Thailand trip


organicimagery

Link Posted 14/02/2010 - 23:51
Hey folks. Some of you know I'm doing a month in Thailand. Leaving end of febuary. I am in a bit of a dilema, can't decide between jpeg or raw(jpeg settings in camera have me baffeled). I am taking the gx20 and can't decide on just the 17-70 or take the 28-300 as well. I am also taking my netbook and external hdd as I would be devestated if i lost my work. Batteries are plentifull as well as 4 x. 4gb sdhc cards so I'm kind of prepared
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organicimagery

Link Posted 14/02/2010 - 23:58
Also the weight issues as I am taking tripod etc.
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Lance B

Link Posted 15/02/2010 - 00:17
I have just been to Thailand for 2 weeks - Phuket and Bangkok.

I took the DA15 Limited, DA*16-50 f2.8, DA*60-250 and DA35 macro. I only ever used the DA*16-50 70% shots and the DA*60-250 for the other 30%.

The reason for not using the DA15 Limited and the DA35 macro Limited was because we were on holidays with a group of 21 people and I really didn't have much time nor did I feel like taking time out for photography other than general holiday type photos and I didn't the extra wideness of the DA15 nor did I feel the need to take any macro shots.

I used the DA*60-250 at Phuket zoo and also when some of the group did parachute sailing behind a speed boat. Other than that, I didn't use the DA*60-250 for anything else and so, the DA*16-50 did all the other work and performed flawlessly. I did use the 16mm end of the DA*16-50 quite extensively and used a polariser very regularly to get those dramatic saturated shots that I like, especially out on the water near Phuket and Phi Phi Island etc.

It is quite hot and humid in Thailand and lugging aroung camera gear can be a bit of a chore, especially if you want to relax, so travel light if you can.

Enjoy your holiday as it is a great place to relax and the shopping in Bangkok is amazing and cheap!
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organicimagery

Link Posted 15/02/2010 - 00:21
Ok great. Think I'm just going 17-70 then. We fly in to Bangkok then after that stint fly to chiang mai. After that Phuket then we are going to travel about from ther on may even take flight in to malasyia. What was Phuket zoo like and did you really need the tele lens??
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Lance B

Link Posted 15/02/2010 - 04:29
organicimagery wrote:
Ok great. Think I'm just going 17-70 then. We fly in to Bangkok then after that stint fly to chiang mai. After that Phuket then we are going to travel about from ther on may even take flight in to malasyia. What was Phuket zoo like and did you really need the tele lens??

Sounds like a good trip.

There are only a few times when you may need the tele lens, but other than that, you could get away with the 17-70 (good choice of lens) for most shots. It's not much of a zoo, but you can get photos taken with a adult tiger!! and also with an orangutang. The crocodile show, monkey show and the elephant show aren't too bad, but the rest of the zoo needs a bit of work.

Maybe you could take the 28-300 as well just for the long shots or it might be just as good to crop the 17-70mm shots at the 70mm end.
Cameras:K-7/K20D/*ist D/K10D
Lenses:DA14 f2.8, A16 f2.8, FA20 f2.8, FA31 f1.8, DA35 f2.8 macro, FA43 f1.9, FA50 f1.4, A50 f1.4, A50 f1.2, FA50 f2.8 macro, DA*55 f1.4, FA77 f1.8, DFA100 f2.8 macro, A100 f2.8, DA*300 f4, FA*300 f4.5, DA10-17 FE, DA12-24 f4, DA*16-50 f2.8, DA17-70 f4, FA*28-70 f2.8, DA*50-135 f2.8, DA*60-250 f4, FA*80-200 f2.8.
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Joe S

Link Posted 15/02/2010 - 10:05
We will be in Thailand at the same time then. I'll go all in and bring my full kit: GX10, 12-24 and a ltd or two. Look out for a guy on a black bicycle!
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polchraine

Link Posted 15/02/2010 - 10:23
organicimagery wrote:
I am also taking my netbook and external hdd as I would be devestated if i lost my work. Batteries are plentifull as well as 4 x. 4gb sdhc cards so I'm kind of prepared

Shoot in RAW+JPG - choose a mid range JPG setting - 6Mp and *** Hi Qual, Low comp later on you can use convert RAW to the JPgs you choose and copy all files to you netbook. Then find a local Internet Cafe or similar and copy all of the JPGs to CDs/DVDs which you can either keep or post home.

If the worst happens and you loose the PC you will at least have a set of JPGs.
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K20D, *istD, MZ-S, Super-A, ME Super, MX
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, DA* 300,
DA 50-200, FA 24-90, FA 20-35,
M 400-600, A 50 f1.4, A 28 f2.8, A 70-210, M 35-80, M 50 f1.7
A x2S teleconverter and a few others ...

thoughton

Link Posted 15/02/2010 - 10:54
Have a good trip! I've spent some of the best months of my life in Thailand, it's a brilliant place!

It's cliched but good fun and worthwhile photographically to do an elephant trek while you're in Chang Mai. Great terraced paddy field landscapes (plus your elephant!). At the end of the trek you'll probably end up at a touristy (fake) Hmong village but it's nothing too offensive. They also advertise tours to see the 'long necked' Hmong people - I'd skip that, it's not very pleasant. There are some interesting villages on the Burmese border which were settled by nationalist Chinese refugees after the 1949 revolution. Lots of tea-related activities! A day trip into Burma is also pretty easy to arrange from Chiang Mai. Or Laos for that matter, although you'll be quite far away from the popular Laotian towns.

Personally I'd skip most of Phuket, it's quite heavily developed although there are still some quiet areas left. Get the boat to Phi Phi or Krabi as soon as you can.

