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    Trip to the Hebrides, Scotland.

    The Wife and I are going to Scotland to visit the outer Hebrides. We want to see the standing stones. I want to see some really old castles as well. I like to take interior shots where and when I can.

    My Wife will be sketching and taking pictures with her digital camera.

    I'm thinking that I will take only film equipment but since I can't take the whole fleet I'm gonna try to go light......as light as I can. Much of what we will be doing could be on foot and since I've never been to Scotland I don't know what to expect. I don't travel much, you could say I'm a little clueless in this regard.

    I have:
    Hassy 501CM w/ 80mm
    Hassy 150mm
    Hassy SWC

    Nikon F3HP, F2, F4
    50-135 zoom
    24mm prime.

    Leica M2 and M4-P
    Voigtlander 15mm
    50mm
    35mm

    Small tripod
    Film etc.

    My first instinct is to take the 501CM and the two Leicas and the three lenses. The 15mm might be nice for interiors etc.

    But I dunno anyone have an idea?

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    It's vey wild and beautiful up there but make sure you and you're wife take some warm wind proof waterproof clothes the weather up their can be foul even in the Summer. I think I would just take the Leica gear if you will be on foot .
    Ben

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    I think Bruce Percy has some info on his website you'd enjoy (certainly on his podcasts in itunes)- wonderful photos and commentary:

    http://www.brucepercy.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    It's vey wild and beautiful up there but make sure you and you're wife take some warm wind proof waterproof clothes the weather up their can be foul even in the Summer. I think I would just take the Leica gear if you will be on foot .
    We will be renting a car, for the duration of the trip, but we like to hike. I suspect we will be packing camera gear in the car then take whatever we need at the time for hikes.

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    Sounds like a great trip.

    I'm in the Scottish Highlands a lot and can help with loads of practical advice - feel free to PM me. All my landscape photos are taken in the Scottish Highlands.

    A few useful pointers in the meantime:

    Scottish weather (particularly the west coast) is notoriously fickle - you might get rain, wind, sun at any time of the year. More often than not on the same day . You might be lucky, you might be unlucky - you can't really guarantee anything...
    What time of year are you thinking of visiting?

    The most reliable weather forecast by far is MWIS, the specialist climbers forecast:
    http://www.mwis.org.uk/

    For an accurate guide that Scots would actually use themselves try this book (It's not really a standard guidebook but more a list of decent food places and interesting things to do / places to visit):
    http://www.amazon.com/Scotland-Best-...9034063&sr=1-1

    Hope this helps,
    Gavin

    PS - Schlapp, an APUG member from the Isle of Lewis, might also be able to help?

    PPS - see the last comment on this photo
    http://www.apug.org/gallery1/showima...&cutoffdate=-1
    Last edited by coigach; 03-19-2010 at 04:51 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Just take the Hasselblad. Too much gear and you'll distracted. Keep it simple.

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    No, just leave the cameras and take me! I'll bring my Leica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapitman View Post
    Just take the Hasselblad. Too much gear and you'll distracted. Keep it simple.
    We get 44 lbs (20 kilos) , checked luggage and 11lbs. (5 kilos) carry on. This has to last us the trip.

    Rain gear, warm clothes, good shoes, weight of luggage itself, camera gear (tripod??), light clothing, trinkets to appease the natives etc. etc. etc. all add up.

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    I find it more difficult to pack for one with the 20+5 kilo limit than for two with the 40+10 kilo limit. Not that the latter situation arises much in my case.
    I assume by trinkets you mean you're taking some good Canadian Rye Whiskey for the locals?
    Whatever else I took I'd take the Hassy and the small tripod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnywalker View Post
    I find it more difficult to pack for one with the 20+5 kilo limit than for two with the 40+10 kilo limit. Not that the latter situation arises much in my case.
    I assume by trinkets you mean you're taking some good Canadian Rye Whiskey for the locals?
    Whatever else I took I'd take the Hassy and the small tripod.
    Once upon a time, when the Rockies were much lower, and the sun set in a different place, I only had one camera. Life was easier then; I just took the one camera.

    I think you are right. Let the Wife take the digital thing, I'll take the 'Blad.

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