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JapanKhan23

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Hi,

I am now well into processing the huge amounts of photos I took from a recent first trip to Japan.

Some users here have helped me with translations for some written items that appear in the photos.

I would like to thank this forum (which I intend to keep visiting, on account of how completely addicted I become to Japan, the people and its culture) by posting a link to my photographic take on the country.

Please leave a comment, if you feel like it.

http://www.pbase.com/photokhan/japan

All the best and thank you.

JK
 

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So far I've just browsed a small fraction, but that's a truly wonderful collection, thanks for sharing it with us.

I like your portraits and close-ups in particular.

I wish I could afford/justify an EOS-1. :D

PS: Forgive me my curiosity, but which lenses do you carry when travelling?
 

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Thank you, Thomas, for your kind words.

Although a 1D camera (...and appropriate lenses...) does help with the picture quality, one must not forget that what counts is the "eye". Among those, there are several made with a "meager" EOS M2. :yuck:
Use whatever you can afford, train your way up, get a grip on judicious post-production (the kind that just enhances what the photo already has, not the kind that transforms it into something else) and, mostly, just do it. You´ll be amazed with what you´ll come up with.

I forgot to add this link if people just want to see a selection of my preferred ones, in a larger size but with watermarks (Just press the "Start" button for the slideshow on the top bar and, when the first photo is fully displayed in the next page, press "Play"):

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1053263956/albums/japan

All the best!

JK
 

JapanKhan23

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So far I've just browsed a small fraction, but that's a truly wonderful collection, thanks for sharing it with us.

I like your portraits and close-ups in particular.

I wish I could afford/justify an EOS-1. :D

PS: Forgive me my curiosity, but which lenses do you carry when travelling?
So sorry, Thomas, I missed the PS, the first time around.

Gear for this trip was:

1DMKIV with 35mm f/1.4 L, 135 f/2 L, 24-105 f/4 L, 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II + a 580EXII flash.

The wide-angle requirements were catered with the EOSM2 (...which, curiously enough, went back to where it came from, by mail, 3 months after purchase ;) ) with a EF-M 11-22 f/4 - 5.6 IS.
The EOSM2 was also used with a EF-M 22 f/2

All the best!

JK
 

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Did you have a porter for all your gear or did you just bring one or two lenses out each day? I can't imagine enjoying a holiday carrying all that around. The 35mm f1.4 especially is a beast... The rest of the lenses and flash however aren't that bad for the shoulders (compared to their Nikon equivalents).

Congrats on the many good memories and photos!
 

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The wide-angle requirements were catered with the EOSM2 (...which, curiously enough, went back to where it came from, by mail, 3 months after purchase ;) ) with a EF-M 11-22 f/4 - 5.6 IS. The EOSM2 was also used with a EF-M 22 f/2
Thank you, @JapanKhan23, I appreciate it.

Now you have made me curious about the M2: I take it you were not satisfied with it?

Did you have a porter for all your gear or did you just bring one or two lenses out each day? I can't imagine enjoying a holiday carrying all that around. The 35mm f1.4 especially is a beast... The rest of the lenses and flash however aren't that bad for the shoulders (compared to their Nikon equivalents).
Ha, my thoughts exactly. Out of laziness, I usually resort to my iPhone and a compact S120.
 

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I carry my Galaxy S4 and beloved Panasonic GM1instead. Nothing much I can't take with a pancake 14mm f2.5 and a super small 45mm f1.8 lens!

The full-frame camera and its heavy weight gear don't see much action these days...
 

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Did you have a porter for all your gear or did you just bring one or two lenses out each day? I can't imagine enjoying a holiday carrying all that around. The 35mm f1.4 especially is a beast... The rest of the lenses and flash however aren't that bad for the shoulders (compared to their Nikon equivalents).

Congrats on the many good memories and photos!
Thanks!

I've become a master at this "volume vs. weight vs. carriage" thing :smuggrin: specially because I have a bad back :yuck:

I have checklists for the stuff to carry in an air travel (backpack vs hold luggage) as well as for "on location".

Once arrived, my typical configuration is the 1DMKIV with 1 lens + the EOSM2 + 1 lens on a dual strap Black Rapid (extremely comfortable) and the backpack with just 1 more lens, accessories and the flash.

If I need to carry one more lens I choose the lightest one and ask my wife (...who's a sport...), to carry it in her backpack.

I make a point of coming back to the hotel before night time, so I can "reconfigure".

For instance, we would head out in the morning with me carrying the 1DMKIV+24-105 and EOSM2+11-22 and the 70-200 in the backpack and, after coming back to hotel I would change for the 1DMKIV+135 (or 35) and EOSM2+11-22 (or 22) + a light weight travel tripod for the low light part of the day.

Several "pitstops" during the day to unload both the backpack and the dual strap + cameras and have some water or coffee help a lot.

Special tip is: Extremely comfortable trekking shoes.
My particular tip (because of the bad back): Back belt.
The really special tip: Compression stockings, like the ones used for surgeries. You wouldn't guess how much they help for multi-hours city walking+shooting sessions.

JK

(PS: The 35 f/1.4 is not that heavy or bulky...you confusing it with the 85 f/1.2, maybe...?)
 
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