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Sell everything and replace with MP a la carte. 62 39.49%
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Old 06-14-2017   #161
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I had one of these for a bit. The 1.9 lens is more of a liability than a bonus because the camera favours faster shutter speeds and the lens is crazy soft at 1.9. Sold it on the hype train.

As for one camera. NEVER! I love using rangefinders but for some applications an SLR is essential so I'll doubtless always have one of each.
It blew up the other day so back to square one. Recently took the Fuji GA645 on a trip and really enjoyed shooting it. Still thinking of the one camera one lens though. . .
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i think it's funny how some of these fine folks want to save your money...
i have thought many times how it would be nice to dump all my gear and re-start with one body and one lens...become a purist seeing only from one pov, say like from a 35mm lens...but then i realize that gear makes me happy along with a few good images occasionally...then again, the simplicity of having and carrying one body/lens is so appealing...
I do just this! Keep all my (lots and lots) of gear and go out with one camera and one lens only. See, you can have it all.
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I don't sell anything but If I want that I get it. I don't buy anything to replace stuff. All my cameras were there for a reason and that is what I always think.
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Old 11-15-2017   #164
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Whatever you do, don't do it in a hurry. Gear choices in my experience come and go or rather go round in circles. And from my posts about getting a new MP I had some private message responses that severely called into question the quality control and service back-up for that camera. Take your time as it's not an easy question. Only you can decide; other people cannot really know what influences your decision and what rules your mind may not rule your heart either.

Good luck! Tom (I've been there before and usually ended up buying back much of what I sold.)
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I started this thread a while ago and have managed to sell a lot of gear and have downsized quite a bit- although I did sell then re-buy then sell again the Contax T2!

I was wondering how many people on here are doing one lens one camera for 2018? And would one film and one developer be going too far?!
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Old 12-21-2017   #166
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I was wondering how many people on here are doing one lens one camera for 2018? And would one film and one developer be going too far?!
I don't think that's going too far, I think that would be really cool.
I wouldn't be able to do that though, as my different projects rely on different equipment.
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Old 12-21-2017   #167
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If I was going to do that..1 lens and 1 cam..it wouldn't be 35mmm..would either be a Linhof 6x9...or an Ebony 5x7 or 8x10..or better yet..7x17...
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I am right with you philosophically, but it's hard, isn't it?
I'm down to one camera, one film and one developer, "nominally", but liking shiny things, I keep dragging out my other cameras and loading them up because I hate to leave them hidden away.


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I'm guessing a zoom lens doesn't count as one lens?
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I did M3 + 50DR + Tri-X @ 1600 + Rodinal 1+100 for a little more than a year. It wasn't hard haha. I really enjoyed it.
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I was wondering how many people on here are doing one lens one camera for 2018? And would one film and one developer be going too far?!
I will. I've done it in the past quite a lot, in fact I've done it more often than not - the film-developer is harder to do for some reason. Not out of some need stick to it, I just like only having minimal kit. It's very relaxing. (I sometimes use a special purpose lens for a special purpose, but rarely and so it doesn't count)

2018 will be a year of a M4, 2.8/28 Elmarit Asph, and HP5+ in Rodinal. Already been going for a month or so. I might change up some film throughout the year, but I still have 15 or so rolls of HP5+ and another 100ft on the way.
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Never would happen for me this 1 lens or 1 camera thing. I’ve shot the T3, an M7, MP, the Bessa 667w and the 810 camera this past two weeks.

Oh and the Ricoh. And I’ve just loaded my first camera, a Brownie Hawkeye flash...
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So how did that work for your Instagram? Did you have to crop EVERY picture square?

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I did M3 + 50DR + Tri-X @ 1600 + Rodinal 1+100 for a little more than a year. It wasn't hard haha. I really enjoyed it.
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Dang it all! So many good ideas here. As a true-blue Saggitarian, I've decided to go with two 'thoughts' picked up from posts in this thread, in 2018.

I voted sell nothing, but then changed my mind and wanted to go with sell some and use the rest - but I couldn't.No option to change my vote. So as a good card-carrying Saggitarian, I voted again. Is this ethical? If not, why not?

As much as I love new toys to play with, in my old age I already have more than enough cameras at home to keep me happy and busy for the rest of my (I hope, long) life.

