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04-30-2010, 09:06 AM   #1
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Good traveling lens recommendations?

I am looking for recommendations to purchase a new lens. What sparked this is we are traveling to Ireland and Scotland and need to pack light, so I need a good all-purpose lens that will withstand the potentially inclimate conditions while out hiking in early summer. My camera body is a K20D.

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What's your budget and subject matter?

I think the DA* 16-50mm is an excellent choice without knowing more. It is expensive but has weather sealing and a wide end that would be good for the beautiful scenery of Ireland and Scotland. It is pretty big/heavy though for a 16-50mm.
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I'd suggest the Sigma 17-70, wide enough for most shots and has a decent reach at 70mm. It is relatively compact and has decent IQ. I'd say its biggest downside is that it is somewhat slow at F4.5 on the long end.
If you want a two lens solution you can't go wrong with the any of the varieties of the Pentax 18-55mm paired with the Pentax DA 20-200mm.

edit: OOPS didn't see the bad weather part. If you want weather proof go with the DA18-55WR.

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Tamron 28-75.

I want it bad.

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18-55 WR
light, weather resistant, relatively cheap, halfway decent.

I think the DA 21 is great for travel too, but it isn't WR for your inclimate conditions.

Last edited by Aegon; 04-30-2010 at 11:12 AM. Reason: didn't meant to say "waterproof"
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Agree on the 18-55WR, it's decent enough for most things, and it's always good to know that you are not carrying expensive stuff.
Add a cheap prime (28/2.8 and/or a 50), and you got a backup solution in case something goes wrong wit. The primes aren't watertight, but in case the main lens would fail, I would regret that I didn't pack the extra lens, bad weather or not.
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maybe its just me but i find the 50-200 WR more useful than the wide angle. If you do want someone wide, you should consider a pairing that up with a DA 21mm.
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I rarely recommend kit lenses, but the 18-55 WR and 50-200 WR would make a reasonable travelling set.

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Thanks for the recommendations. In most cases it just reinforces what I have already been thinking about. I will mostly be taking landscape type pictures, but we will also be checking out the towns, castles, and even going to the highland games one day. I do not know what to expect for weather, but damp is likely, and the weather will most likely not keep us from being out and about. Beyond this trip we'll be doing more hiking, biking, and traveling in which a good overall lens is necessary.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aegon Quote
18-55 WR
light, weather resistant, relatively cheap, halfway decent.

I think the DA 21 is great for travel too, but it isn't WR for your inclimate conditions.
What he said.

Couple that with primes for specific situations (macro, tele, low light) and you've got a nice package.

Of course if you can afford it and accept the larger size, the Sigma 17-70 or even better the Pentax 16-50 are excellent choices. The Sigma, except for the fact that it's not WR, is a better travel choice, because it covers a good range, has close-up capabilities, and delivers extremely good results.

If traveling, I'd pack the Sigma, the 18-55 WR, the 21 LTD, the 50, and probably the 100-300. All light lenses, all good performers, all serving different purposes.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Aegon Quote
18-55 WR
light, weather resistant, relatively cheap, halfway decent.

I think the DA 21 is great for travel too, but it isn't WR for your inclimate conditions.
For the Isles, I will second the 18-55 WR. It's inexpensive, light, and durable.

The *16-50 would be better, but much, much bulkier. Then again, it's landscapes (Isle of Skye, Iona, Ben Nevis, Giant's Causeway, Limerick) would be superior to the 18-55.

You may not need a tele for landscape and street walk around in the land of the Celts. I am biased. Been there, done that. The weather in Scotland, especially the North, can be fierce, sudden, and very, very wet.

One more thing: get a polarizer for whatever you purchase. Enjoy the trip.
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The *16-50 would be better, but much, much bulkier. Then again, it's landscapes (Isle of Skye, Iona, Ben Nevis, Giant's Causeway, Limerick) would be superior to the 18-55.
I agree. For landscapes, the *16-50 would clearly be better. I took the 18-55 to Utah last fall and the lens repeatedly let me down on landscapes: rather soft away from the center of the lens, even when stopped down. The biggest problem with the *16-50 is the price; another option would be to rent it.
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I will travel to Greece soon in a cruise , I am bringing 3 lenses to cover the full spectrum
Tamron 10-24(Interior shoot of boat, interior of attraction and landsape, Sigma 17-70 will be my main lens ,Pentax DAL55-300 take photo from the boat to shore.
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Once in a while there are posting asking "which lens to bring for travel"....

I guess Pentax should solve this question once-and-for-all by remake the 18-250mm into a WR version!
04-30-2010, 05:41 PM   #15
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Tamron make one but to WR

Tamron AF18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical for Pentax about $500



Here some review
http://www.photoreview.com.au/reviews/cameraaccessories/tamron-af-18 250mm-f3563-di-ii-ld-aspherical-if-macro-lens.aspx

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens Review: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review

Or you can choose the Tamrom 18-200 who is a lot cheaper

Tamron AF18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II for Pentax - Canada and Cross-Border Price Comparison - photoprice.ca
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