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07-31-2011, 08:31 AM   #1
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What lenses for France holiday?

I'm off to Bordeaux, then down the coast to the Basque region in a bit. Photos (I imagine) will be amix of landscape, city, and portrait (both of my other half and candid).

I'm taking my K10D in a Billingham Hadley; the question is what lenses should I take?

Sigma 10-20mm
M50/1.4
FA*24
Kit 18-55

and one of either:
FA77 or DA50-135

Presently I'm going with the 10-20, FA*24 and 50-135 - although I keep changing my mind...

Any ideas? Would like to keep it to 3 lenses really, and skip the flash. Thanks for any comments!

07-31-2011, 08:45 AM   #2
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Well with the 50-135mm you can walk in the rain/drizzle and still make pictures.

On the other hand if you just take 24 and 77 you can do almost anything and don't bother to change lenses to much.
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Personal choice in the end but if you've never been to that part of France before Bordeaux down to the Basque country is pretty flat: big open area's with pine forests.

The area near the Spanish border, where the Pyrenees come down to the sea has some very dramatic scenery.

Cities, such as Bayonne have very narrow streets with tall buildings. So your 10-20 and your FA*24 would be my choice.

The Basques are also sport mad. Rugby, surfing, pelota and bull fighting so your 50-135 would also be a must for me.

I'm off to Biarritz myself on Thursday, for 3 1/2 weeks, so if you see some one wandering with a k5 it could be yours truly
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Great, thanks guys.

Think I'll go with the 10-20, 24, and 50-135; hiring the 77 can wait til another time!

I'll keep an eye out for another Pentax user...

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I would go with the 10-20 the kit lens and the 50-135

The 24 would leave too much gap
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Yeah... but the FA*24 is new and I don't want to leave it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by rob1234 Quote
What lenses for France holiday?
All that you own and all that you can borrow, can one really have enough?
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QuoteOriginally posted by rob1234 Quote
I'm off...the question is what lenses should I take?
Same as any place you go - the 12-24 :-) Or in your case, the 10-20 and 50.

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Went for 10-20, 24, and 50-135...
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my last few trips to europe have included nothing beyond 85mm. (although I cheat a little by taking my 1.7x AF TC to use on my 84F1.4 in a pinch, BUT I don't use it all that much.

In fact even when i did take a 70-200F2.8 and a 2x TC it largely went un used.

that was 5 or 6 trips ago.

although the 50-135 will give you some good shots, The hole between i20 and 50 is important.

my basic minimum kit for europe is sigma 10-20 and tamron 28-75F2.8

then I add in the 85/1.4 and sometimes a fisheye
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I find some tele very useful for architectural details that can be some distance away like higher up in churches, on fronts etc.

I'm with kerrodown by the way. When on my holiday trip, I bring everything I have.
When I go out, naturally I make a selection.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bart Quote
I find some tele very useful for architectural details that can be some distance away like higher up in churches, on fronts etc.

I'm with kerrodown by the way. When on my holiday trip, I bring everything I have.
When I go out, naturally I make a selection.
I do this to some extent, I can't take everything though as I have (Due to LBA) 45 lenses and 3 dslr bodies, but I do take 2 camera bags.

one to carry eveything to where I am going, and a smaller shoulder bag that can hold a couple of lenses and / or a second body with a lens attached.

THat way, I take what I think I would realistically need for the purpose, although lately, I really have found that I can get by on vacations while city bound with just the 10-20 and 24-75 if I have to. In that case I put one on my K7 the other on my K10 and just switch bodies/lenses in and out of the shoulder bag.

I agree a tele can help on archetectural details, and this is where I flip back and forth between my 85/1.4 plus 1.7x AF TC and my K135/2.5
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I'm going to the same region in a little while and am planning on packing a DA12-24, DA15, FA31, FA77 and a 18-55WR for wet days. I'm leaving my 50-135, 55-300 (or do I take this instead of the FA77?), DA21, DA70, DA40, 17-70 at home. A bit nuts I'm leaving all 3 pancakes at home, makes me wonder what the point of them is now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
I'm going to the same region in a little while and am planning on packing a DA12-24, DA15, FA31, FA77 and a 18-55WR for wet days. I'm leaving my 50-135, 55-300 (or do I take this instead of the FA77?), DA21, DA70, DA40, 17-70 at home. A bit nuts I'm leaving all 3 pancakes at home, makes me wonder what the point of them is now.
That's pretty close to my kit these days, but I have been traveling with the DA70, rather than FA77. I think the DA is more suited to landscapes, and it is smaller. I also keep the DA40 at all times. It is so small and sharp there is no reason not to have it in the bag. The kit lens, by itself, is so small and light, that it is great to have it along.
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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
I'm going to the same region in a little while and am planning on packing a DA12-24, DA15, FA31, FA77 and a 18-55WR for wet days. I'm leaving my 50-135, 55-300 (or do I take this instead of the FA77?), DA21, DA70, DA40, 17-70 at home. A bit nuts I'm leaving all 3 pancakes at home, makes me wonder what the point of them is now.
I would substitute a baggie and 2 rubber bands instead of the kit. Since you are not taking everything, I would think about just the 12-24, 40, and 70. If you love the 31 which most owners do you could substitute it for the 40. But as Gene said, the 40 and 70 are great travelers.
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