What to take to malaysia..

annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Costa Rica
18 Sep 2013 5:50PM
Can't make up my mind, decisions decisions. Oh sweet choices. You might say it is a stupid question but here it is.
What would you take to Malaysia? off next wednesday..
600mm? or the 200-400? Macro? a 55 1.2 or an 85 1.4? For certain the 24-70 and the 80-200 2.8.. but the 14-24 or the small old 18mm?

My PF might give you an idea what I do.. sort of everything. Smile

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GarethRobinson 13 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2013 6:15PM
Nikon 1 series, FT1, and some nikon lenses.
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Sep 2013 6:42PM
Robbery and bag snatching has gone through the roof in Malaysia, I am sorry to say.
I wouldn't take anything too expensive or obvious.
JJGEE 14 7.6k 18 England
18 Sep 2013 6:52PM

Quote:I wouldn't take anything too expensive or obvious.

Probably rules out all of the lenses mentioned above Sad
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Sep 2013 7:29PM
I am not saying that you will definitely get mugged.
But I wouldn't take those lenses myself if I go back to Malaysia.
There was news clip on BBC not long ago about restaurant owner has to hire security himself as robbers have been targeting restaurant customers, even in broad daylight.
So, up to you to decide.
LesF 13 182 9
18 Sep 2013 7:52PM
Putting Cole's point on one side the trick is to travel light, looking at your PF the 24-70 will cover most of your needs and if you want something a little wider, your 18mm too

Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Sep 2013 8:29PM
Which part of Malaysia are you going?
indemnity 11 334
18 Sep 2013 8:42PM
I was in KL for a month April. Took MF Digital kit plus Panasonic FZ100. Left MF in the safe and used the FZ100.
Don't forget silica gel in your camera bags, hot and very humid, rains at some time most days. Polariser good idea and something to mount the camera on if you wish to catch the electric storms.
annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Costa Rica
18 Sep 2013 8:42PM
We are going firstly to a place near Shah Alam, then over to the east to Pahang and Kelantan for 2 weeks.
the 24-70 is a must. Les, can't see myself taking birds and flutterbies with it though Smile

I am really surprised about robbery in Malaysia.. we never heard of anything like it there.
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Sep 2013 8:55PM
Pahang and Kelantan should be much safer compared to Shah Alam.
Bag snatching (ride a motorbike and snatch your bag from behind or drag you along if you refuse to let go) has been an issue for the last few years but getting worse and worse. Now they are more likely to harm you before they rob you.
Coleslaw 14 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Sep 2013 8:57PM
It is a beautiful country though, tasty food and friendly people.
So, don't let that put you off.
Just be careful with your bags and possessions.
Dann 6 250
18 Sep 2013 10:38PM

Quote:It is a beautiful country though, tasty food and friendly people.

Absolutely. Enjoy - but heed Cole's solid advice.
annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Costa Rica
18 Sep 2013 10:59PM
Coleslaw, do you know Shah Alam? in case I missed something? Any which way, I will be even more watchful.
I never carry my 200-400 or 600mm in town. It is something I only take out far from town ( like at home, here in our corner in the SW)
To be honest, we are more likely to run into crime here in France if we go to Bordeaux than in Perlis or Kelantan, Phahang or North Johor.
mikehit 10 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2013 11:36PM
Your PF suggests nothing longer than 100mm for bugs 'n' stuff. But travelling light and compact is the key IMO. I think 24-70 and 80-200 would be enough.
I was there with 28-70 and 50-200 and needed nothing more.
kit-monster 16 3.7k 2 Singapore
19 Sep 2013 1:32AM
The advice on travelling to Malaysia and KL could be the same for any major city in the world. It's not a unique problem. I've felt a lot safer there than many major European cities. You can find similar stories to the restaurant link in any US city - great free local publicity for the restaurant. The BBC in this region is mostly based in Singapore who encourage the view that Malaysia's full of bandits. I've never met such warm friendly people, you will have a great time.

As for kit, keep it simple. I'd take the 24-70 and leave the rest at home. You'll always wish you had a lens thats not in your bag, but a lot of kit will slow you down, stop you from enjoying the place and you'll probably miss more shots swapping lenses all the time. With 36MP you can do a lot of cropping afterwards . . . That is unless you're going for a particular photographic purpose, in which case you'd already know what lens you want. The butterflies are spectacular but the heat means they're never still. There's no opportunity to get up early and capture them cold and asleep. Dawn is over very quickly as well, more like a blue fifteen minutes. Any kit that's been left in an A/C hotel room will need time to acclimatise to the heat and humidity once you step outside, you could loose an hour waiting for big glass to warm up and stop fogging.

Anyway, enjoy. Nasi Lemak for breakfast sets you up for a great day out.

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