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07-10-2008, 03:44 PM   #16
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To answer the question I need to know some parameters. What kind of travel? Airplane? Car? Train? Is space limited? severly limited? Slightly limited? Will you be walking for long distances? Are there other weight issues?
My "somewhat" limited travel kit would be: Pentax DA 12-24, Pentax A 35-105, and Penax A 70-210. And my light Manfrotto 724B tripod. If I have a bit more room I'd throw in the FA 43mm ltd for low light work.
If I'm limited to two lenses it would be the Sigma 17-70 and the aforementioned 70-210, and I'd leave the tripod home.
If I'm traveling by car and have more space I'll carry a bunch more stuff, naturally.

NaCl(I'm a firm believer in "you can never have too many lenses" )H2O

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mallee Boy Quote
I reckon I have put together a near perfect travel kit.

I invite you to pick it to pieces.

K20D; DA 14mm f2.8; FA 43 Ltd f1.9; DFA 100mm f2.8.

Why is it near perfect?
K20. 14mpx. (no explanation or qualification needed)
DA14mm: Wide Angle, fast, compact package for travel & weight.
FA 43 ltd: Any low light situation covered, good walk around focal length and beautifully compact and light. A very un-obtrusive lens.
DFA100mm: for when I want reach, fast, and again...light weight & compact.

I know the DA* series is there with the weather sealing, which is highly desirable, but they are also bulky and heavier, so for my purposes this selection meets my needs better.

I also acknowledge no long tele photo (despite owning a Sig 135-400 & Tamron 70-300), but I would only look to carry one of these if I had a specific need....(say the mystical moose or a Alaskan cruise looking for calving glaciers).

Its taken me a few trips to get to this stage, but for my usage which is mainly landscape photography, I reckon this takes a bit of beating.

So now that I have put this ultimate kit together (if you lot dont pull it to bits), all I've got to do is go back and photograph the places I have seen, but did not make the most of when I was there, either through lack of time, ignorance or satisfying the needs of others.

And when I do back, I am going back for the sole purpose of photographing these magnificent places:
Grand Canyon; Zion; Bryce Canyon; Capital Reef NP; Yosemite.....and of course far enough north to captutre that elusive (mythical) moose

Cheers.

I did the grand canyon plus los vegas in 2005.

Took the following

*istD, PZ-1, FA-J 18-35, FA 28-105, Sigma 70-200F2.8 1.4x TC, AF500 FTZ

WIshed afterwards that I took the 300 F4 and 1.7X because my 70-200 plus 1.4 was not long enough.

I took the PZ-1 because 18 mm is not wide enough on a DSLR and the FA-J 18-35 is full frame.

Shot about 2000 pictures, in all conditions from dawn to past midnight.

If I were going again, I would add take my revised kit, which I have added a link below, plus my 300 F4, 1.7x and maybe my 1000mm C90.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/288321-post8.html

I would take *istD and K10D and add as well my AF540FGZ and a better beamer for both flashes plus tripod and monopod


In the link, I also explain how I cutr the weight down if I do not plan nature shots
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I took the K20D, DA* 16-50 + 50-135 + FA 50 f/2.8 macro on a
CA-Nev-Utah-Colorado-home drive. I'd say that's my perfect travel kit,
although I missed my super taks.

50-135 in the American West

16-50 in the American West



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Some of you guys carry some serious weight when travelling.

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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
To answer the question I need to know some parameters. What kind of travel? Airplane? Car? Train? Is space limited? severly limited? Slightly limited? Will you be walking for long distances? Are there other weight issues?
My "somewhat" limited travel kit would be: Pentax DA 12-24, Pentax A 35-105, and Penax A 70-210. And my light Manfrotto 724B tripod. If I have a bit more room I'd throw in the FA 43mm ltd for low light work.
If I'm limited to two lenses it would be the Sigma 17-70 and the aforementioned 70-210, and I'd leave the tripod home.
If I'm traveling by car and have more space I'll carry a bunch more stuff, naturally.

NaCl(I'm a firm believer in "you can never have too many lenses" )H2O
Sorry Salty, I should have been more specific.
I was referring to International travel which involves airlines and their ever changeing baggage rules. For local travel by car, its definately everything in!! (although fuel prices are rapidly taking the fun out of that too )
Cheers
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If its a photo trip, like Yosemite, or a weekend road trip, I tend to take everything. But I've been working on my travel kit for "normal" (read: family) vacations, and have hit on something pretty close to the OP for my K200D:

-- Pentax 14mm f/2.8, great city walkaround and landscape lens
-- Pentax SMC-A 50 mm f/1.7 for low light, night and people shots, and
-- Tamron 18-250 for general walk around and everything else

The Tammy? Lightweight, compact, and decently sharp for travel, if a bit slow. When the Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 becomes available I will probably pick that up and replace the Tamron in my travel kit with that and a 1.4x or 2.0x tc. (The 50-150 looks to be lighter than the Sigma 50-200 or the Pentax 50-135).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alfisti Quote
Some of you guys carry some serious weight when travelling.
I agree. The (almost) perfect light-weight travel kit would be your body and the DA pancake Limited trio (21, 40, and 70). If the 21 wasn't quite wide enough, I'd just make a quick two scene panoramic mosaic. The 14 is just too big and heavy. I'm really hoping the new 15 will be a pancake, or close to it. If I needed a zoom, I'd either take the kit lens or the FA28-105.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alfisti Quote
Some of you guys carry some serious weight when travelling.
True at times, especially if you are going to be doing a mixed bag of photo opportunities.

On a recient trip to Prague, I took the K10D, Sigma 10-2-mm, Tamron 28-75 F2.8 and the K135 F2.5.

That was it!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mallee Boy Quote
Sorry Salty, I should have been more specific.
I was referring to International travel which involves airlines and their ever changeing baggage rules. For local travel by car, its definately everything in!! (although fuel prices are rapidly taking the fun out of that too )
Cheers
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In that case I'd echoe Bruce and bring the Sigma 17-70 and my Pentax A 70-210. As an alternate to the A 70-210, I'd bring the DA 50-200, not as good a lens, but smaller and lighter. And I might try to find a traveling monopod. They can pack up pretty small and are lighter than most flash units.

NaCl(the 17-70 is a good travel lens)H2O
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