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05-02-2014, 06:33 AM   #1
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Kit for Machu Picchu Trip

I have a trip planned for Machu Picchu in November. When I moved from Santiago back to the States I stopped in Lima for a couple of days and got an unpleasant surprise; I had to pay customs duty on my lenses in excess of 2. Since I was moving, I was carrying a lot of gear (BTW, their duty-free list talks about cameras but not lenses, I think they make it up a they go). Anyway, to avoid a repeat of that fiasco I'm limiting myself to 1 camera and 2 lenses for the trip, a wide to normal zoom and a normal to tele zoom. For anyone who's been there, what's your advice on the following:

DA 12-24 vs DA 16-50: WIll I miss the extra width to 12mm? Also, November can be dodgy on weather so it's the sealing vs the extra width

Tele is down to 55-300 WR or 60-250. I own neither but can probably swing either by November. Is the 60-250 so much better I'd regret not spending the bucks? Can't see the difference in reach being a big issue. I'll also pack my 1.4x converter, attached to the tele so it doesn't look like a third lens.

The other option, I guess, is pick up the DA 18-270 and take one of my primes (FA31 or maybe the 43). Lose weather sealing but I'd have a fast prime for low light.

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Another option is the DA 18-135 WR. I love my 16-50 and 50-135 but for traveling the 18-135 is tempting especially weight wise. Are you planning on shooting wildlife that you need the extra focal length? There is also the DA 15 Limited for wider shots It's very sharp and light weight too. I would think with the K-5 or K-3 high ISO performance you might not need a really fast prime. Just my two cents.

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I'd take just the 16-50 and something longer, like the 55-300 or a cheap 135mm prime. (The M 135mm weighs only 270 grams.)
I wouldn't travel to Machu Pichu and use a superzoom...
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60-250 is great. but it is also heavy. Not sure how much hiking you planned. Take this into consideration...

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12-24 is what I would take.
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18-135, light, compact, WR and more than capable. This is what it was designed to do.

DA 15 pull it out when you need the very wide.

Maybe 55-300 WR an 16-50 but question as to whether you will need a long tele.

Macchu Pichu = travel light, light, light.
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I have read there are restrictions on tripods and long lenses. Some people write they had to get a license. You may want to check on that.
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