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Gear suggestions for a trip to India
#11
[quote name='Rainer' timestamp='1295012860' post='5498']

This is what I would do, in order to get a small and managable pack:



7D + 10-22 + 24-105 (plus CPL (will fit both lenses), batteries and a small tripod)



the thing I would dislike a bit with this pack, is the unconvenient turnover-point at 24mm, but that is

the price for a small pack.[/quote]



I'm indeed very partial about this set. It has a unique advantages and disadvantages.



[quote name='Rainer' timestamp='1295012860' post='5498']

Another option would be just the 7D + 17-55 ... but I have doubts that 17 is wide enough ... having not

enough mm on the long end can be cured by cropping (within limits) ... the missing mm at the

wide end really hurt.[/quote]



Which is exactly why I won't choose it.



[quote name='Rainer' timestamp='1295012860' post='5498']

Sorry to hear the story from you job ... good luck with the next one (after the trip) ... Rainer[/quote]



Much obliged.
#12
I spend a year in India in 2004/2005. On film I used a 20-35 and a 70-200 f/2.8 lens. My midrange lens (28-105) saw almost no usage. The UWA came handy for all thosem agificent buildings, congested streets and general reportage. The 70-200 worked wonders for the inumerable portrait opportunities. It even proved long enough for a tiger shot from an elephant(yes we were close).

I suggest you take the 10-22 and the 70-200 f/4 (for its better sealing, India can be very dusty/humid/wet)

Add a 50mm 1.8 or a 28/1.8 for low light. If you need midrange, take the 18-55 simply because its light and doesnt bother you even when you use it rarely.
#13
First of all: sorry to hear about your job, Yakim, but on the other hand honestly jealous of the opportunity you're given now <img src='http://forum.photozone.de/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' />



I'm more of a tele guy, so I'm afraid I can not offer much advice regarding lenses. However, just for the record: I'd probably take something like 15-85 IS plus 55-250 IS, combined with two fast primes. Either 24L or 35L and most certainly the 100L IS.



I can understand you're going to leave the Gitzo at home, even though it's already rather small. Bean bags are no alternative, I'm afraid. At least I haven't found one yet that is small and portable and at the same time offers enough stability for a DSLR.



For traveling, I now use a very small Leica table tripod with a RRS BH-25 ball head. Folds flat and small enough to require only little space in the bag, but offers quite some stability ... if you can find something high enough to rest it on.



Burning DVDs to send them home sounds like a very good idea for backups.



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#14
[quote name='Yakim' timestamp='1295026553' post='5506']

That's what I was thinking. I can also burn the pictures to DVD (do NetBooks have that ability?) and sent it to Israel as a backup.

[/quote]



Well, yes and no ...



no, because netbooks are normally not equipped with a CD/DVD-drive (or burner) ...



yes, because you can connect an USB-DVD-burner to them, and given you have

some SW on the netbook to burn a DVD, you can certainly burn a backup for posting.



... but then again ... a netbook plus a USB-DVD ... is together almost as big as one

of the small notebooks (and notebooks are typically already equipped with DVD-burners).



Just as a sidenote ... I would sent DVDs with the images on them in unencrypted form ...

I would use something to encrypt the images before posting.



... Rainer
#15
Hello yakim,

I'd definitely take the 10-22, the 17-55 and the 100 2.8? plus an Epson 600G storage with screen and a tripod. Delete bad or useless pics every day. If you can carry more, then the 70-200 without a doubt and leave the 100 at home. I think you'll find that most of your pics will be taken with the 70-200 and the 10-22. You will always find someone with a PC on your way, so if you have some CD's, you can ship them home. I'd also keep 2 or 3 USB high capacity sticks; thy are easy to hide and easy to carry. Don't worry too much about he colour of your lenses. You will stick out much more than they will anyways. I think that you will regret not taking your flash!! Have a good trip!!
#16
[quote name='jenbenn' timestamp='1295029078' post='5509']

I spend a year in India in 2004/2005. On film I used a 20-35 and a 70-200 f/2.8 lens. My midrange lens (28-105) saw almost no usage. The UWA came handy for all thosem agificent buildings, congested streets and general reportage. The 70-200 worked wonders for the inumerable portrait opportunities. It even proved long enough for a tiger shot from an elephant(yes we were close).

I suggest you take the 10-22 and the 70-200 f/4 (for its better sealing, India can be very dusty/humid/wet)

Add a 50mm 1.8 or a 28/1.8 for low light. If you need midrange, take the 18-55 simply because its light and doesnt bother you even when you use it rarely.[/quote]



I never thought about that view. Thanks for offering it. I'll consider it. After all, light weight is indeed a very important parameter.
#17
[quote name='mst' timestamp='1295086960' post='5525']

First of all: sorry to hear about your job, Yakim, but on the other hand honestly jealous of the opportunity you're given now <img src='http://forum.photozone.de/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Wink' /> [/quote]



Just trying to turn lemons to lemonade.



