A&P Going overseas, need (want) a lens. What should I look at?

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  1. Cracked

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    I'll be outside Seoul, South Korea for a year. I was thinking about just waiting until I get over there before I purchase another lens but read that its more expensive to buy camera equipment over there. Don't know how true that is but I don't want to take a chance.

    I own:
    Canon 30D
    28-135mm
    50mm 1.4

    I'm thinking on either the 10-22 or the 70-200 f/4.0L. I am leaning toward the 10-22 cause I always find myself in tight spaces. Figured if I was in the city a lot it would be good for the buildings. But the range with the 70-200 is tempting just the same. Are there other lens I should think about? I want to stay under $1000

    Also, think I should pick up a flash before I go? I've been sorta getting by without a flash altogether. I wish I would of got a 430ex when that one site was selling them for $200 :hs:
     
  2. wheresthejon

    wheresthejon OT Supporter

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    my 10-22 is still for sale on ebay! user name jacpierce
     
  3. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    wide angle is a must if you have a 50 and a zoom. You're going to want some badass landscape pics. :o
     
  4. Cracked

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    jeez, at the moments thats a bargain but by the end of the auction it'll up a $100 or so.
     
  5. Cracked

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    And there will be plenty of that from what I'm told :hsd:
     
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    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    Canon 10-22 if you can swing it... Sigma 10-20 if you can't. Either way, you can't go wrong. :o
     
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    tamron 17-55 f/2.8 + canon 70-200 f/4, if you find a decent deal or go used (strongly encouraged) it would easily be under a grand
     
  8. Cracked

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    Noted. Thanks.
     
  9. Sympathy

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    I went to a camera store in seoul in march this year. The prices are relatively the same as in the US depending on the exchange rate. I bought a B+W 52mm UV filter for about 35000 won (no tax there). At that time, the exchange rate was around 960 (filter would have been $36.46), but right now it's 1060 ($33.02). Amazon sells the same filter for $28.91, so I'm assuming that if you go to a brick&mortar store in the US, it'll be around the same price depending on the exchange rate.
    However, I'd be more concerned about their inventory stock.
     
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    i'd go for the wide angle and a flash.
    have fun and take a lot of pics on your trip!
     
  11. ace3

    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    wide angle + flash for me too.

    i very rarely use my long telephoto when traveling & taking landscape shots
     
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    Since I got the 10-22 I wish I had had it on every trip I went on beforehand. Keep your 28-135 for now and pick up the 10-22. It's an excellent lens.
     
  13. isaac86hatch

    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Wide FTW. I took my 17-50 and my 70-200 to Europe just in case. I think I used my tele once to take some portraits at my brother's house and that was it. The 17-50 was great, but to be honest it would have been nice to have something even wider.
     
  14. Cracked

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    Good stuff. I'll pick something up over here. I'd be afriad of their inventory over anything else, I didn't even think about that.

    I guess the census is a wide angle. I'll pick up a 10-22 before I go over there. And Hopefully my budget will allow a flash. Thanks everyone.
     
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    I have the Sigma 10-20 for my Nikon D50. It's a great lens. It's also less than $500 too. I'm not sure how much the Canon 10-22 is, but the Nikkor 12-24 is almost a grand... so for half the price I couldn't go wrong.
     
  16. Sympathy

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    Also, if you plan to buy anything with your credit/debit card, the card company will charge you a fee.
    If you use a debit card, they charge you something like $5 per transaction.
    If you use a credit card, they charge you $5 or 5% of the transaction.
    You should call your credit card company to see what they're fees are. :o
     
  17. Cracked

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    When I am over there? Crap, this is something else I didn't think about or wasn't even aware of.

    edit: Called up Visa and they said it would be 3%. Which isn't bad, not good, but I can live with that. I'll hopefully not be using my credit card a lot over there.
     
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  18. Sympathy

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    But there no way around it. Even if you take $1000 cash, when you get there, they'll charge you about 3-5% to exchange money at the airport or the hotel.
     
  19. Cracked

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    Thats why I like OT. I would of never known this shit. I'm getting paid while I am over there so most everything will be paid in their monies. Only thing I'll purchase is probably airline tickets if I decide I want to go to Japan or China for a vacation.
     
  20. Sympathy

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    just take a lot of pics and post them nga :)
     

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