Keith_D wrote in post #14048647
When are you traveling to South Korea? I'm actually moving there at the end of the month!
Nice...where are you moving to? I'm about to celebrate 1 year in Changwon.
monkeymagic wrote in post #14048674
Korea is not the Philippines, there is a very large community of enthusiastic shooters and the market for dslrs and lenses are huge there. It's not some backwater ****hole and you'll see people with big cameras, tripods and white lenses everywhere.
It's not going to be your camera that screams you're a tourist, its going to be your shorts and socks with sandals
Never understood people who don't want to stand out as tourists; that's what you are, that's what you're going to look like. It's a concern if you're going to a dangerous location where you want to blend in but Korea isn't (China on the other hand, I'd be careful).
Lived in Korea for 30 years
I think more than a tourist, people will assume you're an English teacher around here haha. Korea doesn't get a lot of tourists, especially not from the States or Canada. I have a habit of going up to random people and talking to them, and I rarely meet genuine tourists haha.
dervish wrote in post #14051744
Hi thank you all for the replies.
@ Keith, I will be in Seoul on 4th April for a couple of days then to Busan for a day and then back to Seoul for another couple of days before heading back to Aus.
I am now leaning on leaving the tripod and flash behind and taking the 11-24 (think it may be handy for landscapes and tight shots) 35L for lowlight and the 24-105. Not too sure about whether to leave the 70-200 behind or not.
On another note: Are prices for Canon gear cheaper in Korea? Anyone know about shopping in Korea? Would it be cheaper than HongKong....etc?
No, Canon gear is NOT cheaper in Korea. At best, you'll break even with Best Buy prices at home on stuff like Rebels, but a lot of the higher-end stuff is more expensive.
If you need any advice on stuff to shoot in Korea, feel free to shoot me a message or check out my Flickr for some ideas...I try to tag/map most of my photos.
Also, I agree with the 10-22 and 24-105 combo.
DreDaze wrote in post #14052319
don't worry about carrying a DSLR...you won't stand out that much...
i think your kit sounds perfect
True...DSLRs are a bit of a fad item here...every 16 year old girl is carrying a Rebel