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Re: What gear to bring for London?
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2016, 04:48:54 PM »
I realize this is a photography forum, but I expected more entrepreneurial answers from the pro togs that work for themselves. . .

The important point hers is that this is a BUSINESS opportunity and should be treated as such. Bring ALL your gear you might need for absolutely anything that might come up. Pay the extra money to get it on the plane (think of it as an investment) and bring all of it with you to the meeting (probably not on you, but hopefully in the car or something along those lines). Take care of your business the day of the meeting and keep the gear stowed away for the rest of the trip, you know, the part that is NOT business! Grab a point and shoot and go have fun with your GF. PnS or iPhone pix will do for memories. . .

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Ah I obviously got it wrong! Suggesting that they bring their L (Mk2) glass and a 1 series camera + add an excellent wide L zoom is amateurish? Where have I been going wrong all these years/
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Re: What gear to bring for London?
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2016, 04:48:54 PM »

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Re: What gear to bring for London?
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2016, 05:11:38 PM »
Umbrella.

From Wikipedia so take it with a pinch of salt:

Climate. London has a temperate oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfb ), similar to all of southern Britain. Despite its reputation as being a rainy city, London receives less precipitation (601 mm (24 in) in a year), than Rome, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Naples and even Sydney.


It's not mm of rain that counts..   it's number of days when SOME rain falls.

Having said that, London is on the dry side of the country, and is often quite windy.

Point is, weather forcasts are only accurate to about 24 hours, out to 72 hours weather type is often accurate but timing can be wonky.  Weather will tend to be stuck in a "type" for a few days.

Wind:
North = cold, dry in the southern half of the country.
East = whatever the continent is getting, in winter that sometimes means snow.
South = warm, often dryer.
West (prevailing) = mild and frequent bands of rain...   expect some rain at some point most days.

If we get a high pressure stuck over us THEN we get a spell of nice weather..  it can last two weeks or so, but often doesn't.

The general rule is be prepared for anything, and check the weather forecast EVERY morning if you're going out.

example: we had a guy over from Texas who was dumbfounded by "scattered showers"..  i.e. a spell of heavy rain, then a spot of glorious sunshine, then another downpoor, then more sun, all that was before lunch.
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Re: What gear to bring for London?
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2016, 05:44:36 PM »
There is a crucial difference between climate and weather.  London has an excellent climate but the weather can be poor.
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Re: What gear to bring for London?
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2016, 07:09:01 PM »
Went to London last August.

Bring the rain gear, a light slicker will work instead of an umbrella.

I wouldn't drive in London, when mass transit is so good and riding the tube gets you anywhere in town faster than you could drive. Because of that you didn't describe a "light" set up. If your on foot packing all that gear all day it will not be fun. Most likely most would stay in the hotel.

For shooting your athlete buddy shooting portraits in London is the same as shooting portraits any where else. The question would be are you trying to tie in some of London in to the shot. For my style London leans toward the wide range of shooting, but everyone is different. There is old buildings, church's, castles. bridges and more.
Street life abounds. Plan accordingly.

I brought my 70=200mm II and used it once on the trip. After a week in London we toured the country side and at Stonehenge I did one shoot with the 70-200mm, it never came in to play in London.

I would take it all, then during the day probably go out with the 24-70 II and the 35mm in my pocket. I love the magic that lens can create wide open.


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Re: What gear to bring for London?
« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2016, 09:20:22 PM »
What are all these negative comments about London's weather? It gets about 1/3 the rainfall that I am used to and about double the sunlight!
London has wonderful weather - trust me I live in Wales! :)
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Re: What gear to bring for London?
« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2016, 01:29:04 AM »
I realize this is a photography forum, but I expected more entrepreneurial answers from the pro togs that work for themselves. . .

The important point hers is that this is a BUSINESS opportunity and should be treated as such. Bring ALL your gear you might need for absolutely anything that might come up. Pay the extra money to get it on the plane (think of it as an investment) and bring all of it with you to the meeting (probably not on you, but hopefully in the car or something along those lines). Take care of your business the day of the meeting and keep the gear stowed away for the rest of the trip, you know, the part that is NOT business! Grab a point and shoot and go have fun with your GF. PnS or iPhone pix will do for memories. . .

pierre (the serial entrepreneur)

Ah I obviously got it wrong! Suggesting that they bring their L (Mk2) glass and a 1 series camera + add an excellent wide L zoom is amateurish? Where have I been going wrong all these years/

well, we obviously do not agree. In m opinion, bringing only one lens to a business outing is not making a lot of sense. Also, this post was not directed at you, but the overall tone of the answers which did not treat this as a business opportunity.

