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    Quote Originally Posted by drumma View Post
    i'm thinking of just bring the 12-24 and 35 for rome and leave the 24-70 at home.. any advice? how safe is rome for you?


    Among the 3 lens, I would prefer to bring the 12-24 for wide shorts, interiors of churches/museums
    And use the 24-70 for general shots including streets/portraitures (at time I need it to crop away unsightly people/objects that doesn’t compliment the subject or compositions). Personally, I find the 35 not useful since u hv a 12-24, however, it depends on you, the type of photography and how you want to express yr experience…there is no ultimate lens for any occasion…

    Rome- Generally, it’s safe if u stay away fm dark lanes and quiet areas. keep yr passport in the hotel safe, carry enug cash for the day and keep the rest in separate pockets, most important be alert. I stayed out quite late upto 11pm at times but usually where there are still some other tourists around.

    ciao n enjoy yr trip...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lOOkingEyes View Post
    Hello babycherie

    I like traveling light too...it's a holiday not an overseas assignment..i just want to capture my experience and share them with my frens.

    I carried a 24-105L and a Sigma 12-24 with 5D and 7D(my wife use it with a 17-85). Most of the shots were done with 24-105 except for those interior and landscape shots. All nite scenes were taken with high ISO without tripod too (too heavy and clumsy to carry around la).

    I agree with Dapier, 35 is not wide enug for most of the interior shots. But I trust you will find a work around the lens...it depends on what you want to showcase.

    you can check out my Paris shots here: http://lookingeyes.clubsnap.org/gallery/Paris-2008

    Enjoy yr trip..

    ciao
    Hi LookingEyes,

    Well, in that case - what if I take 16-35 n 24-105 for the trip...will be gd. tot I would love to do some street photography with people in my shots
    m really fickle minded on what lens to bring and since i will b doing some shopping n photo-taking at the same time xD

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    Quote Originally Posted by babycherie View Post
    Hi LookingEyes,

    Well, in that case - what if I take 16-35 n 24-105 for the trip...will be gd. tot I would love to do some street photography with people in my shots
    m really fickle minded on what lens to bring and since i will b doing some shopping n photo-taking at the same time xD
    Hello babycherie

    gd combi...i removed my batt grip to avoid attention too.


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    from my personal experience, 12-24 and 24-70 are too wide for street shots. Having tried those mentioned earlier, I still prefer 70-200mm for street shots

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    Just to share an interesting pickpocket incident in Rome….happened to my fren and his family….


    My fren offered to keep all the passports in his multiple pockets jackets, jokingly said it’s difficult for pickpockets to target him.

    Very soon, he was bumped by a lady and realized that all the passports were missing. The whole family panicked but before they could decide what to do………he got bumped again…this time u wat happened??




    They put all the passports back to the same pocket and picked another pocket…..
    But this time they got away with their travel neck pillow…..what a joke ….lucky guy ……

    Unfortunate pickpockets….but it showed they skill is superp

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    Hi people! I am going to Italy and 5 other countries in Europe this June too. But still haven decide what lens to get or bring.

    I have a 5D and 500D, 20-35mm,50mm f1.8, 18-200mm and 100mm macro f2.8.

    Which lens or body do your recommend? Or should I get new lens like 24-105, 24-70 or 17-40?

    Should I bring two bodies? Heard that budget airline at Europe only allow 8kg bag luggage, if I bring two bodies, confirm exceed weight with all my other stuffs.

    Heard that f2.8 is useful in taking pictures inside churches and museums.

    Thank you in advance!

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    okk, this might sound stupid but can i ask when out in the streets, does one need to bring his/her passport out? how about a photocopy of it or ask the police to come to your accomodation with you if he wants to check? if he's genuine enough, i think he probably wouldn't mind to go all the way with you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzmint90 View Post
    Hi people! I am going to Italy and 5 other countries in Europe this June too. But still haven decide what lens to get or bring.

    I have a 5D and 500D, 20-35mm,50mm f1.8, 18-200mm and 100mm macro f2.8.

    Which lens or body do your recommend? Or should I get new lens like 24-105, 24-70 or 17-40?

    Should I bring two bodies? Heard that budget airline at Europe only allow 8kg bag luggage, if I bring two bodies, confirm exceed weight with all my other stuffs.

    Heard that f2.8 is useful in taking pictures inside churches and museums.

    Thank you in advance!
    Hi,

    I would just choose 2 lens. either the 20-35 with 50 or 100.
    5d definitely. better quality pictures. but u might want to consider a 24-105 as a single lens to replace the options. why do u need 2 bodies? travel as light as you can and not attract too much attention on yourself!
    budget airlines allow u to buy allowance or checked-in luggage. ryanair allows 10kg and no limit for easyjet btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumma

    Hi,

    I would just choose 2 lens. either the 20-35 with 50 or 100.
    5d definitely. better quality pictures. but u might want to consider a 24-105 as a single lens to replace the options. why do u need 2 bodies? travel as light as you can and not attract too much attention on yourself!
    budget airlines allow u to buy allowance or checked-in luggage. ryanair allows 10kg and no limit for easyjet btw.
    Hee thanks! Cause 24-105 is good. But not f2.8, I thought flash lights not allowed in churches and museums??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzmint90 View Post
    Hi people! I am going to Italy and 5 other countries in Europe this June too. But still haven decide what lens to get or bring.

