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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-15-2018, 12:24 AM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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I didn't. I'm sure I wasn't alone ;)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-14-2018, 05:15 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Heading south we enjoyed the Drake Lake.

Coming back we endured the Drake Shake :D


Beaufort 9 on the Drake

As we rounded Cape Horn at about 03:50 a rogue wave smashed in the windows of three cabins low on the port side towards the stern. Injuries were thankfully minor, but it could have been a very serious incident indeed....
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-14-2018, 05:06 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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For some reason the views beyond the ship held my attention more, but I've just thrown in an extra five just for you ;)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-14-2018, 01:33 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Thanks Craig.


At a quick count, 28 of the images in the album so far were taken from the ship. Or do you mean shots of the ship's interior?
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-10-2018, 09:53 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Absolutely. WR zooms on two bodies made life much easier.


Thanks Rob. I'll get more up as jet lag allows.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-10-2018, 07:50 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Thanks. My kit was centred around full frame compatibility, but I reckon the 18-135 and 55-300PLM would be incredibly useful on the KP. There is a lot of light - I was frequently stopped down to f/11 and beyond. I'd still try to save up for the new DA*11-18 though....
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-10-2018, 01:57 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Sorry for the tawdry updates. I'm now back from what was an unforgettable trip. The ship had slow but reasonably Wi-Fi, but for some reason I had trouble getting onto Flickr, so I am only now getting images up. The first three day in Antarctica have been added to THE ALBUM

I was incredibly impressed with the way the gear performed. The versatility and quality of the humble 28-105 (usually on the K-1) as a landscape lens was a revelation, and the ability of the KP and 150-450 to track birds in flight surprised me. The weather resistance certainly came in handy ;)



I barely used the 10-17 or DA*55, and didn't use the tripod, flash or filters at all. So there is room for greater efficiency in future. The Peak Design Everyday Backpack and Capture Clips were fabulous.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-25-2018, 05:42 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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The Flickr album has just grown. 10 more shots from day two at Iguazu.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-24-2018, 06:12 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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I haven't made to Antarctica yet (that happens on Wednesday), but Iguazu Falls is proving a useful warm up for the kit.









Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-22-2018, 02:30 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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For those who are still interested, I leave today for Buenos Aires!

Final kit is K-1 Mark II and KP (with battery grip), plus chargers and spare batteries.
DA10-17, DFA15-30, DFA28-105, DA*55, DFA150-450 and also DA15, 21, 35 and 70 Limiteds for urban walk arounds.
Lee 150 filters (Grad ND and Big Stopper) for the DFA15-30, two 49mm filters (C-PL and 10 stop ND) for the DA Limiteds, and 62mm and 86mm polarisers for the other zooms.
PD Everyday Backpack, Tamrac VeloCity 5x, Sirui tripod. 12" Laptop for storage and PP.

It all fits, and is within weight restrictions. There's even room for clothes and travel sickness medications ;)

Thanks to all for suggestions, guidance and indulgence. Photos to follow.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-11-2018, 01:59 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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I'm done considering. It's packed already ;)


It's already in the bag too. Unfortunately it only works with the K-1, not the KP.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-10-2018, 02:19 AM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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I have a Lee 150 polariser for the 15-30, but I'm not sure whether I'll take it. Feel free to convince me ;)

As mentioned above, I'll have polarisers for the 28-105 and 150-450, and I might throw in a 49mm C-PL for the DA Limiteds.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-09-2018, 09:32 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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By the way, it's now less than two weeks until I leave for Buenos Aires.

I have recently acquired two high-transmittance C-PL filters - 62mm for the 28-105 and 86mm for the 150-450. Not cheap. In addition, two new Peak Design Capture Clips will help carry the cameras on my old LowePro S&F belt.

The basic lens stable is pretty much set in stone: DA10-17, DFA15-30, DA*55, DFA28-105 and DFA150-450. I'm tempted to throw in a couple of DA Limiteds into my checked luggage to make up an urban walk-around kit for Buenos Aires.

All in all it looks like will fit in my luggage, and will stay under the weight limits. Can't wait!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-09-2018, 08:58 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Ah! But with the 28-105 on the KP and the 150-450 on the K-1 Mark II the gap isn't there :)






QuoteQuote:

I'd take two filters: a ND grad filter [the dynamic range between snow on land and bright skies can be difficult to tame] and a strong ND for long exposure work.



I have two soft gradient ND's (2 and 4 stop), and two ND's (6 and 10 stop). Which would you recommend? This would essentially be just for the 15-30, but I could adapt them to fit the 28-105 as well
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-22-2018, 12:01 AM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Just over four weeks to go! Currently thinking of dividing the carry-on gear between the Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20 litre and my Tamrac Velocity 5x waist pack.

I see landscape sessions going nicely with the DFA15-30 on the K-1 and either the DA10-17 or DFA28-105 on the KP.

Wildlife sessions would see the the DFA28-105 and DFA150-450 used in tandem; which body they are coupled to will depend on the size and distance of the "prey".

