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03-23-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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Undecided about lenses for travel

Hello. I had a Pentax K-5 II, and sold it. I started to miss it, and I bought it again. lol! It should arrive on Tuesday, and the lenses I'll have with it are: Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6, Pentax 18-55mm WR lens, and I have the Pentax M 50mm F1.4.

I will be travelling to Mexico this summer for two months, and I'm undecided about what lenses to take. I know this topic is subjective since it depends on what one shoots. I'm not sure what I shoot since it's mostly random shots, but I have noticed I mostly shoot wide, and like fast wide lenses at night. Here is a link to some of my "interesting" pictures.
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I'm happy with the lenses I already have, but also really want the Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens, but I can't afford it. I'm now debating if I should sell the Sigma 10-20mm to buy the Sigma 30mm. I'd like to have a WR, fast, wide, light lens. I know this is a lot to ask for for the limited money.

I've been thinking about selling the lenses listed and buy the following combinations:

A) Pentax 16-45mm + Sigma 30mm F1.4
Pros: I'd have a semi wide lens with a fast lens!
Downside: I won't have a WR lens, and Guadalajara, Mexico has rainy summer nights.

B) Pentax 18-55mm WR + Sigma 30mm F1.4
Pros: Lenses are light, I'd have a WR lens, and a fast lens.
Downside: I won't have the ultra wide.

C) Sigma 17-70 F2.8-4.5 + Sigma 30mm F1.4
Pros: I'd have a nice range for travel, F2.8 at 17mm, semi macro, and a fast lens.
Cons: I'd probably go a little over budget, won't have WR, or ultra wide.

D) Sigma 10-20mm + Sigma 30mm F1.4
Pros: I'd have what I want.
Cons: Might miss more range, won't have WR, won't have light lenses.

E) Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 + Sigma 30mm F1.4
Pros: F2.8 throughout the range and a fast lens.
Cons: Won't have a WR lens, will go over budget.

So again I know this is subjective, but what combination would you have? The Sigma 30mm is a must lens for me. I hope I can find it at a good price. :/ I'm leaning towards combination A, and B. Does the Pentax 16-45mm focus closely?

03-23-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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I'd recommend the WR lens regardless of what else you take as I like having the ability to continue to use the camera despite whatever nature throws at me. Remember that the WR also works against dust intrusion, as well as water, to some extent.
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Thank you for the response. I've never shot pictures when it rains. Last year I took my Canon T2i to Mexico, and I remember I kept putting the camera away because of the rain. I think I'm going to keep the WR lens then. I have two months to save. I hope I can afford the 30mm, but it looks like I won't. :'( haha. I had it, and sold it. I should have kept it.
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I'd say go with what you've got,
especially if you don't need anything longer than the 50mm range.

Your M50/1.4 can give you the low light and bokeh shots
that you'd otherwise be taking with the Sigma 30/1.4,
even if it isn't quite as wide.

I've used my M50/1.4 in all sorts of rough conditions,
so if you keep it from getting too much rain on it,
the fact that it is not weather sealed
should not be a problem.

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That's also what I was thinking. I really would like the 30mm though because it's wider. When I had the 50mm F1.8 on my Canon I didn't use it much because it seemed too close when using indoors.

Thank you for the reply. I might stay with what I have to see how I feel about my current lenses. I can't wait until the Pentax K-5 II arrives.
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I would recommend you stick with what you have for many of the reasons others have mentioned. Personally I was unhappy with the 30 1.4 due to corner softness and it needed to be stopped down for decent results. The high ISO performance of the K5 makes having a 1.4 less of a concern in my opinion. When travelling weight is a big factor for me which makes me appreciate my Limited lenses, but given costs, stick with what you have which is good equipment. Your biggest gap appears to be telephoto from what I can see.

Enjoy Mexico, I was in the Mayan Riviera in November for a neice's wedding and it was a great (I took my Limiteds and DFA macro which was reasonable weight and versatile) photographic experience.
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Yeah, weight is a big factor for me. I'm very skinny, and after having the camera on my neck all day, my neck feels it at the end of the day.

I really wish I had the Sigma 30mm F1.4 though. I had it on my Canon T2i, and loved it. Mostly because it allowed me to keep ISO low. I think I'll have to test my lenses for a while to see that's the lowest I can keep it at with those lenses.

I'm actually going to Cancun too for 3 days. I'm very excited. I've never been there, which is why I'm so unsure about lenses. Can you post some of your pictures?
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QuoteOriginally posted by memo90061 Quote
what lenses to take
Is all of them, not an option and for the weight, load up your partner or travelling companions with the odd lens or two.

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That's good advise! hahah. I have done it once, but felt embarrassed when I wanted to keep switching lenses. hahah.
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QuoteOriginally posted by memo90061 Quote
but felt embarrassed when I wanted to keep switching lenses
Then phrases like, how on earth did that get there, spring to mind.
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Hahaha. I shall try that!
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I like to have a 50mm, and a wide lens for travel.
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I'm going to try that lens with the K-5 II. It was supposed to arrive today, but UPS now gives me this message: Network disruption due to prior weather conditions, check ups.com for further updates. AH! I already dislike UPS, and now that. I know it's not their fault though. lol
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The camera + lenses arrived today!

I really love the Sigma 10-20mm lens. It gives interesting results. I'm still unsure if I should sell it to buy the Sigma 30mm. If I could find a cheap Sigma 30mm I can afford to keep it.

Here is a shot of my room. haha
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QuoteOriginally posted by memo90061 Quote
The camera + lenses arrived today!

I really love the Sigma 10-20mm lens. It gives interesting results. I'm still unsure if I should sell it to buy the Sigma 30mm. If I could find a cheap Sigma 30mm I can afford to keep it.

Here is a shot of my room. haha
Congratulations on your new kit. Enjoy exploring all the possibilities!
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