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onurrus
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Sep 19, 2012 14:33 |  #16

Hi There,

I am Turkish and living in Istanbul. Its completely safe to carry your gear with you as some other people said its no more or less dangerous than any place in Europe.


Istanbul is a gem.Enjoy it! :)




  
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Sep 19, 2012 15:25 |  #17

Hello
I'm living in Istanbul.
Istanbul is Turkey's most reliable province.

Equipment suggestion.
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Wide angle lens + Fisheye
L-Series Zoom Lens
Fixed aperture portrait lens
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Sep 19, 2012 16:13 |  #18

Most likely you will not need a telephoto, even though if you take it with you, you will use it. It is the wide end that will be used most often. In places like Ephesus, Pergamon, Troy - it will be either normal zoom or a wide angle. There are just a couple of places that you want to shoot with a telephoto off a Bosphorus cruise boat - a mosque under the bridge, and the palace of the last Ottoman sultan. The first can be done from the shore, and the other - well, it does look nice off the water... In old Istanbul you will see very narrow streets and big places, like the Blue Mosque. Again, a wide angle will be more important. And of course, when you travel, the weight of the equipment becomes really important. Yes, you can shoot everything with the S95, but it would be a pity not to use your good photo stuff.

Turkey, even Istanbul, is very safe. In a cafe in some small town they told me that a few years before I was there a thief tried to steel something at the local bazaar. The poor guy was stoned. In Istanbul they have Tourist Police, whose job is to protect the tourists. The government knows that tourism is about 20 percent of the Turkish economy.

Enjoy your vacation. Turkey, with its unbelievable historic places, is a photographers paradise.




  
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wayne.robbins
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Sep 19, 2012 20:58 |  #19

Gotta love this thread.. With some of the usernames as well- contributing gems...

Mr Deadly ( D34DLY ) contributes that he lives in Istanbul and that it is perfectly safe.. I wonder if Mr Th!3f will chime in and elaborate on the better parts of town to be sure to visit.

Just kidding, guys.. To the OP, enjoy your vacation.


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Sep 19, 2012 22:13 |  #20

Lbsimon wrote in post #15015509 (external link)
Turkey, even Istanbul, is very safe. In a cafe in some small town they told me that a few years before I was there a thief tried to steel something at the local bazaar. The poor guy was stoned. In Istanbul they have Tourist Police, whose job is to protect the tourists. The government knows that tourism is about 20 percent of the Turkish economy.

When I was younger, I played soccer in Istanbul for a couple of seasons. I have personally witnessed two Gendarmes (Military Police) beat the crap out of a couple of locals, while a third watched over their rifles- because they were harassing some female German tourists.

There is no safer place for a tourist! The local people are some of the friendliest you will ever meet. Istanbul is rich with culture, history, and geography. The food from the street vendors is better than anything you find in a 5* restaurant in North America, too.

Again, take everything you can comfortably carry- you will regret not having your gear if you don't bring it.




  
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Sep 20, 2012 05:49 |  #21

vspector wrote in post #15013765 (external link)
Why in the world would you want to go to Turkey right now? Turkey has been very negative towards Westerners and Israel, and in the last few weeks that part of the world is ABSOLUTELY UNSAFE to travel... i would be worried about a few other things besides camera equipment..

I feel more unsafe walking the streets of east London! Even though I grew up there!

Turkey is safe! Just use common sense and be street wise!




  
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Oct 10, 2012 13:17 |  #22

I am probably way too late and you have been and come back but for anybody else wishing to go to Turkey don't hesitate there are some awesome sites to see. I went with only kit issue 18-55 and 55-250 plastics and have some wonderful shots. yes the tourist police are on the ball. some mobile shoe shine gypsies tried to scam us and within seconds the police were on their case and told them to get lost. never felt uneasy and very friendly people with some great scenery to shoot.


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Oct 10, 2012 13:19 |  #23

onurrus wrote in post #15015035 (external link)
Hi There,

I am Turkish and living in Istanbul. Its completely safe to carry your gear with you as some other people said its no more or less dangerous than any place in Europe.


Istanbul is a gem.Enjoy it! :)

I agree!


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