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12-17-2016, 10:49 AM   #1
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Greetings from Canada,

Long time lurker and decided to finally join.
We are currently planning a trip to iceland and trying to get our camera equipment sorted, without getting overwhelmed.
Long time pentax user. MX,ME,ME SUPER, K100D, K5. Currently saving my pennies for the K1. We shoot wide variety of subjects, and enjoy birding. We are trying to figure out if we need/want a different lens for our trip or should we use what we have. What would your ideal lens combo be?

At my current disposal.
50mm M f1.7
50mm A f1.7
50mm F f1.7
50mm A f2.8 macro
40mm DA f2.8 XS
35-105 A f3.5
28-80mm FA f3.5-4.7
10-17mm DA f3.5-4.5 fish eye
28-90mm FA f3.5-5.6
90mm Sigma F2.8 macro
18-55mm F3.5 WR
100-300mm FA f4.7-5.8
80-320mm FA f4.5-f5.6
18-250mm Sigma f3.5-6.3 macro hsm
150-500mm Sigma f5-6.3

My current thoughts are.
18-250 sigma, 50mm F, 50mm A macro as backup, fish eye, 90mm macro, 150-500 sigma, 40mm XS.18-55 WR

If feels like a lot. I do know, less is more, but we are going along way and will not be going back. So I figure this covers landscapes , if we stitch the 50mm shots. Macro for up close stuff, fish eye for fun, 150-500 for birds, 18-250 for walking around lens, 40mm for Pocket, WR for the rain.......also, gorilla pod, and a tripod.


I have been eyeing the 1.7x adapter for a teleconverter, and the 50mm FA, and the 77mm FA limited. But I haven't picked them up because I think the K1 is probably a better investment.

I would appreciate some input from the forum.

Also, just to note. In the past we have never brought more than 2 or 3 lenses and got on just fine. So...... what would your combo be and why? Also if there is a lens you think would be IDEAL, I'd like to hear why?

Cheers,

Armi101

12-17-2016, 10:57 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. I think your selection would work well. Would it be necessary to take both 50mm's? Having said that, I probably would.
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Greeting!
If I'm traveling, I take the following (and I no carried a long telephoto lens)
DA 10-17mm
50mm F 1.7
90mm F2.8
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QuoteOriginally posted by armi101 Quote
currently planning a trip to Iceland
Welcome to the forum.

To say I'm somewhat jealous would be a massive understatement.

My lens choice would be perhaps different to most folk, it is as follows... 50mm A f1.7, 50mm A f2.8 macro, 35-105 A f3.5, 150-500mm Sigma f5-6.3.

By way of an explanation for my choices, keeping overall kit as light as possible, then in order, something for low light, a great wee macro, a walk around "stack of primes" and something for your birds.

Also posting your query here, may get you more of a response. Pentax DSLR Discussion - PentaxForums.com


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Welcome! My kit for travelling is the one you see in my signature!
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Is this for your k5 or a future k1? Out of your current lens list, I might go with the 10-17, F 50 1.7, and I guess that 18-55 WR. Wide, walking zoom, and low light / portrait lens group. I could see selling a bunch of those lenses and getting the new 28-105 or a similar 3rd party full frame lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by armi101 Quote
40mm DA f2.8 XS
This little wonder is always in my camera bag, everywhere I go. I takes up almost no space and weighs almost nothing. I use this lens far more than a 50mm, especially on the K-5
QuoteOriginally posted by armi101 Quote
10-17mm DA f3.5-4.5 fish eye
great lens fisheye at one end, ultra wide at the other, great for landscapes, cities, and fun shots.
QuoteOriginally posted by armi101 Quote
18-55mm F3.5 WR
MOstley for the WR capabilities, but it's actually a good quality lens for most situations.
QuoteOriginally posted by armi101 Quote
18-250mm Sigma f3.5-6.3 macro hsm
The walk around all day, all situation lens. Plus it has macro.

