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12-16-2010, 07:43 AM   #16
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Whoops! Temporary brain freeze there... NOT taking the 18-55. I meant to write that I'm taking the DAL 50-300mm. Thanks!

The other reason I'm tempted to take the F 35-70mm is because it is so small. With it on the K-x, I can easily fit the camera into a small fanny pack I often carry. Both the 16-45 and 50-300 are significant chunks of lenses...


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Although the F 35-70 is kind of redundant when you're carrying the DA 55-300, if you leave the long lens at the hotel for traveling light, it's a pocket-sized way to get to 70mm.
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Travel as lightly as possible. Take as few lenses as possible. Take (get) quality Polarizers for each lens diameter.
Take lots of photos and of the same subject at different settings.
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Do you like taking pictures in the 35-70mm range? If you do then you could use that as your primary lens, the kit lens as a wide prime (essentially) and the 55-300 as your telephoto (and the M50/1.7 for low light).

I like to shoot wider than the 35-70 most of the time so it's not good for me. A minimum 35mm focal length would drive me crazy since that's probably the top of the focal range that I usually want to shoot at.

I think there are two places that you get upgrade but you don't really need to if 35-70 works as your primary lens.
A) Get the 16-45 as your primary lens giving good wide angle coverage but losing the the short telephoto. You could easily take a 2 lens kit.
B) Use the 35-70 as your primary lens and get a Sigma 10-20 to use for wide shots. I think these are selling for $350 and up used. I also watched a few DA 21 auctions on Ebay and they sold in the upper 300's.

But there's nothing wrong with using the 18-55 as a wide prime (although I've heard that it's not great at 18mm) and planning to get something wider in the future. I'm in that boat right now.

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I did not see electric converters in your list. Do you have a set and just forgot to list them?
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I'm just in Turkey and Greece, and both of them use 220 volts. I've confirmed that all my chargers and other electronics can handle that, so I think all I need are the plug adapters. (That is, I don't need the converters.) If that is incorrect, someone please set me straight! Thanks.
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Take them all. I think that is what you really wanted to hear. Then you won't worry. You can rent a lens if necessary. Get a couple of bags, one for each shoulder and balance the load or hand one off. Alternatively get a small, water resistant single zoom lens adjustable digital camera that you can carry around your neck. Take a proper recharger and an extra memory card. Have a nice trip and say hello to everyone for me.
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I had made some comments earlier and did not realize it! Those agree with my final comment about traveling lightly.

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I'd take just the 16-45 f4 and the 55-300mm. You won't miss the difference, my standard kit is now a 12-24mm f4 and a 50-150mm f2.8, so I'm "missing" the 25-49mm range.

But to be honest I don't miss it, and you won't even notice the 46-54mm range. Travel LIGHT, it is easier to carry and you won't be temped to leave something behind. See if you can get a jacket with big enough pockets for those lenses.
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