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08-31-2009, 07:00 PM   #46
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My best walk-around lens that I will use in hiking is

I chose it for
  • decent wide angle for landscape shots
  • excellent close up that I like in a zoom with 1:2.3 ratio
  • wonderful focal range in one lens
  • light weight, small size and well built
  • plenty of speed for outdoor use
  • good lens for portraits in outdoor setting

I don't have the Pentax DA 55-300mm, it would have been a perfect pair to bring along for hiking. I think the alternative for me will be a Pentax/Tamron 18-250mm, but it will miss on the close up that I like.


09-01-2009, 12:03 AM   #47
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DA35/2.8 macro and DA70/2.4 with either 12-24/4.0 or DA21/3.5.
09-01-2009, 05:31 AM   #48
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QuoteOriginally posted by Canada_Rockies Quote
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
............I do get my exercise!
Do all of that fit on the slingbag ?
09-01-2009, 06:04 AM   #49
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I'm not sure what kind of 5-8 hour hike your talking about but the ones I do make me sweat.... a lot... so changing lenses is a risky proposition.

The main issue I have is not what to carry but where. 5-8 hours with a camera on a strap around my neck will KILL your upper back/neck. And 5-8 hours of sweating means a camelbak. I have a camelbak MULE NV which holds 3 liters of water and other supplies (first aid, food, maps, water filtration, headlamp, etc.) So the camera can't go in there....

So I bought a lowepro waist bag... can't remember what it's called, but it's nice. I do need to lose a bit of my belly because it keeps pushing the waist bag down a bit to where there can be some uncomfortable rubbing.

The waist bag holds my camera and up to 2 additional lenses. I have a kit 18-55 and a 100-300 by someone. The extra lens holder holds my lens hood and any additional supplies. My hiking pants have mucho cargo pockets where I can easily reach any other small gear. However, as mentioned I do not like to change my lens when hiking.

Thus I greatly desire a nice Pentax 18-250... I may not get any cover shots on National Geographic with it, but for my purposes it will be wonderful.

Anyway, for a real good 8 hour hike I don't know how your going to carry a lot of gear AND lots of water, food and other hiking essentials.



09-01-2009, 06:38 AM   #50
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21,35 Macro,70. The Ltds. Sometimes I'll replace the 21 with a Sigma 10-20. If I'm feeling sensible I'll take along a mini tripod. If I'm feeling like a complete sucker for punishment I'll take a Manfrotto 055 with ball head.

Ooh - rocket blower and pec pads are also a must.

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