    I have a 5D and 500D, 20-35mm,50mm f1.8, 18-200mm and 100mm macro f2.8.

    Which lens or body do your recommend? Or should I get new lens like 24-105, 24-70 or 17-40?

    Should I bring two bodies? Heard that budget airline at Europe only allow 8kg bag luggage, if I bring two bodies, confirm exceed weight with all my other stuffs.

    Heard that f2.8 is useful in taking pictures inside churches and museums.

    Thank you in advance!

    I would choose 5D, 17-40 (U need this for churches/museums interior shots); 24-105 is more for street and other general shots.

    I agree with Drumma, 2 bodies will draw too much attentions.

    All my interiors were shot with high ISO1600.

    Ciao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzmint90 View Post
    Hee thanks! Cause 24-105 is good. But not f2.8, I thought flash lights not allowed in churches and museums??
    yup, flash is not allowed in Churches and Museums, but with ISO 1600 at F4 is good enug....

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumma View Post
    okk, this might sound stupid but can i ask when out in the streets, does one need to bring his/her passport out? how about a photocopy of it or ask the police to come to your accomodation with you if he wants to check? if he's genuine enough, i think he probably wouldn't mind to go all the way with you?

    I carry my passport with me and also keep a copy of it in my hotel's safe.
    I'm not sure whether the police will follow u to verify yr passport esp in ROME..most of the polices dont speak English.

    Anyway, just to share my incident in London...

    I took a shot of the statue in front of the Ministry of Defence in the morning.
    By late morning, i took the same shot again....i was stopped by the police.
    They told me that they spotted me taking the some shot in the morning too. They explained that they hv the right to search my bags and take down my particulars under the anti-terrorist act and issued me a "Notice". Later they also said it was ok to take picture and they maintained their right to check me out too.

    So keeping yr passport by yr side is important but make sure it's safe.

    ciao

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    Quote Originally Posted by lOOkingEyes

    yup, flash is not allowed in Churches and Museums, but with ISO 1600 at F4 is good enug....
    Oh. I see. At ISO 1600, hows the noise level?

    But I wanted to get something I would use in Sg. Cause I usually take Portraits. 17-40 is very wide, but not useful in portraits.

    Can I ask you, what's the maximum mm you used with your lens in Europe? 40mm?

    Thanks!

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    Hi all!

    Would you reccomend a camera back pack or a sling bag to carry around in Italy? or Europe in general? Equipment prbly 1 body and a couple of lenses and may be a film body as well.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lOOkingEyes View Post
    I carry my passport with me and also keep a copy of it in my hotel's safe.
    I'm not sure whether the police will follow u to verify yr passport esp in ROME..most of the polices dont speak English.

    Anyway, just to share my incident in London...

    I took a shot of the statue in front of the Ministry of Defence in the morning.
    By late morning, i took the same shot again....i was stopped by the police.
    They told me that they spotted me taking the some shot in the morning too. They explained that they hv the right to search my bags and take down my particulars under the anti-terrorist act and issued me a "Notice". Later they also said it was ok to take picture and they maintained their right to check me out too.

    So keeping yr passport by yr side is important but make sure it's safe.

    ciao
    thanks for the reply.. hmm. i heard another side of the story which goes something like police won't ask for your passport usually. and it's one of the many pickpocket scams that they will distract u etc.. is it more for convenience sake that one brings along his passport when out walking in the streets or? i was thinking if a valid ID is good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzmint90 View Post
    Oh. I see. At ISO 1600, hows the noise level?

    But I wanted to get something I would use in Sg. Cause I usually take Portraits. 17-40 is very wide, but not useful in portraits.

    Can I ask you, what's the maximum mm you used with your lens in Europe? 40mm?

    Thanks!
    i can't help but to ask if u know your equipment well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumma

    i can't help but to ask if u know your equipment well?
    Hmmm. I think basic I am still alright. Only started photography last April. Why? Anything wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzmint90 View Post
    Hmmm. I think basic I am still alright. Only started photography last April. Why? Anything wrong??
    because you asked about noise level? if it's your gears, then I guess u should know how it performs?
    Last edited by drumma; 29th March 2011 at 02:17 PM.

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    i was refering to 17-40mm's noise level on 5D. not my own lens, mind you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazzmint90 View Post
    i was refering to 17-40mm's noise level on 5D. not my own lens, mind you.
    do lens have an effect over noise levels? please enlighten me.

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