My photo records are one of the main content of this blog, so let me talk about photo-shooting equipments with me in Si Chuan.
D70 & AFD 18mm~35mm
I knew that I would mainly take landscape photos. Wide-angle lens is something I must take, and wider is better. So I picked Nikkor 18mm~35mm which is 27mm~52.5mm on D70. I still had 28mm on D70, not bad.
Another reason why I wanted 28mm lens so badly is that it makes me able to shoot "I have been here once" photos for my family on busy streets. In Mainland China, people do not care if you are taking photos, and they just pass in front of your camera when the street is busy. 28mm lens let me stand right in front of my folk, so no one can pass in front of me, but I still can cover upper half of my folk's body in the photo, not only the head.
a compact file camera & a compact DC
I let my mother take a compact film carmera, then she could enjoy taking photos, and I could have a "handy-n-quick-action" film camera.
Moreover, my brother took a compact DC, so I didn't bother to take a compact DC with me. If I want to use one, just take his.
I still needed a back-up camera to deal with unexpected or difficult situations because I may not have second chance to visit such a far-away place. When talk about travelling back-up camera, FM2! This cam can keep shooting unless you have no film or blow it up. I also gained the capability of shooting with 18mm wide angle.
AFD 50mm/1.8 & AI 80mm~200mm/4.5
I struggled if I should take a close-up lens and a tele lens. Close-up lens seemed not necessary, and I hate the weight of tele lens. Finally, I had still taken AFD 50mm/1.8 for close-up purpose because this lens is light and small.
Althought worrying about the weight and size of tele lens, AI 80mm~200mm/4.5 was also with me. Because of having it, I was able to take close-up photos of "Buddha Statue of Hill Happy" and to shoot more than 100 nice photos 30 metres away from the stage when I was watching Si Chuan's famous "changing face" show. I used ISO1600 of D70 all the way that night. That was a very enjoyable evening.
CPL & Cokin P-series ND8 Gradual Grey & "+3" Close-up filter
Things I didn't bring - Tripod and External Flash Unit. The result let me know that I have nothing to regard for not taking them.
Someone may think a compact high-power-zoom DC with a tripod can do the same thing as D70 with a tele lens in Chuan Opera Show. However, it is not true. The actors and actresses move and dance quickly. Slow shutter speed won't get clear image of moving objects, and flash light can't reach 30 meters away.