The main question to ask yourself is " Do I want to be changing lenses throughout the day?" Look at you schedule, pick the lens that suits that activity, and make the most of it.
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Welcome to the forum. I think your selection would work well. Would it be necessary to take both 50mm's? Having said that, I probably would.
Kinda my thought was as a backup.

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Greeting!
If I'm traveling, I take the following (and I no carried a long telephoto lens)
DA 10-17mm
50mm F 1.7
90mm F2.8
Thanks. It might be worth a trial at home but....that 150-500 for birds is going to come. Especially because there should be a number of species we have never seen before.
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Welcome to the forum.

To say I'm somewhat jealous would be a massive understatement.

My lens choice would be perhaps different to most folk, it is as follows... 50mm A f1.7, 50mm A f2.8 macro, 35-105 A f3.5, 150-500mm Sigma f5-6.3.

By way of an explanation for my choices, keeping overall kit as light as possible, then in order, something for low light, a great wee macro, a walk around "stack of primes" and something for your birds.

Also posting your query here, may get you more of a response. Pentax DSLR Discussion - PentaxForums.com
Well we typically try to do a big trip ever couple years. This will be the first with our little one who is 1 yr old. So very exciting.

Your lens selection is different if only because of only manual focus. Can you explain the stack of primes. To be honest in don't use the 35-105 much.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pres589 Quote
Is this for your k5 or a future k1? Out of your current lens list, I might go with the 10-17, F 50 1.7, and I guess that 18-55 WR. Wide, walking zoom, and low light / portrait lens group. I could see selling a bunch of those lenses and getting the new 28-105 or a similar 3rd party full frame lens.
Good question. We are not sure we will be able to get the K1 before the trip. Though I'm trying....so let's say for this time. It's for the k5, and it there is some overlap to the K1 that's a bonus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by armi101 Quote
Can you explain the stack of primes. To be honest in don't use the 35-105 much
Many folk say... it's as good as carrying around all those focal lengths of primes.

Have a look at the comments here SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm F3.5 Reviews - A Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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This little wonder is always in my camera bag, everywhere I go. I takes up almost no space and weighs almost nothing. I use this lens far more than a 50mm, especially on the K-5

great lens fisheye at one end, ultra wide at the other, great for landscapes, cities, and fun shots.

MOstley for the WR capabilities, but it's actually a good quality lens for most situations.

The walk around all day, all situation lens. Plus it has macro.

The main question to ask yourself is " Do I want to be changing lenses throughout the day?" Look at you schedule, pick the lens that suits that activity, and make the most of it.

Well we are used to changing lenses. So that's not a problem. But we typically pick one or two for the day depending on the activity and leave the rest.

For example on a hike we might bring the 18-250, the macro and 80-320. But this totally depends on the season. Of there are now flowers the macro tends to stay at home.

Or if birding we might only bring the 150-500 and the 40mm macro.

Or in town maybe the fish eye, and the 18-250, and 50mm.

In Iceland. We have birding, hiking, landscapes, landscapes with people, and some city stuff.....

it covers the whole spectrum.
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QuoteOriginally posted by armi101 Quote
Kinda my thought was as a backup.
Is there a reason you need the backup? Is it for the macro? Is it for the extra light? Is it because the 40mm XS wouldn't make a good back up for some reason?
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10-17
28-90 or 35-105
150-500

The 40 is small enough you might as well take it. If you can locate a 12-24 that is the lens I always recommend for the "what lens to take to..." question :-)
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Is there a reason you need the backup? Is it for the macro? Is it for the extra light? Is it because the 40mm XS wouldn't make a good back up for some reason?
The 40 actually would be a good backup. Ilk have to reconsider.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
Many folk say... it's as good as carrying around all those focal lengths of primes.

Have a look at the comments here SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm F3.5 Reviews - A Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
So I've skimmed the threads for the 35-105. I should probably use it more, considering some of the reviews. I do find it heavy, and unless I'm shooting stationary objects I'm useless for manual focus. Unless shooting on an old ME.
Any tips for this.?
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