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NIKON KIU
05-22-2006, 11:57
Recetly a member asked about which camera to take on a long trip and the Thread got closed before any replies to his question. Gave me th idea of posting this.
How many cameras do YOU take on a Long trip, say 5 or more days...to a far destination, say Russia.
I know I always take more than one camera body, normally 2 to 3 with lotts of lenses.
Folks, when I ask camera or camera bodies I count all of them as long as they are capable of taking pictures, so your daughters digicam counts.
Thanks,
Kiu

peterc
05-22-2006, 12:08
I usually take 2. Where I'm going and what I plan to shoot determine which two.
Recently I've taken the following combinations on trips:
dSLR and film SLR.
RF with 2 lenses and P&S digicam

Peter

Andy K
05-22-2006, 12:10
I take two. My OM-1 and lenses and whichever RF I'm currently using, usually either my Voigtlander Vito CLR or QL17 GIII.

JimG
05-22-2006, 12:16
A P&S for color film, A BessaR with 3 or 4 lenses, and a Zeiss folder that's always in my camera bag.

furcafe
05-22-2006, 12:37
I haven't traveled as much recently as I would like, but I generally carry 2 bodies w/2 lenses that can be used on either body. That way I can mix up film types, speeds, etc. while not going crazy w/tons of gear. Occasionally I'll use 2 cameras w/different formats (e.g., a 35mm & a 120, or a 35mm & a 1/2-frame 35mm), but even then I'll try to vary the film types, speeds, & lens focal lengths.

Socke
05-22-2006, 12:43
On longer trips it used to be a Yashica FX-D and a Rollei 35, later a Contax 167mt and the Rollei and since 2002 it's a Canon D60, a Contax G2 and a Contax TVS. On shorter trips where I mostly stay in one town, I take two Contax Gs. The TVS was mostly a stopgap until I got a second G body.

jorisbens
05-22-2006, 12:45
A fed-2, a praktica super TL-1000 and the super agfa click 1

Joris

BrianShaw
05-22-2006, 12:50
Always only 1 body. I generally try traveling light. If I take an SLR, I'll take every lens I have for it (not travelling light). Sometimes I get somewhere and wish I had different camera with me, but that just makes planning the next trip more thought-provoking.

Silva Lining
05-22-2006, 12:59
I always take 3. Recently these three have been

Leica M3
Panasonic Lumix LX1
Voigtlander Perkeo II

The leica & Perkeo are usually loaded with Fuji ACROS, and the LX1 is used as a colour P&S cos I like it's wide aspect.

ch1
05-22-2006, 13:25
Partly it depends on what one means by "long" trip. But I find that I generally plan on three bodies: a RF, a SLR and a dSLR. Lenses for all (often wide plus tele zooms that the SLRs can "share").

Also depends on mode of travel. If driving I'll likely carry more gear than if flying and carrying etc.

Scotsnapper
05-22-2006, 14:00
On a recent hiking trip to Namibia, on which we were self suficient for 8 days, i took a digi SLR(D2X) a compact digi(Canon S70) and my newly acquired Xpan. With hindsight i should have left the digi SLR behind because of its weight, but for non-backpacking trips i would still take 3 cameras,probably take more if i had 'em!

Joe Vitessa
05-22-2006, 14:30
I try to pack light and tight, no matter how long the trip. If I'm traveling in a city, I'll bring
a rangefinder -- the Contax G1 or Bessa R2 with lenses. For outdoor/scenic trips, a medium
format Minolta Autocord. No matter where I go, though, my Holga rides along...

EmilGil
05-22-2006, 14:41
6 weeks in China and Tibet last year: two Nikon SLR (F90X+F3HP) and 20-35/2.8+85/1.8

3 weeks on Cuba last winter: As above + digital Ixus

Next trip: M4-2 + 50/2

I'm pretty glad I don't have a 80-200/2.8 or so, I would have taken it to China and carried it around (heavy stuff...). I would like to go on a trip where I could bring my Hasselblad with two lenses+mags+stuff but then I would need a separate backpack and that might be slightly too bulky in many places.

wlewisiii
05-22-2006, 15:02
For a long trip, by car, train, or other land based travel, I'd probably take three these days.
The CL w/ 50, 90, & 135 as my daily carry.
Canon FTb-N for longer stuff.
Speed Graphic to do real landscape work with.

If flying, the little CL bag would be it. It stays with me; nothing goes in cargo.

William

zanydave
05-22-2006, 15:03
I take:- M7, R8 & Olympus E1 & OM4 but might have to cut down in future as the missus is complaining that they're getting too heavy for her.

Ronald M
05-22-2006, 15:28
About 20 years ago I attended a Leica sponsored program featuring the recently decesed photographer Fred Maroon. He did a fashonl shoot in Mongolia requiring models and support personel. They traveled across the Atlantic, Europe, Eastern USSR to Moscow, and Trans Siberian Railway to Mongolia.

When he got there, not a single Nikon worked, but all the Leicas did.

So the answer is enough so you can get the job done no matter what.

I carry a min of 2RF Leicas and two or three R series or or the reverse depending. Extra batteries and light meters.

srtiwari
05-22-2006, 15:40
Take 1 or 2 bodies in Contax- Rx and/or 167MT; 3 lenses- 28/2.8, 85/1.4 and the 135/2.8; a P&S that has flash - Rollei AFM35.

DougK
05-22-2006, 16:01
I carry only one camera and if it's an SLR, usually only one or two lenses go along. For most of the trips I've been on, I've chosen something small like an XA or Stylus Epic. This allows me to make my kit disappear into various pockets and such around my person without being marked as a "photographer". Also, I prefer to travel carry-on only and there isn't a lot of room left for excess items. Given the choice of devoting more space/weight to another camera or film, I usually choose film.

Duncan Ross
05-22-2006, 16:04
Just the Kiev comes along. If it went wrong I'd switch over to disposables.

simonankor
05-22-2006, 16:35
Two rangefinders, two lenses. One 35mm and one 50mm. :)

kshapero
05-22-2006, 18:01
rf and 40mm, disposable if nessecary

egpj
05-22-2006, 20:06
Have 2 MP bodies that travel with me all the time along with a IIf w/50 mm collapsable Summicron. I also have the arsenal of lens that stay in a Pelican Case in the hotel. Luckily I have to stay in better hotels because of the high computer equipment we carry with us as well. I also keep a digilux 2 around for quick shots but do not always carry it out in town.

Zack
05-22-2006, 20:22
A long flying vacation i only take the fuji, its nice, no other lens, (its heavy enough as it is) and i bring the spotmeter, and alot of film. If im driving somewhere then ill drag around the view camera stuff with it.

raid
05-22-2006, 20:27
For interesting locations I take 2-4 cameras, with 1-2 of these cameras being very small and light, such as the Minox GT or Olympus XA.

ErnestoJL
05-22-2006, 20:31
I allways promised myself a "travel light" trip for the next, but I never succeded.
Then what I try to do is to bring any 35 mm SLR, one WA two teles , a 2x converter, plus one or two RF in my backpack.
My usual choice is:
Fujica ST801 / MIranda Sensomat with 24 / 135 / 200 and 350 mm lenses and 2x converter.
Yashica Electro 35 GS(T)N and/or
Canonet QL17/Mamiya SD 1.5 / Contax II / Kiev 4
Handheld meter (Gossen Lunasix III).

If I have to reduce weight to a minimum, the Ill bring just an RF or two, preferably not battery dependant.

Ernesto

ARS
05-22-2006, 20:39
usually 2 cameras: one 35mm and another Medium format one. If the trip is really really really important I would definitely take the third one, SLR for example!

sf
05-22-2006, 20:54
One camera, 2 lenses.

I shoot with a compact medium format rangefinder (see avatar), so I don't need more than one camera since it is small like a 35mm, but produces great big negs. Quiet, fast, etc.

I never use the 65mm, so if I go anywhere with this camera, it will be with the 45 and the 100.

I don't like hauling around great piles of gear when I travel - and having always been a medium format guy, carrying around more than one camera has been a BIG deal.

back alley
05-22-2006, 21:03
i think i would take the zi and the cl.
both m mount, each has a meter built in so i would have one les thing to carry.

25 & 50 zm lenses for zi and 40 for the cl.

but who knows?

Rich Silfver
05-22-2006, 21:45
1 camera in my phone
1 very small compact digital camera for silly snaps
1 rangefinder
1 SLR (my hasselblad)

julianphotoart
05-22-2006, 22:03
For any kind of trip not involving family gatherings:

1. M7 or ZI or Konica RF with 25, 50, 75, 90 and maybe 135;
2. Mamiya 7 with 80 and 150 (don't have the 65 yet); and,
3. Nikon FM3a or F3 with LensBaby, macro and long lenses (i.e. stuff that RF's can't really do except with a Visoflex -- which I'm not prepared to get into).

All this stuff, except for the film, is put in 2 camera bags which in turn are put in a big piece of luggage (big enough for tripod) along with clothing to act as padding. Half the clothes are just to protect the cameras/lenses and fill out the luggage. A robe here, a jacket there...you know. Film is taken on-board after protracted argument and struggle with security and a nice chat with the supervisor who is called back from his coffee and donut break.

RML
05-22-2006, 22:31
At least two bodies. Next summer it'll be the R-D1, the ZI or Bessa R, and the CL. For lenses I'll bring the Carl Zeiss 50/2, the J-8 50/2, the J-9 85/2, the CV 25/4 and the M-Rokkor 40/2. If I can get it before I leave, I'd like to bring the CV 15/4 as well, but I ned to buy it first. :)

existrandom
05-22-2006, 22:56
last trip to taipei i took M4, a 35 and a 50
it worked very well for me, see the poorly scanned Pics here (http://fotologue.jp/existrandom/#/738318/740009)

cheers

pvdhaar
05-22-2006, 23:03
I've done single camera trips in the past, but I've been burned by this single point of failure scenario. So, it's one main (Bessa-T w. 50/2 M-Hexanon), one backup (Minox35).

LOOP
05-22-2006, 23:42
Last trip I did in Andalusia was with an Iskra 1 and a contax Aria with 85 mm and 45 mm lenses.
For some trip I ad a camera Canon XM2, all this goes in the same bag. I take a smaller bag when I leave the WM2 at the hostal..

wdenies
05-23-2006, 00:09
Last trip to Thailand a little bit " overloaded".

D70s with 18-200mm
Xpan with 45 & 90mm
Mamiya 6 with 50mm
Jobo 30GB battery operated Hard disk
Remarks:
Xpan 90mm only used for 2 shots.
It is difficult to decide which one (Xpan/M6) to leave home

Wim

mike_j
05-23-2006, 00:39
I'm off to Italy shortly and am wondering what to take, especially as I am under orders not to take 'a load of useless old cameras'

Probably it will be a Nikon coolpix 4500 digital which is a fairly competent camera and a Ricoh GR1

I think the dSLR and Yashica GSN will stay at home.

nyx
05-23-2006, 00:48
I'm going to pyrenees for three weeks this summer and I'm taking only Hexar RF and 50+28mm lenses. I was planning to take my MF instead (6x6 Bronica + 50/180 lenses + tripod, two backs etc.), but I would probably thow it from some cliff after few days :-)

My mom also travels a lot and she uses two bodies (OM1, OM2) and 24/50/135mm lenses.

