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11-30-2013, 11:52 PM   #1
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Walking around Disney...

So this upcoming trip will be the first time my daughter carries an SLR. I will be carrying my new K-5ii. She will carry the K-x, which will be hers now. Here's what I have now in lenses:

18-55 DA L
55-300 DA L
50 DA
35 DA
35-70 FA
28-80 FA
80-200 FA

And I have a manual focus, manual aperture 28mm. If I take it, I'll probably only use it for resort photos.

I was thinking I should put the 18-55 or the 28-80 on the K-x for her. Thoughts?

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QuoteOriginally posted by dansamy Quote
So this upcoming trip will be the first time my daughter carries an SLR. I will be carrying my new K-5ii. She will carry the K-x, which will be hers now. Here's what I have now in lenses:

18-55 DA L
55-300 DA L
50 DA
35 DA
35-70 FA
28-80 FA
80-200 FA

And I have a manual focus, manual aperture 28mm. If I take it, I'll probably only use it for resort photos.

I was thinking I should put the 18-55 or the 28-80 on the K-x for her. Thoughts?
I'd say the 18-55mm. 28mm is a bit tight on APS-C IMO.

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I always rent myself a lens. I usually rent a prime, but now I have both the 35 & 50. I was thinking of renting a wide angle zoom. I have these choices: 16-45 f4, 17-70 f4 or 16-50 f2.8. Thoughts?
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The DA18-135mm lens would be the perfect lens IMHO. We just come back from 2 large museums and the DA18-135 performed very nicely on the K-01.

I agree with Adam that, among your lens line-up, the DA18-55mm is likely to be the most useful.

Hope that the comment may help.

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Yup. I'm kind of kicking myself for NOT springing for the 18-135 with the k-5ii. It was $200 more. I really should have just sucked it up & tightened up other budget areas for a while. Too late now! Maybe next year.
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I think I'd be using the 35 as my walk around lens, but there again so much depends on your shooting style.
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Yeah, that's mine! I'm disinclined to share. The 28-80 I bought for $1. So, if she injures it or the 18-55, they're inexpensive to replace.
(She's 13 & pretty responsible. She won't deliberately do something, but accidents happen.)
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The experience I have had with my daughter (mind you she is only 6 so very different) is I wish she didn't have zoom ability (cheap Nikon p&s). A fixed focal length would teach her to frame things a bit better. With a zoom, she always uses it and is usually too tight.

But like I said my daughter is only 6 so is not as understanding or able to take instructions like a child twice the age. But I still think it would be a valuable learning experience for someone completely new to photography.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dansamy Quote
I always rent myself a lens. I usually rent a prime, but now I have both the 35 & 50. I was thinking of renting a wide angle zoom. I have these choices: 16-45 f4, 17-70 f4 or 16-50 f2.8. Thoughts?
No experience with Disney (a bit far away for me ) but would a 12-24 not be a useful lens?
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I suppose it would, if I could rent one. The ones I listed are what's available for rent for my dates.
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My last trip I went with only the 35mm just because of the light weight aspect of carring a camera all day. I was able to shoot parades and get some good shots. But the 18-55 is not that heavy, so that might be the best choice for a first time shoot at Disney so you can get all the castle in the frame, without having to be on the other side of the park. With the right settings, you can get some good shots inside the dark rides with the 35mm though.
The times I've gone with just a 50mm or higher lens, were the times I wish I had brought a shorter lens. I have an 18-135 that I take now and then, I just wish it were not so heavy!
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I would suggest the 18-55.
The last trip we made to Disney, I had the 21LTD on the camera (K-5) for most of the trip (except Animal Kingdom Safari ride 55-300)
With the wider angle you can get shots with less people between you and what you are shooting i.e. pictures of family in front of .....

The first trip I made to Disney with a DSLR was with the Kx and the 18-55 kit lens.
Some of those pictures are still my favourites.
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Disney World is down the road (literally), and for the last several weeks we've been having cloudy and rainy days. Today it's foggy and will rain later.

The best Lenses would be the duo DA* - 16-50 and 50-135.
That would be all you would need and be WR too.

Disney World is a very WR place as there are rides that splash, and is mostly a sweaty place unless you go at just the right time of year.

Plus at f/2.8 you don't get other people in the background too often.
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Of those on your list I would say the 18-55 as it is the widest, and allows some flexibility. Though the 35 is sharper and faster, I'm not a believer that primes teach you anything, and they are limiting by nature.
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We go pretty often. I've carried just a 50 or 43 before. I've also used my kit lenses.

I think I'll rent a zoom for myself & give kiddo the kit lens.
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