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Apr 22, 2008 15:56 |  #1

Going to San Jose for 10 days next month on a family vacation, and we may go to some beaches, mountains, however no real "plan". Any suggestions as to what gear I should bring? 70-200 2.8 IS too big & heavy? I did bring my 24-70L last time and although it took great photos, I thought a little short... suggestions? What should I go see? Anything particularly spectacular?


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Apr 23, 2008 04:47 |  #2

There's plenty of wildlife, as you will know. Although your 70-200 2.8 IS would be useful, with a full frame SLR I think it's a little short. So if you're not really into shooting wildlife I'd leave it behind. If you're serious I'd hire a 100-400mm.

I really enjoyed Cahuita and the national park there. Corcovado was fantastic for a rainforest experience but it's a bit more difficult to get to. There are three volcanoes within easy reach from San Jose, I've been to Poas and Irazu and both were worth visiting and a great to photograph.

Take a look at my web site, the photos and diary may give you some ideas. Any questions let me know.


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Apr 23, 2008 09:48 as a reply to  @ curiousgeorge's post |  #3

Love MonteVerde, the cloud forests there are beautiful.
Preferred the West coast - Zancudo, Montezuma, Dominical ... Drakes Bay was very remote last time we were there, probably much more developed now. Too much Jamaican/rastafarian drug culture where we ended up on the East coast, plus the sun sets on the wrong side.

Have a look at our Costa Rica travelogue (external link), maybe that will help you decide what to bring.

I did not have any real expensive gear at the time so I just tossed a handful of dessicant packets (my attempt at preventing any damage from humidity) in the camera bag and went.

One tip, have a look at the traffic in downtown San Jose before you decide to rent a car. Driving there is NOT for the faint of heart!


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May 28, 2008 00:18 |  #4

Excavator wrote in post #5387704 (external link)
Love MonteVerde, the cloud forests there are beautiful.
Preferred the West coast - Zancudo, Montezuma, Dominical ... Drakes Bay was very remote last time we were there, probably much more developed now. Too much Jamaican/rastafarian drug culture where we ended up on the East coast, plus the sun sets on the wrong side.

Have a look at our Costa Rica travelogue (external link), maybe that will help you decide what to bring.

I did not have any real expensive gear at the time so I just tossed a handful of dessicant packets (my attempt at preventing any damage from humidity) in the camera bag and went.

One tip, have a look at the traffic in downtown San Jose before you decide to rent a car. Driving there is NOT for the faint of heart!

So do you didn't take any high dollar gear because of the crime down there??

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May 28, 2008 08:38 as a reply to  @ Merlin Driver's post |  #5

I didn't take any high end gear because I didn't own any at the time.
Had no trouble with crime outside of SanJose - no trouble there either, just a little more careful.
It looked like some people at the Panama border might have liked to have a look in our car too.


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May 28, 2008 15:42 |  #6

Go to Arenal.


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May 28, 2008 22:19 |  #7

caf025 wrote in post #5613197 (external link)
Go to Arenal.

Roger that...

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May 29, 2008 15:42 as a reply to  @ Merlin Driver's post |  #8

We ended up going to La Paz (http://www.waterfallga​rdens.com/ (external link)) and a beach near Esterillos - took some wonderful photos! Arenal will have to wait until next year. I also walked around quite a bit with my 70-200 2.8 IS in San Isidro, taking some photos of locals, and felt perfectly safe although a lot of people were looking at me with "what the hell is that?" kind of look. I did at times wish that I had a longer lens; perhaps I'll go back with a 400mm+ next year. Certainly that place has no shortage of sun light!


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May 29, 2008 21:52 |  #9

bbbig wrote in post #5620287 (external link)
We ended up going to La Paz (http://www.waterfallga​rdens.com/ (external link)) and a beach near Esterillos - took some wonderful photos! Arenal will have to wait until next year. I also walked around quite a bit with my 70-200 2.8 IS in San Isidro, taking some photos of locals, and felt perfectly safe although a lot of people were looking at me with "what the hell is that?" kind of look. I did at times wish that I had a longer lens; perhaps I'll go back with a 400mm+ next year. Certainly that place has no shortage of sun light!

Roy thanks for the reply and to help things out, I just sent my 100-400L back to Canon with the focus part inop. I'm thinking of taking my 70-200L F2.8 with the tele's to reach out there.

Take care,

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Jun 03, 2008 14:43 as a reply to  @ Merlin Driver's post |  #10

caf025 wrote in post #5613197 (external link)
Go to Arenal.

+1 on that, plus you may want to make your way down to Manuel Antonio and take a walk through the national park there. Great opportunities for some photography and a real beautiful place to see.




  
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