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01-20-2010, 10:19 AM   #1
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need advice for one lens short trip

I am a newbie, and am going on a business trip to New York City and Hartford, CT. (I've been to NYC a bunch, but not since I got into photography.) I'd like to bring my K20D along to take some pictures since I will have some down time in the mornings before my meetings. I figure the shots will typically be people, buildings, trains, and maybe some shots of Central Park. I'd like to pack light because of all the schlepping (sp?) I will need to do, so I figure I should just take one lens and the camera body. My "arsenal," such as it is, consists of the K20D, the BG2, an extra battery, the F remote, an 18-55 DA kit lens, a 50-200 DA lens, and a manual focus SMC-A 50/1.5. My guess is that the 18-55 would make the most sense with these limitations, though the longer lens might be better for people on the street. Thoughts? Thanks!

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PS--Thanks to all those who suggested getting the manual focus 50/1.7. I really, really like it.

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If just one lens, from those three, it's a no-brainer to me - the 18-55 is the most versatile. Sure, there will be shots where it isn't long enough (but you can always crop), or isn't fast enough (but you can always crank up the ISO beyond ordinary comfort level). But I would think it cover cover more bases than either of the others.
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If only one lens, the 18-55mm for sure. I owned a copy of that A 1.7 50mm--it is small and pretty light--I even carried it in a pocket on some hikes. I know you want to stay to ones lens, understandably, but if you can talk yourself into taking that A50 1.7 along it would open up some other doors for you--just a thought--have a great visit to the Big Apple.
01-20-2010, 11:39 PM   #4
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Why limit yourself? Neither of the two kit lenses are heavy, I'd say one on the camera and one in a pocket is still traveling pretty light.

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This is when having an 18-250 comes in handy...

I'd choose the 18-55 and be done with it.

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I would take the K20D and both lenses 18-55 & 50-200, 50-200 is not heavy and can easily be put in a pocket. if its just a short visit I would leave the grip/remote/2nd battery.
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My pockets must be smaller than yours, Brit and Paul! But you are right, it is only a few more ounces, and I can just carry a backpack or something.
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If you do decide on just the 18-55 don't leave it in AWB you should at least tweak it via one of the other presets.

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My pockets must be smaller than yours, Brit and Paul! But you are right, it is only a few more ounces, and I can just carry a backpack or something.
Either that or your pants are too tight.

Wear cargo pants.
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Is that a zoom in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?
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in response to suggestion by clicker. manually adjusting the white balance in the camera is one idea... however if you shoot in raw you can easily adjust the white balance from the comfort of your computer screen when you do the post processing.... can see results better and takes little to no time.
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I was just going to ask about that. I always shoot in raw, and would rather focus on composing the shot and depth of field/ISO while I am out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by paulelescoces Quote
I would take the K20D and both lenses 18-55 & 50-200, 50-200 is not heavy and can easily be put in a pocket. if its just a short visit I would leave the grip/remote/2nd battery.
Exactly. Why waste an opportunity over a lens?
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The more I think about it, the more I am considering buying a slingshot or something similar to carry everything. Right now, all I have is a top loading Tamrac pack that holds the camera+lens and small accys (which is great for going with only one lens).
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