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11-15-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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travelling to jordan / choice of lenses


Same thing again an equipment post : I am going in december to Jordan and am wondering what to take:

my primary camera would be my K5. Lens options:
1. zeiss zk f3.5 18mm (MF)
2. pentax limited f2.8 35mm macro
3. zeiss zk f2 50mm macro (MF)
4. zeiss zk f1.4 85mm (MF)
5. pentax f2.8 50-135

I would get a maximal of 3 lenses and one backup camera (6. fuji x100 or a 7. fuji ga645zi - autofocus 6x4,5 medium format camera ca 30-50mm).

What would you go for ? I can decide between taking 1+2+4 or 1+3+4 or 1+2+5... and 6 or 7 ? 6 would be good for silent street photography...

Greets from germany!


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QuoteOriginally posted by olimatt Quote
Lens options:
1. zeiss zk f3.5 18mm (MF)
2. pentax limited f2.8 35mm macro
3. zeiss zk f2 50mm macro (MF)
4. zeiss zk f1.4 85mm (MF)
5. pentax f2.8 50-135

I can decide between taking 1+2+4 or 1+3+4 or 1+2+5
1+3 would leave a fairly sizeable gap in your digital coverage.
My own choice in your situation would probably be 1+2+4,
nicely spaced focal lengths, with both macro and low light/portrait coverage.
11-15-2012, 12:59 PM   #3
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I'd do the ZK 18/3.5, DA 35 Limited, and DA* 50-135.

18 - I don't particularly enjoy messing around with MF while traveling, but I also think a wide angle lens is really important for travel shots.

35 - You can use it as your "normal" lens, and it's still wide enough that'll work in relatively close quarters like across a table in a restaurant.

50-135 - While not quite as nice as the ZK 85 for portraits, it'll still do nicely while giving you more flexibility and AF
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Have a safe trip, Jordan is starting to look a little iffy as of late.....Jordan Police Vow to Strike Those Who Stir Unrest - ABC News

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I would locate a 12-24 (or a Sigma 10-20).
11-16-2012, 12:41 AM   #6
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Hallo Olivier!

I visited Jordan (Aqaba and Petra) last december, the DA18-55 was not wide enough in Petra to my liking. I also had the F35-70 and the M135/3.5.
Mostly I used the F35-70 during the week.

I' would recommend 1+2 and 5 only if you want to carry a heavy lens. In Petra (do not miss that!) you need the 18mm only, unless you want to zoom in on details.


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