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10-27-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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What bodies to bring to Angkor Wat?

This is a little different twist on an oft asked question - what to bring on my vacation? But this time I'm wondering what bodies to bring...
So, I'm bringing two bodies, k5iis for sure is coming. But the second could be a k7 converted to IR or a k5 w/ a second lens. I suppose I could bring an IR filter that will fit on some of the lenses I have, but that will really slow things down - tripod set up and all that. I suppose I have to ask how many IR shots do I plan on taking? Thing is, I've been there before, so I already have a lot of shots - but this will by my wife's first trip there and I don't want my photography to be too much of a drag for her. And I think IR will add a lot to many of the temple over-ran by the jungle pics...

I'm just agonizing over this decision - what do you think?

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Which lenses is much more important question. I would easily take the IIs and the K-5. When and how you get out to Angkor Wat matters... the light is what makes the difference there. You could probably save yourself some trouble and take the IIs and a more lens options.
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The lenses I have figured out and discovered last time the truth of what you're saying regarding the light.

I've decided to bring the following lenses (the # beside the lens is the weight in grams):

12-24 431
50-200wr 286
16-50wr 565
55 1.4 375
fa77 - da15 269 212
k to q? tc’s raynox
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I went there last DEC,
I took just K-30 with Sigma 17-70 Macro 2.8-4.5 + DA 18-250
with lot of AA lithium batteries, they last forever
do Sun rise ( ~ 5am) at Banteay Srei , the pinkish stone is magnificent
some of my photos:
Flickr Search: banteay srei

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decided to bring the k5iis, k30, k7 ir, and q. I'll probably have the 15 mounted on the k7ir and keep that for special situations. I'll have the 12-24 on the k30 and the 16-50 on the iis. If I don't need superwide, I'll swap out to either the 77 or 55.

looks like this gear weighs around 25 lbs including tripod so not too bad. Wish I could bring some better long glass, but weight in the heat will wear me down too fast.

bought a 10 stop filter - hopefully this will let me thin out some of the crowds of people in the photos...

can't wait to try some of this stuff out!
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QuoteOriginally posted by i_trax Quote
I went there last DEC,
I took just K-30 with Sigma 17-70 Macro 2.8-4.5 + DA 18-250
with lot of AA lithium batteries, they last forever
do Sun rise ( ~ 5am) at Banteay Srei , the pinkish stone is magnificent
some of my photos:
Flickr Search: banteay srei
awesome, thanks for the tip. so any other small less known temples that you found worthwhile?
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I would left either 55 or 77 home. Also one body would be enough for me.
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I would left either 55 or 77 home. Also one body would be enough for me.
The 55 is primarily for rain or wind at the beach - the 77 is for when I need a little more reach than the 16-50 - I also like it because it's look is a bit more attractive to me, particularly its bokeh. I found last time changing lenses was just too time consuming so 2 bodies was a minimum. and wanting to shoot IR meant that body #3 was important. I'm sure there will be plenty of times the IR cam is staying in the room, but there are some shots I'm very curious to try out.

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QuoteOriginally posted by vagrant10 Quote
I suppose I could bring an IR filter that will fit on some of the lenses I have, but that will really slow things down -
IR filters on digital that hasn't been converted to IR doesn't work all that well (though the K5 IR mode isn't too bad).
You put a filter in front of the lens that lets, theoretically, only IR light pass through, but there's a filter over the sensor that, theoretically, blocks all IR light. Neither filter is 100% efficient so there is some effect, but it's minimal. Since you've been there before and have many pictures already; if you want IR shots take the converted K7.
(Or take all three and make your wife carry one. )

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