Camera Kit for Urban Exploration?
I was wondering what to bring when I go urbexing.
Here are my/your choices
Full 35mm Kit.
Pentax Spotmeter V
Olympus Stylus Epic
And films for all.
What do you think? I'm leaning toward the full kit, but it may restrict climbing a bit. I also would carry the olympus in a pocket.
Thanks, and keep photographing!
SLR with one lens, or a rangefinder.
Rangefinder is perfect for street photography. I personaly love the Mamiya 6. But for your choices, I'd take the Pentax with 35 and 55. Shoot some 400 speed film, I love Fuji Neopan 400 in Xtol 1:1. But the best advice I have to offer is... Take the Holga!!!
I'll go with the smallest and most-discreet SLR or rangefinder you have. You need a way to stay incognito while doing street photography.
For urbex, I'd take fast film, a tripod, and a wide zoom if you have one. The canon 17-40 f/4 (or 16 - 35 f/2.8 if you are rich) are ideal.
I'm not sure where youre exploring, but if you aren't meant to be there, using flash will ensure everyone knows you are there. I wouldnt bother carrying all the gear you are talking about. It just gets in the way
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What exactly do you intend to "explore"? A tripod can be useful, but if you intend to walk around a lot and/or get into small/awkward places I think it's going to hinder more than help.
My suggestion would be to take the Stylus Epic (no tripod) the first time you try this - it has something of an integrated flash, and is very small and light. If you find you're actually in places where you can use a tripod and/or a bigger camera, do that next time (and if you find yourself walking around for hours, weight will be an issue as well).
Actually, if you end up doing this a lot, another option might work better for you - an Argus C3, aka "The Brick" - mass-produced American rangefinders, not pretty, but solid, cheap, and plentiful. The lenses on these things are really sharp, and in a pinch you can use one as a weapon And, if you lose it, damage it, or have it stolen, no big deal, get another one. I got mine from a guy on another forum for a premium - $35 - as he had actually used it and could confirm it worked as intended. They usually go for cheaper than that on eBay (although you might need a handheld light meter with The Brick if you're not going to be able to use "Sunny 16" reliably).
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i can't wait to take a picture of my thumb with this beautiful camera.
- phirehouse, after buying a camera in the classifieds
Go with what you've got. The Pentax with the 35mm zonefocussed and taped at say 3-5m and f/8-11.
Put in some fast film e.g. Neopan 1600 and you should get reasonably eksposures in even dull light.
The Holga with 400-3200 ISO film will do too. You could even do som color shots with it that would be cool.
Kodak reflex brownie and efke r100 film. No flash (just hold the shutter open longer) No tripod. Cool!
Make sure you have the correct explorer's outfit too.
one camera one lens ... the olympus is OK,
you just have ot remember where it is focusing
(since it zone focuses and is always wide open ).