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Old 09-25-2019   #41
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I have multiple cameras at my disposal but like others, I don't use or bring them with me all the time.
It all depends on the requirement of the jobs and what medium do I feel like using.
ie for portrait works, I'll bring my digital camera and portrait lens
for landscape, it can be either or both a digital and film camera

for travel, my main priority now is comfort and to travel light so I'll just bring my Sony A7RII with 21mm and 35mm and possibly the M3 as backup/2nd camera.
for most snap shots I tend to use the iphone but when making a photo, a dedicated camera still wins for me.

I cringe now thinking back when I first started getting serious into photography and we went to Hawaii, I would walk and tour around with 2 DSLRs, one with a 24-105mm and one with a 70-300.

Also last weekend, I decided to head up to the mountains to catch the sunrise, halfway through the 2 hours drive, I realized that I forgot my digital camera with me but had my new Iphone 11 Pro and Leica M3 in the bag (my main priority was to test the new camera phone capability and work on my film scanning workflow).
I was still able to make beautiful pictures.
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Most of us have multiple cameras, but tend to use only one or two for appropriate times. This makes a lot of sense; I do this as well.

When I want to shoot sports or parades, I take something with a long zoom. Canon 5D Mark II with 70-200 f4 ISL, or Panasonic GH4 with 35-100 f2.8.

When I'm shooting everyday walkaround, a compact camera with a wide angle lens is the go, preferably something quick and responsive, which means the Ricoh GR, Sony RX0, or Panasonic LX10.

For the best image quality and haptic bliss, it's the Leica M9 with 1-3 lenses, although one lens tends to get the most use.

And here I'm still illustrating the 'problem'. Over the years, I've collected bits and pieces of gear which are suited to different situations. I wouldn't carry a 5D Mark II everyday (I used to, but not any more), but it's very useful in certain situations. The GH4 is far more compact and rapid, but it lacks in image quality compared with the Canon.

In my first years of photography, I only had one camera, and I made it work for as many situations as possible. As my collection grew, so did the decisions I had to make as to what was going to work in any given place. As others have said, there is no real middle road between multiple shooting situations and minimal gear, you either use what is appropriate for situations, or you miss out some but not others, or you adjust your expectations for what the gear will capture.
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Using a smaller camera bag helps by limiting you to essentials only.

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Old 09-25-2019   #44
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Using a smaller camera bag helps by limiting you to essentials only.

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Really good point. To limit myself, I use a small bumbag/waist pack as a sling bag. It carries wallet, sunglasses, and one pocket camera. However, I cheat by putting the pocket camera in the bag and another, smaller camera, in my actual pocket.
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I used to want to haul a full kit of lenses around when I was using mostly SLR's. But since delving a bit deeper into rangefinders, I find myself just taking a two or three lens get up most times, even with the SLR's.



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Old 09-25-2019   #46
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This thread reminds me of an old joke.

A rather large gentleman bought a talking bathroom scale to weigh himself at home.

The first time he got on it, it said, "only one person at a time, please."

This seems excellent advice to follow for 'minimalist' (or 'minimal') photography.

For those who have missed the obvious, delete "person" and insert "camera and lens"...

The above said, I have another story (a serious one) to tell, but I will save it for another post at some other time.
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This thread reminds me of an old joke.

A rather large gentleman bought a talking scale to weigh himself at home.

The first time he got on it, it said, "only one at a time, please."

This seems to me to be excellent advice to follow for 'minimalist' (or 'minimal') photography.

The above said, I have another story (a serious one) to tell, but I will save it for another post at some other time.
I don't get it. Only one what?

Oh . . . only one foot at a time?
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Old 09-27-2019   #48
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I don't get it. Only one what?

Oh . . . only one foot at a time?
Rob, read #46 again.

