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10-17-2008, 12:52 AM   #16
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The kit lens should serve you well.
I got a good deal of use out of it, but in the end it was too slow for me.

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For the record, I already own the Kit Lens (18-55mm) and the Sigma 17-70mm.
Then there is no possible question. Take the Sigma. And bring a fast fifty, you'll be all set.
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And an added bonus of the kit lens: though it isn't weather sealed, what you pay for a replacement on the used market makes it nearly disposable. (c:
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Just to throw in my two cents, I take the 16-50 f2.8 on backpacking trips quite often. Yes it is big and heavy but its a great performer, and the weather sealing has been put to the test several times now.

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Tim,

I wanted to jump in and suggest (as other have) an old SMC-'A' 28mm manual focus lens. I bought one for $90(USD) before a backpacking trip to California last year. I also took the trio of DA LTDs (21/40/70). The lens I used the most... was the 28mm. It's inexpensive, rugged, and has a great field-of-view for scenics. I don't like using AF for scenics anyway, and the focus-rings on the old MF lenses are much better for manually focusing (go figure )

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10-17-2008, 07:47 AM   #21
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What about a good bridge camera?

I know this is an SLR lens forum, but if space is that tight, why not a good bridge camera.

I use one quite a lot when travelling (especially on business) or when kayaking simply because I don't want to take my SLR and multiple lenses.

there are very good bridge cameras, the only real issue is that they don't go wide enough without a wide angle adaptor.

To keep on track, if you only have one lens, I would look at something in the range of 16/18 to 50/70mm, but go for speed and macro capability. If you are only taking one lens, it has to be reasonably versitile, but I would not consider the loss of speed and additional weight of a 18-250(ish) lens as justifyable.
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I take my K10D and DA* 16-50 backpacking. It is heavy, big, gets in the way, etc...but it is a great performer, weather sealed, etc. I don't like having to change lenses when I'm out as a lot of my backpacking is in the desert and it is really easy to get dust on the sensor. So the 16-50 goes on the camera before I leave and doesn't come off.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
Then there is no possible question. Take the Sigma. And bring a fast fifty, you'll be all set.
I have to agree with bdery here. If you own both, the Sigma is the clear choice: better range, faster aperture, better overall IQ, and close-up capabilities. It is larger and heavier than the DA18-55, but not so much as to be uncarriable, IMHO.

If you really need wider, the DA12-24 is a great choice. It is about the same size as the Sigma, but a bit heavier.

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When backpacking, weight is critical, so it's up to you as to how much you want to carry. For me, I like keep things as light as possible, so I'll use a *istDS with a DA21, and *maybe* throw a DA70 in the bag too. I really like this combo, light weight without sacrificing image quality. I'll replace the DS with the new K-m as soon as they're avaiable as a body-only package.
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More great responses! Thank you everyone for all of the input!

I think I'm going to try the Kit lens and see how that goes. If it fails me, I'll try the Sigma, but I still feel like it's too big.

I'm considering getting a smaller body too- perhaps an old istDS or even a K100super, but I don't really want to sacrifice resolution.

Are there issues with having the gear in cold weather? Will the camera/lens be ok just being inside my tent, or do you think I might need to keep them inside my sleeping bag at night?

Anyone have experience with this?
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if you're looking for a smaller body, wait for the Km to hit stores. small and light, with the same sensor (I assume) as the K10.

As for cold weather, there are two concerns: condensation and battery life. you'll probably want to keep the batteries close to a heat source (ie, your body). I'm not sure about the dangers of condesation, though.
10-17-2008, 06:19 PM   #27
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My $ .02 FWIW

I keep buying, and selling, the DA 16-45 f/4 thinking that I'm going to find a marvelously better lens.

So far, I've been wrong.

For a good wide angle, walk around zoom, I don't think you can beat the DA 16-45.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ed in GA Quote
I keep buying, and selling, the DA 16-45 f/4 thinking that I'm going to find a marvelously better lens.

So far, I've been wrong.

For a good wide angle, walk around zoom, I don't think you can beat the DA 16-45.
Did ya get another 16-45 Ed?
I kinda like the one you sold me and thanks! It's a great lens!

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Did ya get another 16-45 Ed?
I kinda like the one you sold me and thanks! It's a great lens!

Ray

Yes Sir... I sure did get another one. Absolutely great lens.

And.... I'm really glad that you're enjoying the one you got from me.
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I have to concur with the sentiments regarding the DA 16-45. I cannot recommend that lens enough. I took it with me to Alaska (lots if hiking, adventuring, etc.) and it was fantastic. To see some photos, check out the link in my signature; all those photos were taken with the DA 16-45 or a Tamron 70-300.
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