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08-07-2010, 02:49 AM   #1
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Lens choice for Africa

Am heading off to The Gambia for my honeymoon soon, and am considering what lenses to take (max 3 I reckon to keep my luggage down)

I was thinking:

10-20mm Sigma - for those big African skies
DA 18-250mm - general, tele for wildlife and candid local life
FA 31mm - lowlight, general lens.

Would have to buy the 31mm (although if I bought it 2nd hand and sold it again, would lose virtually no money!).

Other option would be getting a FA77, but might be a bit of a 'nothing' lens for this outing - too short for wildlife, too long for low-light, indoor scenes?

Or even a wide, short, zoom? And worth taking the 600 mirror maybe?

Your thoughts are appreciated!

08-07-2010, 03:02 AM   #2
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And I dislike throwing money away by hiring instead of buying, but SRS has the following lenses (price is for the 8 days rental):

Pentax 16-50mm 64
Pentax 50-135mm 69
Pentax 60-250mm 87
Pentax 200mm 68
Pentax 300mm 87
Pentax 31mm 87
Pentax 43mm 64
Pentax 55mm 54
Pentax 77mm 69

Decisions, decisions!

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The 10-20 & 18-250 sound like a pretty good combo.

Although, how many pictures are you going to be taking of your wife & wildlife? The 18-250 is especially slow & soft at the long end. I agree with you about the FA77.

Have a good trip.
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Would have to buy the 31mm (although if I bought it 2nd hand and sold it again, would lose virtually no money!).
I would assume being your honeymoon this would be your most used lens... great for indoors

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The idea of a 600 mirror is pretty good especially with your existing kit. I assume you are not going to remake your kit for this trip so I won't tell you to get a used sigma 70-200 f2.8 non HSM version and a sigma 2x tc
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You should be fine with the 2 lenses you own but you might have to manual focus if light is a bit too low depending on body you have?

Congratulations on your marriage and all the best.
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I agree with Clicker, but for a low light lens I'd want the 50mm f1.4.
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Whilst I love my M50/1.4, again I find it a bit of an awkward length - I tend to end up cropping in PP. I also prefer AF - still working on my MF technique, and don't want to use my honeymoon as a practice session!

I have stuck my kit zoom at 31mm to see if I like working with that FL for a while...

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Shame on you for even thinking about a camera on your honeymoon.

Well apart from the more private shots.
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We are going over to South Africa next overseas trip and only one lens springs to mind - Bigma! probably 150-500 as it is cheaper and its usually pretty bright in SA. I like the 600 mirror option too. My other lens is a Sigma 17-70 which handles most of every thing else as it can go to 2.8 at 17mm (great indoor use).
Only problem is the bigma is huge so perhaps 10-20 , 18-250 and a fast prime.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rob1234 Quote
Am heading off to The Gambia for my honeymoon soon, and am considering what lenses to take (max 3 I reckon to keep my luggage down)

I was thinking:

10-20mm Sigma - for those big African skies
DA 18-250mm - general, tele for wildlife and candid local life
The two you have seems adequate.
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For low light, you can also consider the Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC (if you really need it). I have one and use it in almost dark conditions, and it lets enough light in for AF.
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The two you have seems adequate.

In my heart I know this is the truth! And will take the mirror too if I have room.

Probably going to rent the FA31 though...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tonto Quote
We are going over to South Africa next overseas trip and only one lens springs to mind - Bigma! probably 150-500 as it is cheaper and its usually pretty bright in SA. I like the 600 mirror option too. My other lens is a Sigma 17-70 which handles most of every thing else as it can go to 2.8 at 17mm (great indoor use).
Only problem is the bigma is huge so perhaps 10-20 , 18-250 and a fast prime.
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Was in South Africa earlier this year, most shots were taken with my DA* 200. I could count on one hand the times where a longer lens would come in handy. Most of the time you are bouncing around in a Landrover and tripod use is frowned upon.
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Just to clarify, I won't be going on safari or out in the bush - will be staying at an isolated beach lodge.

I find it funny that 300/2.8s used to be the 'golden lens' for film, now the equivalent on APS-C (200/2.8) is often overlooked for a 300...

PS Mods - sorry, meant to put this topic in "Lens Discussion"
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