Am I nuts? Nepal with just the X100.

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Am I nuts? Nepal with just the X100.
Jan 11, 2013

I'm lucky enough to be going to Nepal for three weeks on a work trip, and was going to take my Xpro-1, 18-55 and 35mm. However the closer the trip gets the more I'm drawn to the idea of just taking the X100.

Because it’s a work trip I won't be trekking, and will be spending a lot of time on the streets of Kathmandu and Pokhara. I know the XP-1 will give me more flexibility, but I've never found the fixed lens on the X100 much of a limitation anyway. Plus the X100 can just sit in my day bag in its leather case, whereas the XP-1 will need a proper camera bag.

So what would you do if in my position?

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mark finn wrote:

I'm lucky enough to be going to Nepal for three weeks on a work trip, and was going to take my Xpro-1, 18-55 and 35mm. However the closer the trip gets the more I'm drawn to the idea of just taking the X100.

Because it’s a work trip I won't be trekking, and will be spending a lot of time on the streets of Kathmandu and Pokhara. I know the XP-1 will give me more flexibility, but I've never found the fixed lens on the X100 much of a limitation anyway. Plus the X100 can just sit in my day bag in its leather case, whereas the XP-1 will need a proper camera bag.

So what would you do if in my position?

X100 w/wide angle adapter.  That's what I would bring along.

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I spent a little time in both cities in the 90s.  I usually used my SLR with a zoom (or multiple lenses) which I prefer for the different fields of view.  I also used a fixed lens camera on a few occasions.  It just means accepting the limitations of whichever camera you take.  You'll find that there are compositions aplenty that will present themselves to you as long as you're 'thinking' the images for the camera you've got with you.  A downside of the X100 is that you have to be very close to people to get a tight composition of them at work or doing whatever they're doing.

A smaller camera definitely has an advantage around people and crowds - I found that very obvious photography attracts attention - not of the unwanted criminal kind - but of the kind that means that the scene changes.  The Nepalese are very used to tourists with cameras.  Some people are 'over it' and don't want their images taken.  Souvenir sellers, performers, sadhus and others may see you and ask for cash to take them.  Kids may ask you for cash/pens/other things to have their photos taken.  Or they'll or just play up in front of the camera because they're kids.   You being there with a camera may change things......

Either way, you'll get some great shots and memories.

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Bring both. You can always leave one in the hotel. If one breaks you have a backup.

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Joachim Gerstl wrote:

Bring both. You can always leave one in the hotel. If one breaks you have a backup.

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I'm on my 3rd copy of the X100 due to mechanical faults .....please take a backup

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you should always have a back up

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Not at all!  I dld 2 weeks in Italy with the X100 last spring and came back with tons of great images!

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If it was me, I'd take the X-Pro1 and the 18-55mm, and leave the 35mm behind. I spent some time in Ladakh and found the telephoto end of my compact's zoom range *very* useful for candid portraits of wrinkled locals' faces, landscapes etc.

I took a Canon A650 because it used AA batteries which I was fairly sure would be more readily available than reliable mains electricity, but it did a pretty good job. All my favourite shots were taken with the telephoto end of the zoom range:

Himalayas by bicycle

Is Nepal mostly Buddhist? If so, you might find that the locals don't take too kindly to the 'in your face' style that a fixed 35mm lens might force you to adopt.

Have a great trip!

Al

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Is Nepal mostly Buddhist? If so, you might find that the locals don't take too kindly to the 'in your face' style that a fixed 35mm lens might force you to adopt.

I agree with you! I have spent 3 weeks there in 2008, trekking, and for people shots 50-80mm is a much better focal length. Yes the fast F2 lens is an advantage, and less bulk is always welcome. But I'd definately take the X1-pro, the Zoom and a 60 or at least the 35/1,4. Plus 3-4 spare batteries, fully charged.

Bernie

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I would chose the X-Pro1 and the 18-55mm. Wide for landscape and architecture and the long end for people. It's not that big a combo, is it? It will fit inside your jacket hanging around your neck.

The weatherforecast is jacket suitable for the next week

The 35mm would be nice to put on if you go out after sunset.

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Fantastic shots! Sure the location did help but you got the eye! Some of them are better than most of the images on the Leica forum.

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Xpro1 with zoom, X100 as Backup. The virtue of a single, sharp, OS stabilized zoom brings numberous options and variety to Record your visit.

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Loved "Himalayas by bicycle". What an adventure. Excellent photos.

[Nice bikes too: I visited Thorn this week and will be saving hard.]