ChrisN
05-23-2006, 00:59
I'm just back from a three-week driving trip around Tasmania. I took:

Leica M4 with 35/50/90 lenses for B&W
Yashica 124G for variety (only shot one roll of B&W)
Pentax DSLR for colour, with a bag of old manual prime lenses and a pair of modern zooms


I also took a backup for colour work - an Olympus OM2 with a bag of lenses. I ended up lending this to a friend we were travelling with; her digital P&S was appropriated by her 9-year old and she was lamenting the loss of her OM10 which had failed some years ago. She was overjoyed to be using a proper film camera again, and claimed to particularly enjoy the discipline of working with a single prime lense.

pstevenin
05-23-2006, 06:19
1) M6 + 21CV 50 lux and 90 tele-elmarit
2) Ricoh GR-D (28)
3) Fuji GW670+minolta lightmeter

nomade
05-23-2006, 07:08
Usually a couple of feds, before buying the fed 3, i used to have my fed 2 and an automatic canon sure shot. Soemtimes a digital canon(borrowed)

Al Patterson
05-23-2006, 07:13
Usually, I take three. Depending on the trip it may be 2 A-1's and the digital, or an A-1, a CL and one digital.

oftheherd
05-23-2006, 07:25
I think the most I ever took would have been something like a Yashica TL Super, Fujica ST 901, 18mm, 28mm, 50mm, 50mm macro, 135mm, 80-200mm, various filters, film, Yashica 124 MAT G, film, and various odd accessories, including a extension tubes, tripod and flash. That in as small a bag as it would fit in, travel by bus and train and shanks mare up and down mountains in Korea. At least after the theft of the 124 MAT and its replacement with a Mamiya Super Press 23, I had a car, but I still did a lot of walking up and down mountains to photograph scenery, shrines and temples. I was younger then and less smart I guess. As time went by I acquired more lenses and other accessories and a large canvass bag, but with a car the walks were often shorter.

I try to be smarter now and make better decisions as to what I will be wanting to photograph and what will reasonably be needed to do that with, not trying to take everything "just in case." I have put together a kit of a Yashica FX 103, FX3 (backup), 18-28mm, 28-70mm macro, 75-150mm, some few accessories as desired, a dedicated flash for sure, a Welta 6x6/645 folder, and film. It sure is easier to carry and seems to fit most of the lens lengths I normally use.

I am older and don't enjoy a lot of weight. Hard to believe I used to carry all that!

markinlondon
05-23-2006, 07:43
In my SLR days I took 2 bodies and 4-5 lenses. Now I travel light. and take my M6TTL usually with 35 and 90mm lenses. I might take a 50 as well but have found in the past that it doesn't get used. I also used to pack an XA or a mju-ii as a spare but tended to never use that either. My last trip abroad was three days in Amsterdam with the M6 and a 50 Elmar. Hardly the trip of a lifetime but I'm not sure I missed the extra kit.

Mark

bsdunek
05-23-2006, 08:23
Flying commercially, I travel light. Usually an FTN with a couple of lenses and maby a digital.
If I don't have to be light. it'll be two FTN's with lots of lenses for slides. either a GSN or Retina for B&W, and maybe the digital. :cool:

BJ Bignell
05-23-2006, 11:01
...say 5 or more days...You mean for the weekend? Just one usually. ;)

Sorry for being a smart-ass. I voted "two", because that's what I took when I left last September. Any more, and it'd be a pain to carry. Any less, and I'd have nowhere to put the colour film. :D

VinceC
05-23-2006, 11:15
These days, usually two.

Either an S3 or the SP, plus a p&s backup, which for some time now has been a Canon Powershot G1 digital (very nice images at ISO 50 and 100). For lenses, usually the 28, 35, 50 and 105.

If I were shooting photos in a photojournalism situation, which I don't do much of any more, I'd bring two film bodies and replace the 28 with a 21 or 25, and also replace the 105 with an 85/135 combo.

anaanda
05-23-2006, 11:26
I usually take one camera and one lens. I really hate baggage...The xpan and the 45 is working great. I can shoot regular 35mm with a 45mm lens or pano which is equivalent to a 25mm. So I have normal and wide angle with the same camera. I did bring a holga on my last trip, but that fits into my xpan bag and it is very light, so I don't really consider it another camera...

Uncle Bill
05-23-2006, 11:45
I have not traveled for a while but if I was on an exended trip, it would actually be the Olympus OM-1 with a 50 f1.8, a 28 f3.5 and the 70-150 telephoto zoom. The kit does not weigh a ton and I know the OM-1 has never failed me. That is for now if I am leaving first thing in the morning. If I had say 6 months, I would be using a Voightlander R3a with the 40 Nokton and a 75 Helier, keep it real simple. None of this carting 3+bodies and lenses.

Bill

stet
05-23-2006, 12:01
I judge it like Raid does, depending on what the location is like -- whether I think I'll be shooting an average amount or more. On a long trip, I'm probably going with my girlfriend, and she'll want to bring either her F3 (with AIS 50/1.7 and AF35-70) or "our" D200, and I'll bring the Canon 7s with Canon 50/1.2 and CV 35/2.5. If it'll be somewhere particularly scenic or interesting, we might bring all three, and I might toss in a Tokina 12-24 to go with the Nikon. We did it once, and it wasn't bad to pack, but we were staying in a pretty trustworthy hotel and didn't feel weird about leaving anything.

It's nice being able to split camera options/carrying responsibilities with your loved one. If we ever have kids and I won't need a flash stand.

MikeCaine
05-23-2006, 14:05
For a long trip, e.g. driving the west coast of the USA when you live in the UK, I took -

Canon 20D with two lenses
Canon !NHS for with one lens for slide film
Konica 500Z P&S digital

and my wife would take her Canon 300D

Plus a laptop for downloading photos, email, DVDs, etc

ruben
05-23-2006, 14:37
As a matter of fact in my short daily trip to work and back, I am already taking two fixed lens cameras, of the biggie size.

As for what I may consider a long trip, after seeing the ongoing results of the poll, better I keep quiet.

Cheers,
Ruben

anglophone1
05-23-2006, 15:07
Just returned from 7 day shoot in Sicily with my normal assignment kit
Ricoh GR-1
2x RD-1 + 12, 15, 21, 28, 50 mm CVs R2 as back up body + 85mm
Pentax LX body + 17mm f4 [fisheye] 28mm shift, 80-200 zoom, 2x converter, lensbaby
xpan + 45mm,90mm +filters
noblex [28mm panoramic]
tripod
1x vivitar 2500 flash
1x vivitar 283 flash, slave, umbrella, mini soft box, quantum bantam battery
2x mini slave flashes
Gossen digiflash meter
laptop
8X 1 gb SD cards
Epson 2000 hard drive/viewer
10 rolls velvia 100
10 rolls provia 400
2 rolls SFX "infrared"

So thats actually seven cameras! [and 4 28mm lenses!] :)

The xpan kit, the Pentax stuff , the R2/85 and most of the flash kit [only used the 2500] didn't get used on this trip but you never really know, shot a whole week in Venice last month, only used the panos and the film camera with "odd"lenses, and all the lighting kit , shooting in a restaurant kitchen...............
All fits into a Billingham Hadley pro and a rolling"porter" case, tripod in checked luggage!
Clive

raid
05-23-2006, 19:02
Just returned from 7 day shoot in Sicily with my normal assignment kit
Ricoh GR-1
2x RD-1 + 12, 15, 21, 28, 50 mm CVs R2 as back up body + 85mm
Pentax LX body + 17mm f4 [fisheye] 28mm shift, 80-200 zoom, 2x converter, lensbaby
xpan + 45mm,90mm +filters
noblex [28mm panoramic]
tripod
1x vivitar 2500 flash
1x vivitar 283 flash, slave, umbrella, mini soft box, quantum bantam battery
2x mini slave flashes
Gossen digiflash meter
laptop
8X 1 gb SD cards
Epson 2000 hard drive/viewer
10 rolls velvia 100
10 rolls provia 400
2 rolls SFX "infrared"

So thats actually seven cameras! [and 4 28mm lenses!] :)

The xpan kit, the Pentax stuff , the R2/85 and most of the flash kit [only used the 2500] didn't get used on this trip but you never really know, shot a whole week in Venice last month, only used the panos and the film camera with "odd"lenses, and all the lighting kit , shooting in a restaurant kitchen...............
All fits into a Billingham Hadley pro and a rolling"porter" case, tripod in checked luggage!
Clive


How do you like your Pentax 17mm/4 lens and if you were to sell it, what would you ask for it? Your Noblex reminded me of my Horizon panorama camera. Wouldn't it be cool for the Great Wall of China?!

Kin Lau
05-23-2006, 19:25
Since both my wife and I shoot together, it's 3 dslr's, 1 film slr, Bessar R + J8 or Leica IIIa + Summar, MF RF folder or MF slr and/or 4x5 Speed Graphics.

That's what I'm planning for 3 weeks in BC this summer.

If I'm driving, then the 4x5 monorail comes also :)

back alley
05-23-2006, 19:26
i'd love to take 1 body only but i am too insecure.

what if's fill my head too much and i just have to have a back up.

Zack
05-23-2006, 20:32
I really like only taking one camera, too many times if you have a big kit you find yourself fumbling for that other lens or separate bpdy and you miss that desicive moment, i love having the fuji and having no possible way to expand my kit, i just grab it and go. Then at least i figure i can at least make an exposure and even if it would have looked better if i took it with a 50mm instead of a 28mm at least i have something, instead of just standing there awkwardly on the street trying to put another lens in. It seems everyone has to bring a "back-up" body, but isnt the reason we shell out big bucks for the Leica or fuji or ZI is for the reasurance that it isnt going to break and is well made? I have no problem trusting that my camera will not malfunction anywhere, and i dont think anyone with an m7 or an mp or even a recently CLA'd anything should be either.

back alley
05-23-2006, 20:38
you're clearly a much more lucky person than i.

NIKON KIU
05-23-2006, 20:44
I really like only taking one camera,
What if it fails?
Kiu

nomade
05-24-2006, 03:37
Why would it fail, all normal persons take one camera with them, if i'd have a couple of cameras it's because they are diferent, one shoots color and the other b&W or one with a wider range of shutter speeds, one collapsible and the other isn't...But why would it fail??

I think any of the cameras the members around this forum use are mechanically less vulnerable to failure...

RML
05-24-2006, 03:58
Why would it fail, all normal persons take one camera with them, if i'd have a couple of cameras it's because they are diferent, one shoots color and the other b&W or one with a wider range of shutter speeds, one collapsible and the other isn't...But why would it fail??

I think any of the cameras the members around this forum use are mechanically less vulnerable to failure...

Still, I can't go often to Mongolia and I don't want to take the risk my camera fails me or gets stolen on my trip and I'm left with no (useable) camera. So, I bring a backup. Mechanically these cameras are all capable enough but dust, rain, cold, heat, impact from a fall, or theft can render any camera out of service. And it's not like I can replace it on the spot.

nomade
05-24-2006, 04:15
What if both failed :D

Maybe it's just more relaxing...

RML
05-24-2006, 05:01
What if both failed :D

Maybe it's just more relaxing...

I don't count on calamity upon calamity. :)

ch1
05-24-2006, 08:23
Why would it fail, all normal persons take one camera with them.....

There are no "normal persons" on THIS website! :D

lynn
05-24-2006, 09:18
There are no "normal persons" on THIS website! :D

Speak for yourself, George. :)

I don't take long trips. My husband does, though, once a year, and he inevitably takes just one P&S, these days digital.
I, on the other hand, spent two-and-a-half days in Suffolk and Norfolk last month and took - and used - seven cameras: the Nikon FE, the Ricoh Gr1s, the Canonet QL17 GIII, the Great Wall, the Yashica Mat, and two cheap Polaroids. I could have pared the list down to five if absolutely necessary - if I had had to literally CARRY them all, for instance - but each of these cameras is unique in how it communicates what I see.

And I'd rather have an aching back than regrets. Heh.

nomade
05-24-2006, 09:34
There are no "normal persons" on THIS website! :D

I know that :D

Just that this wouldn't make your camera more susceptible to failure, on the other hand I was thinking that everything is vulnerable to failure, one day or the other, everything like cellphones for example, toothbrushes, houses, pens, even hand bags, mp3 players...Imagine when people start to buy spare houses :D

I'm just kidding, it's the idea of how people prepare themselves for the worst, to have the perfect conditions, and you never know what happens next. It's not like this is necessary but i always feel it's some sort of self-assurance, that everything is going to be fine, no great and perfect...

