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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    Quote Originally Posted by aeaemd View Post
    My name is Amr and I am a Gear-a-holic.

    I am going to Paris for thanksgiving and , as always, the question of what gear to take comes up. this trip, I am planning to take all medium format gear and leica M9 and monochrome.
    I am curious to know what the medium format shooters take with them in personal trips. For those who are Paris aficionado, any tips, tricks, or secret places to shoot; places outside the icons.
    I searched the internet and I got mixed messages regarding the use of tripod in public/outside, so, please share your personal experience.

    Posting your favorite paris photos is a bonus for all of us.
    My medium format gear is all film, so my travel kit now would include the M9 with 35, 50 and 90 mm lenses and most likely one of the Voigtländers. Or just the Bessa III ... And the iPhone. :-)

    Paris .. With a Minox about 15 years ago ...



    Sometimes it is best to carry as little as possible and spend your time looking, making photographs as you see them happen, rather than carrying gear and debating what to use.

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    I started that thread before my paris trip and it was extremely helpful. NOw, I am considering sweden.
    Any tips, advice, pictures to share?!!

    Amr

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    Amr

    I am glad to see this thread rejuvenated. I can't help with Sweden (I've traveled on business, but not with GEAR :-)

    I do a lot of France and Italy, and will be going to the Dolomites trekking in June and am debating MF vs RF.

    I have travelled with everything from a Kodak back thru every Phase back (except the iq180. also S2 3 times and M8, M9, M9-P, R9/DMR

    and lenses! I took 5 lenses with the DMR and nearly killed myself climbing up and down 3,000 feet in Corsica, and took the P65+ with Contax AND Alpa TC to Wales Snodonia.

    Then about a year ago I sold off Almost everything (close to 100 lenses and 8 cameras. )

    Now down to well, almost....0.. .a few long Leicas and some M's..and my wife's R4 and Digilux-2

    So I am rebuilding from dust collectors to usable gear. The question for the Dolomites is:

    M9 and a few lenses (28, 50, 135 maybe even the 15 and 12mm Voightlanders) . Yes the M9 is magical!
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    the Contax 645 and P65+ (yes, I went back to THAT and 45, 80 and 140mm)

    Which one for the Trek? At 70 YOA I can still carry 30lbs, but I really don't want to

    I have P65+ images from Mt Blanc that are irreplaceable. The M9 just wouldn't do it even with panos.
    BUT you miss a lot of street shots, and we will be in Verona a while.

    No, I won't take both

    From your experience, which will I regret NOT having

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    So, what lenses do use the most with each camera? Take both bodies and just one or two lenses for each. I can do 95% of my work with one lens and 99% with two. As for a wide, stitching is the best "wide in the bag and it does not take up any space. And the great thing with two cameras, if you drop one, you still have another.

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    I tend to take alot of gear with me.
    The Cambo RS with 23 Rodi became my "point and shoot" . Cambo is light and very east to use and the 23 is amazing. I love night photography and long exposures, so 45+, achromatic plus are my main night backs. Credo 80 full spectrum is my day time back for infra red and visible.
    I also take the D800 e with Zeiss 15 mm and 24/70, good for street photography and indoors where you can't use tripod.
    I have to admit that I take my fav camera which is the techno as well, but, it is not great night cam.

    I am going to stockholm for 4 days and started reading about it. It is very hard to get a feel about gong around town. I don't use public transportation a lot and don't know how the taxi situation there Or may be I need to rent a car. All questions you can't find in a book, I need inside info

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    2 wkk trip to Europe. Thinking about taking an RX1 and a Techno with MFDB. Peculiar, yes, but lighter than MF camera and lenses. Might get some shots, both fast and slow shooting. Would take a 55, 90 and a 150 for the view camera, with a stitching back.

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    @aeaemd

    You can easily walk around Stockholm, no problem. And if you get tired the subway is very convenient and safe. If you have any other questions feel free to ask, I lived there for many years.

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    I have been interested to benefit from the opinions of those who have travelled a lot. Next week we head off to UK and Europe for 7 weeks. 645DF with 55mm and 150mm lenses and canon 5D2 with the 24-105 zoom as the low light, general snapshot unit.

    Really still too heavy and I wish I had something smaller than the 5D but that is how it is.

    Thanks to all who have contributed their wisdom to this thread.


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    Will be going to Prague, Croatia and Venice in the Fall and taking my STC with 35, 60, 100, and 150. Total weight with Guru bag is under 15 lbs. Not too bad. I thought about also taking my 800e but that adds another 5 lbs with two lenses and would be very slightly used (I rarely do street shooting).

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    My medium format kit is film rather than digital.
    I prefer to travel as light as possible.
    If I carry MF on travel:

    Hasselblad SWC
    2x A12 backs
    Orange and Green filters
    10x assorted rolls of film
    Meter
    Light tripod
    Cable release
    Plus Leica X2 (or Ricoh GXR-M with 40/90 lenses) plus batts, charger.

    That all fits in a single modest bag and weighs about six lbs, except the tripod.

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    For film, the ideal travel system I had was:

    Mamiya 6 with 75mm
    Horseman SW612 with 55mm

    Now I have gone digital, I do this:

    Pentax 645D with 35mm, 55mm, and 120mm lenses
    Sony RX-1

    All that space I save on not having to carry film gets me a few more optics.

