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04-21-2010, 11:18 AM   #16
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I'd say the 18-55 and 50 are the obvious choices. The 70-300 will be useful more occasionally (as mentioned, zoo, etc) - you might take it on the trip but leave in in the hotel most of the time. If you're concerned about weight, you could take the 135 instead. Obviously not as long, but this is a zoo, not a wildlife safari.

04-21-2010, 11:40 AM   #17
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I absolutely agree with Marc -- the 18-55 and fast 50 are highly recommended. That what I had in Chicago (with my K10D) a couple of years ago and I was not wanting for anything else. A few weeks ago I went to New York and brought my Pentax LX and a 50/1.7 and that was fine, though I did occasionally want something a hair wider or a hair longer (i.e. the range of the 18-55 on digital).


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QuoteOriginally posted by MrApollinax Quote
...Also I want to try some night shooting with the 15mm and long exposures. Can anyone who lives in the area provide any insight on this for me? Thanks!
For night shots, apparently one of the spectacular views of the Washington Monument along with the U.S. Capitol building is from near the Iwo Jima memorial across the river in Arlington/Rosslyn, VA.
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I too would take both of your zoom lenses as they will give you the most versatility while out shooting in the D.C. area. Whenever, I go on a trip all my zooms come with me as well as two primes that I will consider using if the situation presents itself.

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I'm heading to D.C. in July for about 5 days. I can't wait! I've only been there once before, and it was just for a few hours passing through.

I will have my 55-300 by that time, so I'll bring it, but it sounds like the 18-55 might be enough.

Can't wait! (-:
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I live in the DC area and I suggest a wide angle lens for monuments and buildings. Also, you're going to need a fast lens for museums that don't allow tripods or flash. I suggest the 50mm 1.4 and the kit lens. Long zooms i seldom use because there isnt much to take from a distance.

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