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View Poll Results: which kit to take?
a) Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, FA31ltd, DA*50-135/2.8 1066.67%
b) Sigma 24/2.8, DA40/2.8, DA*50-135/2.8 16.67%
c) DA18-55 (first version)m DA*50-135. 213.33%
other 213.33%
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08-02-2009, 05:16 AM   #1
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which kit to take?

Hi guys,

can I ask for honest opinion?
We have 4 weeks left to honeymoon to Egypt. We are going to lower Nile (Aswan, Valley of the Kings, Karnak....). I'm pretty sure (99%) that I won't be buying more lenses prior this trip (though I was looking at DA*16-50), nor for the rest of the year (but that may change ). Now I just keep thinking which of the lenses I own to take.
Main concerns: to keep the lens changes to minimum, dust, coverage (all possibilities kit).
btw: I'm taking 2 bodies (K10D + grip, K100D)
Proposed kits:

a) Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, FA31ltd, DA*50-135/2.8
pros: it covers all ranges I'd probably want to use. Excellent normal + very good wide & tele. Fast lens included
cons: some changes will be inevitable, rather bulky kit

b) Sigma 24/2.8, DA40/2.8, DA*50-135/2.8
pros: good coverage, excellent normal + very good tele + good wide. Fast(ish) wide(ish) included. Small & light
cons: 24mm widest (it may do but I don't know), no lens faster then 2.8, some changes are inevitable

c) DA18-55 (first version)m DA*50-135.
Pros: no changes needed. smallest kit (though in terms of bulk b) may take less space)
cons: no fast lens, no fastish lens wider than 50, not the best wide end, 18mm wide end (should be enough 85% of the times though)

If any of you think 135 is not long enough, I still have Tamron 70-300 which I may add to any of the kits above, but it will not replace the DA* for sure.
So what do you think? Which of these kits would serve me the best? I'd like to hear any opinions/experience on the survivability of the included lenses (f.e. how will FA31 do???).
If anybody would have other ideas, here are lenses available:
Sigma 10-20
Sigma 24
Pentax FA31ltd
Pentax DA40ltd
Pentax F50/1.7
Pentax DA*50-135
Sigma 105 macro
Pentax DA18-55
Tamron 70-300 Di


Thank you,
BR
Peter

08-02-2009, 05:35 AM   #2
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Honeymoon ?

I would take ONE bodie

Well, I would get DA18-250 (for travel is a must ) for the first camera. And sigma10-20 + DA40 for the second.
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Honeymoon ?

I would take ONE bodie

Well, I would get DA18-250 for the first camera. And sigma10-20 + DA40 for the second.
the ONE body I will take for sure
18-250 is not an option
08-02-2009, 05:47 AM   #4
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If those free are the options, I think it has to be a) as 18mm or 24mm probably just won't be wide enough. And I guess you'll need something fast, so the 31 ltd might be useful.

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18-250 is not an option
Option A then
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If those free are the options, I think it has to be a) as 18mm or 24mm probably just won't be wide enough. And I guess you'll need something fast, so the 31 ltd might be useful.
I was thinking along the same lines, with 10-20 on my K10D and 31 on K100D for most of our off board trips (we'll be cruising along the Nile) and 50-135 just in case...
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I spent 5 months in Cairo in 1985. I had my trusty old Minolta film camera with me then. I had a 50mm, a 135mm, and a 28mm. All worked very well. I think your first choice of the 10-20, 31 and 50-135 would be the best. Bring polarizers. This mix should give you the ability to get close and far away for your images and in the ruins be able to adapt to their insides and outsides.

One tip that I think is still valid. If you take pictures of the locals expect to have to provide a tip to them.

Enjoy, I hope to return to Egypt in the next year or two and have fond memories of Cairo and Alexandria.

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For far too much info you can read my series of articles:
I just got back from three weeks abroad in which I took the kit recommended in the third article, namely the DA12-24 and DA55-300 zooms plus the FA43 and FA77 primes. This was for two photographers and two bodies.

If it was just me I'd have on hand the DA12-24 and FA77 at a minimum, along with polarizers and a macro adapter for the 77mm.

This equates to you taking the Sigma 10-20 and Sigma 105 macro on the cameras, with the F50 on hand for low light. But that's because I cannot live without macro. Your mileage may vary.

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I've agreed with the masses Peter.
It's better to take the lenses that offer you the broadest FL coverage since you just never know when you'll need to pull out those ultra-wides shots. There are some tight spots in Cairo you may find yourself in, needing 10mm of FOV...

All the best in your trip.
I've been there 4 times and enjoyed every one - I'm sure you both will too...
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I would personnally bring the 50-135 (mandatory), slip the 50 in a pocket somewhere since it's so small and gives you the edge in low light, and bring either the 18-55 or the 10-20 depending on your personnal style. I don't own anything wider than 17 mm and it has never limited me in any way.

My own kit is made of the Sigma 17-70, FA 100-300, F50/1,7. I bring the FA 50 macro if needed, and I have manual primes that I can use too, but they rarely get mounted.

I would never consider leaving without the 50, it's so small and amazingly good.

My two cents.
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