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    When I travel to europe I take the nikon 800e and medium format gear. However, when i get out I take a camera and a couple of lenses depending on the time of the day and what I am doing. If it is midday and sunny, I take my infra red backs with cambo or techno, if going to museum, D800e would be my choice for the low light performance, for night photography, Nikon and 45+. So, ALthough I take a lot of gear to europe, I only take alight weight walking around..

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    It is a real dilemma as to what to bring when you are travelling and have multiple camera systems. I am travelling to Sicily tomorrow and decided to bring 4 systems. I will have a Hassy H2 with an IQ180 and a full complement of H lenses that I will keep in the car for setups within 100 yards of the car. I will have a Nikon D800E for photos within 1,000 yards of the car. I will have a Sony Nex-7 with a 28-200 zoom for longer hikes in the countryside. Finally, I will have a Sigma DP2 Merrill for walking around in towns. I hope I am covered.
    (Just kidding. I decided to take the Nikon D800E and the Sony Nex-7. The Hassy H2/IQ180 is too limiting compared to the D800E for a trip that is not a "dedicated" photography trip. Perhaps I will regret it.)

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    Howard

    You are now an honorary member of the Amr & Graham 'lightweight' MF travel club! I like how you think
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

    As Oscar Wilde said, "my tastes are simple, I only like the best"

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Howard

    You are now an honorary member of the Amr & Graham MF travel club! I like how you think
    I'm off to Australia in a couple of weeks for a month for work with a tag on for photos and I have the same dilemma btw.
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    Quote Originally Posted by hcubell View Post
    It is a real dilemma as to what to bring when you are travelling and have multiple camera systems. I am travelling to Sicily tomorrow and decided to bring 4 systems. I will have a Hassy H2 with an IQ180 and a full complement of H lenses that I will keep in the car for setups within 100 yards of the car. I will have a Nikon D800E for photos within 1,000 yards of the car. I will have a Sony Nex-7 with a 28-200 zoom for longer hikes in the countryside. Finally, I will have a Sigma DP2 Merrill for walking around in towns. I hope I am covered.
    Be aware that break-ins in parked cars is a big problem in southern Europe, particularly during the summer season. Apart from that... 4 systems? That must be some kind of record, no?

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    Graham,

    I thought when you travel light that means only one ALPA.

    Steve

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    Quote Originally Posted by stephengilbert View Post
    Graham,

    I thought when you travel light that means only one ALPA.

    Steve
    No, it means one on each shoulder.
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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Apart from that... 4 systems? That must be some kind of record, no?
    no
    (not me btw, I think my record is merely four but I know someone else ... )
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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    no
    (not me btw, I think my record is merely four but I know someone else ... )
    I should have guessed

    I take the GX680 for a trip now and then, but it's rather bulky. Heavy too, particularly when travelling on a 125cc motorbike on rural dirt roads. So I'm planning to buy an Hy6 for travel, if my wallet can swing it... we'll see.

    Here's one from last year, the local luxury restaurant in Banteay Chhmar.

    GX680 IIIs with 65mm and Fuji Acros 100


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    If you have three days to shoot in Europe, where would you go?!!!
    I am looking for a european destination for thanksgiving..
    I am thinking brussels, but, I am open to change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aeaemd View Post
    If you have three days to shoot in Europe, where would you go?!!!
    I am looking for a european destination for thanksgiving..
    I am thinking brussels, but, I am open to change.
    I'd probably go to Barcelona, or maybe Rome. Both are way more interesting than Brussels.

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    If in Brussels for 3 days, you can go to Gent and Brugges easily by train (1 hour). Brussels is a great place to live in, but apart from the Grand Place, not so many spectacular scenes. Gent and Brugges are worth the travel.
    Otherwise 1h30 to reach Paris with the high speed train.
    Low cost airways within Europe : Ryanair, you can reach other locations that might be less rainy in november, but you loose half a day every time you take a plane ...

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    Somewhere nobody has heard of.
    http://www.keithlaban.co.uk
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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    Amr,

    The landscape and architecture in and around Stockholm would definitely benefit from the Cambo/Leaf kit. I'm there a couple of times a month and I need to take my camera there more often.

    As for other spots in Europe, I think Rome, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Prague, London are all great cities. For landscapes, nothing beats anything hugging the coast in Scotland and Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithL View Post
    Somewhere nobody has heard of.
    An interesting place , Keith , and there are so many .
    Regards . Jürgen .
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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithL View Post
    Somewhere nobody has heard of.
    I agree, we need the input of our european friends

    Amr

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    It doesn't really matter. There's great subject matter everywhere. But since you ask, and I'm in a country that is a bit too hot, I would choose a place that is a bit too cold, like Scotland, the Hebrides.

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    Re: Medium format travel photography.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    It doesn't really matter. There's great subject matter everywhere. But since you ask, and I'm in a country that is a bit too hot, I would choose a place that is a bit too cold, like Scotland, the Hebrides.
    I agree on both points, although a temperature of just right with requisite low humidity is terrific.

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    Hi All,
    I am going to amsterdam and brussels (and around) from sept 19-25, if anybody in that vicinity and interested to go shoot, let me know.


    Amr

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