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Costa Rica Lens advice

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Ig7, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Ig7

    Ig7 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 24, 2011
    Planning to go to Costa Rica in August. I will be staying at one resort and taking day trips, so would appreciate advice on what lenses to bring since I don't want to have to swap them too often but want to try and get best IQ possible. This is my line up:
    Pany 12-35
    Pany 35-100
    Oly 14-150
    Oly 9-18

    Will I need a longer reach lens?
    Thanks
     
  2. FlyPenFly

    FlyPenFly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 15, 2011
    Only if you plan to camp out somewhere and shoot wildlife.

    If you hike in the jungle, you're just not going to get much far shots. You would be fine with just the 12-35 and maybe the 9-18.

    I was there last year.

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  3. Ig7

    Ig7 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 24, 2011
    Gorgeous shots! Looking forward to the trip
     
  4. cookme

    cookme Mu-43 Regular

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    May 25, 2012
    It's the rainy season over there, so keep an eye on the humidity and waterproofing :)
     
  5. Ig7

    Ig7 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 24, 2011
    I guess the Panys will be put to the test :)
     
  6. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    Canada
    Hmm...that's a toughie...I'd take the 9-18, the 12-35 and the 35-100. Normally I'd say only the 9-18 and the 35-100, but since it's a humid/rainy place you're going to, having the weathersealed 12-35 would probably come in handy.
     
  7. Ig7

    Ig7 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 24, 2011
    Thank you. I guess i will just take them all and a small day bag. Will plan the day based on the weather
     
  8. atnbirdie

    atnbirdie Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 13, 2013
    Maryland
    I recently traveled to Italy and just took my Pan 12-35 & 35-100. On reviewing my shots on return, I saw I'd used the 12-35 about 90% of the time. The few times I used the 35-100, I was sure glad I had it. They are both pretty fast and weather sealed. Seems like you're not gaining much between 9 & 12 mm on the wide end so tat lens is a bit duplicative. If I did it again, I'd take just the same 2 lenses even though I have the 12, 20, 45, 60 mm primes. The quality of those 2 Pan Vario lenses is outstanding.
     
  9. Ig7

    Ig7 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 24, 2011
    Thank you. I am thinking of also bringing 14-150 just in case swapping lenses is not an option.
     
  10. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
    Just saw this thread. I've spent a lot of time in CR, and I think you might want a bit more reach for the animals in the jungle (sloths, monkeys, birds) . . . BUT . . . I'm not sure you'd want to lug around a 300mm zoom, which is really your only choice. I think you'll be OK anyway.

    Have fun, it's a wonderful place. Where will you be staying?
     
  11. BeyondTheLines

    BeyondTheLines Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 23, 2012
    Spain/USA
    Patrick
    +1 When I was there some years ago I remember being pretty envious of my friend who had a big zoom, then again there's so much wildlife you'll be able to get close ups of a lot of different species with your current kit. Enjoy! That was one of my most memorable trips
     
  12. Ig7

    Ig7 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 24, 2011
    We are staying at Riu Palace in Guanacaste and planning to take a few trips into the jungle, to volcano and some others. Unfortunately we are there for only 6 days and the rest of my crew are only dreaming about hanging by the pool :) I am debating between bringing the FZ200, which has 600 equivalent reach (and I already have) or getting either Pany 100 or Oly 75-300.
     
  13. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 2, 2012
    It is good that you have the fast zooms.There is just so much wildlife and birds as well as flowers and scenery. In many places the rain forest is dark,so you will use the Panny 35-100 a lot. For example we were on a river and there were many birds in the bushes and monkeys jumping over the river in the trees. I was using a Canon 5DMK11/ 70-300 l with IS for the most part but would have benefited with a M43 rig preferably with an EM-5.
     
  14. Ig7

    Ig7 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 24, 2011
    I am thinking about keeping the 35-100 on the omd and have the FZ200, which is also 2.8, for the really long shots. this way I don't have to worry about swapping lenses in the rainforest.
     
  15. In Costa Rica I've only been to Monteverde, La Fortuna, and San Jose (blehh!) so I shouldn't go making any blanket statements, but Costa Rica and it's Central American neighbours are a long way down my list of photogenic places to visit. I'm sure there's some great stuff there to photograph but I didn't see all that much of it.
     
  16. scott

    scott Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2010
    The lenses I used most in CR were the 20/1.7 for landscapes and the 100-300 for wildlife. If I'd had the PL45 for macros, I would have used the **** out of it. :)
     
  17. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
    Florida or Idaho
    Tom
    Huh?!?

    I'll give you San Jose (which isn't much of a colonial city, but does have its charm) but there's SOOOOOOOOO much to photograph in Costa Rica. Volcanoes, rain forests, wildlife, some of the most beautiful beaches you'll ever see, some of the most beautiful mountain scenery you'll ever see, beautiful little pueblos . . .

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    (yes, I know I should photoshop out that wire in the first one . . . )
     
  18. scott

    scott Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 15, 2010
    Yeah, I have to agree--I had a hard time deciding what *not* to photograph in CR.

    Nice pictures of Zarcero, Mellow--when we were there, the church had scaffolding all over it. That seems to happen wherever we go. :)
     
  19. Ig7

    Ig7 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 24, 2011
    Beatiful images. Cann't wait to get there
     
  20. shaolinmonk

    shaolinmonk Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 31, 2013
    Toronto Canada
    going in a week... trying to decide if i should bring the 75-300.. is the jungle going to be too dark for it?

    i'm thinking gorilla pod, 7.5mm fisheye, 12-35, 45mm and 75-300