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Old 12-01-2014   #81
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Ah yes, same as it was in July.
LOL. I went in July back in 2000, just to experience Bastille day. I experienced it under an umbrella, swaddled in sweaters and coats! That was Chalon-sur-Saone, though. We soaked a week in Paris at the end though.
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The more time I spend with the Leica X, the more I find that a single camera and a 35 to 40 mm lens is my "one lens to rule them all." Using wider (or longer than 50mm) is a relatively rare thing for my druthers of late. Despite having the Color Skopar 35 and Nokton 40, I am so tempted now to obtain a 35 'Lux for the M9 and reduce my camera kit to just the M9 + Nokton 50 + Summilux 35, and the X for when I truly want only the one camera.

No, I won't quite do that. But I will cut down on the excess equipment in the cabinet ... There's simply too much in there of late.

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Old thread .. Looks like I am going in late April/early May. My kit as currently planned:

X-Pro1 w/ 18-55 and OM adapter with one or more of 21/2, 28/2.8, 35/28
Olympus 35SP w/ APX 100 and a couple of rolls of TMY-2

The other option is to take an OM body instead of the 35SP.

My son lives in the 3rd, so lodging is set. My "girlfriend" is a retired French teacher who knows Paris inside-out, so my itinerary is set.
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if you take the OM lenses - may as well take a matching body
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I have taken many photo trips to Paris, usually with one camera and two lenses at most ... but on one trip I took only my Leica 0-Series (and an iPhone, of course).

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I went to Paris for business the last time and didn't had much time there. I had only a few hours for myself.
I took the M2 and a 28/2.8 (plus finder) and a Rolleiflex.
Perfect combo for the occasion. I find reduction of gear always better, makes you stop overthinking things all the time.
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I really love the gardens, parks and courtyards in Paris so a 28mm or 24mm would be perfect.
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Paris has it all wide Boulevards, tight little medieval streets, modern architecture, Gargoyles etc... and everybody and his mother seems to prefer wide lenses (that also seems to be the reason that most Paris shots look the same), where many subjects would be better of being shot using a long lens. Paris is a two focal length city a wider lens say focal length between 15mm and 28mm and longer lens for all the small details and for compression of the perspective say in the 75 to 135mm range. If it absolutely must be one lens the 50mm wins imo.
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I brought a 50 back in 2000, but there were times I wished I had my 28 and 85. But it really didn't matter because I just LOVE being in Paris, with whatever camera I have. Such an overwhelming experience to take in.
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if you take the OM lenses - may as well take a matching body
I'm leaning more that way ... I would be taking the 21/2 and 28/2.8, and maybe one more ... 35/28 or 50/1.4?

Overall I will travel light - I'm starting to evaluate how little I can take - clothing, toiletries, etc. Necessary toiletries can be bought in the neighbourhood. If I can wash clothes, even by hand, at my son's apartment, then I have less to carry and more room to bring back wine and other goodies.

I am now exploring how to post/blog while there. As light as my MacBook Air is, I don't want to take it, I'd rather just use my iPhone when I'm out, and my son's computer and ISP when I'm at his apartment. The only issue is getting JPGs from the X-Pro to the iPhone for sending ad hoc to friends and family, since the Apple camera kit only works with the iPad. I'll probably try a 3rd party piece of hardware before I leave and see if it actually works.
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Best photo-walking city I've ever visited! When I go, I take one camera with a 50mm or its equivalent.
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the OM lenses are pretty close to each other and overlap with the 18-55