Just a thought...

robert blu
05-24-2006, 14:05
depending on destination, way to travel, alone or not, personal mood in the last minute. I' m try to "learn" to travel light, one camera and one lens. But difficult! so asking my wife to bring her camera ! Sometimes I brought with me two srl, 1 rf,and two polaroid ! Last summer only the pinhole ! I m flexible...maybe too much ! Of course on serious travelling to a destination where is difficult to return another time I would bring at least two cameras. Well, I realise I am not able to give a correct answer, sorry, ciao
rob

RML
05-24-2006, 14:17
Just that this wouldn't make your camera more susceptible to failure, on the other hand I was thinking that everything is vulnerable to failure, one day or the other, everything like cellphones for example, toothbrushes, houses, pens, even hand bags, mp3 players...Imagine when people start to buy spare houses :D

Some tghings I can live without when they fail, like toothbrushes, pens, mp3 players, car, etc. And other things I simply assume to withstand the rigours of time, like my house (I live 5 meters under sea level all the time but we don't have tornadoes or earthquaks here in Holland). My camera, however, is one thing that I "need", like my wife and kid (though they come even before my camera :p ).

Yes, it's how people prepare for the unknown. We all set our priorities, sometimes based on silly or irrational reasons.

raid
05-24-2006, 18:20
Should you be able to vote more than once? I think you can here.
{I thought you could}

Zack
05-24-2006, 20:48
I would be more worried about my ipod failing and me having nothing to listen to on a 19 hour flight sitting in the middle of 2 400+ pound people in coach (each sharing there life story) . I would be more tempted to bring say a personal cd player as a backup ot my ipod than another camera. I dont really go anywhere too hot or too cold and theres is no chance in heck im gonna drop my baby so im just not worried.

dexdog
05-24-2006, 21:37
Generally 3. Just returned from vacation in Hawaii yesterday, and took along a Contax II with 4 lenses, a Canon 20D with a couple of zooms, and a waterproof P&S for snorkeling. This is a pretty typical loadout for my travels.

MelanieC
05-24-2006, 21:52
Sometimes when I am stuck on long flights and don't feel like talking to the people next to me I'll pretend I don't speak English. This can sometimes cause problems if I want to read on the flight.

For a long trip I'll assume I'd be moving around a lot and would probably only bring one camera, my M3, unless I was going somewhere that I thought I'd have a good chance of damaging it. In that case I'd bring either my Canonet or my Olympus 35 SP.

Last month I took a trip to Puerto Rico for a conference and brought my M3 only. Then I took a trip home (NoVA) for my brother's wedding, and took three cameras: the M3, the Rolleiflex, and my D70s. I might do this again for a long trip that didn't require a lot of moving around. I prefer not to check bags so that would be the deciding factor.

LazyHammock
05-24-2006, 21:56
One of the primary reasons I got into the rangefinders (aside from image quality) is that they are relatively light and compact. I backpack a fair amount and my DSLR was staying at home because of the bulk/weight. I now pack with an M6 and two lenses although this Summer in the Sierra Nevada I may take 6x6 MF and two lenses instead.
In town I'll usually carry just the M6 w/2 lenses or Nikon F3 w/105mm macro + 50mm.

dostacos
05-26-2006, 20:24
if driving I will take my Bessa bag [domke 6 with 2 R bodies, 25/35/50/75 mm lenses] and my Canon DSLR bag [Domke 3X with a Rebel XT + 50mm f1.8 prime and 18-55mm 28/70mm & 70-300mm zooms and the battery pack for the Rebel]

the Bessa's will be loaded with B&W film and for low light shots, the rebel will be for color

raid
05-29-2006, 18:51
I also tend to take more equipment when going on a longer tip since I see it as a trip with a higher probability of encountering interesting things to photograph.

ClaremontPhoto
05-29-2006, 23:13
One camera one lens.

sf
05-29-2006, 23:46
I think that if I were going on a long trip and wanted to travel light, but wanted lots of versatility, I'd buy an Xpan and 45mm lens. Then I'd have two very useful formats for travel photography - panoramic and standard. I really think that would be about right.

Of course, the RF645 and two lenses is real tiny too - about the same as M3 + 50 + 135. But, I'd rather not be swtiching lenses on and off - just one lens. With the Xpan, you get the normal view and a very wide view with the same lens - and on the same roll of film.

I almost bought one of these this weekend, but someone outbid me by a good margin. . . .I'm glad they did. I'm crazy.

ClaremontPhoto
05-29-2006, 23:54
XPAN. It's a nice camera George. It's not available new (in EU) any more.

The only thing that stopped me from getting an XPAN was not being able to scan those big negs.

wtl
05-30-2006, 10:12
Sometimes when I am stuck on long flights and don't feel like talking to the people next to me I'll pretend I don't speak English.


you sure talk a lot with your computer screen...(not sure which expression sign I should put here)

PeterL
06-05-2006, 16:40
Hi,

I voted 1 camera, though that's a lie. I forgot that I took my 28mm P&S as well, but I can just forget about it until I need it and then it's always there. Aside from that, my "real" camera was always an SLR + 28-50-90. On a 45 day backpacking trip through Japan, I ended up buying a 200mm and shooting about 20 shots with it, which was less than the number of rolls I shot in total and most shots were done to test the lens after buying it :-S No more of that for me. SLR-28-50-90 is the most versatile. If my new work would involve travel again, I'd probably just take an LTM body + Summitar 50/f2 and a light meter. Much more pocketable when I don't need all that flexibility. Maybe I'd grab my P&S as a spare just in case, it's tiny anyway.


Peter.

raid
06-05-2006, 17:39
Peter: I am tempted to take the M3 plus 50mm Summicron and the Natura. A minimal but superb combo for lots of walking.

dbseney
06-05-2006, 23:30
My last trip to Europe, which was my first; I took a Rollei 2.8F, Plaubel Makina 67, M3 and four lenses, Bessa L with 15mm lens, and a Leica point and shoot. This time it is a Bronica RF645 with 45mm and 100mm lens along with the Bronica dedicated flash and polariser. And a IIIf with 50mm summicron for color. This trip will last one month.

By the way, the Plaubel got the most use on that first trip.

Donald

oscroft
06-06-2006, 01:08
I've travelled to Asia quite a lot (and these days Thailand several times a year - I'm there now), and I've usually only taken one body and one or two lenses. In the past I've mostly taken a Pentax Spotmatic with a 28mm and a 35-105, or a Nikon F3 with 35-135 Nikkor, but I once took a Bronica ETRSi with 75mm and 40mm lenses to Laos (lugging that around was a strain). Last time here I brought an OM2n with just a 35mm lens, and this time I have a Bessa-L with 21mm and 15mm CV lenses. Next time I think I might just bring a FED with J-12 and J-9. (Can you see a progress there? ;-)

Best,
Alan

lubitel
06-06-2006, 01:40
Last year I took 1 rangefinder (Revue 400 SE), 1 minox 35gt and 1 holga. My wife had a digi P&S. Only at one point I really wished I had an SLR or a tele-lens, in a small italian town there was a medieval tournament. very cool.

This time I am taking a bessa R with 35mm and 50mm. Probably a Fed 2 as backup. And a holga. I am not traveling anywhere without a holga :D

FrankS
06-06-2006, 07:47
Three cameras is a good number for me. An easy to use P+S, my Leica M6, and a MF camera for big negs. I could take more but this is what I can carry easily.

raid
06-06-2006, 10:31
Frank: If I had lised a MF camera among my choices for my trip, would you have recommended the MF to me? I am still debating with myself whether I want the weight or not. Maybe a minimal set consisting of:

Rolleiflex 2.8D ==> "50mm" (boxy)
Fuji Natura Black ==> 24mm (small)
CL + 35mm/1.8 + 90mm/4 (both are small and light)

FrankS
06-06-2006, 11:16
Hi Raid,
It really it should depend on what you hope to have as a final product. If you plan to make some poster size enlargements then you should take a MF camera. If you end product is a slide show and some 8x10 prints, then MF is not required.
There won't be any major walking tours on the trip I"m taking this summer and we're moving around by rental car, so I can justify a MF camera on my trip just in chase I stumble upon a great image or 2 that can be blown up. On your trip to China with walking tours and crowded cities, you'd have to be pretty committed to wanting posters in order to justify a MF camera.

raid
06-06-2006, 11:35
Frank: I am not looking for any poster prints anymore. Our home is filled with such prints and we are running out of space. I will postpone using the MF to my next trip in the USA.

I just picked up the CL after its rangefinder got alligned. I will definitely take the CL. I am bothered by a couple of postings about Chinese airport personnel messing up cameras. I wonder whether the "pristine" M3 should stay home or not.

raid
06-06-2006, 20:02
I went on a one month trip to Europe only with a Rolleiflex anda Minox 35GT.

http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24463

amateriat
06-06-2006, 21:40
Same setup as I described here (http://www.rangefinderforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=314635#post314635)


- Barrett

Rhoyle
06-07-2006, 08:00
I may be going to Turkey in September and I think I'm just going to bring my Rollei 35RF with the 40mm Sonnar and the ZM 25mm Biogon. I want to go very light with a small bag and will probably either shoot Kodak 100G or GX or Portra 160NC. I was in Italy a couple of years ago and carried a Pentax MX and a ZX5N with a Tamron 28-75f2.8 and an old Pentax 135 prime. Shot bw in the MX and portra in the ZX5N and was able to mix and match lenses. I had to carry it all in a backpack camera bag that I've got. I don't really regret it as I had enough focal lenghts to deal with just about everything I needed, but since buying the Rollei, my style of shooting has changed quite a bit and I've only used the 40mm Sonnar and the 25mm Biogon for several months. For my taste the convience of the RF wins out and although the old Pentax and Tamron lenses are quite good, the Zeiss glass is giving me noticibly better results.

Bob

PeterL
06-07-2006, 14:21
Raid,

That M3-Summicron-Natura sounds like a great combo. Maybe you want to take your 90mm as well. A small wide angle P&S is great for all those moments you don't want to be lugging all your gear, i.e. restaurant-bar kind of stuff. When I take my SLR + P&S, I load the SLR with slide film (Provia or Sensia) and the P&S with Portra print film, usually 400VC. It's a great combination.


Peter.

raid
06-07-2006, 15:16
Raid,

That M3-Summicron-Natura sounds like a great combo. Maybe you want to take your 90mm as well. A small wide angle P&S is great for all those moments you don't want to be lugging all your gear, i.e. restaurant-bar kind of stuff. When I take my SLR + P&S, I load the SLR with slide film (Provia or Sensia) and the P&S with Portra print film, usually 400VC. It's a great combination.


Peter.

Peter: I used to shoot exlusively slide film but have switched to print film when my kids were born so that I could make quickly reprints. I miss the details of slide film images. I also throw into my camera bag a small P&S for the occasions when a large camera would be unsuitable. For example, when I attend a conference, I can easily put an XA or Minox or Natura in the pocket of my Jacket. I may load the Natura with color film (ASA200) and use B&W film in the M3 or CL.

Regards,
Raid

tkluck
06-07-2006, 15:45
A long trip implies room for baggage...
OM-1, OM-2 with 24, 35, 50 and 70-210mm.
OM T-20 flash
Minox C with hot shoe att.
Minox EC with Minox flash.
Minox film (can't get that at Walmart)
Gear may vary, depending on whether were seeing scenery or relatives, city or country.
The RF dejour might now edge out most of the Minox gear. The EC you can wear as an earring so there is no reason not to take it.

and the wife's P&S.

Harry Lime
06-27-2006, 17:24
It depends. This is my standard kit:

2 x M-bodies (M4/M7)
1.4/35 Summilux ASPH
1.4/50 Summilux-M
2/50 Collapsible Summicron (for those glow shots)
VIOOH finder
Sekonic 308s meter
VC Meter II for the M4

Lots and lots of Tri-X


If I am going to shoot a project (documentary, photojournalistic etc) the bag grows a little, but I try to keep things as simple as possible.

narsuitus
07-11-2006, 21:37
One plus a backup

thafred
07-12-2006, 01:39
On my last trips (Bratislava, Budapest) I always took my BessaR (mostly color) and Leica III (b+w) both beater cameras with wich I feel more comfortable banging around (also the Kit is rather light)....For lenses I always grab my VC 50 + 21mm ... Dont now why, but as much as I enjoy using FSU-Stuff at home, when I need to depend on lenses I grab the (new) VC ones.

