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    hi guys, i will be going to taiwan on a 8 days package tour

    any tips or things to take note of?

    i intend to bring D90, 18-105 + 35mm f1.8

    still considering whether to bring along a 70-300 VR + tripod

    the package will be an island wide tour that will be visiting many places

    so probably not much time to stay at a single spot to try out as many pictures as possible...

    so ya, any tips?
    D90|10-24mm f3.5-4.5G|70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G|18-105mm VR f/3.5-5.6G|35mm f/1.8|SB700|MB-D80

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    Tips?

    Buy low sell high?
    Diversify your portfolio...


    Groups tours tend to be refugee like affairs... so less equipment will be better. I doubt if you have time to setup your tripod. With the VR 18-105, you should be able to do without a tripod for most occasions.

    Enjoy the trip, the food instead. I might be in Taipei in Nov on business and makan...

    Cheers
    Nikon D750; FM2; FG; 55mm Micro Nikkor; 28-300 VR; 70-200 VR; Nikon V1 + 10-30mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertstrike View Post
    hi guys, i will be going to taiwan on a 8 days package tour

    any tips or things to take note of?

    i intend to bring D90, 18-105 + 35mm f1.8

    still considering whether to bring along a 70-300 VR + tripod

    the package will be an island wide tour that will be visiting many places

    so probably not much time to stay at a single spot to try out as many pictures as possible...

    so ya, any tips?
    I Love Taiwan...been there twice this year and I still miss it...

    First time i brought my S5Pro, Tripod and my collection of lenses...for me...I take more of landscape and scenery...so at the end I use my tamron 17-50 f2.8 more often...tripod is once a while when I wanna take panoroma...

    Haha...i tried not to stay at a place...end up i had no choice and made more friends and spent more time at each place...haha

    Have fun!!
    Dezmund Soh
    S5Pro/D90/Nik50/Tam17-50/Tam90MACRO/Tok12-24/Tok10.5-17FE/EX1/Sig50-150

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dezmund Soh View Post
    I Love Taiwan...been there twice this year and I still miss it...

    First time i brought my S5Pro, Tripod and my collection of lenses...for me...I take more of landscape and scenery...so at the end I use my tamron 17-50 f2.8 more often...tripod is once a while when I wanna take panoroma...

    Haha...i tried not to stay at a place...end up i had no choice and made more friends and spent more time at each place...haha

    Have fun!!
    yo, can u share ur itinerary with us?
    D90|10-24mm f3.5-4.5G|70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G|18-105mm VR f/3.5-5.6G|35mm f/1.8|SB700|MB-D80

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    Was there last year. Try the speed train. It's 3-4 times faster than our MRT.
    My gears: 6D | 600D | OM-D E-M5 | Some lenses n flashes | flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by chvictor View Post
    Was there last year. Try the speed train. It's 3-4 times faster than our MRT.
    okie, is photography allowed in their speed train? cos singapore does not allow pic to be taken in mrt...
    D90|10-24mm f3.5-4.5G|70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G|18-105mm VR f/3.5-5.6G|35mm f/1.8|SB700|MB-D80

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertstrike View Post
    okie, is photography allowed in their speed train? cos singapore does not allow pic to be taken in mrt...
    I used my compact cam in the train. I suppose not a problem.
    My gears: 6D | 600D | OM-D E-M5 | Some lenses n flashes | flickr

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    To me, if you fast enough and only take photos but not 'enjoy / feel' the scene or listen to any tour guide, you able to take photos, even with tripod. Unless you go alone, or else, if you go with your partner / friends, they can help you and setting up tripod makes a lot more easier.

    I would suggest just take 18-105 as general walk about, 35mm f1.8 for night / night market. Take your tripod, not necessary bring it with you all the time, can leave in Hotel for day time.

    also, take a small compact if needed. Since you got the D90 with video ability, compact can be skipped if just purely for video.

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    Hmm i think will bring the tripod along as if i were with friends etc can take group pics together. If not kind of troublesome.

    I will be going either to Japan or Taiwan in Dec too.
    Canon EOS 500D | Sigma DC OS 18-200mm | EF-S 55-250mm IS F4-5.6 | EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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    yeah.. sometime tripod is good for group photo as well whahahaa... not only for night shot..

