A folder 6x6 camera like the Hapo 66-E ... I love this oldie ;-) Its Enna Haponnar 75mm f/3.5 lens is wonderful !
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Do as the Romans did: walk first and make pictures later.
I have used the Fuji GW670II & GSW690III on some hikes in the Rocky Mtn National Park and a Rolleicord on other hikes there. I am very pleased with the results from all of these cameras.
This summer I will be carrying the 'Cord and the GSW690III (the GW670II will be headed out for servicing) up on the trails of RMNP.
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i just spent 3 days hiking in and through the Yosemite region. I brought all my med format gear for tripod use, but when I went on a more serious hike I brought the fuji 645zi. perfect camera for the job and fits nicely in my cargo shorts pockets along with several rolls of fill
I use large format but have never needed to carry one on a hiking trip.
Originally Posted by Doc W
I use 35mm but would never carry one on a hiking trip were I needed to shoot black & white because I have never been satisfied with the image quality of small format black & white.
I have used a Yashica TLR and a Mamyia 220 TLR for medium format black & white work and loved them both. As far as image quality, I would never have hesitated taking either one on a hiking trip. However, I would hesitate exposing the bellows of my 220 to hostile field conditions.
When I needed to replace my Mamiya 220, I would have done so with another Mamiya TLR but Mamiya had stopped producing them. The Mamiya 7 rangefinder was my next choice but it was too expensive for my budget, plus, I was mad at Mamiya for dropping their TLR cameras.
The Pentax 645 SLR was my second choice. The equipment recommendations of an Alaskan landscape photographer I met greatly influenced this choice. However, I did not pick the Pentax 645 because I needed more film real estate than the 645 format provided.
I went with my third and fourth choice, the Fuji 6x9cm rangefinder with a wide-angle lens and a Fuji 6x7cm rangefinder with a normal lens. These two cameras have given me what I need. I recommend either or both for capturing high-quality images on a hiking trip.
By the way, when I made my selection, the Fuji rangefinders were still in production. I was very disappointed when Fuji stopped producing these excellent medium format cameras.
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I went hiking couple month ago and couldn't find a better companion than my folding billy record III. I highly recommend folding camera as they are as compact as you can get....without compromising the negative size.
I have used or owned many of the cameras suggested above. A lot of them were chasing a larger negative (6x7 or 6x9), but I always end up back at the Rollei TLR. I find it the most adaptable to the range of photographic situations that travel presents. It is surprisingly light and compact. It delivers a very high quality image. Of all the cameras I have carried around on my travels, it is the one camera that fellow travellers have been jealous of.
If your style is wide, i would suggest a Fuji GSW690iii The iii version has a plastic body and is relatively light. Though they are much larger than they look in the pictures. The 65mm f5.6 lens is top-notch and focussing is a breeze with its large rangefinder. It can be shot hand-held in daylight but it is best on a tripod.
If you like square, then get a rollei. I wouldnt mess around with a yashica or any others. The Mamiya C's are large and heavy, might as well take your RB67.
If you want more versitility, the Fuji ZI645 or the Mamiya 6 (the interchangeable lens rangefinder) are great.
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As stated, there are lots of factors to consider. Hiking by myself, without as strict deadlines and turn-around times, I'll often carry a Kiev-88 body, 2-3 lenses, 2-3 backs, Technika 4x5 with 10-15 film holders, water and other essentials. In a group, maybe the body and one lens and 2 backs, OR my Moscow 6x9 folder (Zeiss clone). Protracted travel en famille, without our own vehicle, the 6x9 folder wins. Light, fits in a pocket or bag, quiet, almost large format. And the "finickiness" lets me still feel like I'm working a camera, not taking snapshots. I have some excellent shots of the moon over Paris, just with it sitting on the parapet of Pont Neuf. I also carry a little rangefinder (Kiev 4) pretty often for casual shooting.
To go in a different direction, I have also hiked, kayaked, dived with a Nikonos--depends on the activity. What I want: folding, lightweight, rangefinder 6x9 with coupled meter that is waterproof to 100m.
I agree with most of these suggestions, but if you reconsider the folder option, make sure that the lens has been collimated and is truly in focus before the trip. Also, an advantage of a Rollei TLR over the rangefinders is that if you acquire Rolleinar close-up lens sets they will enable you to do macro work, and the lensets for f3.5 Rolleis in particular are really small, light, and they produce sharp results. Also, another TLR consideration is that some people find the screens on some Rollei models to be very dark and hard to focus, and a new modern screen can make a huge difference in usability. Other people love the old screens. I'm in the former camp.