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03-17-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Im a new member living and born in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. I own Pentax K-5 and Pentax K-30 with 2.8 16-50, 3.5/5.6 18-135 and 4/5.6 50-200 WR,
Im looking for lenses to document a river cruise on the Danube from Germany to the Black Sea, involving landscape, streets, nature, zoos and wildlife: Would the 4 60-250 be a useful addition to my bag? And what about the 2.4 35 or the 2.8 35?
Many thanks for your hints and comments,


03-17-2013, 12:52 PM   #2
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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF ... I have a 35/2.4 and it's a great little lens that's not expensive ... I cannot help you concerning the other lenses, sorry.
03-17-2013, 01:58 PM   #3
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You already have a lot of zoom covering focal lengths between 16 and 200 mm. Would you consider some prime lenses? Pentax has a lot to offer and prime lenses can offer great IA..

For landscapes, I like to use the DA15mm and the FA31mm f1.8 Ltd. The DA15 is a wide angle lens and I enjoy it. The FA31mm is fabulous, a reference lens. Both lenses will work very nicely with your cameras. I use them with my K-7 and K-01 with great success. I think that these two lenses would complement nicely your lineup and be useful for your cruise.

I recently discussed a trip during which I took a lot of landscape shots and I used my FA31mm and VL58mm:

Hope that the comment may help.
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For landscapes, I like to use the DA15mm
+1, it's also a good lens for tight spaces like on the boat, enjoy the cruise, I'm jealous.

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IMO 16 - 50 mm f2.8 plus 60 - 250mm f4.0 is very capable combo, that would cover almost everything. Whether you will like the weight, thats another question. I personally prefer DA 21mm plus DA 70mm combo for travels (ok, with DA 35 Ltd in the bag). I am not a pro, so do not feel obliged "not to miss a shot".


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03-18-2013, 11:38 AM   #6
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Hello dear Pentaxians!

Thank you for the nice welcome and the lens ideas. Difficult choice: I am hesitating between the 2.4/35 and the 4/15... maybe I invest into both of them. And the 70: A dream for another day.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Luxembourger Quote
Hello dear Pentaxians!

Difficult choice: I am hesitating between the 2.4/35 and the 4/15... maybe I invest into both of them.
So get 21mm - right in the middle
03-18-2013, 03:29 PM   #8
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So get 21mm - right in the middle
21 will be good for street (see OP) but the DA*60-250 will be a huge upgrade from the 50-200WR... However, the DA* is significantly bigger and size and weight may be worth considering for this kind of trip... You may not have anywhere secure to store equipment and have to carry anything you take...

03-18-2013, 03:41 PM   #9
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A DA*60-250 is a very good lens but not necessarily a great "travel lens" if you value small and lightweight. You would look at a DA 55-300 which is a lot cheaper and smaller, and better optically than your 50-200WR. Although to be honest the 50-200WR is a good travel lens, but it's a matter of whether you are satisfied with the IQ.
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Hi luxembourger,
I'm also living in Luxembourg and have a pentax k-30 with 18-55, Tamron 10-24 and some carl zeiss jena 50 2.8, jupiter 135/3,5 and Tair 3-phs 4,5/300.
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I would suggest going the other direction. Get an ultra wide zoom. Either the Pentax DA 12-24 F4.0 or the Sigma 10-20 or the Tamron 10-24. I can't speak to either the Sigma or Tamron offerings but I have extensively used the Pentax DA 12-24 and have found it to be an excellent lens. The reason I suggest an ultra wide is that there are sure to be ultra wide photo opportunities, expecially on a river cruise. It's also excellent for architectural shots.
NaCl(the wider the better)H2O

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