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03-24-2012, 11:56 AM   #1
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Lenses to take on trip

OK. So I am off to California at the end of May with some friends (two of whom are Califonians - hence the trip really).

We have a packed itineray and will be travelling up and down the state quite a bit. I am obviously very keen to make the most of the photographic opportunities.We will be driving around a fair bit and probably going for walks etc. I think the longest we are staying in one place is about 4 days.

We start in the mountains to the east of San Diego and during the trip will be going to San Diego itself, LA, Yosemite, Nappa and San Fransico. Clearly I'll need a few lenses to take in all the varied locations however taking into account weight. This isn't a trip that I will be re-doing any time soon so I want to make sure I make the most of it.

My basic lens kit that I am thinking of:

DA* 60-250mm (I don't yet own this lens yet but am planning to exchange/sell some lenses for it soon)
DA* 16-50mm - good all round lens and it covers the wide angle which I don't have in any other lenses
DA 35mm Macro

I think that this covers most things. My main concern is whether I should swap out (or add) the FA 43mm for the 35mm. Any lens I take I need to be prepared to carry with me. Any advice would be appreciated.

The other thing is I need to be able to back up my photographs on the go. I know this question isn't really suited for the Lens forum but does anyone know of any kind of HDD with a built in SD card reader built in?

Thanks very much!

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That is a good collection. I have been very fond of the DA*16-50. The others are good choices as well. I use the 16-50 for about 85% of all my photos. The others get done with a macro or a extreme long...
03-24-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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You wimp. Where is the Sigma 500 f4.5

Actually i think it is a great choice of lenses so it depends how fanatical you are. I won't leave my 35mm at home.

My next African trip will include my 60-250 and 35 as well as that I will have
Sigma 500 f4.5, 21 Ltd, 15 Ltd, 100 macro WR and at least 2 K5s - still tossing up about a third camera as well as a sigma flash and blah, blah, blah - but I am a fanatic

I have a rapid strap for my 60-250 that is brilliant to work with.
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I'll speak as a native Californio and as an optics junkie: 16mm isn't wide enough, f/2.8 isn't fast enough. My basic minimal travel kit contains the DA10-17 fisheye, Tamron 10-24 ultrawide, DA18-250 superzoom, FA50/1.4 for speed, and a Raynox DCR-250 for macro. I flesh those out with MF Vivitar 24/2 or 28/2 CFWA and a modded-for-PK Nikkor 85/2, and sometimes the agile little F35/70.

I use the F35/70 in Napa Valley towns and San Diego's Balboa Park; the Tamron 10-24 and DA10-17 for many tight spaces, including redwood groves and the inner workings of wineries; the faster lenses for San Francisco at night or to capture my grandkids playing in their Twin Peaks yard with the Bay Bridge in the background; the DA18-250 whenever I need the range and reach.

You have the basics of a nice kit. My recommendations: Take your DA*s. Think about an ultrawide (8-16 or 10-20 or 10-24), and something faster than f/1.7. And wear a hat. The sun gets intense in places out here. Have fun!

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Thanks. I do have the 10-17 and it's something I am considering, but in terms of fast lenses I only have an A 50mm f/1.4 and the 43mm Ltd. Out of those two I'd lean towards the Ltd even if it's a touch slower.
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For me it would easily be the FA43 if I had one. I don't do a lot of macro and would prefer the better lens for portraits/landscapes. If you want macro then DA35 is your answer since both the 16-50 should be great at portraits and landscapes and the DA35 is pretty good also.
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I just got back. Prom a weel between San simian (hurst castle) and sanfrancisco

I took a lowepro computrekker 100 backpack, my K5 and K7 my sigma 10-20, Tamron 28-75/2.8 and sigma 70-200 zoomslus my K300/4 and 1.7x AF TC. As well I took an 8mm fisheye and sigma 2x TC. I used them all but the long glass was only for hiking and nature. In. The cities etc I stick to the 10-20 and 28-75 plus the fisheye
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Thanks for all the good advice.

One final question: given the fact that the weather is basically going to be sunny (most likely) how essential would a polariser be for each lens?

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It's a question I haven't asked myself in a long time. I don't know about the polariser but I always use the lens hood. I love the colours the pentax lenses with the K5 produce. I find I can make the changes I want in Lightroom. I am interested in what other people think as well.
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