I'd go with 21 and 50 only or the 28 and 50 depending how you shoot

I got smart the last vacation and made a list of everything I used from what I packed and you
Can get by on little especially if you can do a laundry load there
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the OM lenses are pretty close to each other and overlap with the 18-55 I'd go with 21 and 50 only or the 28 and 50 depending how you shoot I got smart the last vacation and made a list of everything I used from what I packed and you Can get by on little especially if you can do a laundry load there
Yes, there is overlap so I will have to think it through some more. I have a feeling that the 28 would not be quite wide enough for some situations, so more likely I'll take the 21.
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I'm leaning more that way ... I would be taking the 21/2 and 28/2.8, and maybe one more ... 35/28 or 50/1.4? Overall I will travel light - I'm starting to evaluate how little I can take - clothing, toiletries, etc. Necessary toiletries can be bought in the neighbourhood. If I can wash clothes, even by hand, at my son's apartment, then I have less to carry and more room to bring back wine and other goodies. I am now exploring how to post/blog while there. As light as my MacBook Air is, I don't want to take it, I'd rather just use my iPhone when I'm out, and my son's computer and ISP when I'm at his apartment. The only issue is getting JPGs from the X-Pro to the iPhone for sending ad hoc to friends and family, since the Apple camera kit only works with the iPad. I'll probably try a 3rd party piece of hardware before I leave and see if it actually works.
Trius, seriously consider the eye-fi mobi cards. Wifi your Jpgs to the phone... Easy as pie.
Hubby and I swear by them.

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Trius, seriously consider the eye-fi mobi cards. Wifi your Jpgs to the phone... Easy as pie. Hubby and I swear by them. Mme. O.
I had written off the Mobi cards since I had read a few negative reviews -- not that they didn't work at all, but that they were sort of "kludgy". Maybe I should reconsider.

Is there a way to turn the radio off when you at not transferring files?

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I had written off the Mobi cards since I had read a few negative reviews -- not that they didn't work at all, but that they were sort of "kludgy". Maybe I should reconsider. Is there a way to turn the radio off when you at not transferring files? - Earl

We have only had bad experiences with them (orange mobi cards) when we selectively delete in-camera and then only with the Fuji (man-thing has a x100s and D700, I shoot D3 and old X100).

Occasionally if you do deletes in-camera you will get a card error msg. I've forced this error on Lexar and Secure Digital cards as well so we think it's not a eye-fi issue.

I haven't had any issues with the new CF to SD adapter eye-fi sells and which I use in the D3. It allows me to use an eye-fi card in a CF slot. The transfer is smooth. (We are both jpg shooters, although I have the RAW on the second card in the D3 - on the X100 I don't bother.

I only use the direct wifi camera to phone (or iPad) mode. On the iPhone you can set it up to copy all intake to the camera roll. This is nice because then the images live in two places - the eye-fi app and the camera roll. Admittedly this isn't true back-up - it's all on the same device - but if you delete your camera roll, the images are still in the eye-fi app's memory.

Similarly you can delete them from the app and if you previously had them auto transfer to the camera roll, they'll still be there.

Worth a look.

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Edit. As to turning the wifi off, I'm not sure. I haven't found a soft-switch for that. It's a secure-ish connection, though. Password and all that.
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Oh, and I should add, even with a card error message we were still able to download, shoot, etc. just could not playback on-camera. As long as you don't delete in-camera everything runs very smoothly.
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For Paris, and most other European cities (thinking Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, London, Prague, etc), with only one lens, 28mm for sure.
I'm also a big fan of 21mm, but find it generally too wide to be a one lens only setup. I have tried it, but always end up cropping my 21 a lot in these cities.

35mm would be tempting, but if the goal is to capture the city and famous landmarks and the general atmosphere of these places, you might find it just a tad too tight.

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Oh, and I should add, even with a card error message we were still able to download, shoot, etc. just could not playback on-camera. As long as you don't delete in-camera everything runs very smoothly.
Cool beans, thanks for both responses. In this situation I would not delete in camera. I would transfer all to the external device, verify the transfer, then format the card in camera.
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For Paris, and most other European cities (thinking Amsterdam, Berlin, Dublin, London, Prague, etc), with only one lens, 28mm for sure. I'm also a big fan of 21mm, but find it generally too wide to be a one lens only setup. I have tried it, but always end up cropping my 21 a lot in these cities. 35mm would be tempting, but if the goal is to capture the city and famous landmarks and the general atmosphere of these places, you might find it just a tad too tight. As to add a second lens, 50mm no question.
Thank you - that makes a lot of sense. If I have room I may take all three (21, 35 & 50) pour couvrir ma derrière.
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Since we are on the RF Form, 35 mm lens.

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Cool beans, thanks for both responses. In this situation I would not delete in camera. I would transfer all to the external device, verify the transfer, then format the card in camera.
That's the way to go. The card keeps track of what's been transferred so depending on how much you shoot you can leave your originals on the card, I suppose.

