Monday, December 18, 2006

Typical Photographic Kit

Almost any photographic kit starts with my two Pentax K10D bodies with D-BG2 battery grips. I only use SMC Pentax lenses unless otherwise specified. First off, I almost always take the DA 21/3.2 Limited and DA 70/2.4 Limited lenses. For one, they are pancake lenses which means they are quite small. They also provide excellent optical quality. I typically also carry the DA 12-24/4.0 and FA* 28-70/2.8 lenses. I like to carry the FA* 80-200/2.8 lens if weight is not too much of an issue. I often like to be prepared for macro shots which sometimes causes me to take along the A* 200/4.0 Macro lens. To top it off, I often carry the FA 50/1.4 lens because it is my fastest lens and produces very good pictures in extremely low light. I carry most of this gear in a Lowepro Magnum AW camera bag.

The last part of the kit consists of my A* 400/2.8 lens along with A 1.4x-L, A 2.0x-L, and F 1.7x AF teleconverters. Due to the significant weight, I only carry the A* 400/2.8 if telephoto shots are going to be a major part of my pictures. Most of the time, I also carry the Gitzo 1325 tripod with the Kirk BH-1 Ball Head. If the A* 400/2.8 lens is coming, I also bring the Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Head and I put much of this extra stuff into a Lowepro CompuTrekker Plus backpack.

2 x Pentax K10D Bodies with D-BG2 Battery Grips
SMC Pentax-DA 12-24/4.0
SMC Pentax-DA 21/3.2 Limited
SMC Pentax-DA 70/2.4 Limited
SMC Pentax-FA* 28-70/2.8
SMC Pentax-FA 50/1.4
SMC Pentax-FA* 80-200/2.8


SMC Pentax-A* 200/4.0 Macro
SMC Pentax-A* 400/2.8
SMC Pentax-A 1.4x TC-L
SMC Pentax-A 2.0x TC-L
SMC Pentax-F 1.7x AF TC

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