Slightly OT:
My M3 never gets to see the world :( ... Im just to paranoid with this pristine machine that anything happens to it........
Do you keep a Camera that sees no Use at vacation?
Im realy thinking of selling her and geting the R3M or a beater M4 instead...On the other hand Im shure Ill post at the "sellers remorse" thread..
What would you do? should I just slam it against a wall (getting the first marks on) so that Im not scared any more? :bang:

fitzihardwurshd
07-12-2006, 04:17
Recetly a member asked about which camera to take on a long trip and the Thread got closed before any replies to his question. Gave me th idea of posting this.
How many cameras do YOU take on a Long trip, say 5 or more days...to a far destination, say Russia.
I know I always take more than one camera body, normally 2 to 3 with lotts of lenses.
Folks, when I ask camera or camera bodies I count all of them as long as they are capable of taking pictures, so your daughters digicam counts.
Thanks,
Kiu

Sorry, but I really wonder what this poll could be good for. :confused:

I mean which worth does the information have for you,to know how many folks take how many cameras on a long trip ??? You don't know where the trips go to, what the targets are, which cameras are chosen for what reasons and for what purposes, you know absolutely nothing of all the reasons determining the number of cameras .

What does that mean to YOU when I tell you I sometimes got one and sometimes I got four with me ? Isn't this again one of these totally pointless polls ?? :confused:

Fitzi

Rayt
07-12-2006, 04:54
If one RFF'er learns from my stupidity then this would not be a pointless thread. Last month I went to Beijing with my Panasonic LX-1 and M6TTL/Noctilux. After a two hour ride to some exotic place I started shooting with the digicam. After three or four frames the battery was completely drained. Oops. I should have made sure it was charged. I then took out the Leica and realized the meter didn't work because the battery was also dead. I was shooting print film and my exposure guessimates were good enough.

jonasv
07-12-2006, 04:59
Isn't this again one of these totally pointless polls ?? :confused:

C'mon Fitzi, why so hostile? If Kiu just wants to satisfy his curiosity and others like to talk about what they take on a trip, what's the problem?

95% of what's said on RFF is 'pointless' in a way, just like a lot of the things a person does and says each day are 'pointless', strictly speaking. But what's wrong with that? We're not computers, we can rant a bit about unimportant things from time to time just because it's fun, even if there is no real point. Nobody is saying the result of this poll should be a guideline for others on how many cameras to take on a trip...

Ronald M
07-12-2006, 05:02
Only as much as I can comfortably carry. One spare Besa or other cheapie can be left in a hotel as back up. The Leicas stay with me even in the shower.

Here is where digi is nice. No x-ray worries. A few weightless flash cards and you are good to go .

One trick traveling PJ`s used is Haliburton case chained to the bed frame to slow down theft. Of course you can`t stop it if they are detirmined enough, but it keeps hotel maids from doing a quick grab.

fitzihardwurshd
07-12-2006, 05:27
95% of what's said on RFF is 'pointless' in a way, just like a lot of the things a person does and says each day are 'pointless', .

If that is your sight on RFF, oh oh, I am surprised. I do not belong to these sort of "persons" you mention, I try to organize my life the other way round and I do not come here because I am bored and have nothing better to do than waste my time with pointless discussions.

What I don't like is to get categorized as hostile, just because I said my negative opinion. Or is that hostile per se here ? I mean I was asked, wasn' t I !? And in this case I found it worth to give an answer, and that's it.

Fitzi

Socke
07-12-2006, 05:28
If one RFF'er learns from my stupidity then this would not be a pointless thread. Last month I went to Beijing with my Panasonic LX-1 and M6TTL/Noctilux. After a two hour ride to some exotic place I started shooting with the digicam. After three or four frames the battery was completely drained. Oops. I should have made sure it was charged. I then took out the Leica and realized the meter didn't work because the battery was also dead. I was shooting print film and my exposure guessimates were good enough.

At least you didn't forget to bring film :)

Socke
07-12-2006, 05:33
I do not belong to these sort of "persons" you mention, I try to organize my life the other way round and I do not come here because I am bored and have nothing better to do than waste my time with pointless discussions.
Fitzi

Are you sure?

jonasv
07-12-2006, 05:35
If that is your sight on RFF, oh oh, I am surprised. I do not belong to these sort of "persons" you mention, I try to organize my life the other way round and I do not come here because I am bored and have nothing better to do than waste my time with pointless discussions.

What I don't like is to get categorized as hostile, just because I said my negative opinion. Or is that hostile per se here ? I mean I was asked, wasn' t I !? And in this case I found it worth to give an answer, and that's it.

Fitzi

Calling the thread "totally pointless" isn't exactly friendly towards the thread starter and those who took their time to write up a lengthy reply, is it? I do not come here because "I have nothing better to do than wasting my time" (thank you very much), so I simply skip the threads that don't interest me and voila! Problem solved. No need to condemn others for what they do.

NIKON KIU
07-12-2006, 07:38
I am certain Fitzi didn't read the many different opinions posted here otherwise the reply would have been different!


Sorry, but I really wonder what this poll could be good for. :confused:

This is a foto forum, we are allowed to ask strange questions:o :)

I mean which worth does the information have for you,to know how many folks take....you know absolutely nothing of all the reasons determining the number of cameras

Interesting enough some folks DID explain why they would take so many cameras on a long trip!!

What does that mean to YOU when I tell you I sometimes got one and sometimes I got four with me ? Isn't this again one of these totally pointless polls ?? :confused:
You are taking this too seriously....this is a foto forum...what could be pointless to YOU could be beneficial to a member who was wondering if they should take their Zeiss Ikon or M4P on a long trip to Russia!
I suggested he takes both and from the poll here it looks like the general posters on this forum agree with me.
Now, My question is....DID YOU VOTE?
Regards,
Kiu
Whewwww...7 posts while I was writing and crafting my reply

mervynyan
07-12-2006, 08:54
Leica MP, 50/2, 28/2.8
Olympus E-1, 11-22, 50-200, 14-54, Flash, tripod
Olympus Epic 35/2.8
Canon A60 digicam

darkkavenger
07-12-2006, 08:58
The most I ever did was 4. Nowadays my outfit is generally :
Pentacon Six with 180/2.8 Sonnar and 50/4 Flektogon
Kiev-2A with 50/2 Sonnar, 50/1.5 Jupiter-3 and 35/2.8 Jupiter-12 (but now my J-12 is fried) :(

Laika
07-12-2006, 09:18
In the past my longer trips would see these go into my bag..
Nikon F3
Nikon FM3a
24/2, 35/1.4, 85/2

Olympus P&S

My last trip I took...
Nikon FM3a
35/1.4

Bessa L
FED2
15/4.5, 35/2.8 (J12), 50/2 (J8)

Next trip (yet unplanned) I'm guessing it will be something like...
Nikon D50
20/2.8, 50/1.8 (maybe + 30/1.4)

FED2
35/2.8 (maybe + 50/3.5)

Third camera undecided ..

fitzihardwurshd
07-12-2006, 10:21
[QUOTE=NIKON KIU]
Now, My question is....DID YOU VOTE?
Kiu

No , of course not ! I wrote it already in the above "attack", sometimes one and sometimes four cameras, it depends on and and your poll does not leave room for such sort of distinction. The very first reason for me to keep it as pointless, and not asking what sort of camera and for what purposes makes it even worse.

You said you got your first thread closed where you asked WHICH cameras are taken on a long trip. Maybe this second thread is a kinda workaround to get your answers anyway ? f so, not well done IMO.

About taking content not too serious: I don't think this is the right way to go on for a forum like this. Other my have a very different sight on this, no reason not to say my opinion tho.

This poll made me upset, as some others before, and my question surely was not friendly, a peronal insult wasn't intended tho. If it sounded to you like an offense I excuse myself.

Fitzi

fitzihardwurshd
07-12-2006, 10:29
Are you sure?

About me: YES, absolutely. !:D

But about your intentions to come here I am not that sure.

rogue_designer
07-12-2006, 10:29
If it's not specifically a photo trip, 2 cameras - the Canon P (with CV35/1.7, Canon 50/1.8) and the Rolleiflex.

mc_vancouver
07-12-2006, 10:32
I travel light. One camera, manual. I learned my lesson about automatic cameras in Greece many years ago when my Canon AE1 failed. It was just a dead weight in my backpack (aren't any camera shops on the small islands, or weren't, then). That said, having a second body is not a bad thing, if it is light. For instance, chuck one of the lower priced Voigtlanders in there.

Dougg
07-12-2006, 10:49
Slightly OT:
My M3 never gets to see the world :( ... Im just to paranoid with this pristine machine that anything happens to it........
Do you keep a Camera that sees no Use at vacation?
Im realy thinking of selling her and geting the R3M or a beater M4 instead...On the other hand Im shure Ill post at the "sellers remorse" thread..
What would you do? should I just slam it against a wall (getting the first marks on) so that Im not scared any more? :bang:Well, slamming it against the wall is one solution but likely to create other problems! :) That reminds me... Some years ago I bought a shiny new off-road motorcycle and hesitated to take it into the rough and scratchy countryside to get its first dent or scratch. I asked the dealer humorously if they offered a "pre-scratching" service to eliminate this worry for the customers. Oh, yes, only $100 extra!

Of course I was careful in the early use of the bike but the important thing was to enjoy the experience and at some point the first little damage occurred and I briefly felt bad about it, but considered the machine was being used as intended, and it was becoming "personalized"!

So my thought about your beautiful M3 is to first decide if it is a collector item, and if so then keep it safely in its display cabinet at home. If it is not a collector item, then it is a user item... be careful with it, maybe carry it in a full leather case, but use it with respect for the tasks it was made for. And carry something else when rock-climbing or river-rafting! :)

Erl
07-14-2006, 21:01
I take off on my next trip on Sept. 11. Destination Morocco.

Packing 2 RF film cameras(M6 & M7) + 1 Digi RF(RD-1) so they can all share the same lens set:15, 24, 35, 50(x2), 90mm.

I anticipate being on my feet maybe 12 hrs a day for 1 month. Hard work? Nothing good comes out of slacking. In my past, I lugged a HUGE Hasselblad outfit day in, day out, but I was younger and fitter then. However, it makes ANY RF outfit seem light.:)

Cheers,
Erl

LOOP
07-14-2006, 21:38
Contax aria +135mm+45 mm+flash
Canon Eos 30 v+ 70-200 f 4
+ a folder Iskra or a TLR Ikoflex:angel:

thirteen
07-23-2006, 07:03
For general travel I go light. A small P&S digital Fuji F30 and my Leica MP with 50mm Elmar-M.

