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04-07-2010, 04:54 PM   #1
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need some help for long trip


I need some advice on what lens and other equipment to bring on my trip.
I'll be away for over 3 months, going to australia, japan and china (monsoon season).
This will be my first trip going away for so long.
I'm would love to take the minimum possible - travel light, but then I don't want to miss any shots.
I'll be able to bring with me some of my dad's equipment as well. I will be doing all kinds of photography, including quite a bit
of low light but then thats what the Kx would be for. Wildlife photography is not a priority, but I will be in australia.

here is what I have and am considering:

kx (planning on buying anyway)
optech dual harness with a regular neck strap

Kata 3n1 30
gorillapod + head or mag fiber tripod, useful but heavy enough.

10-20mm f4-5.6 or fisheye (such a fun lens) or both
16-45mm f4 or 16-50mm DA*
55-300mm (willing to buy) or 50-135mm with 1.5x kenko shq TC

21mm ltd
31mm ltd
77mm ltd

lens availabe to me that can be considered
sigma 18-200mm (dreadful)
40mm ltd
43mm ltd
50mm f1.4 FA
200mm f3.5 (manual lens)
100-300mm f4 sigma

an 18-250mm would be an interesting purchase

I don't think a flash would be too useful. but I have the 360 and metz 58.

i Have a canon s90, considering a getting waterproof case for it or an
ewa marine case for the pentax (I think I would use either the 16-45mm or the 10-20mm) for the diving and sailing
at the great barrier reef and australian coasts.


04-07-2010, 05:32 PM   #2
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You're asking a thousand people here (and more), giving a thousand options, so don't expect to get the same advice twice.

Bring two lenses, and my advice is not to tell you which two, so you can decide for yourself.

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The 10-17, a 17-70, and that 100-300 if its any good, or the 55-300 if not.
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A travel kit - go with light yet quality zooms.
If you're into FE, then take the 10-17, otherwise stick with 10-20, 16-45 or 16-50 (if you can justify the extra weight) and 50-135+TC (or buy the stellar 55-300 if you find the 50-135 too cumbersome and weighty, which it would be after a while on your back or shoulder...)


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