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Question for Photographers..

Postby arunakalu » Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:41 am

Hi,

I booked the AHDK (Delhi to Kathmandu) and this is my first G-adventure tour. I was wondering if it is safe and/or sensible to carry a large and expensive lens with me. i.e. 70-200 f/2.8? Or should I just take travel lens(es).

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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby DanielBMe » Fri Nov 25, 2011 9:56 am

Absolutely take the lens! When I was in India this past May I took my D90, 16-85vr, 70-300vr, and 35m 1.8. I was happy to have them all even though I used my 16-85 90% of the time. I assume you have that lens because you care about photography so if you want those fantastic photos, take the lens!
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby IncaTrail50 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:37 pm

Agreed, take all the lenses, they take TERRIBLE shots when left in your closet! :lol:
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby Zuleika » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:00 pm

oooo a white one! And the 2.8 - V Nice. I would probably take it, but if you leave it in your hotel room, say on a night out, I would probably have luggage that I could lock it in. You know how good the images will be with this lens, and I think you will be disappointed if you just take a cheapie - the words 'wish Id bought my 2.8 with me' will ever be on your lips if you dont take!!!!

Make sure you have it well insured and change the memory cards often (or take them out if you leave it in your room) in case it does get nicked.
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby jimshu » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:37 pm

That last sentence Zuleika is soooo important. Take plenty of lower capacity cards, rather than 1 big card as I have seen so many travellers lose or have their cameras stolen and all their photos go with it.
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby Zuleika » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:50 pm

yep - keep your memory cards in your moneybelt - the photos are priceless aferall!
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby arunakalu » Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:02 pm

Thank you all for your responses.

I don't plan on leaving my camera equipment anywhere without a safe, will take a small pack and carry it with me.

Still not decided whether to take the big and heavy 70-200 f/2.8 or not.
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby leahlovestravel » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:57 am

I'm guessing I should apply all this advice to carrying an extra lens on the Inca Trail?
I won't regret the the extra weight as much as I'll regret the shots I'll miss?
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby DanielBMe » Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:48 am

To be honest with you I only used my 16-85vr lens on the inca trail even though I had my 70-300vr. It's all landscape with mountains in the background so a wide angle lens will be far more useful.

Actually while hiking up the inca trail I kept asking myself why I brought the additional weight of the lens. You'll definitely want to keep things light. Just my opinion.
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby IncaTrail50 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:57 pm

Agreed about the Inca Trail! The less weight the better! I carried my 75-300 lens and used it only once, after we finished the trail, to take a picture of the top of Huayna Picchu because I didn't have the strength to climb up there for a pic! I thought I would need it to capture the birds along the trail but I didn't see any. There might have been some but as Daniel says, my view was all on the landscape and mountains.
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby markmol » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:54 pm

I took 70-300 & only used it at the sun gate for the first pictures of Machu Piccu, besides that it was my 18-55 or the trusty point & shoot which i carried in my pocket.
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby leahlovestravel » Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:01 am

Thanks everyone, very good to know, so glad I asked then! :)
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby kirstenrose » Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:28 pm

My question regarding camera storage/safety on not having your camera stolen, is days which involve snorkelling, caving, swimming at hot springs, waterfalls etc.etc. just any day which is predominantly focused around water activities, I plan to bring my waterproof camera along so that I don't miss out on taking photos. But my main worry and concern, is how will I keep my other camera safe so that I won't ahve to be worried whether it potentially could be stolen? would i need to just bring it along in my day bag, and try wrap it up in a plastic bag or something, but then if you were going swimming and had to leave your bag, then its still there. Its something that always concerns me... what is the solution to this?
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby IncaTrail50 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:43 pm

kirstenrose wrote:My question regarding camera storage/safety on not having your camera stolen, is days which involve snorkelling, caving, swimming at hot springs, waterfalls etc.etc. just any day which is predominantly focused around water activities, I plan to bring my waterproof camera along so that I don't miss out on taking photos. But my main worry and concern, is how will I keep my other camera safe so that I won't ahve to be worried whether it potentially could be stolen? would i need to just bring it along in my day bag, and try wrap it up in a plastic bag or something, but then if you were going swimming and had to leave your bag, then its still there. Its something that always concerns me... what is the solution to this?

I have sometimes left my big camera in the hotel/room safe but always bring my memory cards wherever I go. You can buy the small Pelican (waterproof) cases to carry your cards. MEC in Canada sells a big assortment, including a really small case that fits over your neck:
http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Paddling/ ... se-840.jsp
Something like that would allow you to bring along the memory cards and keep them dry.
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Re: Question for Photographers..

Postby kirstenrose » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:32 pm

Okay that seems like a good idea... also I keep reading that people say they just take along multiple memory cards to have back ups of their photos.. but it confuses me slightly, how do you copy photos from one memory card to another, do you have to use a computer to do this?

Another question, is it practical to take a small netbook along for storing photos? or is this memory card system the best way to go?

How easy it is to keep all the batteries charged for everything?

I'm planning a 4 and a half month RTW trip next year once I have graduated from University and it will be my first time travelling in this more "back packer" sense. My previous travel experiences have been with family and usually to Europe staying in hotels and so have taken large wheeled suitcases along. They have been great holidays and I have seen many amazing countries and cities all with beautiful experiences, but I've never been concerned about the safety of my camera and also haven't done much where water was a concern, hence all my questions....

I'm really excited to travel to more adventurous locations as that is always been the type of travel I want to do, just been too young and had school and then university preventing me from doing so.

But anyway, because I will be gone for a large amount of time, I really need to be able to take the best option for space saving, weight saving, best chances of not losing any of my photographs! I'm not a serious photographer, I used to take photography in high school so I know my way around a camera, but I think I'm probably a far way off the level of skill some people on here are posting.
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