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04-22-2015, 03:34 PM   #1
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Pentax 6x7 twin lens travel kit?

Hi All,

I'm looking to travel more with my Pentax 6x7 than I currently do - but feel I need to limit myself to just two lenses when doing so. The lenses I currently have are: 45/4, 75/4.5, 165/2.8 & 200/4 (I'm not necessarily looking at adding to these). I've been experimenting today with the 45 & 75 lenses, and will look at using the 45 & 165 next (these are the two combinations I feel would work best). I'm very happy with the results from the 45mm and feel it has to be one of the lenses, the second I'm not sure about - do you go for a medium wide-angle or something more 'portraity' if you can't predict what you'll want to capture?

If I were to look at different lenses, I feel a 90mm would suit me more than a 105mm (the 105 might be too long - although the wide aperture is interesting). I'm not considering a zoom at the moment, I think the bulk, weight, aperture and expense would be too problematic, especially given I want to take the 45mm too.

As a guide, the lenses I travel with most on 35mm film SLRs are FA20-35, FA43 and, less often, the M135 (I have little need for anything between 43 & 135 as I'm usually shooting wide/standard or telephoto). I know the 200mm is my closest lens to 135mm on 35mm, but feel it's not quite as versatile on the 6x7 (I won't be trying to shoot the same long-ish range stuff).

Any thoughts/suggestions as to how I can get a better idea and context from my experiments?


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04-22-2015, 05:12 PM   #2
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I think that aperture rules when traveling. You may not be able to control lighting as well, so the brighter lenses would be important to carry.

I've only used 90mm as the LS lens, so my experience of that focal length is limited. I prefer the 105 for size if possible. It's wide enough for basic landscapes.

The 165 is an ideal portrait lens, very flattering when you need to take pictures of people.
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I would choose the 45 and 105.
If you're worried about weight, than maybe the 45 and 90.
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I recently mostly travel with P67 w 105mm (or P645 w/ 75mm), and a K5IIs +DA*16-50.

I am, however, hoping one day I am brave enough to just bring a P67 w/105mm, and a GR.

Four config, I agree with Swift1, bring the 105mm and 45mm.

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Thanks for the replies - looks like I'll be looking for a 105mm to try out shortly!
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The 105 is definitely a great reason to go 6x7 imo. I also have the late 55mm f4 which seems sharp and lovely. 45/165/400 or 500 is the rest of the kit I'd like to build up.
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Adding a 90mm to the 45mm and 165mm would give good coverage.
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Johnha- Given what you used in 35mm format, the 45mm and 75mm should be a good fit. If I had only 2 lenses to choose from in travel, they would be the 45 and 55-100 zoom.

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Thanks for all the comments. The 55-100 zoom is out - it's way to heavy - I'd prefer to carry a 90 or 105 and the 165 as this probably is similar weight wise but gives more coverage options. For everyday (walkround) shooting I'll probably prefer the 45 & 165 but for traveling I'll think about a 90 or 105 to go with the 45mm.

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