what two lenses to take to towns near the french alps?


Conqueror

Link Posted 01/05/2014 - 20:56
what two lenses to take to towns near the French alps?

I need to travel light, so probably two lenses, maybe one, and most of mine are primes...

Was thinking about taking the 15mm and 55mm DA*
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McGregNi

Link Posted 01/05/2014 - 22:20
If I was heading to the alps I'd want to take something much longer as well - something in the 70-250 range would be invaluable I'd think.
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 01/05/2014 - 22:20

CMW

Link Posted 01/05/2014 - 23:09
Of the lenses you have, the only two that will cover most eventualities are the telephotos (though your primes will deliver better IQ than the 18-55 in particular).

Of the primes, the 35 is the most versatile ... and I suppose you can always stitch shots where necessary.
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McGregNi

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 00:23
Why not play dangerously - take the 15mm (you can crop a bit if needed) and the 55-300. That should cover most bases.
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 00:56
McGregNi wrote:
Why not play dangerously

Do you have an alternative checklist for those play dangerously shoots?






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- take the 15mm (you can crop a bit if needed) and the 55-300. That should cover most bases.

Yes I'd do this.
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McGregNi

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 01:05
Glad you agree with me then As soon as the amended checklist is past the draft approval committee stage I'll send you a copy!
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giofi

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 07:53
+ 1 for the 15 / 55-300 combination if it has to be 2

But on the other hand the 35mm is so small that I would put that in my pocket as well....
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DrOrloff

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 09:04
15mm is often too wide. I would definitely go for an option, ideally a couple of options, between 15 and 55mm. It's a big gap where many landscape shots would sit. Stitching for wider is a better option than cropping for closer.
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Pentaxophile

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 09:13
The DA35 won't add much weight and I suspect will see more use than the 15mm. The 15mm is still definitely worth taking though!

If your kit lens is a good sample (none of mine have been) it would make sense to take that instead.

On the long end - DA100WR. Tele shots and flower macros
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johnriley

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 09:21
Looking at your lens line up and thinking of versatility, for me it would have to be three lenses: 15mm, 18-55mm, 55-300mm. That would cover most eventualities and not really be all that heavy.
Best regards, John

Offertonhatter

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 19:06
Someone, sorry, a number have said what I was thinking, 15 and 55-300. Then again if you have room for one more, the 35 too, just for those natural focal length and shallow DOF shots that you may come across.
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bwlchmawr

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 19:43
I'd simply take the 18-55, stop it down a bit and you should be fine. WR will be useful during those Alpine storms.

Less weight to carry up those mountains; less expensive gear to have to keep an eye on; no dirt getting onto your sensor.

People are a bit sniffy about kit lenses and can't wait to get rid of them but Pentax ones have a sound reputation.
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McGregNi

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 20:06
All good points from a practical viewpoint, but 55mm is rather short up in the mountains - I think I would be frustrated at the lack of reach in places where you wouldn't be able to just walk further forwards. I have a good copy of the 18-55 WR, but its not a lens that I'd be cropping much with - the IQ difference is very noticable between it and all my other primes (and 2 of those are over 35 years old!).

Personally, if I ever had the chance to travel to someplace like this, I'd be taking everything, and probably investing in a new lens as well! But then photography would be the number one thing. It depends on your other priorites when out walking around.
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 02/05/2014 - 20:08

Conqueror

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 20:24
Some very useful info here, thanks... A lot to think about

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Less weight to carry up those mountains; less expensive gear to have to keep an eye on; no dirt getting onto your sensor.

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Personally, if I ever had the chance to travel to someplace like this, I'd be taking everything, and probably investing in a new lens as well! But then photography would be the number one thing. It depends on your other priorities when out walking around.

Indeed security is a big part of this, so is weight

I'll be in the area as its a work trip.. but I might try to extend it by taking time

Even thought the DA 55* is a odd focal length for this.. the sheer quality has amazed me... I think it must be the best lens I've got.. its also my most recent acquisition
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Last Edited by Conqueror on 02/05/2014 - 20:24

jeallen01

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 22:48
I would take an 18-135 Pentax and a sigma 10-20 - works very well for me almost all the time
& a compatible 1.4x TC for use on occasions when the 18-135 is not quite long enough
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