A previous post called 'missed opportunities' started on the topic of what photo kit to carry with you every day but then changed to a photo blunders thread - and a very interesting read. I'd like to reintroduce the topic of what you guys carry around every day so you won't miss that unexpected photo opp.
Small and simple is good. I also prefer mechanical and manual, but that's just me. I seem to be stuck in the 40's to 70's when it comes to cameras that I find interesting. I always want to be carrying some kind of camera. Also good is something picked up cheap so losing it or damaging it won't hurt too much. Whenever I get a new used camera, it is the one I lug around for a while until I get used to it and the novelty wears off. When I got my Speed Graphic a few weeks ago, it came with me for a few days. After that experience, carrying a Rollei TLR did not seem to be that cumbersome anymore. Sometimes I'll switch cameras on a day where I decide I'm 'feeling MF' and not 35mm. I may have a regular travelling camera for a while, or I may switch as the mood strikes me. Here's a list of cameras that I've taken back and forth to my regular job, or have with me in the car on weekends while doing errands:
Rollei 35TE, Kodak Rettina 2a, Agfa Karat, Canon QL3G, Konica S2, Nikon 601 with 50mm or 28-70mm, Pentax ME with 45mm pancake lens, Bessa 1, Perkeo 2, Nikonos 3. Most of these I bought at camera swap meets or garage sales for less than $100
The usual everyday camera is the Voigtlander Perkeo II, but occasionally I might use anything 4x5" or smaller.
One nice option that I use sometimes is a Canon EF set for MLU with a pinhole lenscap, fast film, and a Voigtlander Kontur finder for framing.
I am arranged by "kits":
35mm kit is camera with lens on it, two other lenses, and three rolls of film. It's packed and usually in the car or brief case.
4x5 kit is a monorail in a domke bag with six holders and three lenses, loupe, meter, and darkcloth. Always packed and film is always loaded in the holders.
8x10 kit is a wooden field camera, two lenses, loupe, meter, and darkcloth. 6 holders, always loaded.
It was really pretty easier assembling all of these, and not that expensive except for buying two meters (which I did over 12 years, not at once) and the camera bags.
I did this because I lost count of the times I went on a trip and realized I had unloaded holders, or a polaroid back and a box of sheet film (not readyloads), or no meter, or no darkcloth.
</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (David Hall @ Jan 29 2003, 03:02 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> 35mm kit is camera with lens on it, two other lenses, and three rolls of film. It's packed and usually in the car or brief case.
Which lenses? This is what I've been debating. A Long zoom and a couple of shorter Primes? Any filters thrown in for good measure?
35mm, 90mm, 135mm. I actually use the 35mm about 80% of the time, the 90mm about 15% of the time, and the 135mm about never.
110, 150, 240
Yes. Yellow all the way around. I also have deep orange and red lee filters for the 4x5 and 8x10, but then realized one day that I am not Ansel Adams reincarnated, so I don't ever really use those. I use the yellows quite a bit.
When I was doing color, until about five years ago, I always carried and often used a polarizer.
I don't carry a camera everyday/everywhere but have recently been taking one with me while the family have been out riding our new bikes (Chrissy presents!) I take a Yashica ME-1 which is a zone focus compact with 38/2.8 lens loaded with Tri-X and a spare roll. The other day I took a couple of rolls, all while at least sitting on my bike, most while riding and am going to pick the better ones (lots of duds!) and create a story of sorts. I'll post the URL when it's ready for you to have a laugh! I did the same thing from the car also... the bike makes for a better tripod!
Unless you either have lots of memory sticks or no aspirations beyond simple 5x7 prints, it seems like carrying a digital camera would be even more frustrating, because what if you saw the coolest thing ever but couldn't have any image other than a lowish rez digital image forever? At least with film of whatever size or speed, you always have more options and it's always archivable digitally in addition to the film itself. Right?
There are lots of options besides having lots of memory sticks. I have a mindstore that holds 20gb of photos. I went to the olympics and took a over a thousand uncompressed pictures with a 5mp camera.