Keep it simple.
Less really is more.
Opt for the M system myself, 2 bodies to have a backup. Easy peasy.
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If you have insurance on your cameras, check with your insurance company to see if they are covered for trips to Cuba.
If there are coverage problems in Cuba, I would take a camera I could afford to replace.
From everything I hear, Cuba is a great place to visit and doesn't have unreasonable amounts of crime, but if you need to get something official or bureaucratic done that involves Cuba, it can be "challenging".
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F3 isn't that much heavier than an M. My standard kit is an F3+20 or 28 and M4+35/2'cron. Take either or both but go wide and get close.
Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.
I did most of my Cuban shots with M6/35mm. I had couple of different lenses and Hasselblad with me which I almost didn't use.
Check the Cuban set
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If you have a spare M body take the Leica with a couple of lenses plus a spare body. The last thing you want is for the camera to die in the middle of your trip. Of course if you have a spare Nikon that becomes an option too, though a small fixed lens camera could work as a back up. Me I would take a medium format, probably a Yashicamat and a Fuji 645 as the latter weighs less than a lot of 35mm SLR's with an Oly OM1 for speed and fun shots. I can't travel with one camera even though I end up nearly using just one.
If I was going light, using glass I currently own?
Originally Posted by dreamingartemis
50mm f1.8D or 50mm f1.4 ai'd. Probably leave the MF glass on the F.
18-55 DX. It's a "digital" lens but covers from 24-55 focal lengths and is a very sharp, if a bit slow.
Not to be too much of an advocate for gas, but you could always pick up an F4 for peanuts nowadays, and use your F3 as a backup with a 24mm or 28mm prime, throw in a cheap AF 50mm for the F4. You'd have compatibility with your lenses, and a more versatile camera to boot.
Then again, I never understood the Leica hype.
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A definite call for the Leicas, me thinks. I would bring my pair of M6s (one as a spare, obviously) and several of my favorite lenses: my 28mm Summicron ASPH, 35mm Summicron, 50mm Summilux ASPH and my trusty 90mm Summicron ASPH. And I would stuff the works in an F2 Domke, filling all available space with a S#*tload of E100G, E100VS, FP4, Tri-X/HP5 and Delta 3200.
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I love my 25mm lens on my F3 so I wouldn't go without a wide (the 24mm) I my bag I also carry a 50mm (or a 55 f/3,5 mikro) and a 85mm.
So I'd take those focallenghts or maybe a 35mm instead of the 50 (don't own a 35mm) and the matching Camera for them. A backup camera would certainly be a good thing.
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