The DA*55 (I've decided to leave the Fat Fifty at home) will come into its own inside the ship, on either body depending on desired angle of view. It's also great for stitching panoramas.

I don't think I'll miss a macro lens for this trip, and I'll make do with the tiny Surui tripod and the AF201FG unless my trial packs suggest I have weight to burn.

Does anyone think I'll regret it if I don't take the Lee 150 filter system?
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-04-2018, 03:33 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Yes, that's exactly what the KP is for. If my K-1 were to die for some reason I would kick myself if I didn't have a backup.
I could take the full frame Samyang fisheye instead of the DA10-17, but the latter is more versatile and slightly smaller and lighter.


I'm a big, strong lad. I'll cope :-)


I will, and I will.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-29-2018, 04:46 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Who says it isn't P-TTL? Mine is.
Dimensions are about the same as the GRIII, so yes - definitely pocketable :)

But if I decide to take a flash I'd want one which would accept my Better Beamer for backlit wildlife....
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-27-2018, 10:56 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Only eight weeks before I leave for this trip! The kit is now pretty much settled.

K-1 Mark II
KP
DA10-17
DFA15-30
DFA28-105
DFA*50
DFA150-450

In my Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L all that weighs a little over 8kg, which is OK on Air New Zealand and Aerolineas Argentinas.

All the less delicate and expensive stuff (battery grip for the KP, chargers, tripod, Lee filter system, flash, etc.) can travel by air in checked luggage.

Last questions:

1) Is the Lee filter system overkill? I'm thinking a polariser and ND for the 28-105, and maybe a polariser for the 150-450 as well, might cover most bases while being a whole lot less clunky.

2) What about the flash? The sun will be up nearly 24 hours a day at that time of year, so the only times I would be tempted to use it would be inside on the ship.

Thank you all for your indulgence :)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 08-25-2018, 06:37 AM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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I hate to disappoint you, but I can find no reference to a total solar eclipse at any time in 2018.

There will be two in 2019: one on 2nd July, best seen from South America, and one on 26th December, best seen from the Arabian Emirates, Southern India/Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 08-24-2018, 05:24 AM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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One bottle maybe ;)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 08-24-2018, 05:01 AM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Since my last post here I have spent the best part of a month with the DFA*50, and it is everything I had hoped it would be.
With today's 15% lens discount at pentax.com.au I have also finally sprung on a DFA150-450, so I'm certain I now have every option available.
What is left is deciding. Currently, I'm looking at the following as a bare minimum:

K-1 Mark II and KP (with battery grip)
DFA15-30, DFA*50, DFA150-450

I reckon a fish-eye will probably need to come too. Maybe the DFA28-105. Anything else?
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-26-2018, 10:47 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Awesome stuff Scott. Thanks very much!

I will have the luxury of taking day trips from the ship, so carrying heavier gear will not be much of a problem. As much as I love my FA limiteds, they will be staying home for this one.

I think with the amount of wildlife on the Antarctic peninsula, and the time on the ship when birds and icebergs are going to the main subjects, something longer than 200mm will be essential. The purchase of a DFA150-450 has a sense of inevitability ;)

I can't imagine leaving the DFA15-30 behind, and I reckon a fast fifty will bridge the gap between that and my longer option. When my DFA*50 arrives I will be looking hard at how it stacks against my DA*55 to determine whether the extra size and weight is justified for this trip.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-09-2018, 05:35 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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Thank you so much!
Amazing images - you've just about sold me on the DFA150-450, and the idea of throwing the DA15 in for its unique characteristics is an excellent one.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-29-2018, 10:07 PM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
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If I get the new DFA*50, which I must admit is looking like a certainty, I would have the following covered in full frame equivalents (for field of view, not depth of field):

15-30/2.8 (DFA15-30 on the K-1 II)
50/1.4 (DFA*50 on the K-1 II)
75/1.4 (DFA*50 on the KP)
100/2.8 (DFA100WR on the K-1 II)
150/2.8 (DFA100WR on the KP)
210/4.0 (DFA100WR + 1.4xTC on the KP)
300/4.0 (DA*300 on the K-1 II)
450/4.0 (DA*300 on the KP)
630/5.6 (DA*300 + 1.4xTC on the KP)

So four lenses + the teleconverter. All high quality and WR/AW.

Job done?
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 06-16-2018, 01:15 AM  
Antarctica kit
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 109
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DCExpert had one of their 20% sales recently, and I picked up a battery grip for the KP and a 55-300PLM.

So two bodies it is - FF and crop now the battery capacity of the latter is remedied.

15-30, 55, 100, 300 might be able to suffice with the KP (+/- 1.4xTC) extending the coverage of the three primes. Or does the convenience of a smaller, lighter zoom trump the IQ and speed of the DA*300?

The KP's built-in flash will probably be enough for the occasional times some fill is required.

Still some thinking to do, but I'm getting there!
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