Seeking lens advice for visit to Petra

Roger.Cavanagh

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I'm off to Petra next week with my E-M1. I don't want to take more kit than necessary, so I'm trying to decide on the most suitable three (zoom) lenses. I've pretty much decided on the O12-40 and the P35-100. But I don't know enough about the geography of Petra to determine whether I'd be better with a wide-angle—P7-14—or telephoto P100-300.

Does anyone who's been have an thoughts?

Thanks.
 
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An ultra-wide angle lens might be handy, particularly in some of the tighter parts of the siq and in front of the treasury to get some wider perspectives, but the 12-40mm should still serve you well. There are a few spots such as the facade of the treasury again where you might want a longer telephoto lens for picking out smaller details but I wouldn't choose such a lens over a UWA zoom.




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Hi Roger,

A wide-angle or even a fisheye-lens are great when you walk into Petra. The entrance canyon is very narrow. Also inside Petra you'll need a wide or standardzoom.
The lenses I would take are a Samyang 7,5mm, a P14 and P20.

Don't take a horse or donkey!! It's much nicer to walk into the canyon.

Robert
 

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An ultra-wide angle lens might be handy, particularly in some of the tighter parts of the siq and in front of the treasury to get some wider perspectives, but the 12-40mm should still serve you well. There are a few spots such as the facade of the treasury again where you might want a longer telephoto lens for picking out smaller details but I wouldn't choose such a lens over a UWA zoom.
+1

For a 1 lens solution a 9-18 would work well. If you back up too far at the Treasury, for example, you will be in someone's tourist shop. For a second lens, a 14-140 mm would be a good choice. 100-300 will be too long for most shots.
 

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One suggestion is scope out Petra first via Google Earth and an App such as Photographers Ephemeresis(sp) or Sun Seeker. If my memory is correct both the latter will allow the suns track and elevation to be overlain on a satellite image.

As an aside, while in Jordan, visit the Roman Ruins at Jerash, an old friends home town.

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Too funny - I was *just* saying a couple of hours ago to my wife that I wanted to add Petra to our list places to visit someday. Probably be a while before we can make that particular trip but I'd love to see it in person eventually.

Have a great trip Roger!
 

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As an aside, while in Jordan, visit the Roman Ruins at Jerash.
Jerash is an interesting and photogenic spot. If you have not been to other Roman cities like Ephesus, I'd agree/suggest making Jerash a priority. If it would be your fourth or fifth pile of Roman ruins, it is probably less important.
 

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Welcome to the neighborhood. Petra is a great place. The best time to take pictures is during early morning or sunset during the rest of the day the sun is very strong and you will have hard time getting the beauty of the place. Check with the local how you can stay late at El Deir ("The Monastery") for sunset shots.

As the rest of the people say, in Petra go wide, you also might consider getting a travel tripod for shooting inside some of the burial caves.

Off topic, for great Arabic food go to the local restaurants up hill at Wadi Mousa they serve better food at cheaper prices then the restaurants next to Petra.
 

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Thanks for all this. My wife and I are doing a tour of Israel and Jordan this fall and Petra is one of our stops. (BIG Indiana Jones Fan!!!)
And thanks for the tip about Jerash. That is not one of the actual stops on the tour but is apparently a optional side trip. Will check it out.
 
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Jerash is a nicely preserved set of Roman ruins and if you're in the vicinity of Amman a visit to the Citadel might also be worthwhile, but my two Jordan highlights were Petra and Wadi Rum.
 
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