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10-28-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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Havana, Cuba... which lens?

I currently own a K5iis and need to choose a walk around lens. sounds like an easy choice, but maybe not!
The contenders are:
Sigma 17-50 2.8 EX HSM FLD
DA 50-135 2.8
Sigma 10-20
(my wife gets the Sigma 17-70)
I am thinking there would be plenty of shots with the 10-20 but when it comes to street shots it would not be good with people
the 17-50 just doesn't seem like enough reach for getting people in street shots...or is it? just picked up this ultra sharp lens
The 50-135 is by far my favourite lens for people, but would likely be missing a lot of other shots like indoors?

any opinion, even if you never been to Havana, is welcome

thanks everyone

randy

10-28-2013, 03:50 PM   #2
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one that can contain a mojito?

Honestly, I´d take the DA40 for street.. Why lug a big heavy zoom? Also, being a tourist in cuba, why call more attention than you´ll aready will? But that´s just me..
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If your wife handles a camera well, and she is going to be with you most of the time, I would select something which complements the 17-70, rather than doubling up. That rules out the 17-50.

Now you just have to decide on wide vs tele. I would go wide.
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Hi, thanks for commenting on my photos of cuba. When I was in cuba I used my sigma 18-50 2.8 as the walk around lens, Of coz the sigma 10-20 is always in my bag as well but to be honest the I did not use it as much as I thought I would be since the people are the main subject of most of my photos and I did not want to go right in front of the strangers to get the photos. I did use the 50-135 a lot as well since many times I shoot right across the street.

Finally for low light I would highly suggest the FA31mm 1.8 or the cheaper sigma FA30mm 1.4. since it is just about wide enough for indoor shots. Remember indoor area in cuba are not really that big. They have many many interesting small corner shops that you might want your 30mm or 31mm to shoot with. And trust me you will be the 1.8 or 1.4 since they do not turn any lights on during the day and the shops are dark.

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I have the DA*50-135, which is a great lens, but a bit heavy and restricted in range at the wide end for a walkaround. The DA18-135 isn't a match for it in terms of absolute IQ, but it isn't at all bad, and it's light and flexible. On my last trip abroad, it was the most used lens. Its flare control is amazingly good for a comparatively inexpensive lens. I took my DA15/4 for wider views.
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Walk around lens for tourist type things has to be the 18-135. One lens in one camera case, no changing lenses. .. for architecture, to go with it, the Sigma 8-16 is was my choice. Of if you like the funky fisheye look, the DA 10-17.

The only other thing you might want would be a 35 2.4 or DA 50 1.8 for low light. I'd consider taking my 21 if I were going, heck I'd take my whole camera bag, wait my daughter had her brief case stolen from her hotel room in Cuba, maybe I wouldn't do that. DA 18-135 it is then.

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Crikey, Norm. I hadn't really considered the Sigma 8-16 before, as I thought the 10-20 was as far as I needed to go, but that thread link you provided has made me start to reconsider.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RobA_Oz Quote
Crikey, Norm. I hadn't really considered the Sigma 8-16 before, as I thought the 10-20 was as far as I needed to go, but that thread link you provided has made me start to reconsider.
It's a heck of a lens. I was looking at the CA and sharpness numbers and it's ahead of a lot of primes, in both categories. CA is the downfall of most zooms, it's a strength of this zoom. It's completely corrected down to 12mm for panos. One of Sigma's "homerun" lenses.





I can't say enough about it, except, for a touristy lens, it's too big (doesn't fit easily in a pocket) too heavy, and not water resistant.

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
... I can't say enough about it, except, for a touristy lens, it's too big (doesn't fit easily in a pocket) too heavy, and not water resistant.
The same goes for the 10-20/3.5, which is why I don't take it overseas. The DA15/4 isn't water resistant either, but it's easily protected and pocketable, although it's a long way from either 8 or 10 mm FoV.
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