-03-2011, 12:02 AM   #21
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Spent a month there in 2004. Brought a Hexar AF (film, fixed 35/2.0) and Canon Elan 7E (film) with 17-40/4L, 50/1.8 and 70-200/4L. The Hexar AF and 17-40 did the lion's share of work. I was happy I brought along the 70-200/4L but honestly a 85 or 100 would have probably been a better choice to cut down on weight and bulk. The 50/1.8 should have stayed at home.

What made it tough is that half the trip was in Kathmandu and the other half trekking in the Himalayas. Both are incredible for photography, but somewhat different needs.

Based on my experience, if I were going today I'd pack the DA12-24, and two primes--a prime in the 28-43 range and a 70/77 for the city. For trekking, I'd bring a DA21, a prime in 28-43 range and a 50-135 (or 60-250), while leaving the 12-24 and 70/77 back in Kathmandu (if I had a trustworthy place to leave it) or to be carried by a porter.

In addition I'd pack a pocketable P&S as an emergency backup or for when I don't feel like lugging the camera around. It's amazing how fatigued you can be after a full day of hiking at elevations > 13,000'.

Enjoy. It's the trip of a lifetime!
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You can also leave your heavier lenses/equipment in your hotel in katmandu.

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