In metric, we would say "meter" - so a double connotation here!
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Old 09-27-2019   #49
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Back in the days I was a working photographer, I had all the gear I needed. Several fast zooms, a few primes and, always, two bodies. When I retired (was forced out of the newspaper business) I decided to take what I call the "HCB approach". I figured if a great photojournalist like Cartier-Bresson could make a Leica with a 50mm his constant companion, I would try the same. Today I have just three cameras - a Fuji X100S with a WCL (28mm) attached, a Fuji X100S with a TCL (50mm) attached, and a Yashica Electro35 GS with a fixed 45mm. Usually I just decide on one of these but sometimes I do carry both the Fuji cameras to have some flexibility. On several occasions, I have gone on ocean cruises and just used the old Yashica and Tri-X film.
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Back in the days I was a working newspaper photographer, I normally carried a Nikon F2 with a 35mm f/2, an 85mm f/1.8, and a 180mm f/2.8. I carried these items plus a Vivitar 283 flash, a handheld light meter, and a few rolls of b&w film in a small army surplus bag on a 650cc BSA motorcycle. Later, I replaced the 35mm f/2 with the 35mm f/1.4 shown in the attached photo.


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Since I like prime lenses, minimal equipment to me usually consists of two camera bodies, one with a 35mm lens, the other with a 50mm lens (or APS-C equivalent lenses). I've also gone the DSLR with zoom route. Sometimes a single prime lens on a single camera body. Sometimes a fixed lens digital. Sometimes a bag with extra cameras and lenses. I don't really have a system or method. I'm flexible day to day.
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My most used set-up is carrying two cameras with one lens each. I could manage with one camera and one lens. On the other hand, there is for me also the enjoyment of using different equipment once in a while. It is not a photographic need. It is about enjoying photography for myself.
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Old 09-27-2019   #53
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I mostly do street photography and for a few years only traveled with an SWC. My “style” was to walk right up to the subject maybe from 4 to 6 feet away and snap. I grew tired of it because the shots look more or less the same to me after a while. I got hooked on the Rolleiflex with the 75mm Planar and it is now my primary camera. With the Rollei I compose on the GG and my photos look more structured not the random off axis look with the SWC. I sent out 100 sheets of 6x6 negs for scanning and will post the shots. Going through and editing about 600 sheets of 6x6 negs I can say the SWC shots were most successful because I was able to get close. If I must choose one camera for the rest of my life it would be the SWC.
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Old 09-29-2019   #54
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I am always filled with awe of the people who shoot with one camera and few lenses. ...but those people usually do just one type of photography.

I love variety in all things. Cameras, media, hobbies in general.

In my heart, I KNOW I would be a better street photographer if I just picked one camera and lens. But perfecting my street photography doesn't trump everything else.

Right now, I'm in a vintage point & shoot phase; I picked up a nice Minolta Freedom II at the thrift store for $5, and it seems to be working nicely. I've got a roll of Tri-X that I'm going to finish off this evening at a family party with my Nikon L35AF3. (Bears game + Rosh Hashanah)

In a week or two, my Yashica Electro 35 CC will be back from CLA and I will likely delight in that for a while, and send my Rollei 35 off for CLA. Then, I plan to re-seal my Electro 35 GS and OM1N.

At some point, I "need" a Zuiko OM 35/2.8 and an Zuiko Digital 17/1.8 for my OM-D. It's a lot of fun to rotate through them.

To spice this up a bit, here's a recent shot with my Rollei 35 and Tri-X:

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Using a smaller camera bag helps by limiting you to essentials only.

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I like using a larger bag than I need. That way, I can call it a camera bag even though it is a "murse" or "man bag" or "European Carryall". (which are not socially acceptable in the US.)
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I should also point out that, although I HAVE a lot of cameras, lenses and other gear, I only take a small kit each time I go out. Either it's what I'm in the mood to shoot or what is suited to the intended subject.

Lately, it has been just a simple point & shoot 35 mm with a nice prime lens: 35, 38 or 40 mm, between f/2.8 and f/4. I went from the fully manual Rollei 35. Later, maybe I'll settle for something with aperture priority and exposure compensation. (without having to move the ISO
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To spice this up a bit, here's a recent shot with my Rollei 35 and Tri-X:

Lovely shot Jeremy!
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For the last year, I've been sticking with the M2 and a Version III 'Cron 50mm. Lotsa M-gear and Nikon DSLR (plus an F5), but I mostly used the 50mm, and develop and print Ilford film myself.


Sometimes I use a 35mm Summarit with the M2, but even then I zoom with my feet.



I do like the Nikon 85mm f1.8 with my D600 - great lens.
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Minimal kit is my goal these days after spending too long in the rabbit hole.

