Talley wrote in post #17671154
I'm taking a week long trip to Japan for business in middle of Sept. I'm having some issues trying to decide what to take in the form of a camera. I had a G7x that would do pretty good in this scenario but sold it. I have what's in my sig below and I would love to take the 5D3, my fish and maybe the 24 and 50 combo but then size/weight could be an issue.
I"m really leaning on something small. Thought about picking up a RX100III or there about.
I"ll be doing some business attire meetings for 5 days so I'll be pretty busy with meetings but would assume I'd have some time to capture some of the area's I'll be visiting.
Light?... bulk... I know this is the same scenario people ask all over and I would really love to take my gear but on a traveling standpoint I'm kinda eh on the idea of lugging any amount of equipment around. My coworker who does photo stuff is taking a Rx100 type camera with him and calling it quits.
I could just pickup a 24-105 and use it and take the 5d3 and be done w/ it.
so, i was there in 2013 for about 10 days. here are my observations:
1. it rained 1/2 the time. i went in May, so I dunno if it matters now, but weather sealed would be good (my 5d3 + 24-105 was great in the rain)
2. shops HATE you taking pictures in them. bigger stores you can get away with it, but the small places DESPISE you if they see you take a picture in their store. that said, i didn't care and took the pics, and got yelled out, but that was that. so, less conspicuous cameras might let you get more pics in those situations.
3. and adding to #2 people in general hate you taking pics of them. they almost always will look away immediately if they see you with a camera. so again, if street photography is your thing, not being seen with a camera is key. yeah, in america some people are camera shy too, but the japanese take it to a whole other level.
4. there will be lots of old folks with tons of nikon cameras. and i mean, tons on one person, ha ha. they really dig their cameras there. anyway, just gonna say that, though it doesn't matter.
5. for sight seeing, there will be many times you're inside of cramped areas, yet are surrounded 360 degrees, including straight up, with cool stuff. so, if you don't got an ultra wide for those situations, you're gonna kick yourself.
6. as for photography in temples and museums, typically there will be areas that cameras are not allowed at all (usually where the good stuff is.) but there will usually be areas for tourists to have some fun photographing for memories.
i personally brought a lot everywhere i went: 1) 5d3, 2) 24-105, 3) 70-300L, 4) 16-35 f2.8 ii, 5) art 35, 6) 600ex flash, 7) tripod. all of it got used.
i think the dream kit for japan would be a sony a7x + wide, standard, tele, and a big aperture prime. that will let you get everything.
some pics from my trip (i didn't even look through all the pictures yet!):