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Traveling to London and Dubai. Should I drag along the 500?

 
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Nov 13, 2013 11:19 |  #16

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Thanks for the advice about being careful, this is what I fear about Dubai. It's going to be a culture shock I'm sure.

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Nov 13, 2013 11:27 |  #17

As a regular in London, I would suggest you'd get some unwanted attention from lenses like that. While I accept and regularly practice the 'i don't need a wide lens in a city' attitude (and benefit from it), maybe your 400/5.6 (or a 200 or 300) would be more compact.

There are the royal parks, such as Richmond Park where a 500 would be nice, and perhaps at a zoo or some sports clubs if you get chance, but not on the streets. A good 24, 35 or 50 is a must, and a tilt shift if possible.


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Nov 13, 2013 11:53 |  #18

As above.

You'll get a lot of strange looks walking around London, or sat on the tube, with a 500mm lens on your camera.
A usual 17-50 or equivalent range in a non-descript bag is all you need.

The EF 28mm or 40mm on my 60D will keep me happy in a big city all day.
They live in my small battered canvas shoulder bag.
If I want one lens then the 18-55 will do.

Last thing you want is drawing attention to yourself as been a "tourist" or (with the 500mm lens) "the press".


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Nov 13, 2013 12:27 |  #19

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As above.

You'll get a lot of strange looks walking around London, or sat on the tube, with a 500mm lens on your camera.
A usual 17-50 or equivalent range in a non-descript bag is all you need.

The EF 28mm or 40mm on my 60D will keep me happy in a big city all day.
They live in my small battered canvas shoulder bag.
If I want one lens then the 18-55 will do.

Last thing you want is drawing attention to yourself as been a "tourist" or (with the 500mm lens) "the press".

I can second that. PIckpockets will see you and think you've got valuables stashed. I was once told to "pi55 off you pap" by some security guard when holding a Tamron 70-300 VC! of all things.


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Nov 13, 2013 16:09 |  #20

Chris, wanna take the 8-15? Whats your return date? Shoot! I'll just call you!


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Nov 13, 2013 20:01 |  #21

Haha.. I wasn't planning on taking the 500 out in the streets guys! I was hoping to hit a park or two for some wildlife but wasn't sure it it was worth the hassle for as little time as I'll get there. Sounds like it's a definite no though!


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Nov 14, 2013 02:30 |  #22

With respect to Dubai. It is not as bad as some people make it out. There are thousands of tourists here all year round, some of whom have no idea about the differences here to other places. My advice is to just be a little sensible. If you forget, it is not big deal. Even if a person comes to remind you, just agree and apologise end of. Most people get in trouble because they argue and are outrageous.....

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Nov 14, 2013 05:34 |  #23

Dont worry about dubai, was there a few weeks ago. People are very kind and its not soo Islamistic as i thought. Not very traditional, but respect their rules.

However, id not take the 500, better take a wide angle. Youll need it in dubai..


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Nov 14, 2013 15:06 |  #24

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With respect to Dubai. It is not as bad as some people make it out. There are thousands of tourists here all year round, some of whom have no idea about the differences here to other places. My advice is to just be a little sensible. If you forget, it is not big deal. Even if a person comes to remind you, just agree and apologise end of. Most people get in trouble because they argue and are outrageous.

It may not be 'that bad', but OTOH we have stories like this one in January 2013
http://www.7daysinduba​i.com …7863302-detail/story.html (external link)

or April 2010
http://news.bbc.co.uk/​2/hi/uk_news/8602449.s​tm (external link)

In 2007, an unmarried Indian couple were sentenced to a year in prison after being caught hugging and kissing in the back seat of a taxi. The driver observed them in his interior mirror and drove them straight to the nearest police station.


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Nov 14, 2013 16:40 |  #25

Wilt wrote in post #16451833 (external link)
It may not be 'that bad', but OTOH we have stories like this one in January 2013
http://www.7daysinduba​i.com …7863302-detail/story.html (external link)

or April 2010
http://news.bbc.co.uk/​2/hi/uk_news/8602449.s​tm (external link)

In 2007, an unmarried Indian couple were sentenced to a year in prison after being caught hugging and kissing in the back seat of a taxi. The driver observed them in his interior mirror and drove them straight to the nearest police station.

I don't think my wife and I will have any trouble. We've been all over the world and we know how to behave in public.


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