    I am going to Taiwan 31st Oct as well... free & easy... just wonder is it necessary to bring prime lens along?
    I am just thinking of bringing 18-105VR and 70-300VR along... advise?
    Newbie here :)
    Nikon D90 | AFS 16-85mm VR | AFS 70-300mm VR | AF 50mm f/1.4 | SB-600

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertstrike View Post
    yo, can u share ur itinerary with us?
    Sure...I start with the March one first...backpack style

    March total 8 days
    Day 1: Touched down at Taipei Taoyuan Airport
    Took HighSpeed Rail all the way to Kaoshiong...within an hour...yes...can take photo... I took a few shots...very fast...comfortable...
    Arrived at Kaoshioong, check into home stay. Went to LiuHe Night Market

    Day 2: Went to Chijin, where there is a beautiful white lighthouse and an old fortress. I met a Taiwanese Canon user there...become blood brothers at the end...hahaha...got suntanned cos of the exposure to the sun...Night revisited LiuHe to finish off the food that never tried..haha

    Day 3: Head off to Kenting, about 1 hr ride..shared cab at Kaoshiong Rail Station...the cabbies were there to pull customers from the bus rides...faster...i made more friends on board...
    Arrived at Kenting, the southern most part of Taiwan...Asia's best surfing paradise they claimed...very beautiful also...lots of holiday inns available... Went to another lighthouse...Er Luan Bi Lighthouse..Night shopping and makan at the Kenting main street...
    Stayed over night at Kenting

    Day 4: Checked out of inn...booked a cabbie to bring me around the place...Kenting was the place where a movie..海角七號was shot...so he brought me all over....and also visited the cliffs where the oceans meet...very strong winds..haha...whole trip until abt 3pm...then I book him to send me back to Kaoshiong
    Back at Kaoshiong, I went to a park where there was live music and snacks bar...enjoyed the evening...and strolled to the their indoor stadium nearby also...

    Day 5: Pack up...Proceed back to Taipei with the rail againz...
    Checked into Rainbow Hotel at XiMenTing... I chanced upon a camera shop where I fell in love with...bought a Black Bird Fly Orange colour... and my Kata 3N1-20...

    Day 6: Went to Fishermen's wharf...where I met a group of students..I joined them for a while...Met up with a new friend earlier at Kenting...she just got back...after that I took another hr's train ride to Keelung...Taiwan's most northern part...visited the Temple Night Market...more good food...ahha

    Day 7: Attracted into Temple, Fo Guan Shan, we have one in Singapore too... stayed there till 12 plus...after the yummy vegeterian food...many thanks to the friendly seniors and shi fus...went up to the giant Goddess of Mercy park where we can see the skyline of Keelung...abt 3 plus...head back to Taipei
    Dinner at Shilin Night Market

    Day 8: Went back to my fav camera shop to say good bye..haha...before heading back home...

    Hope not too confusing...can PM me la if not clear...
    Dezmund Soh
    S5Pro/D90/Nik50/Tam17-50/Tam90MACRO/Tok12-24/Tok10.5-17FE/EX1/Sig50-150

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringwraiths View Post
    Hmm i think will bring the tripod along as if i were with friends etc can take group pics together. If not kind of troublesome.

    I will be going either to Japan or Taiwan in Dec too.
    agree on taking group pics. Not always easy to ask some stranger to use the DSLR and take group photos. One of my reason to carry my tripod all the way...

    Quote Originally Posted by godaikyoko View Post
    yeah.. sometime tripod is good for group photo as well whahahaa... not only for night shot..

    I am going to Taiwan 31st Oct as well... free & easy... just wonder is it necessary to bring prime lens along?
    I am just thinking of bringing 18-105VR and 70-300VR along... advise?

    If you are sure you need to use the focal length above 105, you can bring the 70-300.
    If I'm in this situation, I will bring it, but only to decide whether bring it out of hotel room after confirm the day's itinerary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertstrike View Post
    hi guys, i will be going to taiwan on a 8 days package tour

    any tips or things to take note of?

    i intend to bring D90, 18-105 + 35mm f1.8

    still considering whether to bring along a 70-300 VR + tripod

    the package will be an island wide tour that will be visiting many places

    so probably not much time to stay at a single spot to try out as many pictures as possible...

    so ya, any tips?

    Is this a tour that will take you from one touristy place to another to buy souvenirs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2evans View Post
    Is this a tour that will take you from one touristy place to another to buy souvenirs?
    Think tats the normal guided tour package unless you go on Free & Easy kind.

    I intend to go on Free & Easy Taiwan again as last yr had done the same.
    Canon EOS 500D | Sigma DC OS 18-200mm | EF-S 55-250mm IS F4-5.6 | EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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    Quote Originally Posted by chvictor View Post
    I used my compact cam in the train. I suppose not a problem.
    okie
    D90|10-24mm f3.5-4.5G|70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G|18-105mm VR f/3.5-5.6G|35mm f/1.8|SB700|MB-D80

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shen siung View Post
    To me, if you fast enough and only take photos but not 'enjoy / feel' the scene or listen to any tour guide, you able to take photos, even with tripod. Unless you go alone, or else, if you go with your partner / friends, they can help you and setting up tripod makes a lot more easier.

