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11/28/2009 10:26:35 PM · #26
Since you asked about lens choices... I agree that a single prime would be good for you for weight issues, as well as ease of use. However, if I were you, I would think long and hard about how "vast" the landscapes you are going to be encountering will be. What I mean is that there are many times when I've been out in the wilderness that 18mm isn't even enough, and that's the specific reason I got my Sigma 10-20 in the first place. I'm not suggesting you get the 10-20, but suggesting that you make sure that the 31 or what have you is wide enough. If you have access to stitching software, that is another option to correct for this, but it's something to think about.
Then again, I'm in Colorado and my trips take me above treeline and the views are very open and free of trees to constrain the view, so the AT might not require such things. Just wanted you to consider it.
From what I've heard, the Pentax is a pretty solid choice, though not as popular. The reviews I had read pretty much said that it is very feature laden, especially considering the price (and the weather proofing was specifically mentioned as something that set them apart).
11/28/2009 11:04:45 PM · #27
Originally posted by spiritualspatula:

Since you asked about lens choices... I agree that a single prime would be good for you for weight issues, as well as ease of use. However, if I were you, I would think long and hard about how "vast" the landscapes you are going to be encountering will be. What I mean is that there are many times when I've been out in the wilderness that 18mm isn't even enough, and that's the specific reason I got my Sigma 10-20 in the first place. I'm not suggesting you get the 10-20, but suggesting that you make sure that the 31 or what have you is wide enough. If you have access to stitching software, that is another option to correct for this, but it's something to think about.
Then again, I'm in Colorado and my trips take me above treeline and the views are very open and free of trees to constrain the view, so the AT might not require such things. Just wanted you to consider it.
From what I've heard, the Pentax is a pretty solid choice, though not as popular. The reviews I had read pretty much said that it is very feature laden, especially considering the price (and the weather proofing was specifically mentioned as something that set them apart).


Yeah, I gave that some thought. I was thinking most seriously about the 31mm because it was a good compromise. Certainly I'll ache to capture the full breadth of landscapes at times, but you spend so much time locked in the 'tunnel of green' that I feel I would miss out on a range of other subject matter. There will doubtless be many scenes from the camp, wildflowers, fellow hikers, etc., so I need something as versatile as possible.

Vis-a-vis Pentax's popularity - yeah, it seems to be hard to find. I went into a few stores today and none of them stocked any product, so I couldn't get a feel for what it's like to hold or operate one of their cameras.
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