I will be in the US in July for a month or so, so divided:
- 1 week in NYC;
- 3 weeks driving between Arizona, Nevada, California.
I started thinking about what kind of equipment to bring along for the trip, which will be probably something like once-in-a-lifetime or close to that; so far, I came down with the following:
- one film Leica (M2), with 28 f2, 50 f1, 90 f2.8, loaded with Plus-X;
- one Panasonic GF1 with 20 f1.7 & Leica M adapter (and, if I can find it, a 7-14);
this setup will do for street stuff, people, details, whatever, in a small & portable package.
Now, I need to add a digital MF setup (mostly for landscaper, but not only); I am stuck between the two options below, and would love to hear from you guys about it:
- Phase One DF, P65+, 28 mm, 80 mm, 150 mm (or possibly 210 f4 instead);
- Technical camera with the P65+, 28 Rodenstock HR, 47 Schneider, 90 Schneider.
in both cases, Gitzo 3541 & The Cube.
Bringing the Phase will add the flexibility of being able to shoot handheld, some more reach, AF; bringing the technical camera, smaller & lighter package better for hiking (camera & lenses are smaller, no need for the DF body & batteries), better glass, all kind of movements (tilt, shift, etc), possibility of using filters also on the 28 Rodenstock (vs no filters on the 28 Phase) but less reach & no hand-holdability. The tech camera is also slower in operation, of course, but this wouldn't be much of a problem for landscapes
Also, I will very likely bring a Holga 120 & an Holga pinhole panoramic, they both weight close to nothing and I have a lot of fun with them, and I might also bring an Hassy X-Pan loaded with Velvia if I choose to pack the tech camera - but very unlikely in case of choosing the Phase One due to not being willing to lug around too much weight just for the fun of using the X-Pan.
I would love to hear from those of you familiar with the landscape in that area of the US what they think would be the best package and the best configuration to have with you for such a trip, all things considered...
Thank you very much in advance for your help!