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| p.2 #14 · Nepal and Bhutan equipment question |
Jeff Nolten wrote:
Xavier Rival wrote:
I have taken many domestic flights inside Nepal, but never visited Bhutan.
In theory the weight limit is indeed very low on those flights, but in practice I never had any issue, with much much heavier equipment (not only photography, but also mountaineering). Nobody ever checked. In the other hand, the "checked-in" luggage was checked and was a source of concern among our local guides.
Thanks Xavier, this is the kind of experience I'm hoping to hear. I've done in-country air in Costa Rica and Tahiti with ridiculous weight limits and found they didn't check if you were reasonable but I've never been to this part of the world.
The iPad contains my reading material and previous trip photography to share with fellow travelers. I always laughed at those who rushed to the hotel hot spots, I travel to get away from that.
Maybe a 70-200 f4 instead of the 100-400 if there is no wildlife to expect. I'd appreciate input on that. We won't be trekking, just day hikes so if I can get it on the plane I can get it out the trail.
Sorry it took me that long to reply, just no time left in the last few days.
Ok, the iPad makes more sense then. Indeed it is good to share pictures.
I think the idea to bring a 70-200/4 instead of the 100-400 is just great. I do use the 70-200/4 quite a lot whenever I am in Nepal, as it makes great mid-tele landscape shots, works perfectly for the occasional portrait, and does not weight much. I would recommend to take wildlife photography equipment on a trip to Nepal only to someone who knows very precisely what they are going after. There are some parks in the south with some wildlife (I never went there so no first hand experience), and the wildlife equipment would be useful there of course. But other than that, I do not think serious wildlife photography opportunities will just show up on a hike not dedicated to that.
What focal length to bring beyond a 24-105 depends a lot on your style of photography. I could not do with just that lens on a Nepal trip and be really happy with my style of photography. I use the wide angle a lot, as there are a lot of very scenic places, both for landscapes but also in cities. I cannot really post tonight (no time, sorry), but I do have a few 17mm pics in Kathmandu that I like a lot. In the tele side, I do a lot of mid-tele landscapes (this works well at all altitudes in my experience), details in buildings in the cities, and portraitures / street photography everywhere. This is why, on my last trips, I did put the 17-40 and the 70-200 in the bag before I consider the 24-105.
Enjoy your trip!