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05-09-2019, 08:01 PM   #1
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What (body, lenses) to take on a hot air balloon

Hi friendly forum,

Short introduction; went from Canon analogue to Pentax digital long time ago.
Currently living in Austria, I was given voucher for a balloon trip for my birthday,
Two questions:
I have a K200 and my more recent workhorse a K30. Assuming plenty of light, is it worthwhile (also-) taking my K200 on board? (also got a K01 BTW)
What lenses to bring? My zooms are 16-85, Tamron 17-50, the old 55-300. The 16-85 and 55-300 perhaps with two bodies would cover a lot, is it still worth taking primes? I got a series of primes, ranging from Pentax DA15 to various 20, 24, 28, 30, 35, 55, 85, 135.
Looking forward to your reactions!

Cheers, Gerard

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QuoteOriginally posted by Windekind Quote
The 16-85 and 55-300 perhaps with two bodies would cover a lot, is it still worth taking primes?
Hi Gerald

Welcome to the forum. I think, the two bodies with the two zooms would do nicely. You're unlikely to feel the need to change to the primes, in my view. As most of what you'll shoot will be further away, I'd stick the 55-300mm on your better body if I was you.
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You already have good advice. I would add two comments.


For selfies or shots with hot air balloon passenger(s) in the shot, a wide angle lens is a 'must' (DA15mm Ltd !?).


Also what will be the light? Do yous start at dawn or after sunset? In the former, take a faster lens for the early sunrise.

My 5 cents.

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Just the K-30 and just the 16-85 is what Id bring. Its more or less wide enough and has enough reach for longer shots.

How big is the gondola and how many other people?

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QuoteOriginally posted by hcc Quote
For selfies or shots with hot air balloon passenger(s) in the shot, a wide angle lens is a 'must' (DA15mm Ltd !?).

Although if things have gone so disastrously wrong that the passengers are in trouble, taking photos will probably be the last thing on the OP's mind.

My personal instinct would be to just take one camera and the 16-85, leaving me free to enjoy the actual experience rather than messing with camera gear the whole time.

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I went on a balloon trip a short while ago (in Segovia, Spain) and was told that we should please keep equipment to a sensible level for the sake of weight. There's also the risk of dropping a lens while changing - even if it falls inside the basket it will be difficult to collect as the other people in the basket will be in the way. I'd have loved to take my limiteds but it just wasn't practical or worth the risk. I took my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and if I were to go again I'd take the 16-85mm instead (I didn't own it at that time).

I also had a Yashica Mat 124G and an Olympus Mju stuck in a pocket, but the lab destroyed the roll (of 220 film, no less) when developing so I lost all of the medium format film pictures.

I would stick to one camera and the 16-85mm. Depending on your photography style, wide angle will be more useful than telephoto as the landscapes will invite panoramic shots.
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if weight limits allowed, I would consider taking two camera bodies and plan on using only one ( the other being strictly back up in case of failure ) and a zoom, depending on the OP's interest, either the 55-300 or the 16-85

don't forget extra battery and SD cards ( again back up )
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I have been ballooning and I would definitely avoid changing lenses. Take the two bodies if you think it is necessary, but I think the K30 and 16-85 would cover your needs. Wide angle is essential and medium telephoto is probably the longest you will need.

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QuoteOriginally posted by skierd Quote
How big is the gondola and how many other people?
That's what I was wondering, too. Another thing to keep in mind is that landings aren't always gentle. Nothing too horrible, but the gondola could get tipped over at touch-down. If each hand is occupied trying to protect a camera, you might end up doing a face-plant. lol I'd say, take one camera, the 16-85, and enjoy the ride.
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QuoteOriginally posted by TaoMaas Quote
That's what I was wondering, too. Another thing to keep in mind is that landings aren't always gentle. Nothing too horrible, but the gondola could get tipped over at touch-down. If each hand is occupied trying to protect a camera, you might end up doing a face-plant. lol I'd say, take one camera, the 16-85, and enjoy the ride.
Good padded back pack might help in that situation
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Thanks

All responders thanks for your input, definitely some points there which I hadn't taken into consideration, harsh landings for instance. As I haven't booked the ride yet, I don't know anything yet about basket/capsule size and weight restrictions, but I will keep that into mind also.
Perhaps I will bring my K01 (instead of the K200) paired with the DA 15 for the snapshots, as it is a fairly compact combi.
Once again thanks very much!

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Something you don't mind dropping?
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Some would say they're full of hot air
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QuoteOriginally posted by conniption Quote
Something you don't mind dropping?
size and weight won't matter when you drop a camera and/or lens outside of the basket:


terminal velocity


the constant speed that a freely falling object eventually reaches when the resistance of the medium through which it is falling prevents further acceleration.



the fall won't damage the equipment - its the sudden stop at the end that is a problem
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