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Going to New York - Need advice

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Dec 02, 2009 00:41 |  #1

I'll be there on the 21st and staying there for 2 weeks to see what it's like during Christmas & New Years. So psyched!

Now I have a 450D & going to for sure bring my 17-55 f/2.8 IS, but I'm really hesitant about bring my 70-200 f/4 IS. The lens is so noticeable and I'm super paranoid when I carry it around. I think if it wasn't white I would bring it for sure..

I was thinking about getting some sort of cover for it to cover up the white parts and maybe create a junky-looking appearance. What do you think? Am I in over my head? :p

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Dec 02, 2009 07:11 |  #2

I'm leaving the 17th for NYC. I'm not taking my 70-200. I just don't think I'll need it that much and don't want to lug it around. I'm taking my Tamron 28-75, Nifty Fifty and Nifty Two Fifty.

Of course saying that.. when I get there I'll wish I had it :D


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Dec 02, 2009 09:01 as a reply to  @ Gamb's post |  #3

if you are in manhattan.. ull see white lenses all over the place.. and theres no need to worry.. if it looks like ur in a shady neighborhood then keep ur lens in your bag.

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Dec 02, 2009 09:13 |  #4

a white lens makes a good weapon. bring it.

NY is one of the safest cities in the world. there are very few areas you would have to worry about. heck, even in harlem you are pretty safe now. and the areas you would have to worry about are not picture taking areas anyway. if you see an area with multiple large brown high rise building with a courtyard in between them, those are the projects...stay away. so pretty much 26th-30th street between 9th and 10th. other than that, you are safe.

you should be more worried that the crowds of people are going to bump you and cause some damage if you drop something. is your gear insured? if not, it should be.

if you dont want a white lens, buy a lens coat.

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Dec 02, 2009 09:16 |  #5

Sharpie will probably do the trick.

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Dec 02, 2009 09:28 as a reply to  @ Todd Lambert's post |  #6

I believe this thread may have your answer :) …highlight=tape+​white+lens


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Dec 02, 2009 11:05 |  #7

I've been there a few times, even did a Photo project of Street musicians, and belive me, many of them are homeless/poverty stricken. Unless your walking around the Bedford Stuyvesant/Marcy Projects, I wouldnt worry about a thing. Now the real question is, why NYC for 2 whole weeks?! it's soo cold! But your from Canada :-). I would take a trip to philly... takes like 2 hours, and Boston.

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Dec 06, 2009 22:13 as a reply to  @ post 9146309 |  #8

I am from NYC and Ghetto Kids can give a rats ass about cameras and lenses. More like jewelry, so don't worry. Just don't be alone all the time.

Oh yeah stay away from a cluster of 14 story brown buildings. All of them are projects. There are no rules there.

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