evall95 From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 305 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3685 times:
I know that there have been many threads on this but I couldn't come to a conclusion on where to do some spotting inside the terminal. In july I will be going on a holiday from ADL to Vietnam via SIN and the return leg I will spend 8 hours in the terminal. I arrive at 3.40 pm and leave at 11.55 pm. I will not be going through customs and immigration so will just be in the transit area airside. Are there any nice spotting location indoor (through glass) or outdoor (smoking area) which I could get some decent photos? I am not going to be staying at the Crowne Plaza or leaving the terminal to go to Changi Beach or Park. I hear a lot about a viewing mall in T1 but thats after immigration if im correct?
On a separate question I have heard that with EK in DXB that if you are transiting for longer than 8 hours, that EK supply you with a free room only if you are flying with EK. Is there a similar thing with SQ in SIN. Will I receive a free room or discounted for transiting for longer that 8 hours?
9vswr From Singapore, joined Jun 2008, 73 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3658 times:
You'll probably get more spotting opportunities airside than landside in SIN. The airside of all 3 terminals at Changi are linked and can be easily traversed by walking or by skytrain, giving you access to many spotting locations.
All 3 terminals have "central atriums" i.e. the entry points into airside from landside areas, which have good apron views of the central aprons of the respective terminals.
The Terminal 1 airside central atrium provides the same views (and more) as the landside Viewing Mall, but is 1-floor lower.
If you're transiting in the afternoon, Terminal 2 and 1 would be better options for spotting; shots from Terminal 3 will probably be backlit, unless it's cloudy/raining (there's probably a 50% chance that there'll be inclement weather).
Besides the central atriums, there are a few other locations where you can try your luck:
Behind the Terminal 1 transit counters located around gates C1-20 and D41-42. The example shots were taken from the C-gate transit counters, but you could try the transit counters at the D gates too:
If you intend to spot at night, do bring something to block the reflections; the terminals are very-illuminated at night and it's pretty hard to get any usable shots without an aid to block the reflections.
There are also some areas I probably overlooked/can't recall, but that's the gist of airside spotting in SIN. Best of luck spotting!
Quoting evall95 (Thread starter): On a separate question I have heard that with EK in DXB that if you are transiting for longer than 8 hours, that EK supply you with a free room only if you are flying with EK. Is there a similar thing with SQ in SIN. Will I receive a free room or discounted for transiting for longer that 8 hours?
9vswr From Singapore, joined Jun 2008, 73 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3627 times:
I reckon you'll need the range between 50-105mm to capture some closer taxiway movements, but if you have enough image resolution to work with, you could just shoot with the 17-50 and crop the photo accordingly.
evall95 From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 305 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3387 times:
Thanks for all of that information.
Another question that I have that is not really related but thought you could answer is about the great Singapore sale. i will be in Singapore during the times of the sales. Are the sales really that good and can you save a lot? Are they cheaper than Australia? Also, depending on the price I might buy some new camera equipment. Can you save a lot on electronic and if so what shops should I go to?
9vswr From Singapore, joined Jun 2008, 73 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3316 times:
I really couldn't say, but IMO, you'd be better off trying the electronics/IT fairs here. You can get some real steals at these fairs, but again, that depends on when you'll be in Singapore (they're held on occasion). Be careful of some retailers if you're browsing the retail scene, especially at Lucky Plaza or Sim Lim Square.
9vswr From Singapore, joined Jun 2008, 73 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3249 times:
They will. Tactics include quoting a lower price, then charging a higher price to your card, or quoting an artificially low price, then claim that the price quoted does not include warranty, then coerce you into paying additional costs etc. There has been a crackdown on these errant retailers and they are definitely few and far between, but it's better to err on the side of caution and make purchases only from reputable dealers i.e. big names in Singapore like Cathay Photo and Alan Photo, or at the a/m IT/electronics fairs.
khpn From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 149 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (6 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 3175 times:
the first thing i was told when visiting lucky plaza is "nobody ever actually gets lucky in lucky plaza"
on a side note to any locals, I've just arrived from NY for a 6 week study abroad and would love to do any indoor or outdoor spotting.. anyone going in the near future and wouldnt mind a sidekick shoot me a message!