Moving on with all these thoughts, typically for me, I can never make up my mind as to which (one) camera I would want to use most in 2018. So for the sake of (partly) pleasing myself while at the same time (mostly) using up the hundreds of films I have in two freezers at home, I've decided as follows -

So the final decision is... drum roll!

A Contax G1 kit with five lenses (28 through 90) for the about 400 rolls of 35mm film (at last count, not including the few bulk rolls in the kitchen fridge) I have and want to use up before they (or I) expire; and

A Rolleiflex T with a 16 exposure kit and plenty of toys (filters, close ups grips, etc etc etc) for the 120 film.

To help me through all this, come May we will be heading off to North America for what, given my age (70) and general level of (fair to middling) health and mobility, may be my last 'big trip' to places I grew up in.

Over three or four months we plan to 'do' Hawaii, southern California, Arizona and New Mexico (I went to school there, our bases will be Silver City and just out of Santa Fe),then across the USA, stopping at various Confederate battle fields, to New Brunswick, Canada, for six weeks exploring the beauty spots of Atlantic Canada. I grew up near Moncton (NB) with summers spent at family cottages in Shediac Cape, so a lot of childhood nostalgia here, to be visited and explored for what will probably be my last time.

Then a long, long (and fortunately for us, leisurely) drive across Canada to Vancouver and back home via Hawaii.

My partner is sort of into photography but much more into researching bits of interesting history (battlefields, Indian settlements, and so on) and loves driving. So I am, as they say here in Tassie, "in like Flynn" for this journey.

Not to be overlooked, said partner will also be taking along a Nikon D700 kit for those 'essential' shots to be captured easily and quickly while I am fussing about on some battlefield or reservation with my antiques.

Paring down the photo gear into sensible lots, whether or not to take the two camera kits, and how to pack and carry so much film will be my next big challenge...

The idea of one camera, one lens appeals but with so much gear to pick and choose from, and so much film to be used, it really is not a sensible option for me at this time in my life. Others I'm sure will have similar reasons for their choices.

Life's fun, and choices are everything, so whatever we decide, go for it and enjoy it to the fullest, I say. While we can.
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A Contax G1 kit with five lenses (28 through 90) ...
Good choice.

I assume you are taking the 28, 35, 45, and 90mm lenses. If you are not taking the 21mm, what is the fifth lens?
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And from my posts about getting a new MP I had some private message responses that severely called into question the quality control and service back-up for that camera.
I can add to that too. I have bought three new M film cameras in the last six years and all of them have required warranty service. The latest is at Wetzlar with no indication of when it will return.
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Yes, also the Contax 21!
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Yes, also the Contax 21!

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Good choice.

I assume you are taking the 28, 35, 45, and 90mm lenses. If you are not taking the 21mm, what is the fifth lens?
Oop, my misteak (sik)... Yes, also the Contax 21, an ideal lens for those Confederate cemetery shots where I want medium-close shots of timeworn gravestones and everything else also in focus.

The Contax 21 produces the least distortion of any 20 or 21 I've ever used. My Nikkor 20 is tops for contrast and crisp colors but a circular-line queen by comparison.

The 21 and 28 are my two absolute favorites for almost everything I shoot on film now. With the 45 as a close 2nd. The 35 and 90 get used maybe once a year, altho' they are as good lenses as the rest of the Contax Zeiss range, they just do not suit my particular vision.

Using a G1 for color (I favor Ektar for crisp Kodachrome-like colors) and a Rolleiflex T for B&W will give me quite a strong creative and mental challenge. Also returning to places I first visited and photographed in the 1960s with a Yashica D (I still have all my old negatives and slides, the latter in surprisingly good condition, perhaps due to careful home processing) to reshoot for one last time, five decades later.
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Paring down the photo gear into sensible lots, whether or not to take the two camera kits, and how to pack and carry so much film will be my next big challenge...
Sounds like one magnificent trip, quite envious. If it was me I would FedEx the film to the US, and then back home. They are quite happy to treat it properly if told it is photosensitive material, and the cost would be minimal compared to the rest of the trip.

