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08-19-2011, 10:17 AM   #16
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If the OP is asking whether to go with the DA 15 or 16-45 from his current lens collection, then there's no question: Take the 16-45 and leave the 40 home.

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Take the prime since it sounds like you want to use that. If you're putting in the miles then leave the DA14 and zoom at home since it will probably just be extra luggage.
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QuoteOriginally posted by twitch Quote
I'd be taking a DA15 or DA21 if you have one, otherwise do you have the Kit 18-55?
My hiking kit is the 18-55 WR and the DFA 100 WR. I agree that the kit lens is fantastic when weight is an issue. It's reliable, very good (not great, but still) and covers a good range. But if I went primes only, I'd bring the DA21, F50 (or 40 if that's what I had) and possibly the 100.

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But if it's a new lens in question, the DA21 is close to perfect for a single lens option.
If I brought only oen lens, that would be it.
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Whatever you end up choosing, please let us know and then share you experience and some images! I always love to hear how people feel about their lens choices for traveling (especially backpacking), especially after they get back to know if there are any shots they absolutely loved or missed due to inadequate lens selections.
Thanks for all your replies and suggestions. Sorry for the late reply.

I ended up bringing the DA 40mm and DA 16-45mm.

I had a tiny camera bag which the camera + 40mm fit in nicely, while the camera + 16-45mm had to either go around my neck or in the top of my pack.
Plus, I had a circular polarizer for my 40, while the 16-45mm had to go naked.

I ended up taking 90% of my photos with the 16-45mm. Almost all of them are at the 16 end.

I used the zoom more while travelling and the prime more while at camp, catching sunsets, storms, etc.

I think more of my favorites are with the 40mm, but that's probably because when I had a great photo op, I swapped to the 40mm.

In hindsight, I could have gotten away with just the 16-45mm, but the 40mm is so small it didn't add much weight.

By the way, my trip was absolutely wonderful.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Shamwow Quote
I ended up taking 90% of my photos with the 16-45mm. Almost all of them are at the 16 end.

By the way, my trip was absolutely wonderful.
Sounds like a DA15 would be perfect for you, small and wide, would make a great pair with your DA40.

Good to hear you a great trip
11-04-2011, 09:43 AM   #21
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I backpack and ski tour with my K-x, da40, and da15. It's my go-to small and light setup (the 40/15 combo is the dynamic duo) A nice small package with great IQ.
If I'm hoping for any wildlife shots I bring the 55-300. It's a lot bigger than the other two but pretty light. Worth the weight if I need the reach.
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The often overlooked pragmatic factor between lenses isn't the focal length but the perspective produced from the point the images are taken. A simple panoramic, three-shot 150-degree arc stitch using a lens with a 50-degree AoV is not the same as a single image from a 150-degree UWA lens. Pick a shooting point for each lens given the same image dimensions and project the lines to the vanishing points in the background.

Combine that with the fact that you may not be able to access the point you'd like to make the shot from with a given lens.

Choices are useful.

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I took DA15 + F70-210 on my most recent backpacking trip. The DA15 was nice and light for panoramic shots, and suits my style. The F70-210 let me get a few animal shots, and portraits from a distance.

The DA15 is quite sharp -- I can always crop the scene, or zoom with my feet (if possible); it's also quite light, which is nice for backpacking.


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