FPjohn
07-23-2006, 07:20
Hello:

I travel with no camera at all. I go about with a camera as an intentional stance and then it is a single camera with a single lens.

yours
Frank

mattmills
07-23-2006, 07:49
I voted two, because that's what I took with me to mexico for 7 weeks- 2 D200's, 20, 35, 50, and 105 lenses, plus 4-4gb microdrives, 2- 100 gig portable hard dirves, 4 batteries, plus assorted cables, charggers, and my 15" powerbook. Unfortunately, coming back from shooting turtles nesting, the atv I was hanging off the side of took a dive into the ocean at 40mph, and both of my bodies were submerged. I was fine, and two of my lenses might be salvageable, but next time I go anywhere, it'll be one digital body, my M4, and a little Olympus RC I've got hanging around, just in case. I just wish the M8 would be out before I go to brazil on sept 15...

nihraguk
07-23-2006, 08:06
I find that my L + 21/4 combo is sufficiently versatile for most phototaking on trips. The last trip I took was a roadtrip from Singapore to Krabi, Thailand, and I brought the L + 21/4, the R + 75/2.5 and the M645 + 80/2.8. Turned out that I didn't use the M645 at all, and took most of my shots with the L, and the rest with the R.

edodo
07-30-2006, 18:31
I will take the leitz IIIa, the pentax LX and the rolleicord III, maybe also the minilux with me in Vietnam. The poll doesn't specify how many lenses, and I still can't figure out how many takumars I'll take with me. The leica outfit wich will serve most of the time when doing common street shooting and photojournalism. The minilux is light and I don't need any bag when I carry it. Here is a shot from the minilux (it's useful little camera!). I want to take the rolleicord because its reasonably light, and I want to make some shot in medium format since I'm sure Vietnam is gonna be gorgious place to make pictures. The 700g or so of the rollei won't stop me since I will select each camera for a specific shooting intention.

suzi_q
07-30-2006, 19:08
I take two cameras, one slr & one RF and LOTS of films(few as 20 to many as 200 rolls)
And I only use one lens on each cameras for lighter package.
Fm3A, 28mm & Hexar RF, 35mm(or 50mm depends on where i'm going).
Good enough for street and general photography.
Sometimes I would take one more Holga 120s and that would be just being experimental and for fun.
But after several long and short trips so far I found that using different film type(35mm <-> 120mm) is too much and heavy. :)

Dougg
07-30-2006, 21:10
Welcome to RFF, Suzi Q! A light package using only one size of film is most convenient, I think. Let's see some of your pictures!

nemjo
07-30-2006, 22:30
I voted two. First I thought that it's a new habit to me, but turned out I was wrong. Afterthinking my latest vacations/longer trips I usually took two cameras.
Sometimes it's a small one, sometimes the newest...
And yes, my wife also takes her Ixus.

nemjo

jan normandale
07-30-2006, 22:53
I fill a very large gym bag with cameras

Dougg
07-30-2006, 23:40
I fill a very large gym bag with camerasThis evokes amusing mental images of luggage handling at the airport, in and out of taxis and hotels... :D

sf
07-31-2006, 00:05
You know, it depends on too many factors to really say. For a LONG trip, I might take as many cameras as I would take for a short trip : 1. I'd take one camera and three lenses (wide, normal, and long). Unless you own a Bessa L/Super Heliar and a Fuji 6x9 90mm, or some equally diverse selection of gear, it seems illogical to bring a pile of things on a trip of any duration.

I know that I would be just fine with the RF645/3 lenses for the rest of time (and it seems this will be the case given the certain demise of film camera manufacture).

It isn't about the number of bodies - it's about the selection of glass you want to have on hand. An ideal selection of lenses for a Leica M camera would be 21, 35, 75. At least, for me. That pretty much covers what I would enjoy working with.

It might be about the bodies if you have bodies with widely varying capabilities. But then why not grab the body with the most capability and forget the others?

For the Bronica, I have 45, 65, 100, and I've never wanted for more.

Finder
07-31-2006, 01:15
But then why not grab the body with the most capability and forget the others?

It is great until you slip and break the only body you have. The only time I broke a camera is when I was at 3,000m in the Japanese alps with the nearest bus stop two days hike away. I could have used a back-up body then. Now I always have two cameras with me.

sf
07-31-2006, 14:44
It is great until you slip and break the only body you have. The only time I broke a camera is when I was at 3,000m in the Japanese alps with the nearest bus stop two days hike away. I could have used a back-up body then. Now I always have two cameras with me.


good point. If you only bring one, a break is the end of the line. Strange that such an obvious detail escape me.

telenous
07-31-2006, 15:34
When travelling I usually take with me two cameras: the FM3A for the day and the M2 for the night. The FM3A comes with a 50 lens (or the 55 microNikkor) and carries colour negative film while the M2 comes with a 35 and a 90 and is loaded with B&W.

If I have to travel light then the Leica is the only camera I will take - in this case with a 50 lens.

Jon Graham
08-08-2006, 02:52
Always take 2 cameras on trips: M7 w/35 lux and Ricoh GRD (28mm) digital. Depending on location, I will bring along a 90 mem lens also.

Andy Aitken
08-08-2006, 03:50
One Leica M (M4-2 or CL) one digital (Ricoh GR-D or Canon G5)

Didier
08-08-2006, 04:01
I posted "one camera". One of my reasons to use rangefinder cameras is their compactness compared to SLR equipments. So why should I carry several bodies around? I'll go on a China trip soon, and will take the R-D1, some lenses (15, 28, 40), four accus and a fistful of 2GB SD cards.
Didier

FrankS
08-17-2006, 16:40
I am going on a 5 day trip to Vermont. I feel compelled to bring 2 canon P, 2 Canon A-1, a IVSB, Hassy 500C, 6 lenses for the various systems, a tripod and at least 15 rolls of film. Always stowed in the car are a Yashica GT and a Pentax IQ Zoom. Even with all that gear there will be room to carry my psych meds- which reminds me that I've skipped 'em for a few days.....

almost forgot the Retina IIIc that I need to run a roll through before putting it up for adoption



Hope you're not married, friend! (or planning on staying married) :)

rover
08-17-2006, 17:11
Perhaps two next week, alas SLRs with lenses from 24 to 300mm hoping to catch a moose or bear with cubs and some nature stuff.

sirius
08-18-2006, 00:27
I'm amazed that people carry more than two camera. It would seem a tremenous weight to carry around if you were walking around all day. I imagine that it depends on your luggage situation and how you like to travel? If you have bags that you can leave at the hotel and then only take what you want for the day, I could see that working. If you were carrying all you supplies on your back touring around Europe, wow, 3 cameras, you would get in good shape!

Stephanie Brim
08-18-2006, 00:31
I plan to take my Canon P with 50 and 85mm lenses, my Ansco Speedex, and a point and shoot with me to Colorado when we go. Why? The point and shoot is going to afford me a relatively speedy 35/2.8 lens with a flash and the Ansco will afford me large negatives for the shots of the mountains and such that I'd like to blow up larger than normal when printed.

tomtodeath
08-18-2006, 01:38
as many as possible?

rover
08-18-2006, 02:56
Sirius, I agree. We are renting a house next week in New Hampshire. We will be near the top of a mountain, I have seen bear and moose up there in the past. I will take two Minolta SRTs, one will be in a bag for my carry around and one on a 300mm lens mounted on a tripod waiting for them moment. I have simplified things, I don't have the strength to carry so much around any more.

narsuitus
08-18-2006, 07:09
As I stated earlier, normally I carry one plus a backup.

However, if the primary purpose of the trip is non-photographic business, I may stick only one small film rangefinder or a small digital in my luggage.

If the primary purpose of the trip is to shoot a wedding, I will take two for shooting and one for backup.

I have never taken a long trip with more than three cameras.

matteaton
08-22-2006, 04:12
I take 4, the Canon 5D, the Hasselblad 500C and the two beloved rangefinders, Voigtlander Bessa R and Bessa L.

Mikael.N
09-21-2006, 00:09
On a recent trip to India a take two cameras a Yashica gt for color and Westex mf for BW.I developt the colorfilm at location in minilab god quality!great price and fun to see the pics.

physiognomy
09-21-2006, 11:48
How many cameras do you take on a long trip?

Never that much stuff ever again! I recently took these cameras/lenses on a trip home to Australia...

Nicca IIIS with - 35/2.5, 50/3.5, 50/2, 90/4, 135/3.5
Bessa L (Cosina SW-107) with - 15/4.5
Rollei B35
Rollei dt4000 (digital p&s... sorry!)

I actually used (in order of most used) -

Rollei dt4000
Bessa L with 15/4.5
Nicca IIIS with 50/2 & 35/2.5
Rollei B35

I also bought myself a manual SLR kit while I was away, which got a good amount of use, but I had to haul it back to the US with everything else! Next time I'm taking 2 cameras & maybe four focal lengths MAX... Too many choices completely stifled my photography & I just didn't use some of the stuff I was lugging around. Live & learn I guess...

Peter

ray_g
09-21-2006, 12:53
Three.

Two M bodies, three lenses. The 35/2 and 50/2 (or 1.4) on the bodies, plus 90/2.8

One 28mm P&S. Had been the GR1, next trip it will be the GRD.

giellaleafapmu
09-21-2006, 13:27
Recetly a member asked about which camera to take on a long trip and the Thread got closed before any replies to his question. Gave me th idea of posting this.
How many cameras do YOU take on a Long trip, say 5 or more days...to a far destination, say Russia.
I know I always take more than one camera body, normally 2 to 3 with lotts of lenses.
Folks, when I ask camera or camera bodies I count all of them as long as they are capable of taking pictures, so your daughters digicam counts.
Thanks,
Kiu

I used to take a lot of stuff. Something like: Two Nikon bodies with 28mm, 50mm 55mm macro, 135mm, One RF with two or three lenses, 6x6 with two lenses and a speed graphic with changing bag, film holders, tripodes, small and large strobe... Now I got bored of this and I usually go out with my Nikon F with 50mm and 28mm and the Conika Hexar or Leica CL or Leica III with one lens, sometimes I use a Olympus OM2 instead of the F to be able to carry around more lenses. For a while I used to leave the Nikon home to have the space for a home-made 4x5 pinhole camera. Unfortunately, recently the camera got lost thanks to Iberia and I am waiting to complete a new camera to start the bad habit again (now I am going 8x10" eh eh!).

Giella lea Fapmu

bmicklea
09-25-2006, 13:37
Two always:

1. Bessa R2a + 3 lenses
2. Yashica GT (will now be replaced by Olympus Stylus for size reasons - thanks Gene!)

I can get the Bessa, 3 lenses, film, filters and Stylus in my Crumpler bag (or "murse" as my fiancee calls it).

somecanuckchick
09-25-2006, 13:49
1 camera... usually a Point & Shoot. Because wherever I'm going... that is - at minimum - what I shall require.


But if I have painstakingly planned a trip, I would likely take 2 (20D/EOS), maybe 3... the Point & Shoot included.

DMG
09-25-2006, 14:15
olympus Pen half frame; twice the fun, half the processing price plus a SLR with a couple of lenses. Haven't taken the leica's away yet, I think I'll have to black tape them

somecanuckchick
09-25-2006, 18:42
olympus Pen half frame; twice the fun, half the processing price plus a SLR with a couple of lenses. Haven't taken the leica's away yet, I think I'll have to black tape them

black tape them?


*confused*


why?

mfunnell
09-25-2006, 19:00
I said "4", on the basis that a long trip is more than a week or two but less than 3 months (which I'd call "temporary relocation"). For this duration of trip I'd take my two dSLR bodies, lenses, my pocket digicam and, now, my Hexar RF. For a short trip (days to a few weeks) I'd probably make that only 3 cameras by leaving out one of the dSLRs (which I might or might not have taken previously) but now always take the RF along.

...Mike

NIKON KIU
09-25-2006, 20:18
olympus Pen half frame; twice the fun, half the processing price plus a SLR with a couple of lenses. Haven't taken the leica's away yet, I think I'll have to black tape them
Welcome
I am glad you joined in answering my poll, are you that concerned of being caught with a Leica??
Kiu

egpj
09-25-2006, 20:23
black tape them?


*confused*


why?


He means to try and hide that they are Leicas. In an attempt to keep the thieves away.

physiognomy
09-25-2006, 21:17
black tape them? *confused* why?

Exactly... Like Glenn said though, it's aparently to make sure others don't know your camera is a $$$+ Leica (like >50% of people know they exist anyway!)... I have seen one guy with his M6 taped up and it looked kinda stupid to be honest (imho... sorry!) I guess (maybe?) some think that the 'red dot' alerts potential subjects of the stealth/covert photographer's intentions, but I'm yet to be convinced...

Peter

E_Aiken
09-25-2006, 21:18
Completely depends on the where and the why. Never fewer than two - typically three. Typically two Canon DSLRs plus a medium format (have trekked for a month with two SLRs+645) and an M6 if it's a more journalism oriented thing. If it's going to be more scenic, I'll bring a rangfinder or two plus the RZ67 kit. Personal enjoyment, M6 and Rolleiflex.

I'm currently in a transitional period, gearwise. I'm selling my Contax 645 system, maybe paring down my Canon DLSR system to items I use strictly for news/event journalism and basic studio work, and debating whether or not to lose the RZ system in favor of 4x5, though it's unlikely. I shoot film for personal work and any client who's fine with it. I'd imagine by this time next year I'll be using the RZ, M6+M8, the Canons, and Rolleiflex, with the Canons being the "client scheduled work" cameras and the Ms being the "my schedule project" cameras. I'm definitely still a 120/220 devotee, and will continue to take those with me for all personal and long-term client work.