The Nikon doesn't seem to care how full the card is, but the Fuji, being somewhat slower seems to get even slower with a fuller card (non-eye-fi as well). Regardless, we do daily upload/formatting, if not more frequently.
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You drive a hard bargain. OK, but ... NO!
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Here is my plan:
  • Buy some Tilley travel clothes - have a lifetime guarantee and are quick dry. Do I really need to have a different "outfit" every day when I am going on a trip of a lifetime? Am I on a friggin' fashion runway subject to reviews in the early edition of Vogue? I think not.
  • Send any other clothing ahead via courier - avoid any checked baggage charges
  • Buy toiletries in Paris - should I REALLY schlep anything across the ocean that I cannot buy a few steps from my son's apartment? Razor blades? Deodorant? WHY THE HELL DO WE SCHLEP THIS STUFF ON ANYTHING BUT DULL, BORING DOMESTIC JOURNEYS?
  • Travel incoming with a small carryon (if necessary) and camera bag with critical stuff - cameras, SD cards, charger, gear, travel documents) plus one change of clothes and basic toiletries in case there's a travel interruption.
  • If required, buy an inexpensive piece of luggage for shipping back purchases - wine, cheese (trying to figure out how to keep perishables chilled,) les souvenirs, etc.
  • Leave cheap/non-essential stuff behind.
  • Send exposed film back via courier that can certify non-destructive scanning. Maybe. Must research this.
  • Done
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Here is my plan:[*]Buy some Tilley travel clothes - have a lifetime guarantee and are quick dry. Do I really need to have a different "outfit" every day when I am going on a trip of a lifetime? Am I on a friggin' fashion runway subject to reviews in the early edition of Vogue? I think not.[*]Send any other clothing ahead via courier - avoid any checked baggage charges[*]Buy toiletries in Paris - should I REALLY schlep anything across the ocean that I cannot buy a few steps from my son's apartment? Razor blades? Deodorant? WHY THE HELL DO WE SCHLEP THIS STUFF ON ANYTHING BUT DULL, BORING DOMESTIC JOURNEYS?[*]Travel incoming with a small carryon (if necessary) and camera bag with critical stuff - cameras, SD cards, charger, gear, travel documents) plus one change of clothes and basic toiletries in case there's a travel interruption.[*]If required, buy an inexpensive piece of luggage for shipping back purchases - wine, cheese (trying to figure out how to keep perishables chilled,) les souvenirs, etc.[*]Leave cheap/non-essential stuff behind.[*]Send exposed film back via courier that can certify non-destructive scanning. Maybe. Must research this.[*]Done
All sounds good but I'd bring clothes that you wear every day. Stuff that you've never worn before looks funny.
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I'd take a single carryon that has a retractable handle and 4 wheels
Like the samsonite spinners - if you have one carryon , you may as well have a good one and fill it
Toiletries can be expensive when you don't know where to buy them
I take a minimum - usually the travel sizes, also don't take up much room

Clothes - a little goes a long way, you can get by on 1-2 changes , shoes are the
Big no-nos, if I take 2 pair, I pack the smaller lighter ones and wear the heavy
Layers - warmer and decomposable for use as separates
Tilley - to each his own
No need to ship anything

Camera stuff usually fits in the roll on bag
No need for laptop etc usually now just a phone
Chargers and euro-plugs
Knapsack or satchel for daily use - knapsacks on one shoulder - must be American...
Dark colors are more reusable


The traditional rule is pile your clothes next to your money before you go
Take away half the clothing and then double the money pile and you are set!

