oops, sorry. Maybe I shouldn't have said that. Had a Rollei 3.5E I used for years, and it IS on occasion--worthless. Try standing on the beach looking down into that dark screen. Try standing in the sun trying to see somebody in the shadows. You can't see ZILCH. They're slower to use than your Nikon, no close focus at all. Twelve pictures on a 5 or 6 dollar roll of film demands frugality.
Stack that against a 35 with 36 shots on a roll where you can shoot anything and everything and do your culling later. Remember, you'll be far from home with only that Rollei. You'll miss a lot of shots that you wouldn't have missed with the 35. On top of that, a Rollei is a "collectors item", which means you have to protect it all the time. Like carrying around an antique crystal vase the whole time on your vacation.
I'll butt out. As for me, I don't much care for collectors items. You can't take them out and use them freely, so they sit at home like clutter. As for my house, I have too many hobbies, and way too much clutter. Shoot the Nikon and watch your grain situation, and if you bang it on something and dent it, so what? It's supposed to be a vacation. Why spend it worrying about your collectors item camera?
My rolleiflexes have a magnifier atop the hood and when I put my eye up to that, it blocks the light so I can see well. I shoot them in all weather and lighting conditions. Out of twelve photos, I usually have a couple I am pleased with. That's all I ever want, whether it's a roll of 36 35mm, a hundred or digital photos, or 6 sheets of 4x5 film. I traveled across the country to the pacific coast and with only a yashica TLR, shot 3-4 rolls of film and had a bunch of photos I really enjoyed scanning or printing. It's not a do-everything camera, but TLRs can be deceptively good for general purposes.
What's the point of owning a Rollei/Leica/Hasselblad if you are too scared to take it out of the house.
Several nights spent on the streets of NYC shooting have taught me that trouble rarely comes to you because of the brand of camera you are holding. Act like a dumbass in the wrong part of town and you'll have a problem, but it won't be because you were acting like a dumbass with a Leica. Do you really think a petty thief is going to know the difference between a Rollei and a Yashicamat? A Leica and a Zorki 4? Just because we do, doesn't mean they do as well.
The Rollei takes up, what, like 4"x7"x4"? It's the camera or an extra bottle of gatorade, big deal.
I'm redacting my previous statement on page 1 and just saying bring whatever you're most comfortable with. Shove a 'flex and a 35mm SLR in your bag and have at it.
As for the "Rollei on the beach" conundrum, if it's really that bright then focusing with the GG shouldn't be an issue because you'll be down at like ƒ/11-22 anyway. All you need is a rough idea of your composition. In my opinion it's far more difficult to focus a Rollei or Hasselblad in very -dim- light than very bright light.
Didn't expect such a responce... Thanks guys. Traveling on west coast in San Fran and going down Hwy 1 to San Diego. didn't want to short change myself in beatiful images and street photography. Be passing off the point and shoot digital to wife for all the fun goofy stuff with the kids.
Using a waist level finder "at the beach" is easier than trying to look at an LCD screen held in front of you....
I go on vacation tomorrow and am thinking I'll leave the Rolleis at home in favor of a Mamiya C220, handgrip, CDS finder and three lenses. Not unobtrusive, I know! Or maybe I'll just bring a folder. I'll be dithering about this right up until I leave.
I plan on it.. Rollei and the FE.