While here, a nice big cooler might be an option, the SW heat will be brutal on film, as will the SE heat/humidity. Cold packs could be recharged easily as many hotels here now seem to have a fridge in the room.

With FedEx you might even be able to ship exposed film home to a friend or family several times over the trip- so as to not need to worry about prolonging the potential damage to latent images. Or, processing film in a hotel bathroom isn’t difficult, a tank and reels could be picked up once you land here, that and chemistry would fit in a small carry-on bag with ease.

Once (years ago, when I looked the part, and pre security) drove across and developed film in college labs along the way. A few questions as to where the photo department was, and an early evening of developing would result. Met some fun people too. Nowadays, without the proper badges, and with all this grey hair I’d be escorted to the edge of campus in a minute.
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So how did that work for your Instagram? Did you have to crop EVERY picture square?
You don't have to do square crops on IG. 35mm horizontal images don't crop side to side but vertical images crop to 4x5.
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You don't have to do square crops on IG. 35mm horizontal images don't crop side to side but vertical images crop to 4x5.
Exactly what I was about to post, however I'm not sure this chap cares very much for the answer.

Interested in your results of one film/ dev efforts. . .

I guess I have been doing this with the Pentax 67: mostly in the studio with the 135/ 4 macro and FP4 in ID-11. This set up makes for easy printing in the darkroom.
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What an amazing trip! I am very jealous too.
When I did a similar thing a few years ago in Korea I got my colour film process along the way- much easier to travel with cut negatives than rolls of film, it's more compact and you don't worry about all those X-rays.

The gear choice sounds good too, I had the Contax G1 with 45 and 90 about a decade ago and loved the zeiss glass!


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Dang it all! So many good ideas here. As a true-blue Saggitarian, I've decided to go with two 'thoughts' picked up from posts in this thread, in 2018.

I voted sell nothing, but then changed my mind and wanted to go with sell some and use the rest - but I couldn't.No option to change my vote. So as a good card-carrying Saggitarian, I voted again. Is this ethical? If not, why not?

As much as I love new toys to play with, in my old age I already have more than enough cameras at home to keep me happy and busy for the rest of my (I hope, long) life.

Moving on with all these thoughts, typically for me, I can never make up my mind as to which (one) camera I would want to use most in 2018. So for the sake of (partly) pleasing myself while at the same time (mostly) using up the hundreds of films I have in two freezers at home, I've decided as follows -

So the final decision is... drum roll!

A Contax G1 kit with five lenses (28 through 90) for the about 400 rolls of 35mm film (at last count, not including the few bulk rolls in the kitchen fridge) I have and want to use up before they (or I) expire; and

A Rolleiflex T with a 16 exposure kit and plenty of toys (filters, close ups grips, etc etc etc) for the 120 film.

To help me through all this, come May we will be heading off to North America for what, given my age (70) and general level of (fair to middling) health and mobility, may be my last 'big trip' to places I grew up in.

Over three or four months we plan to 'do' Hawaii, southern California, Arizona and New Mexico (I went to school there, our bases will be Silver City and just out of Santa Fe),then across the USA, stopping at various Confederate battle fields, to New Brunswick, Canada, for six weeks exploring the beauty spots of Atlantic Canada. I grew up near Moncton (NB) with summers spent at family cottages in Shediac Cape, so a lot of childhood nostalgia here, to be visited and explored for what will probably be my last time.

Then a long, long (and fortunately for us, leisurely) drive across Canada to Vancouver and back home via Hawaii.

My partner is sort of into photography but much more into researching bits of interesting history (battlefields, Indian settlements, and so on) and loves driving. So I am, as they say here in Tassie, "in like Flynn" for this journey.

Not to be overlooked, said partner will also be taking along a Nikon D700 kit for those 'essential' shots to be captured easily and quickly while I am fussing about on some battlefield or reservation with my antiques.

Paring down the photo gear into sensible lots, whether or not to take the two camera kits, and how to pack and carry so much film will be my next big challenge...

The idea of one camera, one lens appeals but with so much gear to pick and choose from, and so much film to be used, it really is not a sensible option for me at this time in my life. Others I'm sure will have similar reasons for their choices.

Life's fun, and choices are everything, so whatever we decide, go for it and enjoy it to the fullest, I say. While we can.
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