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01-19-2011, 07:08 AM   #1
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Best Pentax KX & prime Europe travel kit?

Hi guys,
Travelling from Australia to Europe in June this year and looking for the best travel kit. I've never been to Europe so want to maximise my photographic experience. My priorities are:
(1) image quality
(2) compact - easier to carry around in a smaller bag

I currently own DA40mm ltd and DA 70mm ltd, so I'm thinking of purchasing a DA15mm ltd to complete the kit, and then take along my 55-300mm zoom as well.

So what do you reckon DA 15/40/70mm ltd plus my zoom?

Alternatively I was tossing around purchasing a Sigma 10-20mm for the wide angle end rather than the 15mm, but the blow my mind thread always grabs me and the compactness of the 15mm and other DA ltd's I don't think can be beat for ease of travel.

I know my 55-300 zoom does not meet the "compact" requirement but I'd be sad to miss out on the shots >70mm without it.

Keen to hear your thoughts from others that have travelled.

thanks

01-19-2011, 07:20 AM   #2
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In Europe last year I use mainly 2 lenses, Tamrom 10-24 in city because a lot of street are narrow , and I use my 55-300mm for place where I need to zoom closer
I also have my Sigma 17-70 but rarely use it.
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In Europe last year I use mainly 2 lenses, Tamrom 10-24 in city because a lot of street are narrow , and I use my 55-300mm for place where I need to zoom closer
I also have my Sigma 17-70 but rarely use it.
Yeah, I have a Sigma 17-70mm also but reckon the image quality and compactness of the primes will win out.
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id go for the three primes or something like a tamron 17-50 and maybe a zoom

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My Europe kit consisted of the 15 ltd, Tamron 17-50 and the 55-300. That covers all the focal lengths - the 15 for narrow streets and architecture, the 2.8 Tamron was key for getting non-flash pictures in museums and art galleries (most used lens) and the 55-300 was great for landscape and perspective-squashing.

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In late November last year I spent 2 weeks traveling by river boat from Amsterdam to Budapest - with several days stay at either end. I took the 15mm ltd, the 21mm ltd and the 18-55mm WR as well as the 55-300 zoom. Turns out I used all four lenses and was very glad to have the 18-55 WR for the rainy days. For me, the most used lens was the 21mm as it is unobtrusive and perfect for street photography. It's also a good focal length for most of the interior and exterior architecture. I used the 15mm for scenic views from the ship and from hill tops and castle ramparts. I love my 15mm and would not have left it home, but the 21mm was more versatile for my European trip.
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thanks for all of the feedback so far guys. Really helpful.

Keep the feedback coming!
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I recently posted a thread on my return from a trip to Spain with the K-x and DAltd 15/21/40/70. It was a terrific combo.

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I recently posted a thread on my return from a trip to Spain with the K-x and DAltd 15/21/40/70. It was a terrific combo.
Awesome, I will check it out.

without the 21mm (ie 15mm to 40mm) is the gap too big do you think?
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I think it depends on shooting style

Personally, I like a 2 zoom approach, where I take a sigma 10-20 and a tamron 28-75.

I can take 1 or 2 bodies because when touring one camera/lens is in my hand, the other in a small shoulder bag.

If I leave the second body home, then I add a 3rd lens, ranging from 8mm fisheye to either 85mmF1.4 or 135F2.5 but always a prime and never a longer zoom, it is just not worth the weight
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I have been to Europe several times, and my travel kit is now:

DA12-24 (city streets, church interiors, landscapes)
DA21 (city streets, landscapes)
DA35/2 (low-light, landscape)
FA77 (low-light, landscape)

The DA12-24 and DA21 overlap, but they have different purposes. I would not want to be in Europe without an ultra-wide. It may be that the 15 is sufficiently wide, so your 15/40/70 kit makes a lot of sense. Personally, I would probably find the gap between the 15 and the 40 a bit large,
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I'm also going to Europe in March, I guess the Prime lenses aren't that convenience for travel. so I'm stick with my Tamron 17-55mm f2.8 and the Pentax 55-300mm. I had used this combo for several trips before, I used the Tamron most the time. So I recommend you to get a zoom lens from 16-55mm, If you have the cash, the Pentax 16-55mm is a better choice. but I'm good with my Tamron.
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I'd also look at the size of bag you'd be willing to lug around with you in Europe. The prime kit is great - quite compact if you don't mind changing lenses often. the 15 to 40 gap is significant but not as pronounced if you had a 12-24 instead (only it's quite bulky). Otherwise, 15/40/70/55-300 is not too hefty a load and you'll be impressed not only with your IQ but also the range of scenes you'll be able to capture with the FLs covered with this combo.
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I'm going to Europe later this year and I plan to take.
DA12-24 (probably on my camera the most as my "walk around")
Sigma 17-70
DA21
DA40
DA70

I'll leave at home a DA15, DA55-300 and DA*50-135. Well, that's the idea at the moment. Actually, I don't quite know how I'm going to leave behind my DA15.
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We traveled to Europe and were in cold weather, trains, trolleys, buses, and were on our feet most of the time. So, took the DA21, the FA50/1.4 and DA50-200. Spare battery and charger. I didn't use the FA50 much and would not take it next time. For myself, I just would not want to carry the 55-300 due to size and weight.

There will be times you wish you had some lens you left behind, but there will be plenty of opportunities to make great pictures with the glass you brought along.

Have a great trip,

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