What lenses to bring on a trip to Korea? That’s the burning question when one has to travel.

And the answers don’t come easy too. “It depends…” they say.

So for 2 weeks, I’m going to Seoul, Lotte World, Everland, Nami Island. That would mean huge landscapes, low light street photography, high speed entertainment, nature and flowers to shoot.

The last time I went to Korea was in 2004, and now in 2018, I’m married, with a kid, and picked up photography.

Problem was packing light. If I was travelling alone, a huge camera bag filled with gears isn’t a problem. But I foresee carrying not just my gear bag, but the kid’s bag & the kid too when she’s too tired to walk.

I had over a month before the trip, I was able to “test” the weight of the bag by carrying it around while I’m still at home base.

In the end settled for :

  1. Fujifilm XT-2
  2. Fujifilm 16-55mm f/2.8
  3. Samyang 8mm fisheye
  4. Fujifilm 80mm Macro (heavy, but Nami Island and Garden of the Morning Calm may have opportunity for macro).
  5. Mini tripod EVO Pixi
  6. Neutral Density level 10

Lotte World revolving tree ride

Fujifilm 16-55mm f/2.8 was a versatile lens. All rounder. Appreciate the 16mm end just to soak in the landscape. 55mm end for just some portraits and background separation.

Lotte World indoor theme park with glass roof

Samyang 8mm fisheye was light and small. No issue there, and useful when you wanna take it all in.

Sniping with a 80mm Macro Lens

I was inspired to bring the Fujifilm 80mm Macro as a sniper, portraiture and macro all in one. I thought killing all 3 birds with one heavy lens was bearable.

Long story short, I left the macro lens in the luggage bag with the exception to Nami Island. With the amount of weight (nearly 6kg, excluding drinking water) on the shoulders, honestly, it’s just dead weight till you actually use the lens.

Nami Island 2-minute self portrait with ND10 filter.

The ND10 filter was meant to clear off Nami Island’s people. All I can say is, I tried.

If I’m ever to repack for the same trip, I’ll just attach the Fujifilm 16-55mm f/2.8 and call it a day. There’s a need to carry more than just camera gears and I’ll have to account for that in the future.

Let’s blog about the trip. Follow the Korea 2018 tag.