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Set up for travel to Tokyo

Dadorian

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Dadorian Gold Member Nikonian since 17th Jul 2011
Sat 25-May-13 05:40 PM

I have an opportunity to visit Tokyo for a two day visit, I cant decide whether to take my D800 or my easier to handle d7000? Any advice on best set up for the D800 with say 28-300mm for quick trip like this. Probably hand held for the duration. Thanks in advance.

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dickiederson

San Francisco, US
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#1. "RE: Set up for travel to Tokyo" | In response to Reply # 0

dickiederson Silver Member Nikonian since 09th May 2009
Sat 25-May-13 07:41 PM

If you have anything wider in DX I'd say take the D7000 just because it's a bit smaller/lighter/less expensive!
All I took around SE Asia was my D300s, 18-200 and 50 1.8 and I really didn't miss the D700 I had at the time. Looking through LR, most shots were taken below 70mm

I guess it depends what sort of shooting you want to do. I really like the idea of one body with one prime for travel...but then I'd end up throwing all sorts into a bag and never using any of it....

One thing I would highly recommend and that has recently changed my life is a Black Rapid strap...amazing!

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walk43

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#2. "RE: Set up for travel to Tokyo" | In response to Reply # 0

walk43 Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Sat 25-May-13 07:43 PM

I have visited there many time and actually lived there for about 6 months. Take your D800 and you will need a wide lens. You say you are going to Tokyo for 2 days....well trust me, you can't even see Ginza in 2 days....let alone all the (other integral 'suburbs'). So picking where you want to go and what you want to see will be a must.

IMO ...Tokyo is amazing for it's crowds of people on the main streets...getting those images of super huge intersections and hundreds of people crossing when all the lights turn red will require the widest lens you can get your hands on. Also the side streets (loads of them) are very narrow and crowded.....again wide is a must. An at night.... the same intersections loaded with people in the daytime are still crowded, but every subway station you come up will be like Times Square on steriods!! Again wide is a must to get the impact...trust me on this.

I can go on and on but it depends on what you want to see. If you want to go to a show/play then a fast prime would be good and you could also use it for a sightseeing trip to take tourist shots.

For me....the images of shrines etc. are cool....but the wide pictures of people in mass....and huge intersections lit up like Times Square, and the Tokyo Fish Market (largest in the world) will be the masterpieces and tell the story of your visit better than shrine pictures, Geishas, or Mt. Fuji.

If it were me and I was going back...I would take my D800 and 28-300 as a general walk-around ...with my 18-35 in my pocket for when I am on the streets. That's all you will need.

Good luck. Any questions just ask via email!!

Dan
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hujiie

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hujiie Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Apr 2009
Sat 25-May-13 09:11 PM | edited Sat 25-May-13 09:12 PM by hujiie

I agree with Dan. Bring the set up as wide as you can get...

Japan is so packed with people in such small spaces. When I took people shots in houses or restaurants or streets, it needed the wide lens. My most used lenses there were 14-24 on D800e and 50, even though I brought 24-70 and 70-200.

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ajdooley

Waterloo, US
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ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Sat 25-May-13 09:45 PM

Having lived in Japan for two years and looking at the assortment of lenses on your profile, I'd take the D800 and the 24-70mm. Japan is indeed crowded and "close." I'd be less concerned there about having my gear pilfered than just about any other place on earth. It has been 25 years since I lived there, but the Japanese then were intrinsically honest. In town, I never locked my car or house. When I moved aboard the Navy base, I locked both. I loved Japan and the Japanese. Enjoy.

Alan
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walk43

Pennsylvania, US
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#5. "RE: Set up for travel to Tokyo" | In response to Reply # 4

walk43 Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Sat 25-May-13 09:56 PM

So many great photo ops in Japan!! I lived there in 2000. Neon lights, cemeteries, the wild section of Tokyo where the young dress WILD, bridges, amusement rides, side streets, inside department stores and groceries, the Geisha section in Kyoto, vertical signage on downtown buildings, sushi conveyors, rice fields, traditional homes. I could go on. Wherever you go take your camera!!