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  • Buy some Tilley travel clothes - have a lifetime guarantee and are quick dry. Do I really need to have a different "outfit" every day when I am going on a trip of a lifetime? Am I on a friggin' fashion runway subject to reviews in the early edition of Vogue? I think not.
  • Send any other clothing ahead via courier - avoid any checked baggage charges
  • Buy toiletries in Paris - should I REALLY schlep anything across the ocean that I cannot buy a few steps from my son's apartment? Razor blades? Deodorant? WHY THE HELL DO WE SCHLEP THIS STUFF ON ANYTHING BUT DULL, BORING DOMESTIC JOURNEYS?
  • Travel incoming with a small carryon (if necessary) and camera bag with critical stuff - cameras, SD cards, charger, gear, travel documents) plus one change of clothes and basic toiletries in case there's a travel interruption.
  • If required, buy an inexpensive piece of luggage for shipping back purchases - wine, cheese (trying to figure out how to keep perishables chilled,) les souvenirs, etc.
  • Leave cheap/non-essential stuff behind.
  • Send exposed film back via courier that can certify non-destructive scanning. Maybe. Must research this.
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Spent 5 days in Paris over the New Year with M6 + 35/2 over the shoulder, two extra rolls of Tri-x in my pocket and literally nothing else. (Rest of the Tri-x was in my backpack with spare clothes back in the hotel)

Walking around carrying nothing, not even a light backpack or messenger bag, and one small camera under your arm or around your neck is extremely satisfying to me.

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Spent 5 days in Paris over the New Year with M6 + 35/2 over the shoulder, two extra rolls of Tri-x in my pocket and literally nothing else. (Rest of the Tri-x was in my backpack with spare clothes back in the hotel) Walking around carrying nothing, not even a light backpack or messenger bag, and one small camera under your arm or around your neck is extremely satisfying to me. Wonderful Bruno Barbey show at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, by the way. Highly recommended.
This aesthetic is right on the money.

We regularly go to work for five to six months at a time. On the road. Hotels, BnBs, Hostels, outposts, bases...

One change of clothes.

Nothing that can't be put in a very small backpack. We often work camera to phone. I make a small concession and bring a small wireless keyboard for writing copy.

Oral hygiene is key.

I met my now-husband when we were both covering the same story back in the early nineties. I liked the way he packed (even lighter than I).
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My 2 cents. While I have never been to Paris, I have traveled to many other places in Europe. A couple of years back we went to Italy and visited several cities. My camera gear was : Epson RD1s with CV 35/1.2 and CV 15/4.5 - perfect set for me (and having 1.2. lens was just perfect for all those dark churches and museums). For film I took Rollei 35s and MF vintage Welta Weltur 6x6 RF folder. Only used a few rolls in film cameras - mostly used RD1s. But this set up was perfect. Light enough to carry all day and covered pretty much every situation I encountered.
Prior to that trip I used to bring more lenses/cameras and it was a pain to carry and later think/chose what lens to use when. Having something simple - makes life much easier.
Oh - I forgot, I also had a little digital Canon P&S - mo bigger than pack of smokes - for back ups - if batteries run out or something breaks. Used it a few times too, but just because I had it, fortunately never actually NEEDED it.
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Oh, and since this thread is called - one lens to rule them all - for me it would be CV 35/1.2 - wide AND long enough for most situations and FAST. Yes, it's on a larger side but it's worth it - image quality it delivers and it's speed saved my behind so many times....you'd be surprised how many times you need that extra 1/2 stop .
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did Paris for a week not that long ago and took a group of wide lenses for my M6...15 Cosina, 21, 28, and 35mm.. an amazing number of the "keeper" images are off the 15 and 21...Paris is a wide angle subject
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Robert Doseneau !
I tried it one year, only to learn that I'm not very comfortable with my Rollei. But you're right. Doisneau's Paris is definitive. I'd like to see what NY Dan would bring back!
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I agree with most of what have been said above. The last time I was in Paris, I brought a Fuji X-100 with it's 2/23mm lens and a simple on board flash and I was happy with it. Keep in mind that upon arrival in the airport, you can buy an all-in bus/metro card and hop on and off as you please. I'll save you time and keep you warm. Good luck!
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When I visited Europe years ago, I had only my 50mm. For 95% of my shots this was very satisfactory. Several times I could have used a much wider lens, a 24 or 21; a 35 wouldn't have been wide enough. Rather than forego the inclusive image I wanted, I stitched together several 50mm images, and today I'm glad I did that. My goal was to visit & tour "light" on foot, to preserve memories. At least in my experience, in proportion to the number of pieces of equipment I take, the concern becomes more "which camera/lens should I use" and trying to remember where I put everything.
So if I could do it again I guess it would be a 50 & a very wide. Enjoy the trip with whatever you're comfortable using and carrying.
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