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09-21-2014, 11:49 AM   #1
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case for alaska cruise from seattle washington

I have a sigma 135-400 (which is 8 inches long), tamron 18-250, sigma 10-20 and k30. What Is the best discreet camera bag for these lens? I plan to take on an Alaska cruise. My other lens are sigma 28-75 f2.8, sigma70-200 f2.8, sigma 50-500 f4.0-6.5,sigma 24-135 f2.8-4, sigma 18-50 f2.8,sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5, sigma 170-500 f4.5-6.3 . I also have a tamron 1.4 and a kenko 1.5 teleconverter Whatwould suggest I take out of all lens forthe trip? What long telephoto lens would you take?

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09-21-2014, 12:12 PM   #2
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I'd take the 10-20, 17-70 and the 70-200 with a teleconverter. Grab a 3 compartment shoulder bag. Leave the 17-70 on the body, stow the other two.

I'd personally want a limited prime for a lighter walk around lens like the da40 xs or limited too.

Who are you cruising with? When are you planning to come up? Cruising north or flying up and cruising south? Make sure if you do a land excursion at least go to Denali National Park.
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My wife and I did a 7 day Alaska cruise out of Vancouver in May 2012. We stopped in Ketichan, Juneau and Skagway, as well as cruising Galcier Bay.

I took my K5, DA 16-45mm & DA* 50-135mm and found that quite adequate. The only time I wished for a longer lens was on the whale watching tour in Juneasu when the whales insisted on staying far away from the boat.

I took a Lowepro Fastpack 350 as my camera bag, which has seperate compartments for my camera gear & laptop, as well as room for a jacket, etc. Worked out fine.

The photographic highlight for me was a train/bus trip over the White Pass and into the Yukon, with Chilkoot tours out of Skagway. Just incredible scenery everywhere.

For lots of good cruise tips check out the boards on Lots of helpful folks sharing their experiences.

If you'd like to check out my images from the trip take a look here :

Hope that helps.

Have a great trip.

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Skierd is right about Denali. Hopefully you'll become a member of the 30% club. We went south to north last month and spent 3 days in Vancouver BC first. A wonderful city and extremely walkable. I've used a Slingshot 102 AW for years here and overseas K-3, DA 15, 40, F-35-70 DA 55-300, Tamron TC, microfibres, cards, charger, B&L wipes, and sleeve for the 55-300. Juneau will rain so be prepared with appropriate jacket, etc. There are many independent guides at all the stops that aren't bound by the cruise line stranglehold on ship sign-ups. I'm sure Skierd could name some for you. Art Sutch is the Pentax dealer in Juneau a block from the State House past all the seasonal cruise jewelry stores near the pier. Seeing Denali clearly for two days in a row is almost a religious experience.

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Juneau is about as close to me as North Carolina unfortunately, haven't been there in over 20 years when my father and I took a family vacation up from Maryland where we lived at the time. Only moved to Fairbanks in 2012 actually.
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We went North to South last month had five days in Fairbanks before we started our land trip through Princess cruises and must say Alaska is one of the most amazing places I took my Samyang 14mm which was used mainly for the northern lights and my 18-135 wr was used evenly with my 55-300wr on my k-3 for the rest of the trip. It was nice to know I had the WR as it was wet, Ketchikan being the worst where the wind was blowing and making it rain sideways. I agree if you can get on a land tour to the Yukon do it for some reason the colours seem to pop there the sky is bluer I can't explain why. Can't miss Denali if you love wildlife and scenery must say though I don't like heights and it is a very narrow gravel road with no road barrier and a very long way to the bottom and I would still do it again we did the tour that went the furthermost into the park just amazing.
I found the 55-300 was really handy cruising the passage getting shots of the wildlife. Still sorting and uploading out of 5000 shots. Link to my piccies below. Have just finished the Fairbanks, Denali upload still lots more to come. . I liken it to being a kid in a candy store being given free slather you just don't know what to take so you take it all 😀

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