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08-14-2008, 12:44 AM   #1
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Yellowstone trip

I would like a recommendation on what lens to add to what I have for an upcoming trip to Yellowstone. I will be taking my K10d, 50/f1.4, 12-24/f4 and the 18-55/f3.5-5.6 kit lens. I know I need a longer lens but which one?

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QuoteOriginally posted by EvoRoadster Quote
I would like a recommendation on what lens to add to what I have for an upcoming trip to Yellowstone. I will be taking my K10d, 50/f1.4, 12-24/f4 and the 18-55/f3.5-5.6 kit lens. I know I need a longer lens but which one?
If you are buying new, I just tested the 55-300 and was surprised at how good it is for an inexpensive consumer zoom. It has lots of reach for wildlife. Get a tripod if you don't have one already.
Travel south from Yellowstone and visit the Grand Tetons. If you are camping, there is very nice camping at Jenny Lake. Jackson is quite a charming little town that is very caught up in it's old west, frontier roots.
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I second the visit to the Grand Tetons.
Your in for a real treat.

I would recommend taking a teleconverter also if you don't have anything longer than 300mm.
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I am going to yellowstone (and the Tetons). And am taking my 5 lenses in a lowpro slingshot 200 + tripod
I would recommend the 55-300mm pentax, though I do not use it too much I will probably have more oppertunity at Yellowstone.
Also I was advised to bring a macro as well...

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Most definitely get the 55-300. Sure, it's more expensive than the Sigma and Tamron 70-300s, but the improved IQ is definitely worth $350.

Also, if you think you may be doing any macro-type shots, an inexpensive solution would be either the Raynox 150 or 250 macro lens adapters. The filter size is adjustable, so you can use it on every lens except for the 12-24.

If you've got a little extra money, I would suggest that if your kit lens is the original kit lens, to go ahead and sell it and put the proceeds with the extra money and get the 18-55II, as it is an even better lens than the original (which isn't bad at all).

Overall, your kit looks good and with the addition of the 55-300, you should be set for your trip.

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I'll second the recommendation to camp at Jenny Lake in the Tetons NP, but be aware that it is tenting only. Try taking the concessionaire's boat trip across Jenny Lake and hike some of the Cascade Canyon trail, at least as far up as Inspiration Point. You'll be able to use every lens in your bag!
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Thanks for the input. My 55-300 has shipped from Amazon.

We will be at Yellowstone Lodge for 3 nights then 3 nights at Jenny Lake Lodge followed by 2 nights in Jackson. We are looking forward to being in the mountains again.
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dump the kit lens, you dont need.

otherwise pick a tele-zoom

if you have the green, dump it on a 50-135

if you need travel space, search around for used F4 manual focus telezooms.

my 80-200mm Tokina F4.5 is about 5-6" long and 2" in diameter, if you wanted you can fit it in your pocket!!

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Just got back from there. 18-250 was my most-used lens by far:

09-29-2008, 01:23 PM   #10
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Beautiful reflections! I heard many told me long range super-zoom is very useful, especially while you are shooting wildlife, in a good way, in YellowStone.
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If wildlife is a goal I'd get a Bigma (Sigma 50-500). I'd guess you'd use that and our 12-24 99% of the time. If wildlife isn't such a big deal (and the bigma is something you'd never use again) I think the 55-300 like people have suggested would be a good compromise.

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Da 18-250 seems like a good zoom to use.

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