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01-19-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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vacation lens question

I will be vacationing in Ireland for 10 days in May. My question is which of my lenses do I bring.

The list includes the kit 18 - 55 f3.5-5.6, M50 f1.7 prime, DA 55 - 300 f4-5.8 and the DA*50 - 135 f2.8.

The 50 prime is manual focus and being a noob is probably not the best for my skill level. I would like to bring one lens if possible, but can do two if suggested.

Let me know what the minds out there think.

Thank you.

01-19-2011, 06:02 PM   #2
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Starting off at your stage, the most versatile will be the 18-55 and 55-300 combination.
Small, light, 18-300mm range covered - excellent travel kit.
For quality, of course the 50-135 is best, but unless you're bent on shooting portraits, narrow landscapes and the like, it won't be a high yield travel lens.
Enjoy the trip.
01-19-2011, 06:30 PM   #3
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I agree with Ash. Of the lenses you have, I'd take the 18-55 because it is the widest, and the 55-300 which has good IQ and is relatively portable. Frankly, I think you could get by with only the 18-55 unless you like building details and things like that.
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The 18-55mm is for sure in your bag. Sometimes you will want a little more than 55mm or either of the other zooms would be good and you will adapt to whatever shortcomings it may have. The 50 f/1.7 is so small and light you wouldn't know if it's in your bag or not. Regardless was else you do, take the 50mm with you just in case.
I have the same lens and if I leave it at home my bag doesn't feel any lighter for it.

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Just got back from 2+weeks in Turkey and Greece. I upgraded my 18-55 kit lens to the DA16-45mm. I also took along the 50-300mm kit lens and a 50 f/1.7. About 1600 pics later...

Since I was taking outside pics almost all the time and we had fairly sunny weather, I ended up never using the 50 f/1.7.
I used Explosure Plot to check my usage, and I used the 16-45 about 90% of the time. I tended to use the 16mm and the 45mm lengths (ie, the extreme ends) the most.
I'm glad I took along the 50-300mm. Even though I didn't use it much, I did indeed use the long end of its range.
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I just got back from Italy for a 2 week trip - went primes myself. 2500 photos later I used the 15mm ltd 80% of the time. I will vouch for the 16-45mm, would be a great upgrade to the kit lens for under $250 used. If you want to conserve on weight, the 2nd lens I would take would be the 55-300mm - itself a pretty decent all-around lens for tighter landscape and architectural details.
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QuoteOriginally posted by AOShep Quote
The 50 f/1.7 is so small and light you wouldn't know if it's in your bag or not
I agree- in bad weather situations, something fast can be a lifesaver from attempting tele shots at 1/15 second (which I have foung myself doing due to the slowness of my 18-200 zoom). A fast prime will be a good lens to slip into your bag.

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I would definitely bring 2 lenses because neither of the lenses you have covers the length you need for Ireland. So I would go with the 18-55 and the 50-135. Unless you plan on taking wildlife photos the 300mm will be more focal length than you need. The 18mm is a must for landscape and 50-135 is good for architecture and general shooting. Just my opinion.
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When I travel, I use the DA 18-55mm 95% of the time.
I still do travel with either my DA 50-200mm or the FA J 70-300mm just in case.
The best though would be the WR 18-135mm if I can afford it.

If I want a single lens to bring along, it's the Sigma 28-200mm.
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18-135 sounds more ideal for vacation. I do not think we need a lot long tele for trip.
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I'd bring at least two lenses. If one fails or gets broken, at least you have something to shoot with.
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Ok, new wrinkle. Just purchased a used Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL. Should that replace the M50 f1.7 in my bag? I'm a little leery about finding out when I get home that the awesome shot I had to have was out of focus.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jstick Quote
Ok, new wrinkle. Just purchased a used Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL. Should that replace the M50 f1.7 in my bag? I'm a little leery about finding out when I get home that the awesome shot I had to have was out of focus.
DA's don't always AF correctly. A fairly fast 35mm lens sees the world differently than a faster 50mm. Your mileage may vary. In other words, try both (before you depart) and see which suits best. Cheers!
01-31-2011, 02:42 AM   #14
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Leave the 55-300 qt home and take the 50-135. How often are you going to need over 135? I bet never, so might as well go for quality in the range you will use/
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I would say to take the 18-55 and the 50-135 unless a few ounces of weight makes a difference. If so, take the 55-300 instead of the 50-135.
On my first 3 week trip with my K10D to Italy and Greece, I just had my Sigma 17-70 and a Tamron 1.4X multiplier. It was all the lens I needed (only used the 1.4X for about a dozen shots).
We just recently did 10 days in Bavaria and I had my 17-70 and my 50-135. I never needed more. In fact, I went out one day with just the 50-135 and felt like I wanted wider.
Stay simple, light, and keep your eyes open!

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