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As a woman of 78 yrs I was apprehensive about the assumed difficulties of traveling in Bhutan with a Canon 5D camera, 70-300mm, 70-200 2.8mm and a 50 2.5 lens. But I found that with two travelers to a car and a guide and driver to help carry gear, weight is no problem.  (I also had a Canon G9 and don’t leave home without it and a tripod.)

My concerns were unfounded. The respect and help I received from the Bhutanese guides and drivers amazed me.   Everything was carried and handled with the greatest of care.  These men are especially chosen for their understanding of photography and photographer’s needs. Our intrepid leader Robin of Rainbow Photo Tours was a great inspiration. His manner respected the thoughts of the photographers. He was always at hand to suggest, give ideas, or help spot out available conditions for those who appeared to lack confidence.  We seemed to be asking the drivers to stop so often it amazed me we ever reached our destination in time to sleep.

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I carried 40G of CF cards.  My hard drive storage failed so there was some panic.  Eventually I was able to down-load onto a DVD at a lab in Thimphu but these proved difficult to open on my return home.  Each night all available power sockets were in full use recharging batteries etc. (Australian travellers should take converter plugs.)  One traveller in our group had a power board with a car-socket for recharging almost anything while travelling--worth investigating.  A 160G laptop would be my next purchase as one can see the photos as they are down-loaded.  I took twice the number of photos I had planned so adequate back-up is essential.

A wonderful trip.  A great Group.  Thank you Robin and Rainbow Photo tours.

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