[quote name='mst' timestamp='1295086960' post='5525']

I'm more of a tele guy, so I'm afraid I can not offer much advice regarding lenses. However, just for the record: I'd probably take something like 15-85 IS plus 55-250 IS, combined with two fast primes. Either 24L or 35L and most certainly the 100L IS.[/quote]



Too many lenses I don't have, and real 24mm may not be wide enough.



[quote name='mst' timestamp='1295086960' post='5525']

I can understand you're going to leave the Gitzo at home, even though it's already rather small. Bean bags are no alternative, I'm afraid. At least I haven't found one yet that is small and portable and at the same time offers enough stability for a DSLR.



For traveling, I now use a very small Leica table tripod with a RRS BH-25 ball head. Folds flat and small enough to require only little space in the bag, but offers quite some stability ... if you can find something high enough to rest it on.[/quote]



I actually have the BH25. I'll see if I can get a small table tripod.



[quote name='mst' timestamp='1295086960' post='5525']

Burning DVDs to send them home sounds like a very good idea for backups.[/quote]



10X.
#18
[quote name='Rainer' timestamp='1295092381' post='5530']

Well, yes and no ...



no, because netbooks are normally not equipped with a CD/DVD-drive (or burner) ...



yes, because you can connect an USB-DVD-burner to them, and given you have

some SW on the netbook to burn a DVD, you can certainly burn a backup for posting.



... but then again ... a netbook plus a USB-DVD ... is together almost as big as one

of the small notebooks (and notebooks are typically already equipped with DVD-burners).

[/quote]



Can you elaborate about the difference between a NetBook and a NoteBook? I thought both are small laptops.



[quote name='Rainer' timestamp='1295092381' post='5530']

Just as a sidenote ... I would sent DVDs with the images on them in unencrypted form ...

I would use something to encrypt the images before posting.[/quote]



Can you please elaborate why should I do this and how to do that?



TIA.
#19
[quote name='Vieux loup' timestamp='1295103366' post='5532']

Hello yakim,

I'd definitely take the 10-22, the 17-55 and the 100 2.8? plus an Epson 600G storage with screen and a tripod. Delete bad or useless pics every day. If you can carry more, then the 70-200 without a doubt and leave the 100 at home. I think you'll find that most of your pics will be taken with the 70-200 and the 10-22. You will always find someone with a PC on your way, so if you have some CD's, you can ship them home. I'd also keep 2 or 3 USB high capacity sticks; thy are easy to hide and easy to carry. Don't worry too much about he colour of your lenses. You will stick out much more than they will anyways. I think that you will regret not taking your flash!! Have a good trip!!

[/quote]



Thanks for reassuring me about the colour. It's a very important note. I'm trying to convince someone to give me his 70-200/4 IS for my 5D but he is stubborn....
#20
[quote name='Yakim' timestamp='1295183499' post='5576']

Can you elaborate about the difference between a NetBook and a NoteBook? I thought both are small laptops.

[/quote]



Well, the naming might indeed vary from country to country ... for me



... a "netbook" is a device like the Asus EeePC family and similar devices

from other manufacturers ... a main design aim was to keep it small and to

let it run relatively long on battery. ALso, it is thought as a surfing and

browsing device ... so it is able to connect to internet (via LAN, and WLAN

usually), but it doesn't have overly much computing power ... also, display

space is limited typical screen resolution is 1000x600. The device is usually

lacking a DVD/CD drive (albeit it has an internal HD).



... a "notebook" is bigger than the netbook. It has a keyboard that can already

be called keyboard without feeling it's a lie ... it usually has a larger screen ...

1200x1000 or 1350x900 a CD/DVD drive (usually a burner these days) a

faster CPU but the device is also more energy-consuming ... so the very

long runtimes on batteries aren't possible with notebooks.

Physically, the notebook is larger, and heavier than the netbook.



[quote name='Yakim' timestamp='1295183499' post='5576']

Can you please elaborate why should I do this and how to do that?

[/quote]



Well, whatever you post can get lost, or get in the wrong hands ...

and albeit you're taking images for yourself, you don't know what

will happen to them, once you dropped the packet into the mailbox.



There are enough publicly and freely available programs that can encrypt files

(like PGP just to name one). The good thing with sending a media

encrypted is, you don't have to worry about the content in the case

of theft or loss. The new owner cannot do anything with it.

I wouldn't use a memorystick for instance without putting an

encrypted filesystem on it ... in the case I lose it, I have just lost

the money the stick is worth ... but I don'thave to worry about the

data on it. Encrypting a filesystem is unconvenient for backup DVDs,

so encrypted files are likely the easiest way to go. Before burning the

selected files, you would copy them to a temporary location and let the

encryption program encrypt them (this doesn't modify your originals).

YOu backup the encrypted files (they are still "normal files") to the DVD.



Before you can use the files for anything (example for viewing) you

copy them from DVD to the destination directory, and decrypt them.



Rainer
  


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