Take the Nikon FM, sell the Chinon and buy a ext tube to do macro . Rules that work for me - To much gear will ruin trip, if its in your bag you won't use it.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I can't sell the chinon though, I inherited you see. It would be rude to sell I think (although he can't really do anything about it). And I really like the m42 mount, there are so many good lenses available for a song.
I think I will go for the FM with a few lenses, no tripod and a digital prosumer compact.
Sigh. I really wanted the RB for this one, but as I'm the one carrying the tent and stove I think the extra bulk will make the trip somewhat less enjoyable.
Take it all. Plus a good, heavy tripod. (This is from a guy who just spent two weeks backpacking in the High Sierra with a Pentax 67).
The N80 would be my first choice, along with the 50mm and 28mm prime. You could pick up an N75 for a song and keep one for color, one for B&W. Don't forget a polarizer. If you use Ektar with a polarizer you get Velvia, but no slides to project and wow your friends with when you get back.
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How much do the latter figure in your plans? If you are quite serious about close-up work, an SLR would have an advantage over the rangefinders.
Originally Posted by olleorama
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Throw out the knife, fork, & spoon set and buy yourself a lightweight titanium spork instead. Then have a look at the cooking gear - A single Ti pan is enough, and you can cook over a pepsi can stove. Tent pegs can be made from sticks laying around, and you can cut out poles by using your tripod as the main support.
Now you can think about packing the RB67
Remember - If your camping gear weighs more than the camera kit, either pick a lighter tent or get a bigger camera :o
Take the rb67. If you really want to take it, just deal with the extra weight. I'd rather regret having too much with me than too little.
Originally Posted by paul_c5x4
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I agree with taking the FM and a couple of primes. I'm surprised so many people recommend not taking a tripod. Your FM kit gives you the lens flexibility and weight/size advantages, but the tripod will get you the quality enlargements you were looking for with the RB. I'd pack a compact gitzo in a heartbeat.
B.t.w., Wyno, that list of stuff you hauled around made my back hurt just reading it!
"There is a time and place for all things, the difficulty is to use them only in their proper time and places." -- Robert Henri
The choices I have made are in bold below:
*Mamiya RB67 (only one back unfortunately and the 90 mm C)
*Nikon FM (50/1.8, 28-80/3.5-4.5,28/2.5)
*Chinon CX (no batteries, and no 1.35 available before leaving. 135/2.8, 28-80/a lot + macro, 55/1.7 and a few other slow lenses)
*Rollei 35 T (40/3.5 scale focus)
*Yashica lynx 14E (45/1.4 range finder)
*Nikon F80 (N80 in the us) (same lenses as the FM plus a G 70-300/4.5-5.6)
*Minolta something point-and-shoot.
For these choices (not the BIG Mama Mamiya!), add a small tripod (the lighter the better i.e. carbon fibre)
Believe me it's no fun carrying 11kg of cameras on your back through untracked country, fording rivers, slogging uphill and bashing through tangled undergrowth; I tend to pack light now..
I guess, though, Wyno will beg to differ...
Last edited by Poisson Du Jour; 09-22-2009 at 09:55 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Originally Posted by 36cm2
If I recall correctly, Wyno's kit weighs in at 30kg+ ! You read it right...