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02-19-2008, 06:17 PM   #1
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10-17 as walking around city lens?

Off to Hong Kong for a week and will be shooing a lot. I will have my Leica D-Lux 3 p&s and normally have my 100mm macro on the dslr. I'm thinking that it will likely be too long for city use. I have the 18-55 kit lens, but also have a 10-17 fisheye showing up. Anyone used that as a "city" lens? Seems like it might be pretty functional at the long end, and suitably wacky for the local tight spaces at the short end. I've never had a 10-17, but did have a Tokina 12-24 for my D70 but I rarely used it. Thoughts?

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I think the FE is able to be a walk around lens, especially in a lively city like Hong Kong where everything is in such close quarters. I used to own one, it was fun, but not really me.
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It would be a good choice.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nostatic Quote
Off to Hong Kong for a week and will be shooing a lot. I will have my Leica D-Lux 3 p&s and normally have my 100mm macro on the dslr. I'm thinking that it will likely be too long for city use. I have the 18-55 kit lens, but also have a 10-17 fisheye showing up. Anyone used that as a "city" lens? Seems like it might be pretty functional at the long end, and suitably wacky for the local tight spaces at the short end. I've never had a 10-17, but did have a Tokina 12-24 for my D70 but I rarely used it. Thoughts?
The 10-17 is a perfect city lens in my humble opinion. Be sure to experiment with just how amazingly close you can get to your subject and still focus. I wouldn't think twice about carrying the 18-55 and the 10-17 and the 100mm macro myself though. I don't know about the macro, but the other two lenses are very lightweight and compact. I know you'll get some great shots with your Leica D-Lux 3, that camera is made for travel shooting!

I hope you have a fantastic trip. Please share your photos when you get back.

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the 100mm macro is actually not much longer than the 18-55. I might pack all of them. Should be fun shooting. The D-lux 3 has 28-112mm equivalent lens though and I can shoot raw so maybe the macro can stay at home. Seems the 10-17 allows for decent closeup, and the Leica will get to 5cm.
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I'd love to see what your 10-17 can do, so if you're taking it with you, please post some of your photos for us to see. It might be next on my list to pick up...
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I think the 10-17 would give rather nice result sin a tighter city landscape. on the longer end of the lens distortion isn't really bad so I would expect it to be rather usable.

but:

- the front glass of the lens is protruding quite a bit so I would be afraid that it might get scratched in really busy places where lots of people are moving...

-You can get close but in order to get any particular person on the photo you would actually have to get close which might not be what you want.

- the macro lens although really sharp might be a bit inflexible being a prime lens after all...

I would take all of them if you don't mind the schlep or at least the FE and the Kit lens.

Have a great trip!

Cheers Juergen
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