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10-24-2019, 06:30 PM   #46
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I agree, thanks for the reality check. No small surprise my 18-135 has been a reliable travel buddy. Maybe it's just that, 12-24 and a new KP. For Africa maybe a remix with 20-40 and 55-300. K5IIs as backup.

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After being out of photography since around 1982-3, until October 2018 [EDIT: i has 1918 there instead of 2018, and no-one picked me up on it????] when I bought my first digital (a second-hand K50) I found myself struggling to get good images. Now, I am sure that some of my improvements since then (yeh, I think I have improved a little....??) are due to re-establishing my my older techniques (esp in using walls, fences, poles and whatever for support). But I am also sure that my images showed a sharp improvement after getting, in June 2019, my brand new collection of KP, Macro 100mm 2.8, 16-85mm, and particularly for longer shots, the 55-300mm PLM. The PLM in my opinion punches way above its price point for both sharpness and speed of autofocus.

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10-24-2019, 07:22 PM   #48
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I agree, thanks for the reality check. No small surprise my 18-135 has been a reliable travel buddy. Maybe it's just that, 12-24 and a new KP. For Africa maybe a remix with 20-40 and 55-300. K5IIs as backup.
I think you have a great handle on things. I do still suggest some small prime for times when you want a discrete option.
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Quick follow-up question, I may have a chance to buy a used DA * 300. I assume the flexibility of the 55-300 PLM probably outweighs the quality of the *300, but was wondering if anyone has taken a telephoto prime to Africa, and preferred it.

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The DA* 300/4.0 is absolutely fantastic, but for travel I reckon the versatility of the zoom will trump it handsomely.

My brother took my (older, non-PLM) DA55-300 an AFRICAN TRIP and did OK.

Personally, I would take my DFA 150-450, but if you're travelling light the 55-300PLM is hard to beat.
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The DA* 300/4.0 is absolutely fantastic, but for travel I reckon the versatility of the zoom will trump it handsomely.

My brother took my (older, non-PLM) DA55-300 an AFRICAN TRIP and did OK.

Personally, I would take my DFA 150-450, but if you're travelling light the 55-300PLM is hard to beat.
Thank you, and for your re-recommendation of the 150-450, which I'll consider further.

I had and sold an old, non-PLM 55-300. The focus hunting was maddening.
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Thank you, and for your re-recommendation of the 150-450, which I'll consider further.

I had and sold an old, non-PLM 55-300. The focus hunting was maddening.
The PLM "version" is entirely different in both construction and performance to the "old" non-PLM versions - take a look here to see what I mean.

The focusing is very fast and reliable in almost all circumstances, although I and some others have identified a very few situations where it can get "confused".

The only other possible downside that anyone has really identified is that the construction is not as robust (being a retractable lens) as the older versions, and there appear to have been a couple of occasions where mechanical damage has occurred when not handled with reasonable care - that said, and bearing in mind that very many of these lenses have been sold, take good care of it and it will take good care of you
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Now it's on to bodies. I recently bought a KP, may have the chance to buy a used K3 II. I think from reading posts both are good for wildlife, with K3 II maybe having a little edge. I am planning to have trips including Africa when I want two bodies, was thinking about keeping the K3 II, if I get it for the main wildlife lens, and the KP for Limiteds, small zoom and walk around, and back up for wildlife just in case. Or sell the K3 II, save and get a second KP with a grip. Guess I'm just thinking aloud, there is no real answer. I know the consideration too about having different bodies, but the K3 II has a good rep for wildlife. I would probably get a grip for whichever is primary wildlife body. Anyway, thanks for all the thoughts about lenses.

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first there are several threads about safaris you might want to look at them ( I have been to Tanzania twice and there are members who live in Africa and members who have been on numerous safaris. )

you say you have a KP and are looking for back up camera options

I think you should have some type of back up. My first trip I had a K 5 II and a Nikon Coolpix P610

last summer I took my K 3 and K 3 II both had battery grips

unless you are very familiar with your KP and the other camera you take, I would advise against a KP and other combination because of different " set ups ". I don't know if you want 2 KP bodies, you get rid of any confusion but are you adding anything to your " kit "

there was no such confusion between the K 3 and K 3 II and they did complement each other.

batteries were shared

4 sd slots

if equipped with the battery grip, you have the option of using AA batteries

so in an ideal word, I would get a used K 3 and rent a K 3 II if possible ( I don't know if you can find a K 3 to rent )

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Lensrental.com had no problem with me taking rented equipment ( the HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm Limited ) out of the country

of course, that assumes your budget allows such expense

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
. . . for travel I reckon the versatility of the zoom will trump it handsomely.. . . Personally, I would take my DFA 150-450, but if you're travelling light the 55-300PLM is hard to beat.
on my last safari I took both the DFA 150-450 and the PLM

I had just bought the PLM because of its size and weight

when my DFA 150-450 failed, the PLM became my long lens.

it worked well

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. . . Wish it was easier to find a place to handle the K-1 with the 24-70 or 28-105, and get a sense of the handling and weight. . . .
consider renting it, I just got this email from LensRental.com

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Still brainstorming, so take this for what it's worth:

- KP with grip and 150-450 for wildlife. Include 20-40 for smaller walkaround (smaller, good reach)
- K1 II with 24-70 for landscapes, portraits, night

Alright, now I may be overthinking it, but it is a pretty simply kit(?).
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KP with 20-40, 24-70, and whatever tele zoom you want.
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yeah, maybe back to 2 KPs.
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