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07-09-2014, 09:16 AM   #1
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Help me pick lenses for a month in Iran! : ]

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I will spend September in Iran visiting friends, it will be my first trip to the country; I very much enjoy photography of nature and architecture and friends, and certainly will take my camera with me -- though recently I kind of fell in love with a 6x6cm Yashica TLR, I will take a Pentax K5ii and a MX with me.

Now I am in the lucky position to decide which lenses to take -- the goals are to keep luggage small; I will have a safe place to leave my stuff, but quite a significant amount of time I'll only take a backpack and only one camera (which one depends on me, if it feels like a film or a digital day ).

Because I wanted compatibility between my DSLR and my SLR (it started with a k100d and a P30 back in high school), I never bought any of the newer zoom lenses, and I don't even own a kit zoom lens. These are the lenses I could take with me: A 20mm f/2.8, M 28mm f/3.5, FA 43mm f/1.9, M 50mm f/1.4, A 50mm f/2.8 Macro, M 85mm f/2.0 . Certainly these are way too many lenses , but it's rather fun to argue which lenses to pick, and I want to include you in this discussion as I suppose many of you had to face similar decisions, and noticed only on the journey that they should have better picked another lens .

Right now I'd go for the 20mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/1.4, but then I certainly like the 43mm and maybe even the Autofocus could help sometimes? The M28mm is smaller than the 20mm and I could use my 49mm Polariser on both lenses... so..?

Or should I now finally move into zoom territory?

I'm looking forward to hearing your comments and opinions!

07-09-2014, 09:26 AM   #2
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Out of what you have I'd take the 20, 43, and 85. Of course I'd also think about adding the DA 18-135 WR for the WR and convenience of having that range, plus it is much sharper than most people think a zoom is (at least my copy).
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I would only take the FA43mm since that's the only AF lens and if you do you will end up with a nice holiday photoset.
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QuoteOriginally posted by VoiceOfReason Quote
Out of what you have I'd take the 20, 43, and 85. Of course I'd also think about adding the DA 18-135 WR for the WR and convenience of having that range, plus it is much sharper than most people think a zoom is (at least my copy).
I was thinking the same 3 lenses: take your widest, longest, and something in the middle.

The OP seems open to adding zoom. I'll second the DA 18-135 due to WR, versatile zoom range, and price. (Personally, I use the DA* 16-50 because the extra 2mm on the wide end plus f2.8, but I would never buy it at current $1300 USD prices.)

So, 3 primes, or just a zoom, or maybe a zoom plus single prime.

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I would put the FA43 on the K5ii and the 20 on the MX and that is all. Or maybe just take the Yashica. Do you know of places to buy film in Iran?

When traveling often times less is more and taking too much gear can detract from the enjoyment of the trip.
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Like others said, if you can pick up the DA 18-135 with WR you will be covered if the weather doesn't cooperate. At least have one WR lens to go with your K-5 II.

I am facing a similar decision concerning a trip to India this September. It will be primarily a mission trip and I have to travel light. I am going to take my DA 18-135 because of the WR, then I have a choice between a
DA 15mm , DA 35mm macro, FA 50mm F2.8 macro, DA 70mm F2.4. I am thinking about taking the FA 50mm F2.8 because it is a macro and sharp. The 18-135 will give me a little bit on the wide end.

Have a fun trip.

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