    I would suggest just take 18-105 as general walk about, 35mm f1.8 for night / night market. Take your tripod, not necessary bring it with you all the time, can leave in Hotel for day time.

    also, take a small compact if needed. Since you got the D90 with video ability, compact can be skipped if just purely for video.
    hmm... sounds good, thanks
    D90|10-24mm f3.5-4.5G|70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G|18-105mm VR f/3.5-5.6G|35mm f/1.8|SB700|MB-D80

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ringwraiths View Post
    Hmm i think will bring the tripod along as if i were with friends etc can take group pics together. If not kind of troublesome.

    I will be going either to Japan or Taiwan in Dec too.
    ohoh, when u going ar? fixed the dates?
    D90|10-24mm f3.5-4.5G|70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G|18-105mm VR f/3.5-5.6G|35mm f/1.8|SB700|MB-D80

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    Quote Originally Posted by godaikyoko View Post
    yeah.. sometime tripod is good for group photo as well whahahaa... not only for night shot..

    I am going to Taiwan 31st Oct as well... free & easy... just wonder is it necessary to bring prime lens along?
    I am just thinking of bringing 18-105VR and 70-300VR along... advise?
    hmm... actually i was thinking whether the 70-300 will be useful?

    hmm... wat do u intend to take with the 70-300?
    D90|10-24mm f3.5-4.5G|70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G|18-105mm VR f/3.5-5.6G|35mm f/1.8|SB700|MB-D80

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dezmund Soh View Post
    Sure...I start with the March one first...backpack style

    March total 8 days
    Day 1: Touched down at Taipei Taoyuan Airport
    Took HighSpeed Rail all the way to Kaoshiong...within an hour...yes...can take photo... I took a few shots...very fast...comfortable...
    Arrived at Kaoshioong, check into home stay. Went to LiuHe Night Market

    Day 2: Went to Chijin, where there is a beautiful white lighthouse and an old fortress. I met a Taiwanese Canon user there...become blood brothers at the end...hahaha...got suntanned cos of the exposure to the sun...Night revisited LiuHe to finish off the food that never tried..haha

    Day 3: Head off to Kenting, about 1 hr ride..shared cab at Kaoshiong Rail Station...the cabbies were there to pull customers from the bus rides...faster...i made more friends on board...
    Arrived at Kenting, the southern most part of Taiwan...Asia's best surfing paradise they claimed...very beautiful also...lots of holiday inns available... Went to another lighthouse...Er Luan Bi Lighthouse..Night shopping and makan at the Kenting main street...
    Stayed over night at Kenting

    Day 4: Checked out of inn...booked a cabbie to bring me around the place...Kenting was the place where a movie..海角七號was shot...so he brought me all over....and also visited the cliffs where the oceans meet...very strong winds..haha...whole trip until abt 3pm...then I book him to send me back to Kaoshiong
    Back at Kaoshiong, I went to a park where there was live music and snacks bar...enjoyed the evening...and strolled to the their indoor stadium nearby also...

    Day 5: Pack up...Proceed back to Taipei with the rail againz...
    Checked into Rainbow Hotel at XiMenTing... I chanced upon a camera shop where I fell in love with...bought a Black Bird Fly Orange colour... and my Kata 3N1-20...

    Day 6: Went to Fishermen's wharf...where I met a group of students..I joined them for a while...Met up with a new friend earlier at Kenting...she just got back...after that I took another hr's train ride to Keelung...Taiwan's most northern part...visited the Temple Night Market...more good food...ahha

    Day 7: Attracted into Temple, Fo Guan Shan, we have one in Singapore too... stayed there till 12 plus...after the yummy vegeterian food...many thanks to the friendly seniors and shi fus...went up to the giant Goddess of Mercy park where we can see the skyline of Keelung...abt 3 plus...head back to Taipei
    Dinner at Shilin Night Market

    Day 8: Went back to my fav camera shop to say good bye..haha...before heading back home...

    Hope not too confusing...can PM me la if not clear...
    wah, thanks! this is useful

    *noted down for future trip reference*

    D90|10-24mm f3.5-4.5G|70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G|18-105mm VR f/3.5-5.6G|35mm f/1.8|SB700|MB-D80

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shen siung View Post
    agree on taking group pics. Not always easy to ask some stranger to use the DSLR and take group photos. One of my reason to carry my tripod all the way...




    If you are sure you need to use the focal length above 105, you can bring the 70-300.
    If I'm in this situation, I will bring it, but only to decide whether bring it out of hotel room after confirm the day's itinerary.
    yup, i think i will do that too...
    D90|10-24mm f3.5-4.5G|70-300mm VR f/4.5-5.6G|18-105mm VR f/3.5-5.6G|35mm f/1.8|SB700|MB-D80

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