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08-19-2009, 11:14 AM   #1
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Hiking Mt. Whitney -- what lenses?

I'm hiking Mt. Whitney in central CA this weekend. Weight is an issue.

Here are the lenses I've got:
18-55mm DA AL II kit
50mm Pentax-A 1.7
50mm SMCP-FA 1.4
Quantaray 28-90mm w/"macro" mode 3.5/5.6
Tamron 28-200mm that doesn't autofocus at 135mm+
Pentax-M 100mm F4 Macro
Quantaray 100mm-300mm 4.5-6.7

I'm inclined to take the kit, the 50/1.4, and the 28-200mm.
Thoughts?
Dunno if bringing the 100-M for macro is worth it? I'd like to do some night photography and group shots, so I think I'm going to bring along my tripod.

-Graham

08-19-2009, 11:50 AM   #2
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If it were me, it would be the 18-55 & the 100-300. Most flexibility for least weight. Seems the 100 macro is only 1:2, right? Kit lens does 1:3, which is practically as good for basic wildflowers and so forth. Take the 50 if you see yourself doing many people shots at night.
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When weight is an issue, I would the kit and the 50/1.4.
And then not the 28-200mm, one has a tendency to bring too much. And when you're also bringing tripod, I would minimize other places

Have fun, looking forward to the shots
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
If it were me, it would be the 18-55 & the 100-300. Most flexibility for least weight. Seems the 100 macro is only 1:2, right? Kit lens does 1:3, which is practically as good for basic wildflowers and so forth. Take the 50 if you see yourself doing many people shots at night.
I would second these choices, seem to me the best kit out of the lenses you have at hand.

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Personally, I'd probably (foolishly) bring three lenses, and end up using one of 'em for 99% of the shots... My advice would echo Marc's with the 18-55mm and maybe the 100-300mm or 28-200mm. I'd hesitate to bring the longer lens myself because I tend to think of that as a wildlife length, and I don't know if you'll have time to sit and stalk the marmots etc. which you'll run across. OTOH, long lenses can sure be useful for landscape shooting too, so I might end up bring both.

Depending on the image quality you get out of the 28-200mm, I might just bring that one lens, and shoot pano's of scenes too wide for the 28mm. You could throw in the 50/1.4 if low light is likely, and you think you'd use it....

...wait... even better - use this as an excuse to buy a 12-24mm and a 28-70/2.8, and a 100-300/4 and a bigger backpack, and... ...

sorry - turn's out I wasn't much help!
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Graham,

As you already know, I was out and about last weekend. Depending on your hike, if your group was anything like mine which is like a bunch of bouncing rabbits, you may just want to bring the 18-55. I was exhausted trying to keep up with my fitter friends.

I did bring the 70-300mm and I used it for like 10-15 shots. Would not recommended it a heavy long lens unless you are planning to stalk an animal. :P

The 50/1.7 stayed on most of the time because of group shots. The Kit lens would have been much more useful to me with AF and being telephoto.

Hope you have fun with your hike
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Thanks for the advice, all!

I think I'm going with the kit, 50 and 100-300, per Marc's suggestion.
50 should be good for low light shots, though campfires are banned, so it may be REALLY low light.

We're leaving this morning, and my pack is heeeavy. Going to keep the camera around my neck as much as I can and snap along the way.

A couple other people in the group are going to be sharing my tripod, so at least my martyrdom is secure.

Prinze: Hopefully I'll be fit enough to drag all this along. Above 12,000 feet, everything's going to be a struggle.

-Graham

ps - If you see any news bulletins of an overloaded hiker in distress this weekend, you'll know who.

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QuoteOriginally posted by sfdealer Quote
I'm hiking Mt. Whitney in central CA this weekend. Weight is an issue.

Here are the lenses I've got:
18-55mm DA AL II kit
50mm Pentax-A 1.7
50mm SMCP-FA 1.4
Quantaray 28-90mm w/"macro" mode 3.5/5.6
Tamron 28-200mm that doesn't autofocus at 135mm+
Pentax-M 100mm F4 Macro
Quantaray 100mm-300mm 4.5-6.7

I'm inclined to take the kit, the 50/1.4, and the 28-200mm.
Thoughts?
Dunno if bringing the 100-M for macro is worth it? I'd like to do some night photography and group shots, so I think I'm going to bring along my tripod.

-Graham
The kind with it's own O2 cannister...hehehehe...made it to the top in '91 and never want to see that mountain again...(not really, it's GREAT!!) But have kept my hikes since then under 11,500ish ft. just too old and lazy to go any higher anymore and even to go that high takes a few days around 9000-10,000ft to get used to it before going higher.

Good luck and have a ball...

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BTW, if you plan on doing this much, I'd be looking into smaller / lighter weight telephoto options than that 100-300 probably is. I mean, it's great to have for wildlife, but not if it drags you down. The 50-200 WR would seem ideal - maybe not as long as you'd prefer, but you can always crop. Or sell a bunch of what you have and get an 18-250.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
BTW, if you plan on doing this much, I'd be looking into smaller / lighter weight telephoto options than that 100-300 probably is. I mean, it's great to have for wildlife, but not if it drags you down. The 50-200 WR would seem ideal - maybe not as long as you'd prefer, but you can always crop. Or sell a bunch of what you have and get an 18-250.
Again I would second Marc. Even taking all the necessary compromises into account, these super-zooms (18-200/18-250/18-270) are the ideal choice for walking/hiking, if the weather is fine and allows to stop down the aperture a bit.

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I'll agree with Marc also. I'm a hiker also and my "kit" on a hike is the 18-55 and a Sigma 70-300. The Sigma has a close up/macro mode so I'm covered there. This year I have been bringing my 10-17 fisheye (just got it this spring) also. I have a Trek Pod hiking stick/monopod that also has limited function as a tripod also. To keep the weight down, I am considering a zoom like the 18-250 also. I have found that I don't use the telephoto much at all unless I happen across some wildlife but I would want one with me and the "macro" on the Sigma works pretty good. Most of my hiking shots are with the 18-55 and on the wider end.
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Whew.

Made it. 638 pics to go through. Didn't pull out the 100-300 once. Not worth chasing down the chubby marmots for a brown marmot on brown stone shot when I was busy breathing.

Thanks for the advice. Exhausted. I'll post a thread up with a couple pics once I get through them.

40mph winds + rain at 12,000 ft made for an interesting night last night.

Also -- took off from the bottom with a 47lb pack. Ha. It was fine, but I caught plenty of grief from my friends.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sfdealer Quote

40mph winds + rain at 12,000 ft made for an interesting night last night.

Also -- took off from the bottom with a 47lb pack. Ha. It was fine, but I caught plenty of grief from my friends.
Sounds like one of my trips
47 pounds is far more than my old back can handle anymore.
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