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04-13-2014, 12:01 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
I spent 8 days in NYC. Took the 10-17 fisheye, 12-24 and 17-70. Only a couple times did I wish I had something longer.
For cities, I use those lenses too. I've found the DA 10-17mm Fisheye very useful for some interiors, for example shooting up or down an atrium.

But I add the DA* 60-250mm f/4. And if I want to use only 3 lenses, I would probably reluctantly drop the DA 17-70mm f/4.

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The only issues I had in 2012 were the Empire State Building impounded my 6" mini tripod though the rest of my medium bag of stuff was OK, and the Guggenheim only allowed photography on the first floor (possibly changed now).
Yeah the Guggenheim in Bilbao Spain was the same, you could only take photos of the outdoor exhibits.

I was in NYC last October and took a tour of Lincoln Center. You were not allowed to photograph inside any building, unless it was through a window and the subject was outside. Tripods and flash units are pretty well banned in most museums/buildings.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Bigdomino Quote
Best lens for New York City and museums
I'd be thinking fast and wide, but hey that's just me...

Enjoy your visit and share some of your images when you get back.
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Its actually pretty reasonable to ban photography unless its a free museum, they not only want to have you pay to come back if you want to see it again, but they sell usually quite expensive photo books of the exhibits in the gift shops that you wouldn't need if you had your own pictures.

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That's why i never shoot exibits at museums. My focus is always on the light, shadows, reflections and people. That's what beautiful and unique. If you liked an exibit, support the museum and get a book or postcard.
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If I got a 16-50 2.8 would I ever use my 18-135 again?

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If I got a 16-50 2.8 would I ever use my 18-135 again?

Well, I can't say for sure, but I used to think I'd want the 18-135 for trips someday. But that day never came. Ever since I got the DA*16-50, I just bring it if I need it.

But I still take only a prime into a museum. Remember that the DA*16-50 should typically be shot at f/3.5 or narrower. The DA35/2.4 can be shot at f/2.4, the F*24/2 can be shot at f/2.2, and the FA31/1.8 can be shot at f/1.8 (this is all assuming you don't want a noticeable drop in IQ on these lenses by getting too close to wide-open). Thus the DA35/2.4 becomes the better value, if it will work for you.

The DA*16-50 is a very good lens. I highly recommend it if you need a zoom. The ~16-50/2.8 is a difficult range to design for, since no one has perfected it yet (in contrast, you could say that all the major DSLR makers have perfected ~70-200/2.8 lenses). But the DA*16-50 is the best one available on Pentax, and it's very good. It's the one lens I now know I put off buying for far too long - I might have fewer primes in this range if I'd just bought it first.

I wouldn't discourage you from getting the DA*16-50 at all, for overall use. But it isn't even as well suited as the DA35/2.4 for photographing artwork in museums.

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Just going to throw out the DA21 as a suggestion...

Brooklyn Bridge (it was VERY cold that day...hence no one was out there)

Coney Island Boardwalk:

Although the 16-50 works well for museums... this is from the Cloisters - perhaps one of the hidden treasures amongst the museums.

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Innivus indirectly brought up a good point there with his pictures. A camera that does clean high ISO well is probably the most useful thing for museums which typically have abysmal lighting to protect the exhibits.
If you look at the exif on his picture he was at ISO 1600 which the K5 can handle nicely and yet he still needed to stop down to F3.2 which doesn't offer a ton of depth of field and yet he could only manage 1/25th for shutter speed which is barely hand holdable even at the 16mm focal length that was used.
A collapsible monopod is a nice idea for low shutter speed in crowded museums where tripods would be a bother to people, assuming they allow even those as many ban tripods and probably don't see a difference in a monopod.
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Outside I mainly used my 12-24 and that worked very well.

Here's some samples
I like your shots, including the first and forth ones. That's also amazing how you could paraglide up to the Chrysler Building in order to get that shot with your 12-24 lens!

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