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Traveling light to Asia

 
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Jul 24, 2016 12:30 |  #1

I've got a trip to Asia coming up. (Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Taipei, South Korea, and Japan) This will be primarily a business trip but i'll have time to get out with my camera in each of these places, mostly within major cities. Trying to keep the camera gear to a minimum and I'm torn between bringing my 16-35/f2.8 + 50/f1.8 or just my 24-105/f4. This will be on a 5d MKIII. Is 24mm wide enough to get some good city shots? I don't do many portraits but would like to do some general walk around street shooting. I tend to like to shoot at dusk/evening with a good amount of DOF and the camera either propped on a beanbag or a small travel tripod so, lens speed isn't super important to me.

I guess what I'm asking is, what is the more appropriate range of focal length? I know I can make either choice work for me but if it were you, what option would make shooting more enjoyable?

Ps: I also have a 24-70/f2.8 but haven't really considered that as an option as I don't feel like I need the speed and the 24-105 gives me a larger range of focal length. Should I consider it?




  
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Jul 26, 2016 19:09 |  #2
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I just finished 3 weeks in Vietnam and my most used lens was the Sony 16-35 f4 on an A7R. I love the close up street scenes which includes the surrounding environment along with the people. It also came in very handy in many temples where wide is key. Most of my images were in the 16-24 range.




  
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Jul 27, 2016 10:06 |  #3

Look at the photos you've taken in cites visited previously.
Use that as your guide as to what focal lengths you use most often. It doesn't really matter what focal length others or even myself use most often. You have your own style and may not capture the same types of images that we do.


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Jul 27, 2016 10:10 |  #4

fohchris79 wrote in post #18076262 (external link)
Ps: I also have a 24-70/f2.8 but haven't really considered that as an option as I don't feel like I need the speed and the 24-105 gives me a larger range of focal length. Should I consider it?

The f2.8 lens gives more narrow depth of field. Not sure if that is something you value with portraits. It is better for low light as well. Will you be shooting evenings in low light?


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Sep 13, 2016 09:49 |  #5

Hogloff wrote in post #18078516 (external link)
I just finished 3 weeks in Vietnam and my most used lens was the Sony 16-35 f4 on an A7R. I love the close up street scenes which includes the surrounding environment along with the people. It also came in very handy in many temples where wide is key. Most of my images were in the 16-24 range.

Piggybacking off this thread, I'm doing 3 weeks in Vietnam, traveling from Hanoi to Saigon in December - January. Any tips for a photographer/traveler? Is theft REALLY a concern there? I was thinking about packing a speedlite and a collapsible umbrella to try to get journalistic portraits of some of the locals. Not sure how realistic this was.


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Sep 13, 2016 09:57 |  #6

I travel to asia all the time (malaysia, india and China). Ive brought tons of gear and tried scaled back as well. your 16-35 and your 24-105 should be great. I tend to shoot a lot of street portraits and enjoy shooting from a distance to not get in peoples faces so I personally love 200mm as a focal length, but if your longest is 105 you should be golden too. Enjoy the trip.

Also, hotel safes are something to consider. Too much gear and you are hiding stuff in your room vs. locking it up.


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supfresh wrote in post #18126558 (external link)
Piggybacking off this thread, I'm doing 3 weeks in Vietnam, traveling from Hanoi to Saigon in December - January. Any tips for a photographer/traveler? Is theft REALLY a concern there? I was thinking about packing a speedlite and a collapsible umbrella to try to get journalistic portraits of some of the locals. Not sure how realistic this was.

Vietnam is very safe and the people's hospitality will amaze you. I carried gear everywhere, day and night through big cities like Hanoi and through remote villages...no issues with theft at all. I would leave the umbrella at home as it is very crowded and busy and the umbrella would only get in the way.I didn't even take a speed light, just used natural light and boosted the ISO.

You need to be prepared for heat, humidity, crowds, noise and torrential rains at times. Have an open mind, interact with the people in the streets and you'LL come back with great images.




  
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Oct 03, 2016 16:29 |  #8

supfresh wrote in post #18126558 (external link)
Piggybacking off this thread, I'm doing 3 weeks in Vietnam, traveling from Hanoi to Saigon in December - January. Any tips for a photographer/traveler? Is theft REALLY a concern there? I was thinking about packing a speedlite and a collapsible umbrella to try to get journalistic portraits of some of the locals. Not sure how realistic this was.

Theft was not an issue - a heck of a lot safer there than in a place like NYC/Detroit/Kansas City.

Am umbrella stand? I wouldn't take one, but I don't use one.

Look at my candid street shots in my Vietnam albums to decide if you'd want to set one up in that environment.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsj​xKpYEK (external link)
https://flic.kr/s/aHsj​xJtK8v (external link)

Vietnam is a crowded densely populated country.


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Oct 12, 2016 20:19 |  #9

Thailand was very safe. The friends I was with while visiting there just said to watch your camera gear while in crowded markets (every night of the week there's a different market popping up, and they are a lot of fun to browse).

Other than that, I wouldn't worry much about security above and beyond the usual precautions anywhere else.


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