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08-10-2015, 02:16 PM   #1
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Good walkaround/travel zoom lens for a trip to Mexico

Hi I am looking for recommendations for a good travel lens for a trip to Mexico. I want to travel light but at the same time be able to produce sharp quality images. I am looking at being able to do street photography, a few on the beach and ofcourse general landscape.

I have a K5 II and the kit lens (18-55 DA WR). I also have a Sigma 10-20 and HD 70mm.

Please let me know as your recommendations will shape my decision in buying the right lens.
(p.s. I was looking at DA 16-85mm for its WR but it is really expensive!).

Thanks!

08-10-2015, 02:19 PM   #2
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I'd suggest a Tamron 17-50 or Tamron 28-75; both sharp lenses, both under $300 USD.

DA 18-135 is pretty affordable and WR and fairly sharp, a step up from your 18-55 WR

Another excellent option is Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 Contemporary. Gets great reviews though not WR.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vikranta Quote
Hi I am looking for recommendations for a good travel lens for a trip to Mexico. I want to travel light but at the same time be able to produce sharp quality images. I am looking at being able to do street photography, a few on the beach and ofcourse general landscape.

I have a K5 II and the kit lens (18-55 DA WR). I also have a Sigma 10-20 and HD 70mm.

Please let me know as your recommendations will shape my decision in buying the right lens.
(p.s. I was looking at DA 16-85mm for its WR but it is really expensive!).

Thanks!
Look at the 18-135mm if you want something a bit more affordable than the 16-85mm.

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I'd bring the 18-135. It's a good lens, especially for what they have been going for lately.

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Zoom lens is handy, would pic 18-135 or 16-50. For high quality fixed lens 21 mm is very handy for street shots (or pyramids ;-) or people at close range. I Love that one myself.
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I'with 6ers fan. Both lenses he mentioned are constant f2.8 which makes them far more useful in many circumstances.
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QuoteOriginally posted by vikranta Quote
Hi I am looking for recommendations for a good travel lens for a trip to Mexico. I want to travel light but at the same time be able to produce sharp quality images. I am looking at being able to do street photography, a few on the beach and ofcourse general landscape.

I have a K5 II and the kit lens (18-55 DA WR). I also have a Sigma 10-20 and HD 70mm.

Please let me know as your recommendations will shape my decision in buying the right lens.
(p.s. I was looking at DA 16-85mm for its WR but it is really expensive!).

Thanks!
Where in mexico are you going?
There are a lot of areas, like Cancun, where it rains a lot and is VERY humid so WR would definitely come in handy.
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The Sigma 17-70 is a quality walkaround lens.

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Thanks for the suggestions.. I do find the Tamron lenses very appealing for their performance/value.

I am going to Cancun and the weather there can be pretty wet.. I wish Tamron lenses had WR
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If you plan on going to the cities and leaving the tourist areas I highly recommend you bring something you don't mind losing. Pack cheap.

Mexico isn't exactly in a good spot right now.
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I do plan on leaving touristy areas.. In that case do you think the 18-55 would be good enough? I find that it is good with closeups and long exposure landscapes.. Otherwise the sharpness and focus is lacking..
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QuoteOriginally posted by Odovacar Quote
Zoom lens is handy, would pic 18-135 or 16-50. For high quality fixed lens 21 mm is very handy for street shots (or pyramids ;-) or people at close range. I Love that one myself.
I'd agree for general purpose both of these zooms are pretty great - and WR depending on your budget.
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Look at the specific 18-135 thread to see what it's capable of plus you've got the reassurance of WR.
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I think the 18-55 isn't that shabby for a trip to a crime prone area. You could grab an 18-135 or add a 55-300 WR, but more gear equals more risk. Get insurance, carry a bag made to be inconspicuous, take precautions.

Or pick up a superzoom compact camera...
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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
I think the 18-55 isn't that shabby for a trip to a crime prone area. You could grab an 18-135 or add a 55-300 WR, but more gear equals more risk. Get insurance, carry a bag made to be inconspicuous, take precautions.

Or pick up a superzoom compact camera...
on that last note... my "other" camera is a fujifilm XP (waterproof, compact, zoom) - I love taking my pentax on holidays but there have been quite a few occasions where I've left it somewhere safe and just taken my bulletproof fuji with me (like to the beach if I'm planning to swim) Waterproof, shockproof, and small enough to fit in my pocket...
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