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03-25-2013, 10:43 AM   #1
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Peru and Macchu Piccu Trekking

I'm going on to Peru in April (primarily cities and highlands, no jungle) for two weeks, and I'm considering lens selection. I am not planning on purchasing additional lenses for the trip


Zoom Lenses of note:
Pentax-DA 18-135
Pentax-F 70-210
Sigma 70-210 (autofocus)
Pentax-DA 18-55
Pentax-F 100-300
Tamron 18-200
Pentax-F 35-70

Primes of note:
F50/2.8 Macro
Takumar 135mm f3.5
Takumar 200mm f5.6

I'm inclined to bring 18-135 (general use), DA15 (hiking in mountains), and the F70-210 or 200mm Takumar for distance shots in the mountains. I'm also considering each of the 50mm lenses as well. I prefer to travel light, however.


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03-25-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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DA15 + DA18-135 is agreat combo! the F70-200 will only add the 135-200 range which is not taht much... If you want extra reach you should consider your F100-300 but I donīt know about its IQ. The Takumar 200mm is slow so I donīt see any advantage over the zooms...

I would take:
DA15+DA18135 for trekking
F28+F50/1.7 (vs 2.8 macro: faster to autofocus - biggest aperture) for creative / indoor fotography

From what I have read, the DA18-135 is also excelent arround 24mm@f5.6/f8.

Honestly, I think the DA18-135 will stay on your camera most of the time. The size of the DA15 makes it great to carry in a lowepro lens case ( Lowepro Lens Case 8 x 6 cm -Black: Electronics) for the moments you need wide while trekking (you will trek a lot...)
finally, get a CPL for the 18-135, you wonīt regret it. (also, a 49mm one for the F lenses if you can afford it or a stepdown ring..) ( Marumi DHG Super Circular Polarizer CPL PL.D 77 77mm Filter Japan: Electronics)
when out at night (taking a nap is the law becouse of the heat so night life is really good) you will want the IQ of the F28 wide open and the F50/1.7 for low light speed and a bit more reach.

Have a nice trip and please show us some pictures when you get back!
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QuoteOriginally posted by alphanerd Quote
Peru and Macchu Piccu Trekking
Wow, a holiday of a life time, I must admit I would like to do it, but with a minimum on the trekking part.

As for lenses, the way I shoot, it's all about primes, 15, 50 and 135 mm which I see you also have in your lens line up. Easy to manage and keeps both the weight and bulk down, when trekking.

Have a great time and post some images when you get back.
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Wow, a holiday of a life time.
My wife and I spent 6 months travelling internationally. (K10D + 18-55 or Tamron 18-200)

Trip of a Lifetime

I'm taken the DA15 + F70-210 backpacking in mountainous terrain before, which is part of why the F70-210 is being considered.

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Any time there is archeology I think one macro lens also should be taken--the 50mm f2.8 macro would be that plus.
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Need anyone to carry your equipment? I'm available.
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15 and 18-135. The macro would be nice.
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For myself, I'd go with my Tamron 70-200, DA15/21 & FA 43.


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