MoTR
10-29-2006, 17:58
RF of choice.
SLR/DSLR depending on my mood.
and if its a loing trip I used to tke me recently deceased SX-70 Polaroid.

jan normandale
10-29-2006, 18:20
olympus Pen half frame; twice the fun, half the processing price plus a SLR with a couple of lenses. Haven't taken the leica's away yet, I think I'll have to black tape them

FWIW I'd be careful 'black taping' a Leica. I personally have done this and it ripped the baked finish off the plate on the back of an M4P. This seriously affects resale value.

jody
10-29-2006, 18:24
Only trips I take are vacations but I still take 4 two trusty cameras and two to expiriment with.

jimk
10-30-2006, 18:59
I usually take 2. Vacations - Canon EOS 30D and Canon Elan 7N film camera (for slides). For business travel just 1 camera - either a Bessa or a Contax T3 or a Oly XA. Camping - one of the Bessas (R2 or T) and the Canon gear and sometimes a TLR. My better half brings a Oly Stylus Epic.

woodphoto
10-30-2006, 19:08
I voted 2 bodies, but thats my standard response. I think it depends on the destination and what I'm looking to shoot. When I went up north to San Fran last year I took 4 bodies, my canon 1n and A2e, Pentax 645, and my Pentax K1000(when I hade it). Went to London for 10 days and took just the 645 and the K1000. When I go back SF in Jan, I am taking my Broni RF, my Bessa R2A, and the Pen 645.
And I am already planning my trip to france for two weeks next year......thinking Broni, R2A, and R4M(if I end up getting one)

thank god you didn't ask how many rolls of film..........

ikiru
11-17-2006, 13:23
Last trip which was a little over 3 months to central america I took two cameras
M2 + 15mm + 50mm + 90mm
Olympus Stylus Epic

I hardly used the M2. The epic suits my traveling style more. I'm usually more concerned with the trip/experience than photographs. That said I wish I took MORE!

I realized that digital is great for these long trips, you get inspired to take more photos when you can chimp, or view the photos at a internet cafe, or post updates on flickr...When I'm around home this isn't a problem...I can just go home and soup/scan.....Traveling is really a whole different ball game for me..

My main problem with digital (in the compact variety) is the lack of low light ability...I found most of my travel stuff was in good light...This is the opposite of what happens around home...So digital isn't much of a problem here.

So the sum is, while around home film and a M2 suits me great(I often head out for weekend/day trips withe the m2 +50mm +15mm) Traveling requires a different set of gear...


So now I'm looking for a digital for my next trip...Which I think would be :

Digital + Hexar AF



if only I could get a APS sized sensor hexar AF........

Robert
12-08-2006, 12:35
I would usually take my E1 and my M6 loaded with HP5.

petepete_seattle
12-16-2006, 03:23
I take one of my leicas, my Canon 1DsM2, and lumix dx-7 for P&S. Funny ... I find I use my P&S more on trips because of the pocket size.

John Robertson
12-16-2006, 04:25
One main camera (Bessa R2) three lenses at most, + one fixed lens (Leica Mini3 or Arette) I used to load up like a Sherpa, no fun, and I now have a dodgy back as a result.

alexz
12-16-2006, 06:09
Highly depends on the type of the trip and expectations.
Up until very recently I was a heavy SLR user equipped with EOS pro gear, so for general trips (be it family vacations of business) my heavy backpack loaded with Canon (single EOS3 body + booster, two large L zooms, flash, accessories) + heavy tripod in luggage. This is provided mixed in-cities waking/inter-cities rented car traveling. Made my back sore, but managed.
For dedicated nature trips - only my LF (4x5) goes with me - still take a lareg backpack but surprisingly not heavier that my previous Canon.
Now converting to RF (Leica M6 with current 50mm/2 'cron coming...) so here is how I can lay it down:
1. Business trips - Leica only (single body) with 1-3 lenses (for teh timebeing will only have single one - 50mm, so will me Leica with single lens).
2. Family trips (abroad vacations) - most certainly Leica only (single body with 1-3 lenses). If there is a large part of the trip that is nature - deicated (out of cities and any lareg population) and provided rent a car - my large backpack with 4x5 goes (+ 10 holders, a pack of 50-100 sheets, changing tent, meter, etc), Leica will also be the companion serving as main tool in general shooting.
3. Dedicated photo trips (so far did only few short ones) - used to go with LF only, now will probably take Leica as a backup.

As was mentioned - all depends on planning and expectations.

Benjamin Marks
12-16-2006, 07:19
When I went to Moscow for a week I took an M6 and an M7 and a bunch of lenses. When I went to Japan I took an M6, M3 and a Fuji 645 (the older MF version of this is a great travel camera -- lightweight, w/internal lightmeter). If I am traveling by car, I tend to take more, by plane -- less. I haven't taken a long trip since the current travel restrictions went into effect. I'd hate to have to check a camera or anything delicate, although I have put a Bogen 3001 through checked baggage with no ill effects.

Ben Marks

Calvin
12-16-2006, 07:30
At least two cameras should be bought along. In case of failure, you won't suffer for having no photoshooting chances during the trip.

DavidH
12-16-2006, 11:33
These days I take one only...either my Nikon system or the G2...I used to take 2 but the backup cameras were the only ones that ever failed...or got damaged because I was swapping camreas in the heat of the moment... :)
Never had one of my primary cameras fail, go faulty or run out of batteries on a shoot...

FrankS
12-16-2006, 12:04
I only run out of batteries when I'm using a digital camera.

wlewisiii
12-16-2006, 12:07
On the run I'm currently on I have two - my Miniature Speed Graphic & the ZI Contessa. Perfect complements to each other :D

William

peter_n
01-01-2007, 14:57
These days I take one only...either my Nikon system or the G2...I used to take 2 but the backup cameras were the only ones that ever failed...or got damaged because I was swapping camreas in the heat of the moment... :)
Never had one of my primary cameras fail, go faulty or run out of batteries on a shoot...Funny that isn't it? I needed my backup M6TTL a few weeks ago when an M7 was in the shop being calibrated, and it failed...

ruben
01-01-2007, 15:24
In theory I should take two OM bodies, 2 zooms and the 50mm.

In practice last time I carried 5 cameras including a panoramic Horizon and 3 Kievs, which made my wife crazy in the wait for each pic.

Cheers,
Ruben

Alex Krasotkin
01-02-2007, 05:01
It really depends...since there is no universal type of camera. My set up is the following:
1) If I travel by car to rural area to shoot landscapes: I take my Contax 645 AF with 2 lenses: 80/2 and 45/2.8 and a couple of magazines (one with color slide film, one with BW film - in case I will have a chance to shoot portraits).
2) If I travel abroad on holidays: I will take Leica M7 + 50/1.4 and Hexar AF with 35/2
3) If I go on a business trip, or to the office in Moscow, my Hexar AF is always with me, just in case....
4) For taking pictures of my family - Leica M7 + 50/1.4
5) Portraits - Rolleiflex 2.8 GX Expression.

Rob Skeoch
01-02-2007, 09:35
Just two. It's usually an Ebony SV810 for the 8x10 work and a film 35mm for the fun stuff.
I did shoot for Doctors Without Borders years ago and always worked with two M6's. A black one for B&W film and a crome for Kodachrome.... but that was a different time.
-Rob

Parkes Owen
01-07-2007, 21:48
I used to take 2, bronica etrsi - 75mm, fm2n -24mm, which was my travel kit for many years and was great until I discovered rangefinders! Shooting 35mm and 120 on vacation can sometimes be a hassle, so now I only take the xpan and get MF quality on easy to find 35mm film....best of both worlds.

Back up camera is my wife`s panasonic FX9 P&S!:eek:

Dfin
01-07-2007, 21:49
If it is going to be along trip, always two F2 Nikons, with 24,50,135 & 300mm with 2x converter. Sometimes I`ll take my M4-P with 21,50 ,90mm & leave one of the Nikons behind. For day trips I only take one, the M4-P as above, but lately I`ve been takeing just one of my GSN Yashicas, a lot lighter less worries.

Ossifan
01-08-2007, 05:08
I like to travel light - one camera and lots of film. But to be fair, my wife will usually carry her digital p&s, so we carry two. But if I'm going on my own, just one and probably just one lens too (although I might bring a second lens).

Cheers,
Alex

Leica Geek
01-10-2007, 13:11
I voted 4 cameras, but I think 3 is usually more realistic for me. I usually take my G2, Voigtlander R2 and my Leica D-Lux 3 for snap shots. Soon I'll be taking my M5 and M6 along.

Finally bought an M6 for a little over a $1,000, still waiting for it to arrive.

robertdfeinman
01-10-2007, 13:41
I take three: A Bessa with panoramic head and four lenses (including 12mm).
A real panoramic camera (Noblex 35mm). Pictures taken with this have a unique "look" which I favor for certain uses.
A Pentax 67 for landscapes and similar subjects where I want to be able to make big prints.

All three cameras, with some filters and film fit into one backpack camera bag which ends up weighing 15-20 lbs. I usually carry a smaller bag that I can put a single camera in if I'm going to be walking around in a city for an extended period of time. I make it fit into my suitcase and fill it with clothing so it really doesn't add more bulk.

When I was younger and more fearless I carried a 4x5 instead of the Pentax. I still carry a tripod which also fits in the suitcase.

eef
01-16-2007, 18:44
RD-1 and lenses, usually 35 f1.4 pre asph summilux, 50 f2, and the VC 21 f4. Sometimes the 90 f2, but it is a bit large for traveling, and I don't find I use it that much.

Hexacron
01-16-2007, 21:16
Usually a Hexar RF with a 50 and sometimes a 35mm lens.
I like to keep it simple.

steamer
01-17-2007, 00:23
It was insane but I took 5 cameras on my last trip to Beijing and Mongolia.
Contax T, Contax T2, Contax G2 and 28, 45, 90. XA and the lumix FZ5. I managed to shoot some stuff in Beijing, but I caught a nasty cold in Ulaanbaatar and it was -25 celsius every day so I mostly stayed indoors. I figured I needed the G2 and the T for film and the FZ5 is pretty small, and then what the heck how heavy is a T2 and an XA? All the cameras worked well in the fierce cold, but the G2 felt like a block of dry ice.

vladhed
01-24-2007, 11:39
I usually take my P&S digital and at least one old Russian RF with 50mm lens. My wife usually take the digital and the bulk of the photos with me taking over when the cars full/batteries die :-)

Kent
02-05-2007, 08:54
Too many by far! At least, this is what my wife usually tells me. ;)

Kent

Gabriel M.A.
02-05-2007, 10:02
I think I'm going to not be taking my own advice and bringing five cameras with me. :eek:

I won't be hauling more than two at the same time, though, when I'm out taking pictures.

Do you think three Leicas, one Rolleiflex and one Canon DSLR is a bit much? :o

I'm a big advocate of "limit yourself to one, two max. if absolutely necessary", btw.

peter_n
02-05-2007, 17:35
Do you think three Leicas, one Rolleiflex and one Canon DSLR is a bit much?It does seem like a lot. Three different kinds of cameras and three different sets of lenses... :eek:

I'm thinking exactly the same as last time: two bodies, six lenses and a tripod. Lenses are 24, 35, 50, 75, 90, 135. I'm on the fence about my 15; it is so tiny and light I may bring it as well. :rolleyes:

mike goldberg
02-07-2007, 09:12
I would take 3:

OM-1 + 3 lenses
M2 + 2 lenses
Canon S410 P & S

I have not traveled internationally in 2-1/2 years.
There may be a visit to the Boston area in the fall.
mike

Ara Ghajanian
02-07-2007, 09:36
For a recent trip to San Francisco, I took 2 Nikon F3's. I'm glad I did because one failed mid-roll and I switched to the other for the rest of the trip.

