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03-13-2019, 02:34 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Heading to Belize for a week and have a small backpack to carry the K-70 and a few lenses in. I'm planning to take a Sigma 10-20 F4-5.6 EX DC J and a SMC 55-300/4.5-6.3 ED PLM W. Should I consider taking either the DA 50mm f1.8 or the DA35mm f2.8 to fill a gap and to use as a walk around lens? Only one can fit. Or, am I simply carrying the wrong lenses to start with? I'd like to keep it at two. But, I'm afraid that I've got a pretty serious gap in there. I'll also have a Fujifilm XP130 that may be the gap filler.

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QuoteOriginally posted by LittleRocker Quote
Should I consider taking either the DA 50mm f1.8
A wee fast "nifty fifty" should... IMHO always be part of the kit.
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Have you got a portfolio or similar so we can see your shooting styles, Little Rocker?

You could just do the K-70 and your DA35 Macro.
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I think you have made good choices with the two zooms, the 35 could fill the gap nicely, if you plan on a lot of lower light shooting, maybe the 50. Have fun!

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I'm pretty well a newby. I prefer nature, landscape and wildlife shots. My pursuit of better pictures followed a 3 day photo tour via snowmobile in Yellowstone over Christmas. I was thinking the Sigma to get me the ultra wide angle for landscapes and the Pentax lens to give me a wide focal range for everything else. I need to play with it some and see how it does indoors and in low light.
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I'd like an 18-135 in there with that 10-20. Or a 16-85. You've got nothing approaching normal on Pentax crop, which would be 28mm, in that current combo. The 35 on crop is too long, the 50 is a portrait or short-tele on crop. I like the DA 50 1.8 a ton more than the 35 f2.4 but you do you on that one.

Beg, borrow, or steal an 18-135. That's my guidance.

EDIT: For low light, you've already got the K-70, which just kills most anything else out there in crop bodies at high ISO. You're okay there and can leverage the camera's ability to grab light without creating a lot of noise.
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Thanks, Pres, I do have the 18-135, but thought that I might be overlapping the two lenses that I've already planned on taking.
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QuoteOriginally posted by LittleRocker Quote
Thanks, Pres, I do have the 18-135, but thought that I might be overlapping the two lenses that I've already planned on taking.
Ooh, you could do the 18-135 and the fast fifty combo, then, LR - very efficient!

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Just 2 lenses...the 10-20 and 18-135.
With 3 lenses...10-20, 35, 55-300. I'n guessing the 55-300 will see the least use. I spent 8 days in (admittedly compact) New York City with a 10-17, 12-24 and 17-70. Wanted something longer about once.
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Having the 10-20 overlapping the 18-135 just means you might need to swap lenses a little less often to capture the image you want.

Having nothing in the 20's for walk-around duty would be a challenge. The 18-135 performs very well wide open from the mid-20's to mid-70's.

My "NY Kit" was always the DA 15 and the 18-135. If I was going to the city with my K-5, those two lenses did almost everything I needed. Unless you've also got an FA 31 or Sigma 28 f1.8 hiding in there somewhere, no lens you've mentioned makes me that excited about bringing it along as a third lens for the kit.
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A lot depends on what you are doing in Belize, I don't know much about Belize. My last outing (only had about an hour) a few days ago in rural southern Kentucky I shot only landscapes exclusively with the 55-300 PLM. I also had the DA 18-135, DA 15, and F50/1.7 with me, but the 55-300 was perfect. Most of the shots could have also been taken with the 18-135, but I feel the 55-300 is a little better lens, although I like them both. The 18-135 and 55-300 are equally versatile, depending on venue, and both weather sealed if that comes into play. I would say both are more versatile than the 10-20. The 10-20 would be most valuable for architecture, or tight streets.
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Got back yesterday. I found that the 18-135 fulfilled 99% of my shots. I think I took 4 or 5 shots with the 10-20. Beautiful place to really take in history of the Mayaís.
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Hope it was a good trip! Now share some pictures! Were you happy with the 18-135 or did you find yourself wishing for different characteristics than what it offers?
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Being a true novice, I found that it fit well within my skills. The weather resistance was also handy as it was quite dusty. I feel much better about itís ability to be a good solo walk around lens. I also had a Fujifilm point and click with me that I was disappointed in its performance.
Tikal Mayan Ruins - Guatemala by Jack Melvin
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QuoteOriginally posted by LittleRocker Quote
Being a true novice, I found that it fit well within my skills. The weather resistance was also handy as it was quite dusty. I feel much better about itís ability to be a good solo walk around lens. I also had a Fujifilm point and click with me that I was disappointed in its performance.
Tikal Mayan Ruins - Guatemala by Jack Melvin
Some cool shots! I got a little bit of vertigo looking at how steep those steps were!
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