I would take the Spotmatic and add a Vivitar 28/2.5 wide angle as well as an extension tube for the 55.
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Definite consider a 35mm rf kit. Small and lightwieght.
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Just a follow up from after the trip...
I took the Spotmatic with 1.8/55 and Rollei 35 with me on the trip. And I regretted not taking the advise of bringing a wide angle lens with me, even though I am mainly a normal lens person, I suppose travelling means you get to come across a lot of wide angle situations and perhaps a 35 or 28 mm would have been more suitable.
So, without the wide angel lens, I think I should have just taken the Rollei given the space/function ration. Or better still a Trip 35, but mine was broken at the time.
On another point, I visited the genocide museum in Phenom pehn in Cambodia, it is a museum that document the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge. I won;t go into details here, you can read it yourself here.
Two things that stand out might be interesting for members of this forum.
There were exhitbits of the contact prints of the documentary photos of the vicitms when they were admitted into the camp. It was a little though provoking to think that for many of the vicitms, they only trace of their existence and suffering were documented on a strip of medium format material that reads KODAK SAFETY FILM on the edge, no names, just horrified eyes staring into a camera.
The other thing that caught my attention was what was the remains of an print enlarger standing abondanded on one of the stairwells. One does wonder how much horrors this piece of equipment must have seen.
I didn't take any photos that day.
When you're in Cambodia and on a tour, they used to advise you not to stray from the path, because of the possibility of land mines.
If you're afflicted with Spotmaticitis, there is only one cure. Buy as many Tamron Adaptall II lenses as you can. With the interchangeable mounts, including a Spotmatic F, ES, ESII mount, you can use these lenses & if you ever decide to upgrade, all you have to do is change mounts. Just check the mounts, because some have a tendency to underexpose, but put that mount on a different lens & it works fine.
Originally Posted by Hamster
Once you find a match leave it, it won't go wrong.
I would recommend the: 17 mm f 3.5, 24 mm f 2.5, the 35 - 105 mm f 2.8 ASL &
the 80 - 200 mm f 2.8 lens that is " L ", sharp. Look on eBay.
This is inline with my motto:
" Buy once, Buy right, Move On. "
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My cousin spends a couple of months every winter bicycling around S.E.Asia he usually has a couple of Nikon bodies along with a half dozen lenses. He also makes use of the buses to get where he needs a little quicker, to keep with schedules. Soooo......