Now that I shoot Leica, I don't need anything more than my M6.
Ara

peter_n
02-07-2007, 12:51
No Ara. You'll still need a backup. My mechanical "backup" Leica failed a few weeks ago when an M7 was in the shop. The label doesn't guarantee anything.

Red Rock Bill
03-31-2007, 20:04
I'm in the process now of planning a 10 day road trip to Death Valley and other parts of Calif. I'll be taking my Fuji 6x9 for color print film.A Holga for B/W a tripod and lots of film. Plus whatever else I think I might NEED. I usually take too darn much so I'm trying to cut back this time. Regards,Bill

georgefspencer
04-01-2007, 05:12
On an overseas trip (flying) I will take one DSLR with one zoom lense and a digital point and shoot.

If I am going on a local trip (driving) I will take a DSLR with two lenses and my range finder with three lenses.

back alley
04-01-2007, 06:58
i think i would take the zi and the cl.
both m mount, each has a meter built in so i would have one les thing to carry.

25 & 50 zm lenses for zi and 40 for the cl.

but who knows?


this was my answer in may of '06.

today, i would take it all!
but then my kit is small - so both zi bodies and all 4 lenses.

Germanica
04-01-2007, 09:20
I always all my cameras on every trip be it a long one or a short one.

ChrisPlatt
04-01-2007, 11:15
Hey, where's the "none" box? ;)

Chris

migtex
04-02-2007, 10:39
Long trip Kiu-San... depends where to.
Business trip Europe - D200 with 18-200 Zoom + Nikon S/S2 with CV 21 and Finepix F11 (Fuji F11 lives permanent on my left pocket)
Business to Africa - D200 w/ 18-200 + F2AS w/24 mm + F11
Holiday Trip only? Whatever fits on the Bags... Last China trip was 2 DSLR + F3T + Fuji F11 + 5 lens from 12 to 400!.. no, is not getting lighter.

biomed
04-02-2007, 12:34
I usually take three cameras, two film and a digital P&S. The last vacation I took my R3A, three lenses and the Digital P&S. My future travel kit will probably consist of:

R3M with 21/4, 35/2.5
R4A with 50/1.5, 75/2.5
Digital P&S

I like the digital because it very small. I have used it to do test shots and then return with a film camera. I have used it in museums for available light shots.

Mike

winoto
04-18-2007, 04:35
prior to RF i used to a take 2 slr (FM2 and F3) with 24mm, 50mm, 43-86 zoom
now i take 2 contax II bodies: one with BW the other color slide film with jupiter12 and sonnar 5cm/f2, and medium format plaubel makina 67. all fit neatly into the shoulder bag which used to house my slr gear.

Tuolumne
04-19-2007, 11:30
I just got back from a 2 week vacation in Israel with my family. It took me hours to agonize over what camera gear I was going to take. I finally settled on a R-D1 with a tri-elmar and a 35mm f1.4 Leica lens. I also took an Xpan with a 45mm and 30mm lens. I figured the Xpan, which is a film camera that takes both panaoramic and standard 35mm formats, would be a good backup if the R-D1 broke. I usually also take a P&S digital camera for my family to use but didn't on this trip, mostly because I didn't feel like carrying the extra charger for it.

Here is my evaluation of the selection after shooting for 2 weeks: The R-D1 worked fine with no problems whatsoever. I deffinitely needed two batteries almost every day ( I had brought 3). The tri-elmar (28-35-50) would have sufficed for over 99% of my photos, especially since in the dark it's so easy to bump the speed of a digital camera to 1600. So, I would judge the fast 35mm lens I took to have been unnecessary, and I probably will only take a tri-elmar, and perhaps a 21mm lens next time.

The Xpan worked great for panoramics, and I never needed to use it in its standrad 35mm mode. The 30mm lens was superfluous for this trip, and I never used it. Probably wouldn't take it again.

What I missed most was not having my digital P&S. Not for me, but for my wife and daughter to use. They have no interest in or ability to use my manual cameras and they missed alot of great shots of me (!), since they were unable to operate my rangefinders. I won't make that mistake again.

/T

wontonny
05-11-2007, 15:32
2

1 film for personal
1 digital p&s so i can show friends and stuff

Berliner
05-11-2007, 15:36
One M with 35mm & 75mm. I've not had a 'terminal' failure...yet.

PlantedTao
05-11-2007, 15:40
2
xpan (or 124G) and a 35mm (mechanical)...this way I have a back-up and both cameras do something different.
Plus with film it is nice to have one for color and one for B&W.

The girl takes the P&S. :)
(just read you post...so I guess this makes three, but we have an understanding that she doesnt use my toys and I dont use hers)

deadsexy
06-03-2007, 11:00
I'm going to make an interrail-tour through europe for July. I'll just carry my Bessa R3A with the Nokton 40/1.4 and the Olympus XA with me. I'd probably also take my Nikon FA with a bunch of lenses with me but I'm afraid there won't be any space in my backpack left :)

LazyHammock
06-05-2007, 13:20
I just got back from 10 days in Germany, I took a Leica M3, 50mm ZM Planar and lots of film. My bag was very light and my shoulders didn't ache after 8+ hours of sightseeing. It rained most of the time but I didn't stop shooting and the M3 didn't miss a beat. Using a single lens and non-metered camera was quite liberating.
Nick

Jeroen
06-05-2007, 13:27
One of the best (camera) decisions I ever made was taking just my Yashicamat and my Olympus mju:II to Berlin. In fact, I *should* have just taken the mju.

LarryLMedina
06-05-2007, 13:49
Aloha~

The two favorite vacation cameras I've been using in 2007:

One is a Minolta 110 Zoom Mark II camera! It's darn light, very durable, features painless film loading, and a 12-element 24-67mm zoom lens that produces prints equal to 35mm up to 8x10" (really, I've made enlargements). I'm very glad to see that 110 is alive and flourishing in Asia (Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, China) where 110 costs just as much to process as 35mm, so I can get them developed locally and inexpensively if I wanted to (usually I just mail the film back to the USA to avoid airport security and x-rays).

So the Mark II hangs off my shoulder while a Canon 110ED 20 resides in my pocket.

Yes - I'm currently hooked on 110. Please don't banish me from this website. I love 35mm! I really really do!!! Look here at my OM-1n! My Minolta CLE! My Yashica Lynx 14e! Are not thou 110 a kindred humble spirit to 35mm? Or at least to that pitiful stepchild thou nameth APS? (God my Shakespeare sucks...)

//Larry =)

sepiareverb
06-05-2007, 14:05
Just reading through this in preparation for my first trip via plane in 15 years. Now I have to really think about what to bring rather than what to just pack and throw in the car. My last big trip was by car and before the RF days. I brought a single F4S with a 50/1.8 Ai, a 28/2.0 Ai'd and a 105/2.5 Ais for B&W. Coupled this with a Contax TVS with color film, a mix of E100VS and Agfa Ultra100. Don't think I mounted the 105 but once- but that was to take one of my favorite images of the last 20 years.

Thinking I'll bring the M7's with 50, 25 or 28 and 35 lenses (my currently most used) and a TVS or T2 for snaps. Perhaps a G2/28/flash set-up also?

More pages to read and then more to mull.

NIKON KIU
06-05-2007, 14:10
This old thread lives on:)
Larry don't tell me you don't have the original!

I have 3!! well technically 2 since my 6 year old bou took possession of 1
Picture courtesy of:

http://www.larryhester.com/

Look, there are 2 Larrys out there with....


Kiu

mackigator
06-05-2007, 14:34
As many as my wife will let me OR Hexar RF + Olympus XA + Lumix LX1; whichever is greater. 25mm, 50mm and 75mm lenses.

Bingley
06-09-2007, 10:29
I recently got back from a road trip up the northern California coast, and then over to Ashland, Or. I took a Canon P w/ 28 skopar, 50/1.8 canon, and 75 heliar; an XA; and a Minolta X700 w/ 28, 45, and 135 lenses. This ended up being too much. I really enjoyed using the 28 on the P, and the XA got a lot of use too. I used the X700 kit in Redwood NP. At the end of the day, however, I don't think my photos were that great. So, I still need to learn the lesson, often preached in these parts, that less is more, and keep it simple.

My wife and I will be hiking in the Sierras in the vicinity of Mammoth Mt. later this summer, and I'm thinking of taking only a single Canon RF (either a P or 7), and one fixed lens rf (either XA or Konica S2). The former would be for b&w, the latter color. Bring along the 28 and 35 skopar lenses (b/c they're so small), and a 50, but concentrate on using the 50 for landscapes.

rbiemer
06-11-2007, 07:58
I hadn't responded to this before now as I hadn't taken any long trips in a very long time. But I am gearing up to temporarily move(job for 3 months or so) and am debating with myself about the cameras I want to have with me. I won't have to lug them around once I get there so I think I've finalized the kit as: Zorki 3m, all my LTM lenses(21, 50, 85, 90, and 135), Pentax UC-1(p&s camera for when I don't want to tote much), EOS Rebel II body and two P-6 mount lenses(500 tele and the Arsat/Arax 80 for macro). And likely my Retina 1a just because it's small and I like it. And I really like the results with Kodachrome from that camera. Even with all the bits and pieces for this lot, it will be a reasonably small pile.
If I were staying in lots of different places, I'd be making a much simpler kit to take with me.
Rob

dreamsandart
06-11-2007, 08:24
As its been for more than a few years now, its one camera and one lens, in the form of a Rolleiflex TLR. My favorite camera; Carl Ziess Planar 3.5/75, 12/24 - the 24 frame film comes in handy in travel, maxed out with a Maxell screen and Harry 'Oceanside' CLA. It humms and purrs and everyone loves to come and have a look, but it never gets in the way. An image and fun like no other... :-)

Sisyphus
06-13-2007, 22:01
Well, I am bit eccentric at times bringing 5 or more cameras: 2RF bodies, three lenses--24mm, 35mm, 50mm; 1 medium format, two lenses, 50mm and 80 mm; 2 4x5 cameras, one lens, one 4x5 is a pinhole, and a holga.

I use them all, using them during different parts of the trip. It all works. I know it is a lot of cameras, and how can one use so many and make it work, but I do!

It is fun, and the results are exciting.

juhor
06-15-2007, 14:09
I usually take two 35mm cameras, Olympus OM-2 with the 50mm and 35mm lenses and my XA wich is my pocket camera for longer walking and strolling around. For medium format I take my Yashica-mat 124G wich serves me well, tough it's quite heavy and the leather strap is one of the most uncomfortable ones I have ever used. (Need to buy a new one, any recommendations? -Offtopic)

The other film bodys that I have (couple of slr-cameras) come along when I feel like it. OM-2 is my main workhorse and it's a very fine piece of equipment for a beginner like me.

oscroft
06-15-2007, 14:31
My first long trip of the year (to Thailand, and maybe Vietnam) is just coming up, and I think I've pretty much decided to take the following...

Leica M6
Voigtlander Bessa-R4A
CV 21/4, 28/3.5, 50/2.5

I'm also undecided about maybe the 15/4.5 or 75/2.5 - my only problem is that I have to take a laptop computer too and I'm restricted on carry-on baggage size.

skibeerr
06-19-2007, 13:08
On last 14 day bike trip in France Hexar af, tout court.
Last ski trip Hexar rf with vc 50mm and elmar-c 90mm and Hexar af.
Short 4 day bike trip in France Ikonta Nettar 75mm 6.3 and Hexar af.
Just back from NY for 4 days Bronica rf 65+45mm and Hexar af.

Seems the Hexar af is the favorite.

mcgrattan
06-20-2007, 02:35
I like owning lots of gear and have quite a few cameras at home, but when travelling it's usually one high quality manual focus camera plus an autofocus compact or two for grab shots or when I just want a pocketable camera. The manual focus camera is generally either my Fuji GS645S rangefinder or a Pentax P5/P50 35mm SLR. The compacts are usually a Muji II (Stylus Epic) and one other -- Ricoh R10 or Konica Riva Zoom. I usually load one compact with 400 ASA colour print film and the other with chromogenic B & W or Delta 3200.

