Which Camera for Southeast Asia Trip?
Should I take my best camera system to Southeast Asia? (D90 vs D610)
Up until recently, me best body was the DX Nikon D90. It got me through a great trip to Tanzania with a telephoto, and to Japan with the 18-200VR and 10.5mm Fisheye, among many many other trips. It's been a real workhorse. The results were good, albeit a little more “gritty” than the D610 due to the subpar ISO performance and crop sensor.
I’ve recently upgraded to an FX Nikon D610 and have multiple lenses, including the 28-300 VR and 50mm f/1.8G.
Here’s my conundrum. I have an upcoming 3 week trip to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam planned, and I can’t decide whether taking my best camera is a good idea. I’ve been told that petty theft is more of an issue in some areas, and we will be traveling on our own, as opposed to the guided trips I’ve done in the past.
Here are the pro’s cons as I see them:
D90 w/ 18-200VR
— Smaller and lighter
— Less valuable
— I won’t worry as much about it.
— Subpar ISO performance and IMG quality
— 18-200 Lens creep (though I’ve partially fixed using rubber bands)
— Will require more noise reduction, etc. in post. Esp. for low light shots.
-- There might be a few dead pixels which will have to be cloned out.
D610 w/ 28-300VR + 50mm
— Significantly better ISO performance and overall IMG quality
— I will worry more about damaging/losing it.
— Larger and heavier
— More valuable. $1500-$2000 more on the line
— My traveling partner might be irritated. (she wants me to bring less gear
Which camera would you do choose?
I’ve looked into insurance, but it doesn’t look like it would really pencil out. I also have the following security measures in place:
— a 15L Pacsafe Venturesafe anti-theft daypack
— an Altura Photo neck strap/sling with safety tether. This thing is pretty cool and allows you to keep the camera close to your body which should help to keep the camera safe in crowded areas.
— Lots of good advice from friends who have been there, and a vigilant attitude.
Thanks in advance for any advice or opinions!