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11-26-2009, 01:10 PM   #16
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Yep, as with the consensus here, any inexpensive and light travel kit should include the 55-300. Whatever is chosen in the wide-normal range, as long as the 55-300 is there, you have a winning combination. audiobomber's gone into great depth to reiterate what's already known. Get a 55-300.

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Have you been to europe before?

IMHO you will rarely need serious telephoto, it's just cumbersome and not a common thing you will need.

Check out my galleries of croatia and malta, check the focal lengths. I used a 12-24, 18-250 and a 77 ltd. The 18-250 was rarely used past 100mm.
Yep I was in Europe, last time I only had a P&S.

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Unless you are going to be shooting birds or wildlife I'd get the Sigma 105mm macro.... I use mine for a mid-telephoto and macro lens. Its faster and you will have a 1:1 macro lens which opens up a whole new world of photography. If you want the telephoto get the 55-300mm. I love mine, and it is indeed much better than the sigma/tamron 70-300mm in my own tests.
The Sigma 105mm is looking like the better compromise option I have to admit.


I see that Pentax has apparently discontinued their 18-250mm?!
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The siggy 105 makes no sense, it's heavy and large. For 1 1/2 stops the 18-250mm does 100mm rather well
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Ok then, I didn't think the 105mm would be that heavy.

As I said is the 18-250mm still available new? is it identical to the Tamron 18-250?

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No but it pops up here used, that's how I bought mine. You know I can be a pushy bastard, do what comes naturally rather than listen to me

I do find the 12-24 and 77 great partners though TBH. What we are missing is a reallly good zoom like Nikkor's 16-85. I went thorugh every image in my 18-250 gallery that was taken europe and only 5 images were past 110mm.
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No but it pops up here used, that's how I bought mine. You know I can be a pushy bastard, do what comes naturally rather than listen to me

I do find the 12-24 and 77 great partners though TBH. What we are missing is a reallly good zoom like Nikkor's 16-85. I went thorugh every image in my 18-250 gallery that was taken europe and only 5 images were past 110mm.


Lol i've never travelled with an SLR before and considering i'm off for 3 months I really don't want to be lugging around heaps of weight.

I'm happy with my 10-17 Fisheye and 17-70 for my usage, I may have a fa50 1.4 on its way soon but it's just the the extra bit of reach I need.
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Mate honestly, you won't use it. I took the 50-200 with me once, took it out one day and that was it. Basiucally you're standing there and you just don't have the time or will to change lenses ............ just use the 17-70 .... trust me.

If you must, consider and old 135 f/3.5 M or K lens, lighter/smaller than you'd believe.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alfisti Quote
Mate honestly, you won't use it. I took the 50-200 with me once, took it out one day and that was it. Basiucally you're standing there and you just don't have the time or will to change lenses ............ just use the 17-70 .... trust me.

If you must, consider and old 135 f/3.5 M or K lens, lighter/smaller than you'd believe.
an old SMC K/M 135/3.5 is a great suggestion, but if he's going on a travel for 3 months, the added length would come in handy.

btw, 55-300 = very underrated lens.

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Whats the 55-300 like with a diopter for macro and portraits?
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If you really want portraits, it's not the best choice.
Something like a Raynox might do quite well on it though.
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Whats the 55-300 like with a diopter for macro and portraits?
The 55-300 works very well with the Raynox DCR 150 close-up lens. It should be fine for portraits, although the six sided Iris may not create the most pleasing Bokeh. Hopefully someone will post some photos.

It is a very nice lens; short and lightweight for its range. The main defect for me is its slow speed.

Earlier I pointed to Tamron because of its good relative performance and mainly its low cost, however, for me the 55-300 would be preferable if only to cover the 55-70 range. It is a very easy lens to use.

Whether or not you need the 300mm length depends on your style. I like to take photos where the subject dominates the frame, therefore I value the long reach. I can imagine wanting to take a photo of a wren on a heroic statue's head & needing 300mm to get it.

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The D FA 100mm Macro is a pretty small telephoto lens (same diameter and fractionally longer than the 10-17mm) that excels at portraits and 1:1 macro. Great contrasty look to the photos. The main complaint is that it doesn't have a focus limiter, but it does have Quick Shift focus in case it starts to hunt. Replace the gigantic plastic lens hood with a nice little 49mm standard collapsible rubber hood, which also fits your 50mm lens. The 50mm and 100mm can share filters too. Very compact and capable kit.



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Have you been to europe before?

IMHO you will rarely need serious telephoto, it's just cumbersome and not a common thing you will need. .
I'll agree with Alfisti on this. I went on a three week road trip through large parts of Italy and Greece. This was the reason for me to buy my K10D to begin with and I only had the Sigma 17-70 and a Tamron 1.4X extender with me. I might have used the extender for 1/2 dozen shots at most and never really needed more than just the 17-70. You can check out my photos of that trip at briantimmins's photos and albums on webshots on page 2 in the albums Italy-Greece 07 -1 through 17. If your going to be doing the typical tourist thing, you probably won't need anything else. Of course a wider lens can take in the environment a little better.

Have fun on your trip
Brian

P.S. If you must, the Pentax 55-300 is a great lens. I got it for my wife's kit and the results are exceptional.

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