A&P Recommendations for backpacking trip across China?

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  1. fridexter

    fridexter Active Member

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    I'm planning to backpack through China for 3-4 months starting in February. I was originally going to stick with a small P&S like a Canon SD1100 but I realized that I really want to capture better images (quality!).

    I backpacked through SE Asia for 2.5 months a few years ago with a SD450 for reference. The pictures were great, but I want more! :big grin:

    I was thinking of purchasing the following:

    -Canon XSI
    -Canon EF-S 10-22mm (only lens)
    - memory cards, bag, filters, etc

    For the most part though, I want to use only 1 lens. Is this a BAD idea? I don't want to carry too much and would rather enjoy my trip, so I'm willing to compromise.

    Should I at least purchase a Tamron AF 28-75mm to complement it?

    Most of my photos are going to be landscape, buildings, lots of people, indoors, streets, etc.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated. :)
     
  2. Mighty_Zeus

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    Nikon D40 w/ 18-200 VRII AF-S. (inexpensive body + BEST lens for all around, EVER)

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    kthnxbia

    Small and light camera, small/light lens for it's focal range. Truly a single lens solution.
     
  3. tehshocker

    tehshocker New Member

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    I would go with the XSI and either a 17-40f/4L or 24-70f/2.8L
     
  4. g33k

    g33k OT Supporter

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    you could bring a 10-22 and your p&s. anything past 35mm you use the p&s.
     
  5. pl_silverado

    pl_silverado OT Supporter

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    If you only want to carry one and save space, Canon G9/G10.

    The only reason to get a dslr really is to take advantage of the ability of different lenses.
    Now if you don't mind the extra bulk of a dslr and some lenses, then by all means go for it, but i think you'd do fine with a high end p&s.

    I'd probably bring a G9 with a bunch of memory cards and batteries. Image quality on a G9 is superb during the day, i had one and loved it. However, anything over ISO200 tends to get very noisy, to the point that its unusable so night shots without the flash leave something to be desired.
     
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    or rebel+canon 18-200 IS :rofl:
     
  7. f/2.8L

    f/2.8L New Member

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    Where in China are you going exactly, and why?

    Curious.

    Sounds exciting!
     
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    1DS MK3 and a 24-70L
     
  9. fridexter

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    The thing is that I actually plan on taking lots of night shots as well. That's what really bummed me with my old P&S on my previous backpacking trip. Flash and lots of blurry dust ftl.

    I wonder if I'll end up taking less photos with a DSLR. On my last trip, I took over 2300 shots in 2.5 months.

    :hs:
     
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  10. fridexter

    fridexter Active Member

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    I actually don't have an exact route in mind. I'm flying into Hong Kong and then will randomly make my way through China. I have a cousin in Shanghai so I'll probably stop by there and a bunch of other major cities.

    My time spent will probably be:
    ~25% big cities (city streets, buildings, chaos)
    ~25% countryside (serene, mountains, nature, water, etc)
    ~25% beaches (PURE relaxation)
    ~25% activities in the middle of nowhere (mountain biking, rafting, climbing, etc)

    I'm trying to get a camera that will cover these activities and know it will be tough. However, I'm willing to compromise for better looking photos from a regular P&S.

    As to why I'm going, I'm going to graduate school next Fall. Been working for 2 years and I'm pretty sure this is the last great opportunity in my life to really travel. :wtc:
     

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