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Lens options for Alaska Cruise, and suggestions !!!

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by abhisheks77, May 18, 2019 at 12:53 AM.

  1. abhisheks77

    abhisheks77 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2013
    I will be going on 7 days Alaskan cruise, from Seattle in first week of June. My current kit is E-M1 with 12-40mm f/2.8, 50-150mm f/2.8 and in prime I have 45mm + 75mm.
    Few questions -
    1- Apart from being on cruise, one day I will drive from Skagway to Yukon and back. And I will have one full day at Ketchiken and half day at Juneau. Please suggest, if you have any tips on these days. Not long hikes because, going with family this time.
    2- Wide is required, so 12-40mm is must I believe. For any wildlife during land excursions, is 40-150mm too less ? I was going through some old posts and few suggested that either take 300mm or use MC-14 (both needs to buy, if I need). Just 40-150mm is too short for wilds.
    3- Last time I visited Anchorage, Denali, Seward in end of August. Due to recent rain, it was lush green and fortunately found some good day (not damp or overbright). In first week of June, what kind weather I can expect? I have CPL as well.
    Suggestions please.
    Last edited: May 18, 2019 at 2:38 AM
  2. ac12

    ac12 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 24, 2018
    IF you are planning on wildlife, I suggest the 75-300. You really do NOT want to be close to some of the WILDlife.
  3. gwydionjhr

    gwydionjhr Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 7, 2017
    Most of these cruises make a stop in a Canadian port, which one are you going to?
  4. abhisheks77

    abhisheks77 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2013
    We are going on NCL, via Victoria
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  5. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Since you are going on a cruise and ships can carry a lot of lenses,I suggest you carry every one you own.
  6. Carbonman

    Carbonman Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Vancouver BC
    Weather should be shirtsleeve to windbreaker temps, and it's only the start of forest fire season, so not much smoke in the air.
  7. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend Subscribing Member

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My uncle did an Alaskan cruise, and really liked the Panasonic 100-300 for shots of glaciers from the boat.
  8. Brenji49

    Brenji49 New to Mu-43

    May 23, 2018
    Austin TX, Volcano, HI
    For Ketchikan itself you'll probably be happy with just the 12-40. Same with Juneau, though if you take the tram to the top of the mountain you may want more reach. The only bears and eagles that I saw were beyond comfortable range of the 70-300. Wish that I would have had something like 420mm+ but only took 12-40, 70-300, and 25mm f1.4. The boat that I was on was reasonably close to whales. A 40-150 would have been enough. We traveled in May and inside passage from Juneau was 40 F + or - a few degrees and wet the entire time from Juneau to Ket. From Ketchikan back to Juneau on outside passage was probably 10-15 F warmer and mostly sunny. Have a great time. It's a spectacular place.
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  9. abhisheks77

    abhisheks77 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2013
    Thats what I was also thinking. Adding MC-14 can help but not up to great extent. I don't have it and need to buy it sometime.
  10. ac12

    ac12 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 24, 2018
    If you really need the reach, after the 75-300, I would stick a 500 mirror in the bag.
    The Olympus 500/8 mirror is about the size of the 12-100/4. Just add the Olympus to m4/3 dumb converter.

    BUT the mirror lens is NOT stabilized, so you need a camera with IBIS.
    Last edited: May 19, 2019 at 2:30 PM
  11. abhisheks77

    abhisheks77 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2013
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