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08-08-2010, 09:08 AM   #1
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Do I need to add a lense for my upcoming Med Cruise

I am taking my new white K-x on a Med Cruise in October. I plan on taking my Sigma 17-70mm lens, Sigma 10-20 lens and Pentax 28-105mm lens. Do I need another? Thought about buying a Pentax DA 35mm f2.8 macro! I am not taking my Sigma 70-300mm lens...want to get closer to subject. Past European experience has shown I don't need a long focal length lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by whbroker Quote
Past European experience has shown I don't need a long focal length lens.
Are you going to the same places as last time? I'd take the 17-70 AND the 70-300. Wide to long, covered.

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Yes and no

I have been to Europe 12 times but to Italy just once before and this time we will be in Italy most of our 12 day cruise.
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Are you going to the same places as last time? I'd take the 17-70 AND the 70-300. Wide to long, covered.

Jason
That sounds good except I'd take the 10-20 as well to cover the UWA. I don't think I could go without my 10-20.

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How about a fast prime for low light? FA 31? Well it may cut into the cruise budget.
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I enjoyed my last Med cruise with just the absolute minimum of kit, one K20D with grip, twin batteries and Pentax-A 50mm F1.2 on the front.

I loved every second of traveling light and making the most of every opportunity with the kit I had, almost like back to basics. I can recommend it anyone once in a while.
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I took a non-Med cruise early last year, down the Mexican Pacific coast. (Warning: Carnival Cruise Lines sucks.) I took a pile of lenses. What I *used* were... my DA10-17, DA18-250, and FA50/14. Were I to re-do the trip (shudder) I'd take my Zenitar 16/2.8 instead of the 10-17, and add a M28/2.8 and Nikkor 85/2. After the cruise, I drove across Mexico for a couple months, with the pile of lenses, and what I used were... the 10-17, 18-250, and FA50, and a Raynox DCR-250 for small stuff. Unlike some, I like having a long reach in small towns, for picking out inaccessable details, and that's why the 18-250. Your mileage may vary.
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In Italy, you generally find that your lens is never wide enough, and your fast lens is never fast enough.

Depending on your style of shooting, a tele might or might not be useful. If you say you didn't use your 70-300 last time, then leave it at home.

For my part, if I returned to Italy, I would bring:

Sigma 17-70
50 mm f1,7
DA 21 f3.2
FA 100-300

I would not bring my macro lens, but I might leave the 100-300 at home and bring the M-150 f3,5 instead. I would also not bring my WR kit lens but would think about it a long time.

My two cents.
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Last time I was in Italy I was using a superzoom. I took very few pictures at the long end, but often found myself wishing for wide. Lot's of very scenic, very cramped spaces . I'd think the 10-20 and 17-70 would cover most of your needs very nicely. If you wanted a third lens, either a fast prime or something long. I don't see the 28-105 offering you much that's not already covered by your 17-70. My .02.

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Thanks

Thanks to everyone who answered. I like the idea of taking my first choices 17-70 and 10-20 and adding a fast prime as suggested in several posts. I really appreciate everyones input.
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Any reason is a good reason to buy a new lens.
It might as well be a med cruise
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Holiday or Work?

Are you on holidays or are you on an assignment? Depending on what you want to shoot most - architecture (when you disembark); portraits (on the ship); food (what they serve you onboard); the ship itself (rusted paint, funnel and smoke, staircase); the night sky (stars?)... Your preference may help you decide what kind of lenses to bring along; and don't forget; they can cause "soreness" on your shoulder! Enjoy the cruise!
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You could add a teleconverter, it won't add much weight to you're bag, but allowes you making the tele-shots you would miss without it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by whbroker Quote
I am taking my new white K-x on a Med Cruise in October. I plan on taking my Sigma 17-70mm lens, Sigma 10-20 lens and Pentax 28-105mm lens. Do I need another? Thought about buying a Pentax DA 35mm f2.8 macro! I am not taking my Sigma 70-300mm lens...want to get closer to subject. Past European experience has shown I don't need a long focal length lens.
Unless 105 mm are really important to you, it seems that Pentax 28-105 is more or less redundant if you bring Sigma 17-70. Given that you are not taking Sigma 70-300, this thought appears even more worth considering... I would suggest that you bring Sigma 10-20 for tight spaces, architecture and vistas, Sigma 17-70 for everything else and a fast prime (say FA 50/1.4) for low light situations. Then it seems you would have all but tele end covered. But you seem to be content with that.
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