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Re: What gear to bring for London?
« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2016, 02:10:51 AM »
Apart from whatever you’ll need for the (potential business) photoshoot, I would recommend your 16-35 and your 24-70.  Remember a good Circ Pol and a good ND, so also a tripod and maybe an intravalometer.
Wildlife in central London is very few and far between, so unless you go to London Zoo (I used my 100-400L last year inside and got OK results), a walk through Regents park to the Zoo will yield some very friendly Squirrels and lots of Magpies and Crows, the 24-70L will cover the Squirrels.
I believe that the wider lenses will be of more use to you as a general walkabout setup unless you do street with your 35L.
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Re: What gear to bring for London?
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Re: What gear to bring for London?
« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2016, 05:18:28 AM »
Locally, if we have a cold day, that's weather.  But if it is a hot day, that's climate.  If you make the mistake of using cold and climate in the same sentence, social media will crucify you.

Has it been mentioned what sport the athlete competes in?  And if you were to shoot her doing something active, do you know where that might be done?  Indoors?  Outdoors?  Night time?  All of that would determine the best gear to bring.  From that, you can consider compromises to work out the most suitable.

Last time I was in London, I used a 17-40mm mostly with an 50mm used occasionally.  I carried a 70-200, but I'm not sure if I even used it.  Most of my shots were indoors or early evenings.  When I go back next time, I'll probably just take some fast primes.
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Re: What gear to bring for London?
« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2016, 07:25:03 AM »
As I read the OP's original post and ignore the rest of the thread - I get the impression that this is 95% vacation/relax/chat/girl time/whatever.  I don't get the impression there is established business work going on.  She says "photo mission" which I perceive to mean go walk around with a camera together and casually shoot with a purpose.  However, there is a possibility that during this casual photo mission the chance to make some amazing athletic shots will occur which may improve the portfolio and impress the new friend from instagram.

So going with that perceived scenario - the OP needs to decide what she thinks will actually happen and weigh the value of the possible (but not definite?) important shoot.  It seems like this is the 5% of the trip many contributors to the thread are focusing on with their posts (besides weather).

IMHO you have two choices...

1 - Take a ton of gear - everything you think will need for the 5% of your trip where you *might* get some amazing shots and improve your portfolio while impressing the instagram athlete friend.

2 - Take a light load - just what you will need to chill with your girlfriend for 95% of the trip and relax together while getting some nice snapshots during the trip and also an extra few items for the photo mission.

What part of the trip is most important to you?  What is the true reason for the trip for you?

Option 1 above means a lot of extra packing, expense for an extra bag, risk of damage/loss of the gear and maybe irritating the girlfriend that just wants to chill and not endure you keeping up with a lot of heavy photo gear.  (You do have insurance on all your gear, right?)  It might also mean you get a lot of great shots with the athlete but there's no guarantee.  Are you sure this person won't cancel?  There are lots of things that can mess up a shoot in any location including your own back yard.  (Weather, sickness, change of plans, really bad light, etc.)  So how much is this 5% of the trip worth to you to justify all the extra effort?

Option 2 means you relax, pack a lot less stuff and enjoy your holiday with your girlfriend without a lot of worry or stuff to deal with.  Depending on the type of shots, could you just take a 5D3 and 2-3 lenses and call it a day?  That will still require a backpack but it's a lot less and lighter than the 1DX, etc.

The other big factor is - how far are you travelling?  If this is a 2 HR DRIVE in your car, that's a LOT different, easier and less expensive than a 2 HR FLIGHT where all of that hassle and expense is involved.  Because if this is a 2 hour drive, you could meet the athlete anytime with whatever gear you like just for a shoot with all the gear you want.

From your other posts, it seems like you are a seasoned traveller and are pretty experienced at dealing with all the gear.  In case you're interested, one of my favorite pro photographers is Nevada Wier and she has perfected travelling over the decades and shares her tricks here... https://nevadawier.wordpress.com/  (Skim her blog for travel tips, etc.)

Let us know what you decide and then maybe you can share a pic or two with us after you've returned.  Have fun!!   :D
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Re: What gear to bring for London?
« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2016, 10:05:23 AM »
I really don't think anyone from Norway will be too fazed by our weather in London!!! Everyone knows we can enjoy four seasons in one day... but I suspect that is true in Norway as well.
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Re: What gear to bring for London?
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