evall95
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Spotting In Singapore

Sun May 12, 2013 3:56 am

Hi all,

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?

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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Sun May 12, 2013 5:59 am

Quoting evall95 (Thread starter):
Is there a similar thing with SQ in SIN. Will I receive a free room or discounted for transiting for longer that 8 hours?

You should check directly with the airline on that.
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Sun May 12, 2013 6:01 am

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.

Airport maps (source: singaporeair.com)


Terminal 3 (between gates A1 and B1):

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Terminal 1 (between gates C11 and D30):

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Terminal 2 (between gates E1 and F30):

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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:

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Between the Terminal 3 gate holdrooms of gates A1-4 (common holdroom) and A5 as well as B1-4 (common holdroom) and B5.

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Terminal 2's Sunflower Garden. Walk towards the F-gates from Terminal 2's central atrium and you'll see signage leading you to it. It's one floor up from the departures level, between gates F30-50.

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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?

I don't think SQ offers such services.

[Edited 2013-05-11 23:03:33]
 
evall95
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Sun May 12, 2013 7:14 am

Wow! thank you sooo much!

After reading previous threads I thought it was difficult to spot in SIN but i guess thats not in the transit area.
 
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Sun May 12, 2013 7:20 am

another question is what focal length will I need. I have a 17-50 f2.8 (DX) and a 70-200 f2.8 (FX) which will give me 105-300mm will I loose a lot between 50-105mm?
 
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Sun May 12, 2013 9:07 am

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
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Mon May 13, 2013 6:43 am

Ok thanks,

Ill just have to crop a bit. Another question, are any of the places you mentioned above outdoors? If not are there any outdoor areas to get some good photos?
 
9vswr
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Mon May 13, 2013 12:21 pm

The Sunflower Garden is outdoors. There's also an outdoor swimming pool at Terminal 1 somewhere around the C-gates. I haven't tried, but you may be able to get some shots from there.
 
evall95
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Sun May 19, 2013 4:35 am

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?

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9vswr
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Mon May 20, 2013 12:15 pm

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.
 
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Mon May 20, 2013 10:42 pm

Ok thanks, will keep an eye out for these fairs. What do you mean by being careful with some retailers? Will they try and rip me off?
 
9vswr
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Tue May 21, 2013 12:11 pm

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.
 
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Wed May 22, 2013 9:13 am

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!
 
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RE: Spotting In Singapore

Fri May 24, 2013 5:22 pm

Quoting khpn (Reply 12):

Maybe you could give the Ninervictor Facebook page a try. Most Singaporean spotters post there.  

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