Yes tomcat, I do have B+W CL Polariser on my 45-200mm. It is a 52mm filter. That also prompt me to go for the 9-18mm wide lens because it is also 52mm filter. So I can share the Polariser. On the other hand I still considering the 7-14mm if the price will come down somewhat.
Agree with one comment above regarding the photographer.
I also had a very bad experience with their photographer in one of my Korean tour many years ago. At the end they almost make you buy all the photos(good and bad) at crazy and ridiculous price.
The tour leader kept all our passports so in one way you are at their mercy.
Just keep an eye of the photographer - when you taking a shot (be it scenery or your beloved one) he/she will take the same one just beside or behind you. I suggest you just walk away whenever he/she comes near you and not give them a chance to take any shot (of course if you have deep pocket $$$ just let them lo).
Just bring a standard zoom will do... Use it to take memory shot of you both rather than that arty farty shots.
Korea is romantic.. Fall in love again.. bro.
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Hi tomcat, I also notice from your photos, you hardly use more than f7is there any obvious reason? To me since it is scenery shot, it should be as detail as possible, why not use f11 or f16?
Did you use flash gun during the trip I see few shot has good lighting. Natural provided or your flash skill? I am hoping to duplicate the similar shots there. I travel a lot of places in China when I worked there, but never taken photos for memory. So sad.
As for my trip, i felt the photographer is even more hardworking than the guide. (he serve us food, help carry luggages, and just took few pics of us occationaly) The guide simply forbid us from taking cable car up Mount Sorak... saying its too crowded.. and he didnt even show us the mini zoo @ one of the theme park... end up we tip the photographer (now my friend) more than the guide
F & E is the way..
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really be careful of the korea herb specialities shop the tour guide bring u to 'visit'. their selling tactic is superb.
be wary of tour guide that say he used to be a doctor .
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Actually, the only things I found to be worth buying or even especially to go to Korea for are the white ginseng capsules/tablets/extract and cordyceps as these are really good for our health (especially older folks like me) and not available outside of Korea.
I was really surprised to find that Korea cultivates and markets live and powdered cordyceps and what's more, they are produced and their quality is backed up by Samsung no less. Cordyceps, wild or cultivated, is very expensive everywhere in the world. It is still expensive compared to other normal Korean produce like seaweed, young people cosmetics, etc that tourists usually buy but is the cheapest genuine cordyceps that I know of anywhere in the world.
Thank you all for the valuable tips. Now I have to settle my wife VISA. I need to prove I am still working, able to support her to go for the trip and will pay for her full board and lodging. 30 years, she is still holding on to her Indonesia passport. Hopefully she will get her citizenship by end of the year. Minimum 6 months to apply for citizenship. Her main assets is not the husband. It is her 2 singaporean working children.