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10-05-2009, 01:57 PM   #1
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Limited-lens travel package

I'm travelling around the world in a few months, and I'm now looking for a line-up that is small on my camera and doesn't weigh too much. I think I have decided to go for a package of limited lenses, but which lenses would you go for? Which of them are the best? I want at least 2, maybe 3 lenses, one wide-angle, one tele and maybe one more. Do you have any tips?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Nimrad Quote
I'm travelling around the world in a few months, and I'm now looking for a line-up that is small on my camera and doesn't weigh too much. I think I have decided to go for a package of limited lenses, but which lenses would you go for? Which of them are the best? I want at least 2, maybe 3 lenses, one wide-angle, one tele and maybe one more. Do you have any tips?
For travel package, I use DA 21 + DA 40 + FA 50, but I plan to use
DA 21 + DA 40 (or DA 35 - I got both now and I'm deciding what to sell ) + DA 70 as soon as I get enaugh money for DA 70.

I don't use my Pentax 18-250 (that used to be the only lens I used) at all since I aquired DA 21 + DA 40.
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For my travel package, your thread title is exactly what I use. On days or trips when I don't want to carry a bag I bring the 21, 40, and 70 with the K-7. A lot of times I'll put 2 in my pocket and the other on the camera. Shooting without a heavy bag is largely underrated these days, the extra mobility is so great. The lenses are fast enough for almost any situation and besides the lack of a telephoto, it really gives you all the focal lens you'll need. I definitely recommend such a setup to any pentax user.
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21,40 and 70 with the K7 for me as well,I might take the sigma 105 as well if I think I might need it,
I just want the 15 now though

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I think there is no doubt that K-7 + a couple of primes
is the best solution out there
But my choice would also include the 15, for traveling
a wide lens like this is essential IMO.
So maybe 15, 43 (gives you a shallower DOF, still small) and 70...
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I just went through the excercise of deciding on a 3 lens compact travel kit. My choice is with the K-7 body and FA 77/f1.8, DA 35/f2.8 macro and the DA 15/f4 ED AL. I wanted the FA77 because it allows me to have a fast enough lens for available light portrait work, though you could argue that it is a bit long for that with the APS-C sized sensor, the 35 because I already own it and find the IQ excellent and it has macro capability, and the 15 to give me something wide. I would seriously consider the FA 31 limited as well if I were doing a lot of indoor available light work ...If I could afford to have both I would and pack one of them at a time depending on what I was planning that day.
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I wrote up a blog post for my choices of lens that I used for traveling and weekend outing that need a smaller package with lens

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My plan is to build a travel kit consisting of 15, 31, and 70.
That should cover most situations and still be light and compact.

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DA15 because you need the width. DA35 for general purpose goodness and macro amazement. FA77 because it is god.

But I prefer DA12-24 + FA77 + macro adapter. A two lens solution that does everything I need.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Douglas_of_Sweden Quote
agreed. maybe a fa 50mm or 77mm for a little faster speed.

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I'm hoping to end up with the following as my "normal" kit:

21/40/70 (and or possibly a 50 1.4)
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QuoteOriginally posted by legacyb4 Quote
I'm hoping to end up with the following as my "normal" kit:

21/40/70 (and or possibly a 50 1.4)
Well, I won't get rid of the 15ltd, it is just too good. But I admit the step from 15 to 35mm is sometimes too large, so maybe I will get the 21ltd some time. The reason I did not bother about the 40ltd is that I have the original SMC Pentax-M 40mm f2.8 pancake (same optical solution, but no AF). It takes so little place that I can always put it in the bag or a pocket as an extra to the three ltds. I feel the biggest gap in my DAltd trio is now something longer than the 70ltd. Would be great if Pentax could make a DA90/2.0 ltd based on the SMC Pentax-M 85mm f2.0. That would equal a fast 135mm in angle of view, and it is something I'm still missing.


QuoteOriginally posted by eyou Quote
agreed. maybe a fa 50mm or 77mm for a little faster speed.
When needed I complement with the FA35/2.0 (that may replace the 35ltd when I don't need macro) or FA50/1.4 or A*85/1.4 or A*135/1.8 for speed. If I know I will explicity shoot in low light, I take 3-4 of these lenses. What I still lack is a really fast wide angle. Maybe eventually the DA14/2.8. But something f2.0 would be better...but there aren't many options.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
DA15 because you need the width. DA35 for general purpose goodness and macro amazement. FA77 because it is god.

But I prefer DA12-24 + FA77 + macro adapter. A two lens solution that does everything I need.
I think that will be my final choice :>
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well my travel kit only consists of the 21-43-77 those are my babies
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