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Old Apr 24, 2009, 1:00 AM   #1
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My wife and I have been going back and forth on what camera gear to pack this summer for our trip to Hawaii, so I thought I'd seek advice, especially since I've considered adding to my lens collection.

Camera/Body choices:
Pentax K10d
Pentax K20d
Panasonic FX28
Pentax Optio S50
Sanyo H1 waterproof digital camcorder

Lens choices:
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8
Sigma 28mm f/1.8
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
Sigma 28-200 f/3.5-f/5.6
Pentax 50mm f/1.4
Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-f/6.7
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6
Phoenix 100-400mm f/4.0-f/6.7

I have considered purchase of one of the 18-250mm superzooms to reduce the number of lens changes required. I have also considered purchase of one of the Kenko 2X AF converters.

My first instinct is to slam it all into my knockoff backpack case, along with my laptop, and head for the islands....after all, who knows what shot I might wish for a particular lens?.....but a couple of factors intervene. First, I don't want to carry all that weight all over Oahu...and second, last summer my car was broken into in Hawaii and I lost three lenses to theft, including a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 ($ 800 or so).

Given the lens selection, what would you pack?

I have some ideas, but I'd rather see what my friends suggest before I venture my opinions.

Any ideas appreciated.

Paul



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Old Apr 24, 2009, 1:17 AM   #2
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Depends on what you will be doing and where you'll be doing it. If you are basically going to hang out and be a tourist, I'd leave Bigma at home and take the 70-300, along with the 18-50. I might also take the 50 1.4 if I thought I'd be doing much indoors/low light. Otherwise I might leave it home and take the 50-135 (I can't quite manage to leave that lens home and I always use it when I have it). I'd take the K20 and then one of the point and shoots as back-up, rather than take the K10 as a second body (in reality I take both dSLRs and let my other half use the K100 when he wants). I don't know anything about your camcorder, but "waterproof" sounds like "Hawaii".

If you are planning lots of birding, and don't mind dragging a huge lens, then take Bigma and the Sigma 18-50, leaving all the other lenses home.

But having never actually been to Hawaii, I really don't know.
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Old Apr 24, 2009, 7:10 AM   #3
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Paul,
Whatever you take...
make sure you have a GOOD ALARM SYSTEM and your insurance is paid up!
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Old Apr 24, 2009, 5:14 PM   #4
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Trojansoc wrote:
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My wife and I have been going back and forth on what camera gear to pack this summer for our trip to Hawaii, so I thought I'd seek advice, especially since I've considered adding to my lens collection.

Camera/Body choices:
Pentax K10d
Pentax K20d
Panasonic FX28
Pentax Optio S50
Sanyo H1 waterproof digital camcorder

Lens choices:
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8
Sigma 28mm f/1.8
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
Sigma 28-200 f/3.5-f/5.6
Pentax 50mm f/1.4
Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-f/6.7
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6
Phoenix 100-400mm f/4.0-f/6.7

I have considered purchase of one of the 18-250mm superzooms to reduce the number of lens changes required. I have also considered purchase of one of the Kenko 2X AF converters.

My first instinct is to slam it all into my knockoff backpack case, along with my laptop, and head for the islands....after all, who knows what shot I might wish for a particular lens?.....but a couple of factors intervene. First, I don't want to carry all that weight all over Oahu...and second, last summer my car was broken into in Hawaii and I lost three lenses to theft, including a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 ($ 800 or so).

Given the lens selection, what would you pack?

I have some ideas, but I'd rather see what my friends suggest before I venture my opinions.

Any ideas appreciated.

Paul


Like mtngal said, it depends on what you are doing. If going there to take photos like wake up before sunrise I would take your high end lens. But if you are going there for fun and want to snap a few photos, the 18-250mm or your sigma 28-200mm would do the job.

When I went there about 2 years ago for my honey moon I took my K100D along with a bunch of lens. I ended up leaving my sigma 28-200mm lens on there for most of the walk around to explore what is out there.

If I had your collection I would pack these
K20D and the Sanyo H1. I wish I would of brought a waterproof camera/camcorder when I went snorkeling over there.
-Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 a very good all around indoor lens

-Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 or Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8. A good lens for the night time outdoor event.

-Sigma 50-500mm or Tamron 70-300mm(f you want to go a little lighter) I wouldn't bring these myself personally but I would recommended you bring them because I know you like taking photos of birds. You will hate yourself if you don't bring one of these two.

-Pentax 50mm f/1.4 its small and you never know when you will need that really fast lens.

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Hi Paul

Given your choice of equipment. My Choices would be as follows.
I like to travel light. So, The K20d, Optio as a backup. The 18-50 and the 70-200. Maybe the 50mm.
This gives you a good selection.
Just my 2 cents

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Old Apr 24, 2009, 9:14 PM   #6
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Paul! I'm going to DC in June to see my Grandson graduate and this is what I've decided on. The Bigma and the Kit lens along with my Sigma DL 100-300 and the Pentax M 50mm f/1.7. I can get along with just the first 2 but the DL is super light weight and if the Bigma gets too heavy the first day then the DL will be carried the second day.

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Take a light load in the camera bag and a couple of more lenses in your suitcase, wrapped well of course, and then adjust your kit depending on where you're going that day. Keep the lenses you aren't using in the hotel safe. If your knee is still bothering you, you will probably want longer lenses since you won't be quite as apt to go off the beaten path. Whatever you decide, I am really looking forward to your pix when you get back!
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Old Apr 25, 2009, 9:20 AM   #8
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Paul,

Here is my take on what you should bring along.

Camera/Body choices:
Pentax K10d
Pentax K20d - Best choice here
Panasonic FX28 - For a point and shoot, this one
Pentax Optio S50
Sanyo H1 waterproof digital camcorder - Definitely for video

Lens choices:
Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 -I would put this on the K20d - Widest one
Sigma 28mm f/1.8 -This one for low light
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
Sigma 28-200 f/3.5-f/5.6
Pentax 50mm f/1.4
Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8 - This onemy last choice
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.0-f/6.7
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 - If you want reach, this one
Phoenix 100-400mm f/4.0-f/6.7



It is great to hear that your son is working again and I can relate to how precious that picture is. I hope you the best for the rest of the season and I miss the game as a coach very much but it was my time and I am glad I was a part of that game for 26 years.

Take Care and Mahalo,

Tom

P.S. I am sure you know that keeping things of great value to you would not be left in your car no matter where you take a vacation. Keeping it light and able to carry around with you without being weighed down is your best option.

With that in mind if you could acquire the 18-250mm Tamron or Pentax I would go that route and take the 28mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.4. For birding the Phoenix 100-400mm. Hawai'i is quite bright that time of year so I don't think you will find it a problem with lenses that aren't quite so fast. In fact, you may be shooting in the f10 to f16 range.
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Paul, Take it all...and take me along...I'll be happy to be your bag boy:-)
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