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06-28-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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New lens for trip to Alaska cruise

I'm leaving in a few weeks for an Alaskan cruise and I'm contemplating a new lens for the trip. I have a K200D and other then the kit lens that came with it (18-55mm), I only have a Tamron 18-200mm lens. So, I have a lot of options. So, I kind of need advice. This could either be advice about specific lens ideas or about the trip itself. I've never taken a cruise, so I don't know if I would be better off with something with a longer focal length for shots off the ship or a super wide angle for landscapes. And as with most people, price is a factor; I may decide an expensive lens is not in the offing right now.

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Well, you can use the kit lens at F8 for landscapes. Perhaps, pick up a polarizer for it. You can also stitch to go wide. So I'd get something longer. When I went to Alaska, years ago, I brought a junky point and shoot with the longest shutter lag of any camera ever. It was a huge mistake and what got me into my K100D. At the very least you should pick up a DAL 55-300. A Bigma would be great (Sigma 50-500), but those are quite a bit more expensive.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenafein Quote
Well, you can use the kit lens at F8 for landscapes. Perhaps, pick up a polarizer for it. You can also stitch to go wide. So I'd get something longer. When I went to Alaska, years ago, I brought a junky point and shoot with the longest shutter lag of any camera ever. It was a huge mistake and what got me into my K100D. At the very least you should pick up a DAL 55-300. A Bigma would be great (Sigma 50-500), but those are quite a bit more expensive.
A Bigma would be a mistake for a cruise, IMHO. While usable at shorter focal lengths, he would need a tripod for longer lengths. If he doesn't mind the weight of the Bigma and lugging around a tripod, I guess it would be ok but on a cruise, I'd opt for something less bulky and lighter in weight, even if it meant sacrificing some focal length. If he was driving or renting a camper and striking out on his own, I'd change my opinion. And for what it's worth, I've done both, a cruise and driving there & back.
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When I went on my cruise, I went to the eagle preserve in haines. 500 would be short. People do shoot these without monopods, but I think a monopod is worth bringing. Also the railing and a towel will do for whales. Another option would be to bring a q with a good 135mm lens.

06-29-2012, 04:21 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice

Yeah, at $1700, the Sigma is bit out of the range right now, especially when I factor in the cost of a divorce lawyer if I spend that much on a new lens. Thanks for the advice. One of the ones I was looking at was a 10-12mm wide angle and I looked at a slew of inexpensive t-mount manual focus lenses which get a wide range of reviews. Maybe my best bet is just to work on better pictures with what I have before I spend much more. But I'll look at the 55-300mm I was thinking that with a 200mm, I'd have to go longer than 300mm to justify the expense.

Here's more beginner questions for you: would the 18-55 be better for landscapes than the 18-200 and if so, why?
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What the aperatures on the two lens' mentioned; the 18-55 and the 18-200...

But generally stating; without even knowing the aperatures, that... Optically the shorter range zooms most always do better. One practically cannot have that much of a zoom range without really giving up something - ie the 200 option
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenafein Quote
pick up a polarizer for it.
I would invest in some extra batteries a card or two and throw in a ND neutral density filter. Consider a nice compact p&s camera for times you are not carrying the DSLR.
Your kit lens and the Tamron 18-200 are fine lenses and I'm sure you will be satisfied with the pictures they will produce.Check out the Pentax SLR Lens Discussion
Enjoy your vacation
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If I were only buying one for that trip it would be the DA-21 for its semi wide landscape view and decent in low light. Though this time of year light is not a problem there.

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Given that you have 18-200 covered, to my way of thinking, that leaves only a few possbilites.

Pentax 10-17
Sigma 8-16 ( expensive but top notch)
Pentax 15 Ltd. ( also expensive but top notch
Pentax 300 F4 (ok, way too much money, but had to mention it)

To my way of thinking zooms extend your range. Primes give you quality within that range.

Of those, the Pentax 10-17 is the cheapest.

You could also look at one of the zooms that go to 300mm, but you'd be paying for a lot of overlap with your 18-200 and they aren't small, or light.

Did I mention the Pentax DA 10-17?
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My wife used her K200D with the WR Kit 18-55 and her 55-300 for whale watching. (She was happy with her set up).
I used my Sigma 17-70 Kit for general shooting on my K10D and my DA21 Ltd. for ship interior. I used a DA*50-135 during the whale watching and was OK with that (Longer might have been better though).
Go to: briantimmins's photos and albums on webshots and look for the albums dated 7/14/09 through 7/24/09 for oiur shots.
P.S. My Mother-in-law's pictures are included also, shot with her Pentax WR Point and Shoot.
06-30-2012, 11:57 AM   #11
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Again, thanks for the advice

Even more good advice. Thanks. I'm looking at a 70-300 or 55-300 now, though I was wondering the same thing about overlap with the 18-200mm. Will I gain enough to justify the expense? And I'll give the DA 21 and 10-17 a look a well.

Thanks again.

Oh and calicojack, I'll go through the folders you linked to later today when I have some time. Thanks.
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What about option of Sigma 10-20mm...?? Can be really good for wide vistas, and the long end is better than the 18-20 end of the others lens you have imho.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Keyser McCool Quote
Even more good advice. Thanks. I'm looking at a 70-300 or 55-300 now, though I was wondering the same thing about overlap with the 18-200mm. Will I gain enough to justify the expense? And I'll give the DA 21 and 10-17 a look a well.

Thanks again.

Oh and calicojack, I'll go through the folders you linked to later today when I have some time. Thanks.
The 18-200 is inferior in image quality to the 55-300. Also, you're going to want every mm. I missed a lot of great shots with a lens that was too short. The dal 55-300 is cheap, and even with the 300 you will find times you want more. I think you will kick yourself going with only a 200mm lens of modest image quality.
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QuoteOriginally posted by kenafein Quote
The 18-200 is inferior in image quality to the 55-300. Also, you're going to want every mm. I missed a lot of great shots with a lens that was too short. The dal 55-300 is cheap, and even with the 300 you will find times you want more. I think you will kick yourself going with only a 200mm lens of modest image quality.
I have just got back from 3 weeks in the Baltic Region of which a couple days were spent of ships - one of the 4 lenses I took was a DA 55-300. I took 1100 shots with that lens (about 15% of total). It performs really well, and gives you significant extra reach over a 200. I have been very happy with it. If you are shooting off a ship across water, whatever lens you take please make sure you take a circular polarizing filter with you - they make all the difference in cutting down water reflection and glare, and in the shot you get as a result.

I have added a couple of shots of Tallinn, Estonia from the ferry using the 55-300.

Have a great holiday

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07-01-2012, 08:17 PM   #15
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Decisions, decisions

Nice shots, Ross. Thanks for the advice. I'll probably pick up a 5-300mm before I go. I'm just pondering the DA vs DAL. Big price difference but I'm leaning towards the DA. I like the idea of the shorter focal length wide angles too but think that might have to wait.
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