Dan
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km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Sun 26-May-13 03:41 AM

As someone who lives in a major tourism destination and working with thousands of visitors every year, I agree, go wide. Visitors always complain of not bringing wide enough lenses and seldom use the telephoto lenses the do bring.
Rent a 24 1.4 or 14-24 2.8 and get a comfortable sling strap for the D800. Photography is a way of life there so you will not feel out of place with a large camera hanging by your side.

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OldCodger

Sawbridgeworth Hertfordshire, UK
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#7. "RE: Set up for travel to Tokyo" | In response to Reply # 6

OldCodger Registered since 15th Oct 2011
Sun 26-May-13 10:08 AM

Stan is completely correct about needing wide angle lenses.
I left Yokohama in 1992 though Tokyo is very much the same. A very few wide junctions and a mass of small side streets, interesting signs, masses of people - all very disciplined as to where and who they walk. Crowded trains - that always run on time - do not get stuck in the door ways!
Oh do NOT jay walk against the lights.
There is simply so much to photograph almost all of which will appear quite alien to your eyes unless you have been there before. It is very doubtful that anyone could ever take too many pictures, views and interpretations. Do not hesitate you will regret it once you get home. I do not know if it has changed in anyway since I was there but many of the popular stores used to have garish flags and signs along with sound systems to draw in customers. Video of the sights and sounds will enhance your ability to recall the memorable aspect of your trip.
The train is a great way to get about in Toyko, most station signs were in English and Japanese so it is quite easy to travel point to point, but make sure you use the right line(s). Even the elderly are pretty active. While they are polite their elbows can be quite sharp when they need to get on or off the train! So make room before they move you!
As for a two day visit, whatever you do don't blink while you are there, put simply you will find out afterwards you missed too much during the blink!
I was there for four years but had travel limitations due two children being born in Yokohama. One arrived at about 3/4 term - yes medical care really works well. However, I found no subsequent use for my crash course in specialised medical Japanese language!
Richard

Dadorian

Johannesburg, ZA
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Dadorian Gold Member Nikonian since 17th Jul 2011
Mon 27-May-13 03:30 PM

Thanks for all of the responses and advice, wide it is !!! and from the posts it seems I am going to regret having such a short time, hopefully I will find an excuse to go back . Still anguishing over whether to take the D800 or D7000 though, got some nice images with the d800 over the weekend hand held with Zeiss 50mm manual focus, and its hand held I am usually scared of with the D800.The final test of course will be whether or not I have the courage to post a few of my pictures when I get back. Thanks again guys. Ian

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dhle

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dhle Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jun 2006
Wed 29-May-13 12:21 PM

Hello Ian,
I have learned that lighten up the gear is the best choice for travel (especially with family). Seem like the D800 with 28-300mm is the best option. It is light, wide range, and VR.

I did not buy the 24-300mm VR due to "so so" review but it is going to be my main travel lens when I purchase it next month.

I just took a short weekend trip to Bangkok (from Singapore) with my D800 and the Nikon trinity. I mainly used the 24-70 mm. Took 10 pictures with the 70-200mm, and did not even mount the 14-24mm. The D800 with "so called" pro lenses yield better pictures than my beat-up D300s/18-250mm Tamron (which I accidentally dropped at Tokyo train station 2 years ago) but I do not see a huge difference. Frankly I am wondering if I should bring my light and robust D300 instead.

I toured India's triangle last March. They do not allow tripod and roller bag into the temples and Mosses so it was tortured to bring such heavy camera equipment. My HDR picture did pick up minor blur when I handheld (carefully) my 24-70mm.

I go to Japan 3-4 times per year for business and Tokyo is still one of my favorite cities. If you have time try to visit Hakone National Park, which is about an hour train from Tokyo (see my album). It would be funny to come across a Nikonian when I visit Japan next week.


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texspeel

Fairfax Station, US
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texspeel Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011
Wed 29-May-13 08:59 PM

Ian,
I can't speak to kit for shooting in Tokyo but last year I wanted to travel light (one body, one lens) when I went to New Orleans. I took my D800 with a 28-300. My shooting included city architecture, street photography, plantations on the Mississippi River, and wildlife on a bayou tour.
The 28-300 might have not given me the shots that several lenses, each for the specific subject, would have given, but the tremendous focal length range make it a tremendously versatile lens that won't disappoint.
Hope you have a good trip to Tokyo. I'm making my first trip to southern Africa in September.
Best regards,
Tom

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