I've traveled with several differnt types of MF cameras (TLR, vintage folder, SLR, and press) and found my best results to be with a Rolleicord and Weston III meter. Simple, affordable, and lightweight. Other options will work but for me this was the most convenient. The most difficult was a press camera... mostly because of the bulk. With all of them I bring a monopod!
Originally Posted by TheToadMen
I tend to favour a rangefinder for travel these days, especially if travel is the primary objective, not photography. GS645s or Mamiya 6 work well. The little Fuji is very light, and the 6x4.5 format is good enough. The M6 does offer a choice of lenses, but sticking to the standard 75mm means you can hang it under a jacket easily.
I've used a YashicaMat for travel, especially where I will have a little more time. I also find the 'box' packs well as a backup camera.
If photography is not the primary reason for the trip, just pick something that you can carry easily if you do not have a secure storage location. If it is a chore carrying it, you won't want to use it.
I feel, therefore I photograph.
I've travelled with a Hasselblad - it's a beautiful camera no doubt, and enormously capable. But I still wouldn't call it travel-friendly. Having the ability to change lenses and backs invites you to bring along multiples of each, at which point you're no longer light-weight and compact. I had my Hassy outfit with me in Spain back a few years ago, which was 3 backs, a 500 C/M, 50, 80 and 120 lenses, and a Superwide. Well, that filled a LowePro backpack with built-in waist support. All in all the bag plus the gear was tipping the scales around 30 lbs. I got great shots, but even with the ergonomic backpack I was regretting the weight. In the circumstances, the Hasselblad became a Bloody Hassel!
Yeah, I would probably just advocate a color back and a B/W back (one always on the camera, so only one extra back) and a wide (ex:50mm) and regular (ex:80mm). Only one extra lens and one back shouldn't be too bad. I know what you mean about becoming a pack mule, though. I do it all the time, fortunately with Leica TM stuff so it's lightish but still...
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Fuji GA645, GA645W, or both . I can pack one of these 2 with a 135 system (1 body and 3 lenses) in a messenger bag. Without a flipping mirror, Fuji GA645 can be handheld @ 1/15 shutter speed.
I found the FUJI GA645zi to be a fine travel camera: Small and light (for a mf camera), all ist automatic, and you have a zoom lens of decent quality. You have even a flash which I don't use. I often travel with my Rolleiflex too, but with the Fuji most things are easier: Point and shot. No focussing, no light metering. I makes the live easier if I accompanied by my wife.
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Super Isolette is very good but I find that I need kind of lock that prevents the release of the folding plate.
Originally Posted by L Gebhardt
OM-1n: Do I need to own a Leica?
Rolleicord Va: Humble.
Holga 120GFN: Amazingly simple yet it produces outstanding negatives to print.
If you want just one lens and no accessories, almost anything (a 'blad-style SLR, a TLR, an RF) will go in terms of quality and portability. But if you start extending your system (by lenses, prisms, film holders etc.), almost everything tends to be too bulky. My choice for a travel camera was Mamiya 6, because:
- it has interchangeable lenses (unlike Playbel Makina 67, Bessa III)
- it has only tree lenses, so even affected with GAS I can't get more
- same for other accessories
- in does not need external view finders for any lens (unlike Mamiya 7)
- it folds a bit
- a set consisting of a body, lenses and some filters fits (OK, barely) to a small shoulder bag, while my Bronica SQ-Ai set requires quite large backpack (have I already mentioned GAS?)
- I can mount it on my lightest tripod
I took my C220 two summer ago for my trip to Italy and France. It was a little chunky but the pics I got from it was fantastic. Or go with a Rolleiflex. Those cameras are Compact dynamo's!! I would of taken one of those if I would of had them. The yashica are close to same size as Rollei's. like the 635 has gotten high marks. The biggest thing on any camera is to make sure that it is in good working order so you don't have any issues.