Choosing the right gear for India..help please!

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by the_niner_nation, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Hi..I am going to India very soon and been into photography for a year or
    so,and looking to take candid/portrait/landscape/every day type photos
    whilst there and not sure what equipment I should take.


    I own a canon 400d (xti) and have the the following lenses ( or can 'borrow'
    them from friends etc) available to me for this trip.

    1. 70-200 mm F4 L zoom/telephoto
    2. 18-55 kit lens
    3. 28-135 mm IS lens
    4. 50 mm 1.8 plastic fantastic
    5. 90-300 mm non-is non usm, non everything telephoto
    6. 85 mm f1.8 prime
    7. 24-70mm f2.8 L lens

    alas, I do not have a second camera body, but I am taking a G9 powershot as
    a back up or when i dont fancy lugging the 400d.

    In addition, I am taking with me a hyperdrive space (120gb) storage device,
    epson p4000 as a back up for storage and 5 batteries and around 20gb's worth
    of CF flash cards and a blower for dust removal.

    of course, i dont want to take all of those lenses with me, but maybe a
    sensible selection of perhaps 2 or 3?

    Also, it won't be practicle for me to take a tripod with me..
    also, any hints and tips on candid/street/journalistic type of photography
    would be really appreciated. I managed to shoot some candids before in
    Kenya, but it was incredibly dangerous and risky unless you pay people a LOT
    of money to pose for you. from what i remember from visitng india 2 years
    ago,indians arn't anywhere near as hostile or agressive towards
    photographers.

    all repsonses or help sincerly appreciated!
     
    the_niner_nation, Feb 25, 2008
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  2. take the 18-55, the 70-200, maybe the 50 (for available light indoor
    shooting), and buy yourself a GOOD monopod in lue of a tripod.
     
    Jeroen Wenting, Feb 25, 2008
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  3. If I was you and shoot what/how I do:
    For image quality, the 70-200 instead the 90-300, add in a 1.4x
    if you worry about reach.

    Keep the primes --- both are good available light, and the 85
    is good for portraits.

    The 18-55 seems to be your only wide angle --- you probably
    want it for that and stop worrying about 55-70mm.

    The 24-70 and 28-135 ... I don't know them.
    Add in a wet cleaning set, just in case.
    What you want to shoot?
    Max range: 18-55 + 70-200/90-300?
    Max available light: 50mm + 85mm?
    Walk-around + portrait: 18-55 + 85mm?

    See what I mean?

    -Wolfgang
     
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Feb 25, 2008
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  4. the_niner_nation

    jean Guest

    Take the two L lenses and the plastic fantastic. Although the 24-70 is
    better than the 50mm, it it not a "stealth" lens, especially with the
    lens hood on. If I were you, I would use the 50mm for candid shots, the
    85mm could do too, but I fear it would be a bit long, try each at home
    before leaving. Oh get some insurance ;-)

    Jean
     
    jean, Feb 26, 2008
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  5. As you can see you are getting different answers.

    My choice would be 2. 18-55 kit lens 3. 28-135 mm IS lens That little
    extra wide will be a big help when you may be shooting groups inside or want
    to photograph a build, street scene ant the 135 should be sufficient for
    most telephoto. I like to travel light.

    I like that kit lens. My own mix would likely include my 10-22 zoom and
    with that 28-135 they would make a great lightweight wide range set. Unless
    I have some specific known needs for more telephoto, 135 should do it.
     
    Joseph Meehan, Feb 26, 2008
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