Generally all 3 cameras would fit in one tiny 'holster' type bag designed for an SLR + kit zoom. I usually only bring a couple of prime lenses for the SLR. Sometimes just the fast 50mm.


I recently acquired a Kodak Retina IIc which fits (along with one autofocus compact) in a tiny bag designed for digital compact cameras. That will probably be my small travel kit of choice in future when I don't want to shoot medium format as I've been incredibly impressed by the quality of photos I've had from the Retina.

CosmicCharlie
06-22-2007, 07:18
Who is voting on my behalf? Weird, says I voted but I am positive I did not.
One body is all I need.

BILLC
06-22-2007, 07:33
I like to travel light. On a sort of recent trip to Egypt I took a XA, QL17 with 800 film for inside without flash, and a Pentax 928. We forgot the 928 in Cairo so that makes two I guess.
Bill

mike_j
07-05-2007, 13:43
Ricoh GR1d

cmogi10
07-05-2007, 13:47
3...

My M8, my DLR and my M4P because It will survive along with the roaches.

That and maybe half a dozen rangefinder lens and 2 zoom lens

FrankS
07-05-2007, 13:50
Well, I'm on a family road trip at the moment, driving from Toronto to north western Ontario. I've taken a MF Bronica RF645,with 100 B+W film, Leica M6 with 400 B+W film, and a Hexar RF with 100 colour slide film. Okay, there's a Yashica T4 with colour neg film and my wife with a digi P+S as well. That makes 5! :)

peter_n
07-05-2007, 20:12
After confidently posting on 2/5/2007 I've modified my thinking, I've reduced the number of lenses and added a camera. :eek: Still everything fits in my Domke F-2 but now I'm taking two M7s and just 35, 50 & 90 lenses. In addition I'm taking a Polaroid SLR680 and a stack of Polaroid 600 film. I plan to take Polaroid portraits of my subjects and give them as gifts.

Kent
07-08-2007, 14:03
We will leave for our summer holiday next Friday and I am still planning.
For sure I will take:

- FED-3b with I61 L/D and J12
- Minolta Hi-Matic F
- Zenit EM (with several M42 lenses)
- EOS 350D (with a bunch of lenses)
- Kodak DX7440 (as my p'n's)

And since I now have a BLIK attachable rangefinder, I might also take either
- Adox Golf 63 (Medium Format)
- Zeiss Ikon Voigtlnder 500AE
or and old Franka

I might bring my Canon FTb QL with a Soligor C/D 28-105, just for the fun of it.


So, how many do I take? Too many, I guess. But I can't help it. ;)

sepiareverb
07-09-2007, 09:26
Just back from a ten day trip by plane- brought 2 M7's, 28/35/50 lenses and a Contax T2 for snaps. Worked out great. I shot the 35 a lot more than I usually do, only popped on the 28 a few times. Now for the films. Much film to run, but rain forecast for the next three days.

anselwannab
07-09-2007, 09:46
Canon 20D with 17-40f4, 50/1.4, 70-200/2.8IS with a Minolta CL with 40/2 and 85/2. Add in a tripod and Viv285.

NIKON KIU
08-27-2007, 15:48
I just had a 10 day vacation,don't ask me how I did it!
The first two days were spent in Annapolis, Maryland.
I took Nikon S2 and Nikon S3 plus 2.8cm f3.5,3.5cm f1.8, 5cm f1.1 and 105mm f2.5 plus Nikon FM3a equipped with 35cm f4.5...it was a good kit,Oh not to forget, my daughter had her 10 MPixel Casio too.
During the last eight days in Florida, I chose not to drag the SLR(flying rather than driving) and just used the Nikon RF kit above.
I have seven rolls of 24 to show for it ;)

Kiu

ravnish
09-04-2007, 16:50
will be travelling to france in dec wil take the m8 ,35 lux ,15mm cv,and leica m5,and maybe another 50 the noct or zeiss

Bob Michaels
09-04-2007, 17:51
I'm leaving soon for a seven day trip to Oxford MS and the Delta Blues country. Traveling light since I'm flying commercial. I plan to take:

20 rolls of 120 Neopan 400

Mamiya 7 with 50mm & 80 mm lenses

20 rolls of 35mm Neopan 400

Contax G with 21mm Biogon, 28mm Biogon and 45mm Planar.

If I decide that's too heavy a load while packing, I'll leave all the 35mm stuff at home and just pack 30 rolls of 120 film for the Mamiya 7.

No, I won't shoot all the film. I just hate the thought of needing to conserve film because I'm in someplace where I can't buy it.

DrLeoB
09-16-2007, 17:37
I'm with Raid, 2-4 depending on where:
DSLR
P&S
M6
An RF of choice.

Lenses are really the big deal for me, as I like what each of them does in their best
use.

Trius
09-16-2007, 19:05
On my last trip (3800+ km), I took four cameras:

* OM-1n w/ 50/1.4, 28/2.8 * Vivitar 2x Macro
* Olympus 35SP
* Olympus 35RC
* Toyo 4x5 w/ Fujinon 150 & Fujinon 90

The only thing I did not use was the Fujinon 90. I could have if I had not be working so much with the 35mm gear. Of the 35s, I could have left the RC behind; not because it's not a great camera, but it sorta duplicates the 35SP. In substitution I could have taken a 100mm or 200mm lens for the OM. There were a few times when I could have used a bit more reach, especially when the loons were nearby.

RHaroldP
09-26-2007, 12:44
One M body and two or three lenses. On a long trip a CL as a backup.

mike_j
09-26-2007, 12:50
Wife's Nikon coolpix 4500 and my Ricoh GR1 if travelling by air, if driving in Europe probably Olympus E510 DSLR and two kit zoom lenses as well.

HarryW
10-02-2007, 05:34
MP + 35 mm and D-Lux 3

thorirv
10-02-2007, 06:01
usually, too many. ehh, sometimes wayy too many. if i had any brains while packing, - one!

bobkonos
10-02-2007, 13:18
On recent three week trip to Japan I took my M6 and an M3, with C/V 28 and Leica 50 Summicron lenses. And a lot of film.

swoop
10-25-2007, 15:07
One body, four lenses, a flash, extra batteries and a handful of film.

M7
25 Biogon, 35 cron, 50 lux, 75 lux.
Holga 120 Mini flash
Usually a dozen or so rolls of 400 and 1600 ISO film.

That's my personal kit that I take with me when travelling. I feel prepared for anything. I often travel with the intent of photographing where I go, and having that group of equipment in a compact bag allows me to walk around and enjoy where I am, there's no concern about what body to bring with me or anything. Because it's just one option. Simple is the best solution.

M. Valdemar
10-25-2007, 15:09
Whenever leaving the house, I personally carry no less than 43,000 cameras and lenses, cross-referenced and marked with a Dymo label maker for ready reference.

yaadetgar
10-31-2007, 06:55
Most of the time I'm taking my Digi-SLR for the color, and my Olympus 35SP for the b/w.
There are times, like when I did something about Jerusalem, I took only the Oly, with color slides.


Yaad

NIKON KIU
12-20-2007, 10:46
On recent three week trip to Japan I took my M6 and an M3, with C/V 28 and Leica 50 Summicron lenses. And a lot of film.

No Nikons???

I went to Florida with Nikon S3, Nikon S2, 35 1.8, 50 1.1, 105 2.5 and the daughter's 10MP Casio :o

Kiu

feenej
12-20-2007, 11:11
One semi-broken rangefinder.

jpiseminger
12-22-2007, 15:56
Planning a trip to Prague next year, and plan to take what I use around home: Nikon EM and FE bodies w/ 24-70 Tamrom zoom and 50/1.8 Nikkor, with shades and UV filters on each. About 15 rolls of CN film - 400 speed for outdoors, and 1600 for indoors. Also extra bodies. Not a lot of film, you say? I tend to shoot very selectively - just my style, probably influenced by Ansel Adams' careful selection of his subjects.

Pablito
12-22-2007, 16:14
Whenever leaving the house, I personally carry no less than 43,000 cameras and lenses, cross-referenced and marked with a Dymo label maker for ready reference.

Stick to the topic, why doncha. It's not about how many you carry whenever you leave the house, it's about how many you carry when you travel on a long trip. Jeezzzz some people....

ully
12-22-2007, 17:04
Two, my digital SLR and my Oly 35 RC with B&W film loaded.

Rhoyle
12-22-2007, 19:14
Went to France, Switzerland, and Italy last summer. Brought 2 cameras...

Rollei 35 RF w/40mm Sonnar, and 25mm ZM Boigon

Pentax ZX5N w/Tamron 70-210 F 3.5 Zoom

Had pretty much all the lengths I needed. I shot Portra 160VC in the Rollei and Portra 400VC in the Pentax.

Doug
12-22-2007, 22:40
I had earlier voted "two", but on a 2-week trip last month to the Caribbean I took two Contax G2 bodies, 21, 28, 35, 45, and 90mm lenses, plus a Canon ELPH Jr with fixed-focal lens loaded with Kodak BW400. The Contaxes used Fuji NPS for longer focal lengths and NPZ for the shorter on the assumption I'd be going wider indoors in poor light. So, now it's "three"!

Now considering what to take to Sicily next April.

jpiseminger
12-23-2007, 12:09
Pablito - USA to Prague isn't a long trip?

jpiseminger
12-23-2007, 12:48
Sorry, Pablito, after I wrote my reply I saw you were responding to someone else. That'll teach me to read the quote before hitting the keys!

owenreading
12-23-2007, 13:10
This last summer I went on holiday with only my Olympus 35RC. I ended up with some great shots, and having only a fixed lens really concentrates the mind on finding photographs. Naturally, if I had a Leica M + lenses I'm sure these would have come along instead...

RdEoSg
12-23-2007, 13:48
I was in Poland a couple months ago and I took three. I always have my little PS digital on my belt for little video clips. In addition to that, I take my M6 for my main work always with black and white film, and my 5D for color work and night photography. I don't always carry all of my cameras with me though. I often will leave one of the big cameras at the flat.

BillP
12-25-2007, 12:28
I've voted for three, although it would be fair to say that this has evolved over the years. Dependent on the location/destination I will select a "main" camera & support system. This may be based around my M7, or a DSLR such as my E-1 or E-400. The bulk of the lenses I take will then be in support of the first choice. If I am going to a city, such as Venice, the M will be the first choice. For somewhere that I may need telephoto or fast AF capabilities, the DSLR takes pole position.

One may act as backup to the other, but then only one lens is brought for the backup. If the DSLR is first choice then I may, as in Vietnam earlier this year, take my IIIc.

Third choice is always a small compact, either film or digital. Digital is handy for short video clips, as has already been pointed out.

If I have to travel really light, then it's one main camera (M or Screw or E-400) with one or two lenses, plus a "serious" compact such as the G7.

As with other respondents I would tend to only carry what I plan to use on the day when on location - the rest will stay secure in the hotel.

Regards,

Bill

aoresteen
12-25-2007, 12:31
Well, it depends if I'm taking my medium format stuff or just using 35mm.

If it's a 35mm trip it's the M4-P with 50, 90, 28 lenses; the IIIf with 15mm & 21mm lenses. If I know that I will need a long lens I will bring an OM1 body with 135mm, 200, & 400mm lenses.

My wife will bring an OM-1 body with 24, 35, and 85 lenses. She's probably going to move to digital soon.


If it's a MF trip them I bring a Hasselblad 500C with 80, 50, and 150mm lenses. If I can fit it in I will bring the Mamiya 645 1000s with the 35mm lens. If not the IIIf with the 21 is a substitute.

I don't take the 2000FC/M on trips anymore - the 50mm f/2.8 is too damm heavy. I have taken the 2000F/CM with the 110 by itself and enjoyed it.

Pherdinand
01-01-2008, 13:17
I voted 3 because i will take my digital P&S along in february to south africa. Mainly because my sister asked me for some miniature plant shoots in the mountains down there :) and maybe for some easy snapshots of ourselves.
Otherwise, i'd be happy with the rolleiflex + the konica hexar af (or M2+90/2, still thinking if i'd need a longer or a wider next to the 6X6 normal lens).