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What to take on a 4 week trip to China

jandieter

Durham, US
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jandieter Registered since 21st Mar 2009
Fri 30-Oct-09 01:07 AM

Itinerary: Several days in Shanghai and Beijing each, and then a week in Yunnan province, followed by a week in Taipeh. Right now, all I own is a D700, a Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8, and a Zeiss ZF 100 f2 - no bag or backpack yet, no tripod, no flash. Reading up on relevant travel experiences, I should obviously take all of my camera stuff along as carry-on, with the possible exception of the tripod that I would still have to buy (suggestions?). Maybe with a D700, I don't really need one. Wondering if I should buy a 70-300 VR (a little worried about IQ; I really like sharp images), or sign up for a 70-200 f2.8 VRII (maybe with a TC-17E II) for those longer range shots in low light, hoping that I'm able to get one by early March 2010, and also wondering if a Nikkor 14-24 f2.8 would be indispensable to capture the insides of the Forbidden City, or some of the museums, for example. My main interests are in old buildings, candid people shots, and landscapes, plus macro shots of plants and flowers - if I find them interesting (this is mainly why the Zeiss ZF has to come along). Getting somewhat worried about weight, bulk, and how cumbersome this might all turn out to be, lugging it around all day. I also plan to take an old OM2n (with a 28mm and a 135mm lens) along as an analog back-up, just in case. Currently use 8 GB SanDisk Extreme IV CFs, so far without any problems whatsoever.

Any and all comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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