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04-13-2011, 08:26 AM   #1
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Just visited Hearst Castle - did I use the right lens?

I am a newbie here. I visited Hearst Castle this past Monday. It was very nice. With my K-x, I attached the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM IF Lens. My other option was the Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 lens. I picked the zoom lens because I would need the 18mm focal length for small rooms. The place was dark but not that dark. f/2.4 was nice but f/3.5 may be okay. Did I make the right choice? Any feedback/suggestions on the photos would be welcome! Here is the link: Hearst Castle (2011-04-11) - a set on Flickr

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Did you get the pictures you wanted? If so, then you used the right lens.

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I can honestly say those came out much better than my visit to Hearst Castle. At the time I had a Tamron 18-200 which is not quite as good as the 18-250s but its the same aperture and most of my indoor photos came out dark/under exposed.

**The pool room was my favorite to photograph because of the still water acting like a mirror.
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I agree with JeffJS. The photographer is more important than the equipment. If you got the shots you wanted, then you made the right choice.

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Unable to load the Flickr page on my work POS, but I used the 10-17 there quite a bit for the pools and interiors.
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I shot there last year with my DA*16-50, a Vivitar 85mm f1.4, and my Samsung 12-24. My images are here on my flickr site.
Hearst Castle - Feb 2010 - a set on Flickr

I have a look at yours too. I think the Sigma would not have been my choice as for there you don't need that length.

Edit: Just looked at your set. Very nice indoor work, I think you got good service from your lenses.
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Thanks, everyone. I think these photos are okay. But when I tried to take a picture of my family in some of those indoor scene, I could not focus sharply on their faces easily.
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QuoteOriginally posted by blackcloudbrew Quote
I shot there last year with my DA*16-50, a Vivitar 85mm f1.4, and my Samsung 12-24. My images are here on my flickr site.
Hearst Castle - Feb 2010 - a set on Flickr

I have a look at yours too. I think the Sigma would not have been my choice as for there you don't need that length.

Edit: Just looked at your set. Very nice indoor work, I think you got good service from your lenses.
Your shots are very nice - obviously better than mine: sharper, brighter, and better composed. I still got a lot to learn.

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QuoteOriginally posted by JeffJS Quote
Did you get the pictures you wanted? If so, then you used the right lens.

I flew all the way across the Pacific, drove all around California, Arizona, Utah & Nevada, went to Hearst Castle only to have missed the last ride up the hill by 15minutes.

The movie in the Theater-ette was OK, at least the drive down from SanFrancisco was great fun.
So in the end it didnt matter at all what lenses I took. I should have hired a faster car or got up earlier that morning.

In the end this was all i got from the carpark. (Nikon 5700 Superzoom P&S maxed out 270mm and some "digital zoom")
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