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Thanks to all those who responded. Based on this I'm leaning toward the XP-1 and 18-55, but will take both out this weekend for some street shooting practice. I would still prefer just to take the new camera if possible, and after a couple of repairs am reasonably confident of the reliability of both units.

I was especially interested in the comments around the zoom allowing you to shoot from more of a distance, as while I agree, I seem to be able to get more candid shots with the X100. I'm not entirely sure why this is, but I suspect it might be because people are just less threatened by its antique looks.

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mark finn wrote:

I'm lucky enough to be going to Nepal for three weeks on a work trip, and was going to take my Xpro-1, 18-55 and 35mm. However the closer the trip gets the more I'm drawn to the idea of just taking the X100.

Because it’s a work trip I won't be trekking, and will be spending a lot of time on the streets of Kathmandu and Pokhara. I know the XP-1 will give me more flexibility, but I've never found the fixed lens on the X100 much of a limitation anyway. Plus the X100 can just sit in my day bag in its leather case, whereas the XP-1 will need a proper camera bag.

So what would you do if in my position?

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I use one focal length for 90% of my shooting: 50mm, and 85mm for the other 10%. I find landscapes for me are best shot tight. It's probably because I've not figured out how to handle a wide angle lens. Though when I do, I shoot 28mm.

The X100 should be all you need as long as you love and respect the focal length you shoot at.

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mark finn wrote:

I'm lucky enough to be going to Nepal for three weeks on a work trip, and was going to take my Xpro-1, 18-55 and 35mm. However the closer the trip gets the more I'm drawn to the idea of just taking the X100.

Because it’s a work trip I won't be trekking, and will be spending a lot of time on the streets of Kathmandu and Pokhara. I know the XP-1 will give me more flexibility, but I've never found the fixed lens on the X100 much of a limitation anyway. Plus the X100 can just sit in my day bag in its leather case, whereas the XP-1 will need a proper camera bag.

So what would you do if in my position?

Not nuts - many years ago I travelled around India and Nepal with just a Rollei TLR and got many wonderful shots. Several have since been used on the covers of books by a couple of large publishers.

It can be liberating to have light weight kit and not have to think about which lens to use.

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mark finn wrote:

I'm lucky enough to be going to Nepal ..

So what would you do if in my position?

I would take X100, 2-3 batteries, charger, 2x 16GB fast SD card, leather case. Assuming you can move pictures from SD to laptop every evening.

And I would bring thousands of pictures and then spent hours in front of PS.

That is all I would do

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Al Downie wrote:

If it was me, I'd take the X-Pro1 and the 18-55mm, and leave the 35mm behind. I spent some time in Ladakh and found the telephoto end of my compact's zoom range *very* useful for candid portraits of wrinkled locals' faces, landscapes etc.

I took a Canon A650 because it used AA batteries which I was fairly sure would be more readily available than reliable mains electricity, but it did a pretty good job. All my favourite shots were taken with the telephoto end of the zoom range:

Himalayas by bicycle

Is Nepal mostly Buddhist? If so, you might find that the locals don't take too kindly to the 'in your face' style that a fixed 35mm lens might force you to adopt.

Have a great trip!

Al

I used to live in Nepal for some years and to me the Nepalis are some of the friendliest, funniest, warmest, open people I've ever met on this planet. Needless to say that this not an invitation to treat them like fair game, something I've witnessed countless times on a daily basis, more often than not downright sickening so, especially since the onslaught of mass tourism.I'm most probably going back this year and regarding the choice of camera will continue to use my little unobtrusive X10>X20 as my main cam, the flexibility of that little beast is hard to beat, even though I might end up with the majority of shots centered around 35mm FL.

BTW: In all those years in the Himalayas I NEVER had ANYTHING stolen from me, but then I'm not obsessed with that idea or suffer from any fears of that sort. YMMV.

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In reply to mark finn, Jan 20, 2013

I was in Kathmandu region and Chitwan for 11 days (Jan 1-11, 2013) and I took over 5000 photos with my X-Pr01 and 35mm. I am very happy with the results of this camera and lens.

Unfortunately, there are frequent power outages so you may not be able to recharge your batteries whenever you want. I took 2 chargers and three batteries and was able to continue shooting between 6 am to 10 pm most days. I would take the X100 as a backup.

Hopefully, I will have the 56mm and 21mm when I return November 2013; I may just leave the 35mm in the hotel room.

Have a great trip; there seems to be a photo oppurtunity everywhere you look.

GJS

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