Yes I agree as I said earlier with the Mamiya 7 either one would be good, light, accurate, great lenses.
Originally Posted by RalphLambrecht
But if you're not wanting to buy a new system, go with the MF for travel unless as I said you have whole days to devote to LF.
Yes, I am doing my best to avoid buying any more systems at the time being... I'd rather build a good, complete set of one MF system and one LF system. Once I have more cash I am planning upgrade from the Busch to a Nagaoka/Anba/Tachihara and to buy a nice set of three or so lenses. I am quite happy with the three lens set on the Hasselblad, I don't lust for any others. I've spent less on my three lens Hasselblad set then it would cost me to get a good condition Mamiya 7 and one lens (remarkable, really, how cheap you can obtain deluxe MF SLR equipment for).
Originally Posted by StoneNYC
I will have full (8+ hour) days to devote to photography, but it certainly won't be every day of the trip. I have to say, I partially convinced myself to buy into Hasselblad over Mamiya or Pentax because I thought it would be a better system to take on trips, so I might feel a twinge of guilt if I didn't bring it. After a lot of thought, I think I'll axe the 250mm if I bring it, even though I *know* I will want it a few times. That being said, my girlfriend has lodged a vote for Pressman, and I would hate to disappoint her...
I think I will test pack for each set and see how each feels. Or maybe processing my most recent shots with each tonight will bring some light onto the matter.
It's fun to watch these threads -- a seemingly simple question can produce a different answer from just about every respondent. My limited experience with traveling around Europe a bit has taught me a couple of things. One is that if I'm traveling with family members, it's a waste to bring much gear. There's just too many distractions keeping track of what's going on. The second is that traveling on public transit, the less 'stuff' to carry, the better.
If I were headed over there again with family members, I would probably take my Perkeo II with a small pile of B&W film, and the fairly recent high end point&shoot of -- uh -- 'alternate technology' (Canon G15) that I recently acquired (as opposed to a previous dSLR). If the travel effort was a bit less complicated, I might replace the Perkeo with my Yashica 124G. I'm sure I would occasionally wish I had my Bronica SQ-A, but that's quite a handful, especially if one wanted an extra lens or two, or extra back, or finder. No matter what one has at hand, there is always some circumstance that stretches its resources a little.
Methinks it's best to go with a limited selection of familiar gear that can be packed compactly and carried easily, and learn to live with it.
(But that's just me.)
Oh If the girlfriend says bring the large-format, then definitely do that, take advantage of it when you can because I know at least from my own personal experience that it's not often they are okay with you bringing the gear that takes longer to work with
Originally Posted by jspillane
Overseas travel and not a photo trip?....without question the Hasselblad and no more than two lenses. I do this all the time with a 501CM, 60 & 100 CF and get great results, decent sized kit, fantastic photographs. All that matters in photography is the impact of the photos you got, so use gear that stays out of the way.
If it were me I would bring either the two lens Hassy kit or my dinky bag with an M3 / 50 1.4 lux and my Xpan with three lenses, that kit rocks for overseas.....
Don't get me wrong, I love 4x5, just souped 130 sheets in a row as part of a marathon film souping session. But it is a LOT more to deal with overseas, even John Sexton leaves his Technika stateside preferring the Hasselblad for overseas work.
"I'm the freak that shoots film. God bless the freaks!" ~ Mainecoonmaniac ~
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Did John replace his SL-66 kit with a Hasselblad at some point?
Originally Posted by PKM-25
Everything is determined by Murphy's law. If I travel with MF, I'll wish I had the 4x5 instead, and visa versa. No big deal. One can only print
so many shots anyway. But in general, I prefer the biggest format that is practical to carry. I won't risk my 8x10 or best lenses of a flight
destination, however, even when its all in the carry-on.
Took one of his printing classes last year, he mentioned his and hers Hasselblad's when sight seeing and not any sl66.
Originally Posted by Sal Santamaura
I understood that he was influenced by AAto get into Hasselblad.
Alright. I've debated and agonized, and done some shooting, and I think I've got a new plan.
100-125 sheets of 4x5 (various emulsions)
Canonet QL17 GIII
20-30 rolls of 35mm (50/50 B&W and color)
It's as light as bringing the Hasselblad 60mm/120mm, but I think more versatile, in that the Canonet can fit in my pocket, and i can get nice, massive negatives from the Pressman to contact print when I return.
I'm sure i'll be sad not to have the Hasselblad, but it will be waiting for me when I get back... I mostly like to use it on a tripod with flashes and models, which isn't likely to be part of the equation on this trip. Also, if by some stroke of bad luck the Busch and Canonet are both stolen/destroyed/lost, combined they cost me less than the Zeiss 60mm CB alone.
Thanks for all the feedback... If I get good results I will be sure to share them!