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12-02-2009, 03:46 PM   #1
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Lens for the k-x for trip in the east!

O.k I order the k-x and now i need to chose lens or lenses for 3 month trip in tahailnd, laus, cambodia and wietnam, my options are like this:

1. 18-55 + 50-200 + 50 1.4
2. 18-55 + 40 2.8
3. 18-55 + 70 2.4
4. 18-55 + 50mm F2.8
5. 18-55 + 35 2.8
6. 18-55 + 43 1.9
7. 18-250
8. 17-70

It is many options and i dont know exactly what i need, my requirement are:
1. quality.
2. small size.
3. i prefer no more the 2 lenses.

thanks u all.

12-02-2009, 05:50 PM   #2
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18-250 + 35 f/2.8 ---the latter, for interiors.
12-02-2009, 05:56 PM   #3
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If i were to travel, my set-up would be
1. 18-250mm everything
2. 10-17mm great indoor + street shots
3. 50mm f1.7 you will need it at night

You are basically covered for every situtation you'll bump into.
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Just been on the same trip, and had to much gear with me. The next time I would just bring a 18-250

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yeah portability will be more important than ultimate quality... just one lens imo too.
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The 18-250mm would do it all for you.
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You did not mention your budget.

You will need something wider than 18mm.
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Welcome to the forum.
The 18-250 is a good all-rounder, but it isn't all that strong at the long end (250mm).
But it is the most versatile, and you won't have to change lenses much.
I'd agree with perhaps having a macro lens also, in case you see something small you want to capture (or you want a stunning portrait, which the 35 macro ltd is able to do also).

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speaking strictly based on experience as a tourist: if you are going to have the opportunity to visit the same places more than once, add the 50-300 if you already have the 18-55 kit, plus any other prime that suits the kind of photos you prefer to shoot. otherwise the 18-250 (despite its bulk) so as to keep the fumbling with lenses and completely missing the shot to a minimum. (you especially don't want to miss the shot if this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip.)

personally i would probably choose the fa35 f2 as a nice "compromise" prime for interiors of temples, museums, restaurants, portraits and group photos in low light situations.
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I would go for the 18-250 aswell.You have a good range that should cover all your needs.Bring us back some good shots whatever you choose,and enjoy your trip.
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I just did the same trip too. DSLR is big no-no. Think of lack of charging facilities, sand getting into moving parts. Also jumping from boat to boat and the hard knocks your gear is going to be getting.

If you don;t have nothing else then I take the 43/1.9, and buy a $30 MX/ME super. You will be surprised what slide film can do with the colours of SE Asia!

I took a Rollei 35 and it was perfect.
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What Barnster said!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
Welcome to the forum.
The 18-250 is a good all-rounder, but it isn't all that strong at the long end (250mm).
But it is the most versatile, and you won't have to change lenses much.
I'd agree with perhaps having a macro lens also, in case you see something small you want to capture (or you want a stunning portrait, which the 35 macro ltd is able to do also).
Ash is right.
The 18-250mm has a few problems:
- Vignetting at the wide end (18mm).
- Sharpness at 250mm.
- CA in high contrast.

If you have a good postprocessing tool like Lightroom, you can easily correct all issues. So, a 18-250mm plus good software will handle these shortcomings.
More macro capability in a small and light weigth package is available using Raynox macro lenses attached to your future 18-250, or using extension rings.

Cheers, Bert
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If you're not sure, get on flickr and look for the 10 travel images you like best, then check the EXIF data for focal length and F stop.

$0.02 from someone living and travelling in the region:

Don't get too hung up on telephoto - The haze here in SEA makes them less valuable. . .and most of the wildlife has been eaten ;-P

Too many people think that, by covering all focal lengths, they're covering all bases. Then they run out of light or despair at the poor image quality.

Bring a tripod - even a tiny one. As long as it holds up your camera, you'll get value from it at night. Get a $15 remote release too. . . and a polarising filter.

Get the fastest lens you can afford - it will open a world of possibilities in low light. TAV mode is genius when you're in a temple complex, going in and out of buildings.

Go W-I-D-E. Nothing captures cramped transport, sweeping landscapes or soaring buildings like a good wide angle lens. Look for a rectilinear variety if you like your vertical lines to stay vertical.

Enjoy your trip!
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QuoteOriginally posted by bymy141 Quote
Ash is right.
The 18-250mm has a few problems:
- Vignetting at the wide end (18mm).
- Sharpness at 250mm.
- CA in high contrast.

If you have a good postprocessing tool like Lightroom, you can easily correct all issues. So, a 18-250mm plus good software will handle these shortcomings.
More macro capability in a small and light weigth package is available using Raynox macro lenses attached to your future 18-250, or using extension rings.

Cheers, Bert
Finally someone else who noticed! Avoid the 18-250mm, you will just end up deleting all your photos. I'd suggest from the OP's options the 17-70mm F4 which is a great lens. If you can, either a fast prime (if you prefer low-light) or a longer reach (if you prefer detail shots, are sniping candids).

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