Mamiya Press (my big neg kit)
Canon EOS 1 (my 35mm kit)
Ricoh GRD (my snapshot kit)
Iphone 7+ (my video kit with moment lenses)

More than enough frills for a hobbyist like me.
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I am down to one kit: M9 body, Monochrome body, 24 Elmarit, 35 Summicron (bokeh king), 50 Summicron (pre ASPH) and the 90 f 3.5). Carried in a small bag with 20 cards four extra batteries and a small flash. Other than my cell phone (Iphone XR), that is all the camera gear I own.
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Amateurs are not required to have an identifiable and marketable style like most artists and professionals do. They have more permission to try out different gear and not settle on any one thing. That’s not to say that experimentation isn’t necessary for everyone at certain times, but hobbyists don’t have the bottom line of selling work hanging over their heads making them commit to a visual and technical franchise.

Well said and i concur
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With that said, I have always preferred a single focal length and 1 body approach.

My bag currently has two 500 series Hasselblad bodies, 3 backs and a 50. Two meters, 2 283's and about 20 rolls.

Pretty much redundancy in case
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Still using the old 283's?

It seems the Strobist community has collapsed with the creation of so many camera sub groups I have not seen many if any 283's in peoples kits.

I kept two of my 283's both I modified to be barebulb units with household sync bases.

I sold a huge box of modified 283's this past Winter. Maybe 5$ a piece or less.
I remember a time when a 5$ 283 was a bargain only had at the thrift shop.


Btw. used to be a business that sold optical triggers (Zebraflash...FlashZebra?) I purchased a few of their HH triggers as well as their dedicated Vivitar port triggers and have used them exclusively on my 283/285's with great success. Plus they are orange.. I like orange!
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I use one camera, an M2, and one lens, a 50mm. I have some other cameras, but they now serve as seldom-used backups if the M2 is in for repairs/CLA. The last time I used a 35mm lens was about five years ago.

There is nothing restrictive or ‘disciplined’ about any of this, as it just fits my style. When I first started shooting film (after switching from digital), I rotated among three or four cameras, finding myself gravitating more and more to the Leica iiif. The M2 followed a few years later.

Ultimately would rather not think about which camera to choose; perhaps I get to compulsive about it, like I did with zoom lenses.

Anyway, it really was just a natural process of elimination based largely on ergonomics (as all my other cameras were equally capable).

Likewise, a normal lens best suits my view; not necessarily averse to a wide, but the 50mm is versatile enough, and I never feel the need for anything longer.

Things might change down the road, but a rangefinder, Tri-X, and a 50mm is all I need now.
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Does anyone here have just one or two primary cameras, and if so, what is it, and how do you find a path between multiple shooting environments and minimal gear?
I have only one camera (X100F at the moment, but previously it has been an M6, M4, etc). I find that it suits my type of photography well, and is easy. But, if I was to get into bird photography then I’d obviously need more kit. I think in that case I’d keep them separate, so in effect I have two kits - they’re different things, so I’d have a bird kit, and an everyday kit. They can both be minimal if needed, and I wouldn’t take it all everywhere.
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I'm a leica guy, coll. summicron 50mm with either M2 or tiny leica II black
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Still using the old 283's?

It seems the Strobist community has collapsed with the creation of so many camera sub groups I have not seen many if any 283's in peoples kits.

I kept two of my 283's both I modified to be barebulb units with household sync bases.

I sold a huge box of modified 283's this past Winter. Maybe 5$ a piece or less.
I remember a time when a 5$ 283 was a bargain only had at the thrift shop.


Btw. used to be a business that sold optical triggers (Zebraflash...FlashZebra?) I purchased a few of their HH triggers as well as their dedicated Vivitar port triggers and have used them exclusively on my 283/285's with great success. Plus they are orange.. I like orange!
I still have a 283, and two 285s, as well as a Sunpak 322 and a Sunpak 622. I have filters for them as well. The 322 was a big favorite of mine due to its power settings (and I could afford a couple). The 622 was for when I wanted to scare the sun.

I also had/have several Tilt-a-mite style flashes and flash bulbs, including several boxes of IR bulbs.

One of my favorite flash photos was flash with bulbs and painting with flash inside a military chapel that had been set afire. Went there at night, set up my SLR (Fujica ST 901) on tripod in the choir loft on the bulb setting and proceeded to walk around using the flash bulbs. Bulbs just have a look to them that flash can't match.

