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07-08-2009, 08:26 PM   #16
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Vivitar 24mm and DA 40mm - covers all I need for hiking (vivitar is MF, but does 1:4 macro, which is handy)

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I usually take more than I use because my bag has room and I don't usually mind the extra weight.

But!, with a few 14ers planned I'll be cutting back. Probably the sigma 17-70 and the tamron 90mm macro or the 12-24, A50 and Tammy 90. I'll throw in the DA* 300mm if I expect a lot of wildlife though!
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For me it is the 16-45 and the 55-300. If it is a longer trip I'll chuck in the 50 1.4.
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I was taking the k10d + sigma 17-70 on multi day hikes. However of late i have been liking landscapes in the 50-135 region using the 50-200. I'm looking at getting a 21ltd or voigtlander 20 to use in combo with the 43ltd and 50-200. I also carry a cheapish Slik tripod that weights 1 kg

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I recently went on a three day backpacking trip with my K20D, Sigma 10-20, and FA 50 f/1.4. If I had to do it over again I'd have just brought my K20 and DA35. The extra weight just bothered me too much, and I found myself using the Sigma at its long end anyway. The only problem I'd have had with it is not being quite as close for some of my wildlife pictures, but I think it would be a reasonable compromise. If I owned the DA* 55 I might have taken that, as weathersealing would be great. I was dealing with a lot of Ziploc bags for the trip since it was in dusty conditions that changed to light rain.
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I was hiking with just my K100 and Sigma 17-70, but then I got on a prime lens kick... the last few times I've had the Zenitar 16mm FE, Tamron 28mm, and Tokina 90mm macro (all old MF) and found it a pretty good mix for my uses. I just need a better way of carrying them, besides tossed in my backpack in individual lens cases.
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I hike with a LowePro 100AW in which I have:
  • K10D with D-BG2 grip, battery remote F and spare card
  • DA 12-24
  • DA* 16-50
  • DA* 50-135
  • M 100/4 Macro
  • 77 mm Circular Polarizer
  • F 1.7X AF converter
and my 2 litre water bottle.

If it is a wildlife hike, I switch to my LowePro Trkeer backpack with all the above plus
  • A 70-210
  • M 400/5.6
  • A 1.4X-S converter
  • Manfrotto 055B legs and 168 ball head.
  • Benbo Trekker (yeah, second tripod!)
  • Lunch
I do get my exercise!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Light_Horseman Quote
I usually take more than I use because my bag has room and I don't usually mind the extra weight.

But!, with a few 14ers planned I'll be cutting back. Probably the sigma 17-70 and the tamron 90mm macro or the 12-24, A50 and Tammy 90. I'll throw in the DA* 300mm if I expect a lot of wildlife though!
It's been a few years since I did a 14er, but I remember that by the time I was near 14 I was barely tolerating a waist pack with a point and shoot. Hat's off to you on getting there with that rig!

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Which is your best kit for a 5 to 8 hours hike?

I use to bring 18-250mm and the K100D but I found it still too heavy...
your suggestions?
Probably my snake bite kit
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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
It's been a few years since I did a 14er, but I remember that by the time I was near 14 I was barely tolerating a waist pack with a point and shoot. Hat's off to you on getting there with that rig!
Living at nearly 4,000 ft, I do have an advantage in acclimatization. 7,000 ft isn't uncommon here on a day hike. I have been to 10,000 on Maui, and realized that 4,000 ft of acclimatization is a big help. We were in shorts and quite comfortable while those from sea level were having a rough time of it.
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Probably my snake bite kit
Probably my snake.
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I see I have kind of the same philosophy as Canada_Rockies...

I'm not too concerned with weight so I take the lot. The same kit I always carry with me when I'm out shooting. And understandably it also weighs a lot. The bag weighs in at almost exactly 5 kg and that includes:

- Pentax LX
- Pentax KX
- Sigma 16mm FE
- Cambron 18-28mm
- Vivitar 28mm
- Pentax 35mm
- Pentax 50mm
- Pentax 135mm
- Vivitar 200mm
- Pentax 70-210mm

If I have room left I also take the tripod. It weighs close to 3 kg bringing the kit to a nice 8 kg of solid camera. I have never understood the concerns with weight, a little extra exercise doesn't hurt anyone, does it?
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I took my Da 15mm ltd, 21mm ltd and 55mm f1.4 ltd.

Good set of lenses to bring to any hiking.

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I usually just bring my DA* 16-50. Decent wide-angle, OK macro performance (~1:4) and fast for when the light starts fading. Oh, and the weather-sealing has saved me a lot of times. If Pentax ever releases a small 135mm limited, I'll probably buy that as well for this purpose. I'm looking for an M 100 or M 135 as well until then.
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An interesting question and interesting answers. I haven't done an 8 hour hike in a very long time, but 4-5 hours isn't all that uncommon for me. I've done it both ways - going minimalist and regretting not bringing some lens and taking everything but the kitchen sink and feeling very squashed by the time I got back to the car.

Up until yesterday I had my kitchen-sink kit set to: K20, DA 55-300, A*300, DA 12-24 and Viv 105mm (if it's a really short hike I add a 50mm 1.4, flash and a reversing ring). The Viv etc. is only because I love macro so much, if it weren't for that it would get left at home. Minimalist kit is K100, DA 55-300 and DA 12-24.
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