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May 01, 2014 09:56 |  #1

Hi guys,

I'm going on a business trip to Singapore in a few weeks and I will be saving a bit of space in my hand luggage for a camera! I will have 2 days to explore, and photography will be high on the agenda for those two days... but I can't travel particularly heavy.

I'm leaning towards 5d3 without it's grip and the 16-35... but for those that have been before, could I get away with 24mm on the wide end, and will I be severely limited by 35mm on the long end? I ask because the other obvious choice is the 24-70, but it is a bit of a beast.

Thoughts and opinions are welcome :)

Thanks,

Chris


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May 01, 2014 16:51 |  #2

a 16-35 will definitely be my choice. 24mm, on the other hand may not be wide enough on certain occasions. You win some, you lose some...

Just bear in mind the heat and humidity. After living in London the past 8 months...boy do i love the cold weather!


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May 02, 2014 01:38 |  #3

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a 16-35 will definitely be my choice. 24mm, on the other hand may not be wide enough on certain occasions. You win some, you lose some...

Just bear in mind the heat and humidity. After living in London the past 8 months...boy do i love the cold weather!

Haha yeah I'm not sure how I can prepare myself for the humidity... it's the first thing everyone mentions! I'm still used to sub 10 degree conditions here in York :p Thanks for your advice :)


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May 02, 2014 02:14 as a reply to  @ chrismarriott66's post |  #4

Whatever you bring with you, make absolutely SURE you visit the new marina area and go check out Marina Bay Sands Resort. If you're not familiar with it, google it. As awesome as it looks in photos, doesn't really touch it. They've also finished the Orchid Garden behind the resort which was under construction when I was last there. That little area alone will have you burning through CF cards.

If you're not staying at Marina Bay, they have a deal where you can pay admission to the rooftop but you can't get access to the infinity pool unless something has changed. You can however get the Singapore skyline, an overhead of the Orchid park, the Strait with all the ships coming and going, etc. There is also a MASSIVE mall at the base of it with a river running though it, Gondola boats, a Ferrari dealership, etc. Out front on the Marina they do a light show at night as well.

If your budget allows, staying there, even for a night, is ABSOLUTELY worth it. The photo op to the rooftop is a timed thing from what I recall, but as a guest you obviously have all the time you want to use the roof.

I'll be in that neighborhood in a few weeks and I'm debating on stopping off for another night at Marina Bay to re-shoot it with my new camera.




  
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May 02, 2014 02:55 |  #5

^ Thanks a lot - lots of things to check out then! This is why I love this forum :)


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May 02, 2014 05:05 |  #6

chrismarriott66 wrote in post #16876626 (external link)
^ Thanks a lot - lots of things to check out then! This is why I love this forum :)

My pleasure. Some of my friends complain about Singapore being too "sanitary" but I loved it. There's amazing history there, and it's a nice CLEAN change from Kuala Lumpur or some of the other major cities in that part of the world.

The story of the Marina Bay land reclamation project is pretty amazing, and the Sands resort was, at least at one time, the most expensive hotel in the world to build. On the total other side of the spectrum is the Raffles Hotel. Which, as a Brit, you should really check out. It is British Colonial at it's finest. The hotel is probably 125 yrs old and is considered one of the finest in the world.

If your budget allows, a night at Raffles and a night at Marina Bay Sands covers the old and the new Singapore pretty well and will allow you much better access to photograph what you want.

Just be prepared to pay dearly for most things while you're there. Even with the Pound to Singapore Dollar exchange rate, it's still the most expensive place I've ever had a beer, even more so than Dubai.




  
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May 07, 2014 06:28 as a reply to  @ bogeybrown's post |  #7

Hi,

We have just returned from Singapore after a 10 day stay.
I took my 16-35, 24-105, and 70-200 and used all three depending on the situation.
The 24-105 was the main lens I used, however the other two came in handy when we were at the Zoo and Gardens by the Bay.
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Enjoy - we did!
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May 07, 2014 20:02 as a reply to  @ smodra's post |  #8

Take your money with you, or at least a well stocked credit card. My wife and I went to Singapore for a few days mid April. Bloody expensive there, especially food and drink.


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May 30, 2014 03:41 |  #9

Well I've been and returned... what an amazing place. The 16-35 was definitely the correct lens to take for just a few days. I'll post a couple of pics as and when I get round to editing them - which could be a while. Thanks again for your help guys!


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Jun 06, 2014 18:00 |  #10

chrismarriott66 wrote in post #16939736 (external link)
Well I've been and returned... what an amazing place. The 16-35 was definitely the correct lens to take for just a few days. I'll post a couple of pics as and when I get round to editing them - which could be a while. Thanks again for your help guys!

Heh! I spent three weeks in Singapore on business I think 10 years ago. I brought a camera, a compact/superzoom camera, nice, except that when I got out to take photos it had died, dang.

Definitely a nice place to go with a camera!


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Jun 06, 2014 18:10 |  #11

I don't think the Marina Bay Sands hotel was there 10 years ago. It's quite a nice area for photo ops. I agree with zarray, heat + high humidity = non stop sweating and I hate it.




  
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Aug 27, 2014 11:01 |  #12

smodra wrote in post #16887813 (external link)
Hi,

We have just returned from Singapore after a 10 day stay.
I took my 16-35, 24-105, and 70-200 and used all three depending on the situation.
The 24-105 was the main lens I used, however the other two came in handy when we were at the Zoo and Gardens by the Bay.
A sample of my images are here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsj​WxsmyZ (external link)

Enjoy - we did!
Simon.

Just wanted to comment on what a wonderful set you have. I enjoyed your pictures.

I went there 6/2013 for just 3 days and wish it was longer because that place is marvelous and picturesque at nearly every turn. I had a T1i with the kit 18-55 while I was there, but now I want to go back and re-shoot it as I've developed from those days.

To the OP: Looking forward to seeing your pics, I know you already went, but these days I would take both 16-35 and 24-70 there and swap as needed.


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Jan 03, 2015 17:55 |  #13

I just got back from Singapore myself. Like everyone says, visit the Marina Bay Sands area for sure. I found the whole place interesting. Chinatown is interesting, and just wondering about the financial district was fun. The zoo is good, if you like that sort of thing. Yes, Singapore is expensive, but it wasn't too bad. It all depends upon where you come from, I guess.


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Jan 06, 2015 04:24 |  #14

chrismarriott66 wrote in post #16874780 (external link)
Hi guys,

I'm going on a business trip to Singapore in a few weeks and I will be saving a bit of space in my hand luggage for a camera! I will have 2 days to explore, and photography will be high on the agenda for those two days... but I can't travel particularly heavy.

I'm leaning towards 5d3 without it's grip and the 16-35... but for those that have been before, could I get away with 24mm on the wide end, and will I be severely limited by 35mm on the long end? I ask because the other obvious choice is the 24-70, but it is a bit of a beast.

Thoughts and opinions are welcome :)

Thanks,

Chris

can get away with bringing two lenses. the 16-35 and your 70-200;. still light enough to lug around all day easily


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Jan 06, 2015 04:25 |  #15

zarray wrote in post #16875602 (external link)
a 16-35 will definitely be my choice. 24mm, on the other hand may not be wide enough on certain occasions. You win some, you lose some...

Just bear in mind the heat and humidity. After living in London the past 8 months...boy do i love the cold weather!

after living all my life in london, boy do i hate the cold weather :)


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