Flash has other uses too of course. Wish I still had time and health to be heavily involved in photography. I miss using flash.
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I don't do much photography any more due to life circumstances, and health. I have a variety of camera, but only three "kits." Four lens max in one, one with three fixed lens cameras, 35mm, 6x6, and 9x12, and one with multiple lenses and one camera.
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I have a lot of gear. But for my trip to England, Switzerland and Austria last week I only took a Leica M7, the new CV 40 1.2 and Fuji NPS 160.
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I have a lot of gear. But for my trip to England, Switzerland and Austria last week I only took a Leica M7, the new CV 40 1.2 and Fuji NPS 160.
Sounds like fun... How did that work out for you, Huss?

Though I have "several" cameras, I chose to bring only the Leica M-D 262 and 35mm Summicron v.1 on this snowy vacation to the Canadian Rockies. A useful choice!
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Still using the old 283's?

It seems the Strobist community has collapsed with the creation of so many camera sub groups I have not seen many if any 283's in peoples kits.

I kept two of my 283's both I modified to be barebulb units with household sync bases.

I sold a huge box of modified 283's this past Winter. Maybe 5$ a piece or less.
I remember a time when a 5$ 283 was a bargain only had at the thrift shop.


Btw. used to be a business that sold optical triggers (Zebraflash...FlashZebra?) I purchased a few of their HH triggers as well as their dedicated Vivitar port triggers and have used them exclusively on my 283/285's with great success. Plus they are orange.. I like orange!
I suppose old habits die hard. They continue to do the job, i can operate them in my sleep and they are cheap as chips. What more could you ask for?
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Sounds like fun... How did that work out for you, Huss?

Though I have "several" cameras, I chose to bring only the Leica M-D 262 and 35mm Summicron v.1 on this snowy vacation to the Canadian Rockies. A useful choice!
nice, how was the trip?

I was in Moraine Lake on Sunday morning and there was less crowd than the previous week. (larch season is almost done and a lot colder now)

35mm focal length is so versatile for general travel lens but I still like to pack my 21mm and 50mm for specific shots that I long for
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Sounds like fun... How did that work out for you, Huss?

Though I have "several" cameras, I chose to bring only the Leica M-D 262 and 35mm Summicron v.1 on this snowy vacation to the Canadian Rockies. A useful choice!
I'll soon find out when I get my film back! Weather sucked in Austria, last year later than this time it was glorious.

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nice, how was the trip?

I was in Moraine Lake on Sunday morning and there was less crowd than the previous week. (larch season is almost done and a lot colder now)

35mm focal length is so versatile for general travel lens but I still like to pack my 21mm and 50mm for specific shots that I long for
Mostly business but so nice to get out of my regular LA bubble!
I find it very easy to use the 40mm lens, I just frame between the 35 and 50 lines.
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I'll soon find out when I get my film back! Weather sucked in Austria, last year later than this time it was glorious.



Mostly business but so nice to get out of my regular LA bubble!
I find it very easy to use the 40mm lens, I just frame between the 35 and 50 lines.
Agree, I have the Nokton 40mm 1.4 MC and find that it is a nice in between 35mm and 50mm lens. Also plenty sharp at f4 or f5.6.

Looking forward to see pictures from your trip
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I'm not there yet, but I'm hedged with mucho Leica digital, small format film, and medium format film cameras. It took a while to assemble this herd, but one day I figure will be the cull down. A lot depends on if I can build out a darkroom in my retirement.

Know I also leave open the possibility of maintaining my analog and digital possibilities. So far I've avoided camera austerity.

I have a lot of good stuff (film gear) that I acquired used over time that is likely unable to be secured today at good prices. Pretty much I could get my money back or make a profit, but once sold could not or would not be replaced.

As far as being practical, all I need is a wide and a normal, and generally because I don't like changing lenses I prefer keeping two rigged cameras.

Also I have been thoughtful in my lens selections. Certain lenses like My Noct-Nikkor and 50 Lux-R "E60" fit my SL (digital) and Nikon and Leica film bodies. I also have a Leitax adapter so that I can even mount the 50 Lux "E60" on my F3P. M-glass also can be utilized on my SL.

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It is pretty straight-forward. You use what you have with you and get on with the business of creating interesting images.
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