You may also want to look into renting an underwater housing if you plan on doing any snorkeling or diving. That was one thing I've always wished for whenever I'm in Thailand.
Tim
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Last Edited by thoughton on 15/02/2010 - 10:56

tigershoot

Link Posted 15/02/2010 - 19:14
I am envious. I have been to Thailand for times but not since I got my K20D. First time I have a little 35mm Yashica Point and shoot which actually got me some great shots. Then I went with a 4megapixel Olympus and got pics good enough to sell. If I were going again I would take just two lenses, 16-50 and 55-300 and I reckon nearly all shots would be on the 16-50.
I have found Chiang Mai to be far cheaper than the places like Krabi and Phuket. You can do the night train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai which is a great way to arrive in Chiang Mai. Sadly on the train you can't open the windows! We did a day trip there to a very good elephant sanctuary, watched the show, spent an hour on the back of an elephant as it walked a circular route through the jungle, then river rafted and had a huge lunch at the Imperial Mae Ping resort, then a trip to a butterfly farm all for £12 each. This was before the pound collapsed, so maybe add 50% but it's still a very cheap place. I hired a taxi (private - he spoke English) for the whole day and that cost £15. Our last day in Chiang Mai had us leave the hotel in a tuk tuk and head to the airport all for 80baht. which now is about £1.60. This was 2006. Internet cafes are everywhere, so burn DVDs (perhaps make two copies) and send them home on different days just in case one gets lost.
Enjoy your trip.
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organicimagery

Link Posted 15/02/2010 - 19:30
Ok great thanks for the info its greatly appriciated, i will be taking te manfrotto modo, and the bag, and the 17-50 the cam will be around my neck most of the time only using the tripod early morn sunrise evening sundown etc
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Joe S

Link Posted 17/02/2010 - 10:40
polchraine wrote:
organicimagery wrote:
I am also taking my netbook and external hdd as I would be devestated if i lost my work. Batteries are plentifull as well as 4 x. 4gb sdhc cards so I'm kind of prepared

Shoot in RAW+JPG - choose a mid range JPG setting - 6Mp and *** Hi Qual, Low comp later on you can use convert RAW to the JPgs you choose and copy all files to you netbook. Then find a local Internet Cafe or similar and copy all of the JPGs to CDs/DVDs which you can either keep or post home.

If the worst happens and you loose the PC you will at least have a set of JPGs.

It is also possible to upload pictures to an online file hosting service and have somebody back home to download the stuff. This is what I hope to do (will bring some blank dvds as well). I don't know yet how available free WiFi is in Thailand, but I assume your netbook can go online?

Btw. I just noticed Thailand have been updated to "extremely dangerous" on the Terrorism Risk Index.
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polchraine

Link Posted 17/02/2010 - 10:47
Joe S wrote:
polchraine wrote:
Quote:
I am also taking my netbook and external hdd as I would be devestated if i lost my work. Batteries are plentifull as well as 4 x. 4gb sdhc cards so I'm kind of prepared

Shoot in RAW+JPG - choose a mid range JPG setting - 6Mp and *** Hi Qual, Low comp later on you can use convert RAW to the JPgs you choose and copy all files to you netbook. Then find a local Internet Cafe or similar and copy all of the JPGs to CDs/DVDs which you can either keep or post home.

If the worst happens and you loose the PC you will at least have a set of JPGs.

It is also possible to upload pictures to an online file hosting service and have somebody back home to download the stuff. This is what I hope to do (will bring some blank dvds as well). I don't know yet how available free WiFi is in Thailand, but I assume your netbook can go online?

Only problem with uploading to a free hosting service is the time and cost from either a WiFi location (free or paid for) or an Internet Cafe.

My recent trip created around 8 GB of JPGs - and they were not full size or highest quality. No way would I have tried uploading all of that.
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K20D, *istD, MZ-S, Super-A, ME Super, MX
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, DA* 300,
DA 50-200, FA 24-90, FA 20-35,
M 400-600, A 50 f1.4, A 28 f2.8, A 70-210, M 35-80, M 50 f1.7
A x2S teleconverter and a few others ...

Joe S

Link Posted 17/02/2010 - 11:47
With 8 GB in one go I will say you are bit more trigger happy than me But you are right and uploading might look good in principle but not work in the real world. I plan to do some sorting while away and only send back the most promising stuff. Otherwise I will face an enormous task after 4 months of travelling. And I thought Organic should know about the possiblities.

When I have been travelling the past years there have been plenty of cafés, libraries etc. that offer free WiFi but that has been in Europe and I don't know about Thailand.
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polchraine

Link Posted 17/02/2010 - 12:50
8GB - just the JPGS ... the raw PEFs took so much space my laptop was running out and I had to delete the JPGs I had copied to CDs just to give me the last little bit of space. I normally had a set on CDs just in case of theft/loss.

As for deleting unwanted images - think twice. I am now going through mine and have found some that I thought about deleting have something hidden in them. Maybe just keep a pixel reduced, medium resolution/compression JPG and delete the PEF.
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K20D, *istD, MZ-S, Super-A, ME Super, MX
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, DA* 300,
DA 50-200, FA 24-90, FA 20-35,
M 400-600, A 50 f1.4, A 28 f2.8, A 70-210, M 35-80, M 50 f1.7
A x2S teleconverter and a few others ...

bretti_kivi

Link Posted 17/02/2010 - 12:57
... or keep the PEF, zip them, and then use a VPN to upload some of them to a secure location.

Personally, I had a 320GB disk with me last time I went away, and another 320 in the laptop, so it wasn't really an issue.

Bret
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my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.
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