40D vs G9 smackdown

Started Apr 23, 2008 | Discussions thread
EnQ Regular Member • Posts: 160
Re: 40D vs G9 smackdown

Depends on what you will be doing / where your interests are.

Thailand is very diverse but in general you will bump into these places:
1. beaches
2. temples / palaces (loads of these everywhere)
3. night markets / floating markets (chatuchak/lumpini/patpong)
4. nature / jungle trek, e.g. elephant show / ride
5. tradisional Thai shows, e.g. muay thai (thai kick-boxing), thai opera
5. shopping centres (esp. in Bangkok)
6. river cruise / dinner cruise

For the above I believe 40D + 18-200 will cover 85% of what you need.
5% is reserved for wide angle lens for those temples and palaces.

10% for fast lens, e.g. 50/1.8 or 35/2, for those night markets (remember Thailand is equally famous for its night life).
I don't think you will need the teleconverter.

Don't worry too much about the humidity, just watch out when you are moving from an aircon place to outdoor.

Personally, I would bring a compact together with my dlsr. Sometimes it is unvaluable if you need all those depth of field for temples/palaces or even group photos in evening/sunset.

My main gripe with just taking compact, even G9, is no wide angle and so-so high ISO performance, and maybe a bit slow.

Enjoy your trip whichever decision you make.

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