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    I imposed a bit of that "one camera, one lens" discipline on myself this last vacation, although I did bring 4 lenses (just in case...). I ended up using only two of them, and one was used for 94-96% of my photos (2 or 3 out of 43). I still almost killed myself dragging around gear because I took about 25 5x7 film holders with me. Even with half of them being "light-weight" wood ones, I swear I must have had near 40 lbs of gear in my carry-on bag. That got winnowed down significantly when I was out and about with the camera, so I was only hauling around 10 lbs +/- plus the tripod when in the field. Did I see images that I would have liked to take, but couldn't, because I didn't have the right lens with me? Sure, but was I completely happy with what I did take? With those two lenses, absolutely! It was a real learning experience, and it's inspired me to winnow down some of my surplus gear and focus on the cameras I really like to shoot. I still shoot too many formats (everything from 35mm and digital, 6x6/6x7, 5x7, 5x12, 6.5x8.5, to 14x17, and an 11x14 that may be coming online next year if I can get the money together to finish rebuilding it). It is VERY hard to be jack-of-all-trades, and even harder to do it well. I think limiting yourself really helps you concentrate on your personal vision. It also helps you get to know your subject matter - with one specific kit tailored to shooting that subject or small group of subjects, you really get to know what you're shooting and it makes a big difference.

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    Thomas, you are right of course...!!

    In some ways, the decline in film usage has fuelled the dilemma as it is so (relatively) cheap to pick up quality film kit at a fraction of its price pre-digital. Now, I can afford cameras I could only dream of in years gone by.

    I've decided on the Leica R3 as I can see all of the frame (no lens cutting into the viewfinder all the time) and I have 3 very nice lenses for that body. I will take a 120 camera - my Voigtlander Perkeo I which has a great lens and it's tiny. As I'll be taking a tripod, getting good quality shots at slow times shouldn't be an issue.
    Paul Jenkin (a late developer...)

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    I've found that the more options I have, the more kit i bring.
    Usually this is typical when I bring my Canon 1v with me, I always end up bringing lenses covering everthing from 17mm to 200mm and a few prime lenses in between.
    - And flashes, polarizers, the cokin-p's etc....

    But, after I got hold of my medium format cameras, I only have two lenses, so I bring the camera an my two lenses and some film and off I go, much easier =)
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    "Nice picture, you must have an amazing camera."
    Visit my photography blog at: http://helino-photo.blogspot.com

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