Traveling with Pentax K-x and DA limited

2010-07-18
Waihi Beach with DA 15mm limited
HDR, hand-held unfortunately

waihi beach with pentax k-x and pentax da 15mm f/4.0 limited
I have just finished my vacation trip to New Zealand and I will have a more thorough reports on the limited lens and K-x on the trip. The DA 15mm limited is quite outstanding in the trip. I have 15/21/35/70 and a long zoom with Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6. In hindsight, I could have done it with only 15/35/70-300mm and K-x. The 21mm works better on street shooting, night scenes, portraiture with landscape as background and indoor while the 15mm really takes over in landscape and scenery.

Waihi Beach with DA 15mm limited
Traveling with Pentax K-x and DA limited

Sunset taken with K-x
Tamron 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Di LD
traveling with pentax k-x and da limited

Colomandel Walkway
with DA 15mm f/4.0 limited
traveling with pentax k-x and da limited

Amazing New Zealand Fantail
with Tamron zoom
traveling with pentax k-x and da limited

Colomandel Walkway
with DA 15mm f/4.0 limited
traveling with pentax k-x and da limited

Colomandel Walkway
with DA 15mm f/4.0 limited
with HDR
Traveling with Pentax K-x and DA limited

My crew of lens include 15/21/35/70 limited plus the Tamron zoom. I love the 70mm limited but it is the least used lens in the trip. It just happens that in my trip to NZ, my shots mostly goes for the landscape and hence the less use of 70mm in the trip. The 70mm is sharp and does wonder in portraiture. I tried using the 70mm on sunset photos but I later find the longer zoom to be more flexible. The 70 flare control though good can not match up to the 15mm. The 15 has the crown for best flare control.

All in all, the limited lens are a joy to bring in the trip. Small, compact and big on image quality. And I balance it out with a longer zoom on the Tamron. The DA 55-300mm would have been an excellent choice, so is the Sigma 70-300mm, to mix with limited to round out a focal range of 15 to 300mm in traveling. I need the long zoom as some part of my trip involved butterflies and birds from New Zealand.


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5 comments:

Nathan Stitt said...

I am jealous. NZ is on my list of places to visit, and it looks like you had a great time.

Hin Man said...

My family and I did have a fantastic time in New Zealand. We didn't visit the city but stay in Paeroa where my close relative live. We plan to go back in a year or two for the south island.

Anonymous said...

Very nice photos.

Kriss Krasowski said...

Great photos! I wish i could visit once NZ...

Calum Chalmers said...

i wants a DA15 to go with my 35 and 55-300.

"my precious"
"my birthday present"

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