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aznmochamike
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


Hey everyone... I am still new to photography and have limited gear (due to limited cash... just graduated with no job... so sad)... I will be going to Niagara Falls and to NYC for about a week and was wondering what do your suggest bringing. I don't want to be switching lens that much and going on foot most of the day without going back to the hotel so I wanted to pack light also. So this is the gear I have...

Crappy 50 buck tripod (thinking of not bringing)
Canon 5D
Zeiss 50/1.4
Canon 24-70/2.8 (renting)
Canon 200eg backpack
Crumpler 5mdh bag
Manfrotto monopod 680b with 234RC head
Slik tabletop mini-pro3 tripod

This will be my first trip where I won't have a base location to go back to midday. So I would like advice on how to carry and what to carry to have what I need. Newbie question... I know... but thanks



Dec 15, 2011 at 02:19 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


Get something that will protect your camera/lens from the spray.

A good tripod would be useful. The Canadian side has a really good light show at night with huge coloured static search lights that light up the Canadian falls. Very nice it is too.




Dec 15, 2011 at 02:29 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


i may not bring a tripod because i head that we can't use a tripod in NYC so it would b hard to lug around... i hope i can make due with the monopod that i have



Dec 15, 2011 at 05:23 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


aznmochamike wrote:
i may not bring a tripod because i head that we can't use a tripod in NYC so it would b hard to lug around... i hope i can make due with the monopod that i have


Others might disagree, but I'd bring even a bad tripod and forget the monopod if you're going to have to lug something. There are plenty of places you can set up and take a moderately long exposure (I'm thinking night shot at Brooklyn Bridge park, night shot at Gantry, night shot in Weehawken - love me my NYC night shots!). Just don't try to set up the tripod somewhere busy. I've used a crappy $20 special before - its not the greatest, but you can make it work. The way to make it more usable is to find some way to weigh it down (hang your bag off it, or maybe wrap some light rope around the apex and stand on the rope), don't extend it all the way, and most importantly, bring an umbrella to use as a wind shield. Don't lug it around during the day, just go back to your hotel and pick up your "night gear", the tripod and the umbrella!



Dec 15, 2011 at 12:22 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


Listen to longisland.km, he is always dragging me around town.
Pick-up something from B&H when you are in town.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/667187-REG/Davis_Sanford_VOYAGERLTB_Voyager_Lite_with_BHQ8.html



Dec 15, 2011 at 01:00 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


For NY- all you need is a 5D and 35L.





Dec 15, 2011 at 07:05 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


Rain cover a must for Maid of the Mist (boat ride) and Cave of the Winds. I used the OP/Tech Rainsleeve which sells for about under $6.00 at Adorama or B&H. I had about 6 people ask me if I bought it locally. If you have the time Fort Niagara is worth at least half a day.
A tripod for the light show would be a big help.



Dec 15, 2011 at 11:46 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


Last time I spent Christmas in Niagara Falls, I wore my cold gear Under Amour and had a couple shots of Courvoisier Cognac before going to the falls. As to the freezing cold I was not sure what my wife was complaining about!

For NYC 16-35 II.



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Dec 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


The 24-70 will serve you well. If you do the boat ride in Niagara pick up a rain sleeve or use a plastic bag and rubber band. Night shots require a tripod.


Dec 16, 2011 at 12:29 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


Bring the 24-70.
Leave the tripod and everything else at home.
Lights in NYC are very bright so with a high ISO you'll be able to shoot pretty fast.
And don't forget to take the Circle Line tour around lower Manhattan for breathtaking views of the islands (Liberty, Governors and Ellis), bridges and buildings.

JP



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


24-70 will work great for both places, leave the tripod and monopod at home. Or if you really want to do a long exposure of the falls bring the tripod, the lights that shine on it at night look amazing.


Dec 16, 2011 at 05:25 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


Thanks for all the tips you guys... another question i had was that if i dont go on the Maid of the Mist and just stay on the shore side for pix, would I still need rain protection? will the mist reach that far out?



Dec 16, 2011 at 06:47 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


I assume you mean for the camera? I would have it just in case... Some days the mist is a pain even up on the observation deck (only for the camera). You can see the mist when driving towards the falls, every time I have gone or taken someone there, the mist was everywhere.

Not sure when you are going, but its really warm here so it has been raining alot lately, not snowing.

If you have the chance, I would take the Maid of the Mist tour.

Lance.



Dec 16, 2011 at 09:23 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


Don't forget your passport (or Enhanced Driver's License) if you plan to cross into Canada, and you can walk across. Not sure where you plan to stay, but Niagara Falls NY is a bit seedy and rundown as soon as you get away from the falls and casino area... The Canadian side is much safer feeling, IMO.

Also, when are you going? The Maid of the Mist is not year round and is currently closed for the season (according to their website). Regarding the mist, yes, depending on the wind, it will drift over the observation areas. In terms of best timing for light, in the morning the sun will be shining on the Canadian side on the west. In the late afternoon it will be the opposite. If you want sun on the horseshoe falls, I think you need to be on the Canadian side, and at this time of year, mid afternoon because the sun sets pretty early. But I'm not sure that the sun will come around enough to shine on the horseshoe falls.

For NYC those lenses will cover your basic needs. You could also benefit from a longer zoom, but if you don't have one, you will still get by fine.



Dec 16, 2011 at 09:51 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


You would need tripod for night Niagara shots on long exposure. Wide lens will help there too. Great place with lots of shots I made there









Dec 16, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


aznmochamike wrote:
Thanks for all the tips you guys... another question i had was that if i dont go on the Maid of the Mist and just stay on the shore side for pix, would I still need rain protection? will the mist reach that far out?



Depends on the wind. It used to (20 years ago) not be a big factor, but since they built a few tall buildings to the west of the falls, the wind current now actually can carry the mist from the falls and send it west onto the people looking at the falls. The less wind the better as far as that goes.



Dec 16, 2011 at 01:51 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


i shall bring crappy tripod then since I cant afford new one yet lol... and i bought the rain protection since i will be going on Dec 27-28 for the Niagara Falls... Thanks again everyone... you were all lots of help because my camera would have been soaked if i didnt bring it



Dec 17, 2011 at 05:31 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


I've used a crappy but small and super light Sony branded tripod for several world trips and find it actually works decently. For SURE with a lightweight tripod use the self timer and mirror lockup, that way the vibration will settle and you can shoot pretty darn well with a cheapo tripod. Also throw in your tabletop tripod. These are incredibly useful, IMO.

Tabletop tripod last year in Uzbekistan



My silly Sony $30 tripod in Dubai


Cheapo Sony tripod does Moscow. 7d looked absurd on such a whimpy tripod, but with MLU and timer, this image is tack sharp (as is the Dubai one) will be bringing the little Sony tripod to Tokyo in a couple of weeks to shoot night scenes there. No shame in a cheap lightweight tripod. Bring it!



Dec 17, 2011 at 06:42 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


In Niagara Falls, keep in mind that there is a wonderful Butterfly Exhibit and other "inside" things you can shoot to help with the cold!


Dec 17, 2011 at 01:03 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Traveling to Niagara Falls and NYC


just did Niagara falls last summer. I did not bring a tripod and was quite upset as the night views are amazing...your 24-70 will likely be your go-to lens. The butterfly exhibitory was great to shoot as well.

There is more mist on the canadian side, which I think is the best side to shoot from. get a couple clear plastic shower caps to protect your camera. They work well and they are free at most hotels.

Enjoy your trip



Dec 18, 2011 at 06:00 AM





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