Madagascar 2012

Started Oct 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
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tcom Veteran Member • Posts: 7,414
Madagascar 2012

I am back from a marvelous three weeks trip to Madagascar.

Equipment taken on the trip:

  • Pentax K-5, for macro and tele
  • Pentax 645D, for landscapes
  • Pentax WG2, for moments I did not want to show up with a large camera
  • Pentax DFA100/2.8 WR
  • Pentax DA*60-250/4
  • Pentax DFA645 25/4
  • Pentax DFA645 55/2.8

Initially, I wanted to take two K-5 but at the last moment, I opted for the 645D for the landscape work and a K-5 for the remaining. While it was certainly a good decision for landscapes, it was not the right decision for the walks in the forests. When in the forest, I constantly had to swap lens between the macro and the tele, using two K-5 instead would have been much better. I would only have had to change lens for the few landscapes, but landscapes have the advantage of not flying away...

Another thing is that I was a bit short on the tele, as well for the lemurs as also for the birds. 250mm is too short for general wildlife photography. It is a pity that the maximal focal range available within the actual lens range is the DA*300. The announced DA560 is tempting but is most likely not what I want to lug around 6 or 8 hours a day around a tropical rain forest. The Bigma 50-500 might be worth considering...

A last grief is the AF of the K-5. In the dim tropical forest, the AF of the K-5 really shows its limitations. I hope the new K-5 II will address this.

But then, the weather sealing proved again to be a great feature, as well in the dusty environment of the dry forests of the West, as the Masoala rain forest in the East.

Ready for a long series of photos from Madagascar?

 tcom's gear list:tcom's gear list
Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Pentax 645D Pentax 645Z Nikon D810 +29 more
Pentax 645D Pentax K-5 Pentax K-5 II Pentax Optio WG-2 Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
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