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03-14-2016, 09:22 PM   #1
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Washington DC Trip

Next week I will be visiting our National's capital for the first time. I will be by myself exploring the sights and the history of this beautiful city. Here is my lens collection and I want to to take 3 lenses with me - Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, Pentax FA 50 mm f/1.4, DA* 55mm f/1.4, Pentax DA 15mm f/4, Pentax DA 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Pentax DA * 50-135 f/2.8 and DA * 60-250 f/1.4. My thoughts are to take take the 15mm f/4, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and the DA*60-250 f/4. What are your thoughts?

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DA 15 should be the first selected. Then I would take a fast normal and a longer zoom.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sumitkar1971 Quote
My thoughts are to take take the 15mm f/4, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and the DA*60-250 f/4.
I would do that too
There are some cool building so the 15mm is a must.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sumitkar1971 Quote
Next week I will be visiting our National's capital for the first time. I will be by myself exploring the sights and the history of this beautiful city. Here is my lens collection and I want to to take 3 lenses with me - Tamron 17-50 f/2.8, Pentax FA 50 mm f/1.4, DA* 55mm f/1.4, Pentax DA 15mm f/4, Pentax DA 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Pentax DA * 50-135 f/2.8 and DA * 60-250 f/1.4. My thoughts are to take take the 15mm f/4, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and the DA*60-250 f/4. What are your thoughts?
My thoughts pretty much match yours since the 15, 17-50, and 60-250 should cover just about anything you want to shoot. You might consider the 50-135 in place of the 60-250 if you're going to be doing a lot of walking though.

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I think your lens selection are pretty good, maybe the 50-135 because it's a little faster, but I don't think that would matter much. I was there last summer and what I missed most was a tripod. I missed that enough that I tried to buy a travel tripod while I was there, to no avail. You have WR covered which is really necessary in March, my DA18-135WR was a day saver last summer, there is a lot of walking to get places, and also a lot to see outside as well as in.
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The DA 15 is great in DC!

Even though I don't have either lens, I think I might also opt for the 50-135 over the 60-250, just because it weighs less. Also, I'm not sure if you would miss the extra range on the long end, but you never know. When I was there taking photos, I did use my 55-300 to get photos of the top of the Washington Monument. There were guys working up there inspecting it after the earthquake, so that was kind of neat. But the 55-300 is so light in comparison.
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Used to live there and traveled there for a vacation in 2014. Good suggestions above, I'd skip the 60-250 too as you just don't need the length. The 50-135 should be your best long friend. Personally I always take more gear than I need but with your selection, I'd pocket the DFA 100 macro as you never know what interesting subjects you might need a macro of. One suggestion is that if you are visiting the museums on the mall, a polarizer for the Tammy would be a good thing to potentially remove reflections from display cases. I shot a lot with my Q7 there as well but looking back on my photos, my DA*16-50 was my best friend there. You can view my images here if you like. https://www.flickr.com/photos/blackcloudbrew/albums/72157644929491951 We went on to Virgina after DC and a lot of these images were 'we were there stuff.' Have fun. It's an interesting place for sure.
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You're going to be doing a lot of walking; I would suggest taking minimal gear and just focus on the "experience" more. If I have to choose I would take the DA15 + Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 or DA15 + FA 50 1.4; no need for a long lens and a heavy set-up.

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Your 15mm and 17-50 seem adequate.

Why the 60-250 or even the 50-135 that people suggested in its place? The small amount of wildlife doesn't justify the bulk, IMO. You can get close to all of the landmarks so don't really need much reach.

Security was surprisingly inobtrusive on my visit to DC three years ago. I used a tripod on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial (at off hours to not get in the way of other visitors) to photograph the Reflecting Pool, Washington Monument, and Capitol Building. I hoped to rush a couple of photos before National Park Service rangers showed up, but no one challenged me and I had enough time to take some long exposures.
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They're actually pretty good about tripods around most places around the mall, especially if it's not busy and you're not in the way. Off hours are definitely the best time. The steps and the exterior walkway around the Lincoln memorial seems to be fine for tripods, but inside the statue chamber is a no go as it is with most interiors of buildings and monuments (although you can get away with monopods in many places that tripods are forbidden). Union station doesn't even like cameras inside the building at all (but cell phone pictures are okay for some reason) sometimes it depends on the guard that's on duty at the time.
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I'm with DeadJohn; unless I was hitting a zoo I can't see a need for something longer than what the 17-50 offers. If you think that's on the list, the 50-135 might be useful at times. But I wouldn't want to carry all that every day "just in case". 15 seems like a good idea coupled with the 17-50.
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I was there just two weeks ago. Took my 28-75 and 55-300. Should have taken my 10-20, as I needed it often. 28 just wasn't wide enough (and I was not going for interior shots on this trip, 28 was not wide enough for some of the exterior shots I wanted). I was awful glad I had the 55-300 when we were at the Washington Monument and Marine One flew over and than landed on the white house lawn. I did get several shots of the helicopter on the lawn, and of it taking off and flying overhead. That was just a lucky moment, and the shots wwre not great as I did not have any time to prepare, but I was glad to have a longer lens.

All that said, your best bets are the 15 and the 17-50, but then, 15 does not gain you a whole lot over 17. I would throw in the 60-250 for good measure. Enjoy!
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I would highly recommend visiting the national zoo while you are there it's free like most D.C museums they have some animals that most zoo's don't and it's your first time going to D.C. take it all in.
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15, 17-50, 50-135. To enter many buildings and museums, your bags are looked through. Too much stuff, and something can get dropped. Travel light.
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Great time to vist Washington DC

You will be in DC during the early days of the Cherry Blossom festival and the Smithsonian Orchid show. A good landscape lens (DA 15) and a good arms-length macro will be good. I don't know how close the DFA 100 working distance is, but you will have a great opportunity to use it.

And the FA 50 1.4 could be very helpful inside museums.

But I agree that the 60-250 won't be of much use. Washington DC is a close-up city!

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