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05-27-2011, 12:29 AM   #1
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Travel to Crete : which lenses to carry with me ?

Hello gents,

Next week I'll go on a 10-day trip in Crete, and I still haven't chosen which lenses to take in my backpack. I've never been in this region, and do not know what can be spotted.
For sure I will need a wide angle and a macro lens (for endemic species I can find in the rocks), but which one to choose ? They would all go on my K-5.

Here is my list :
Prime lenses :
  • DA 21mm Ltd
  • FA* 24mm
  • FA 43mm Ltd
  • FA 77mm Ltd
  • F 100mm macro
  • F 135mm
  • Sigma 180mm macro

Zoom lenses :
  • DA 16-45mm
  • DA*16-50mm (with SDM issues, I'm a little reluctant to take it with me)
  • Tamron 70-300mm (lightweight, can be a good walk-around tele)
  • Sigma 50-500mm

I can add the Pentax AF 1.7x TC with this to gain some extra reach.

I am not limited in weight, but if I wanted to travel light, I would pick 16-45mm, 100mm macro and 70-300mm. However, my ND and polarising filters have a size of 49mm and can only fit on my limited lenses...

Edit :
What i've already planned to visit is the Samaria Gorge, Knossos and the Psychro Cave.

For anyone who already went in this kind of area, what would you recommend ?


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05-27-2011, 01:04 AM   #2
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If i was you I would take at least the 21/43/100.
05-27-2011, 01:21 AM   #3
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Thanks TOUGEFC that was my primary thought, taking the limited and a macro.

I should precise that some lenses may stay in the hotel's safe if I do not plan to use them one day, I will probably not carry them all at once.
05-27-2011, 01:24 AM   #4
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Hi,
for Samaria Gorge you will really want to be light , especially if you will take the whole path (about 16km). In some caves flash is not allowed (like Sfentoni, not sure about Psychro), but with K-5 this may not be a problem; anyway faster prime may be nice to have.
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I am VERY fond of primes myself - and you surely have a fine collection! However, from my own experiences when it comes to holiday trips with pitoresque villages, places like Knossos etc. I would seriously consider the widest that you have - i.e.: the 16-45 mm. (if you are otherwise happy with the image quality of that lens).

As for a second and/or third lens that depends very much on your favourite scenes in general. Wildlife? Landscape? Macro?..... (Remember that Cret can be very HOT as we approach summer).
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in looking at the lens list, I would take the 16-45 (since you are worried about the 16-50) because it is the widest thing you have and this will matter.

I would then consider taking the primes up to what ever focal length you feel you can carry, leave the BIGMA at home, but the idea of the 1.7x AF TC is a good one, unless you are specifically going to do some wild life shots.

I do not recall the maximum aperture of the siga 180mm macro, but would probably leave that at home, stopping at 135mm for max focal length. (then adding the AF TC if you want reach)
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I took only the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 on a 10 days trip to Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini, and that was definitely wide enough, and had enough reach half of the time, but I still had to crop some pix to get the right composition.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I do not recall the maximum aperture of the siga 180mm macro, but would probably leave that at home, stopping at 135mm for max focal length. (then adding the AF TC if you want reach)
It is f/3.5.

Anyway, thanks all for your advices.

I think my final pick will be :
  • The 16-45mm as an all-around lightweight lens (or when I need some wide angle)
  • The DA 21mm for landscape pictures when I need the ND or polarising filters
  • The two FA limited for low light shots
  • The Sigma macro for macro shots or tele shots (to which I can add the 1.7x TC)


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