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What I learned from a NYC trip

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by uscrx, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 26, 2011
    Shasta Cascade
    1. DSLR still rules travelers
    2. Very few u43 users
    3. Wrist Strap is the way to go...not neck strap
    4. 12-35mm is plenty wide for architecture
    5. 12-35 isn't the best for portrait in the city
    6. Bring a "telephoto" lens for the Statue of Liberty
    7. 35-100mm is great for picture of your family in the city
    8. No way in hell I would be lugging around Canon 70-200mm f2.8IS in NYC when I can do the same with 35-100mm f2.8
    9. Angular distortion at 12mm is severe when photographing tall buildings from up close
    10. Don't get caught photographing your family with super heros..unless you're ready to give them a $20 tip afterwards
    11. Mirrorless is the way to go
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  2. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    I dunno about #3...I use a neck strap so that I can have both hands free when required (as when digging out my wallet to fork over $20 to Batman :biggrin:). I do wrap the neck strap around my wrist upon occasion...but like having the 'hands free' option.

    Thanks for posting - I've never been to New York...


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  3. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Some of your list is generally acceptable and others are more personally subjective.

    For instance I HATE WRIST STRAPS! I like neck straps if they are comfortable and supportive. I also like some of the quick shoot strap rigs. But I would rather have nothing than a wrist strap.

    The distortion of a 12mm is easy to fix these days with software.

    I would delete the photo before paying some superhero wanna-be $20.
  4. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    The Bassman
    We just came back from Europe, and I'd say perhaps 50% of the cameras being used were either phones or tablets.
  5. katiedaddy

    katiedaddy Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 31, 2014
    MD, USA
    Some great points. I only switched to my mirrorless format after my trip to Vegas early this year because walking around all day with large dslr + grip + 70-200mm 2.8 took toll my shoulder.
  6. Captiva

    Captiva Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 28, 2012
    Great post. $20 is waaaaaaay too much for those creepy bandits!
  7. Captiva

    Captiva Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 28, 2012
    That's why he titled the post the way he did, and not "The only way to photograph NYC, and I mean the only way"
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  8. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    Put us in the wrist strap camp unless we are hiking (in the woods). I would be curious to hear what the breakdown is of the focal lengths that you used on your trip.
  9. Jon Li

    Jon Li Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 15, 2014
    Jakarta - Indonesia
    When travelling with family members , each of us carry a camera . I will be with EM-1 with telephoto zoom , my wife will have her LX7 n my daughter will have GX7 with portrait n wide angle primes . This way each of us get to be photographed during the trip .

    Jon .
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  10. TransientEye

    TransientEye Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 18, 2013
    I suspect that the OP is talking about geometric distortion (from the wide-angle) rather than lens distortions (from the optical design).
  11. gti2756

    gti2756 Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 26, 2012
    This. I found that out in Rome last year.
  12. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    Hand your camera to your companion and say "make me".
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  13. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    That may work on your side of the world, but having lived in NYC for 60 years I know that's a good way to get whacked up side your head. It's happened before and will again.
  14. T N Args

    T N Args Agent Photocateur

    Dec 3, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    call me Arg
    .. while your companion takes the photo. :wink:

    It was more humour than anything.
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  15. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Right, both of which can be corrected in software.
  16. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Warning: the results cannot be corrected in software ;) 
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  17. sigamy

    sigamy Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 4, 2012
    Sling strap is the way to go.
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  18. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    +1 on the wrist strap. That's all that I use on my cameras. I've never found a neck strap that I like.
  19. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

    Aug 26, 2011
    Tacloban City, Philippines

    1. Poor me, lugged around 70-200 before, LOL! Yeah agree to what you just said. :biggrin:
  20. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    What I've learned so far: The Olympus 17mm f2.8 is really small. Fits in the center console of a rental quite unobtrusively. So unobtrusively, in fact, that you can leave it in the car when you drop it off in the lot late at night.

    Fortunately, I had ten minutes in Philly's 30th St train station to recover the key from the desk this morning and sprint across the bridge and back before our train took off. Win!
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