Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 69,879   Posts: 1,520,383   Online: 1027
      
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Shooter
    Med. Format Pan
    Posts
    202

    Camera for backpacking.

    I am planning on backpacking through south east asia for 2 months. The plan is to travel light and have high mobility.

    The choice is between a Spotmatic with 55/1.8 and Electro 35 GSN with 45/1.7 for this trip. I would really like to take some photos indoor hence the fast lens. Since they are the similar size and weight I really couldn't decide.

    I would also bring a Rollei 35 for to keep me happy if the fast camera is lost or broken.

    Any suggestions which one are better for a long trip?

  2. #2
    Ian Grant's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    West Midlands, UK, and Turkey
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    16,186
    Images
    148
    Take the Spotmatic and add a wide angle lens, that would give you more flexibilty, I'd take a 28mm f2.5 Tamron, they are easy to find and reasonably priced. I have one with my Spotmatics.

    Ian

  3. #3
    Uncle Bill's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Oakville and Toronto Canada
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,368
    Images
    308
    I would second the Spotmatic, but also look into the Olympus OM-1n and the Nikon FM2.
    "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you might just miss it."
    Ferris Bueller

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Montgomery, Il/USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    4,995
    +another one for the Spotmatic. If the battery dies there's always Sunny 16.
    What battery does the Yashica use?
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

  5. #5
    Rol_Lei Nut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Hamburg
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,118
    Staying with what you have, another vote for the Spotmatic, though I'd add at least a good wide-angle lens (20mm, 24mm or 28mm). My own choice would also be to substitute the 55mm with the excellent 35mm f/3.5, aim for a wider wide (20mm) as a second lens and get a short tele (85mm, 105mm) as a third.

    Ideally a rangefinder, such as a Cosina-Voigtländer, Z-I or Leica, which would save you quite a bit in size and weight (rangefinder lenses, especially, can be quite tiny).
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

  6. #6
    mjs
    mjs is offline

    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Elkhart, Indiana (USA)
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,105
    Images
    2
    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    +another one for the Spotmatic. If the battery dies there's always Sunny 16.
    What battery does the Yashica use?
    Important point: the Yashica is dead without a battery (ok, one shutter speed. 'Nearly dead', then!) and the battery it uses (mercury) is no longer available. There's an alkaline substitute, but good luck finding one on the road. On the other hand, a battery lasts for very many rolls of film.

    As much as I love my Electro 35's, I'd take the Pentax.

    Mike

  7. #7
    denmark.yuzon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    116
    +1 for the spotmatic.. ^_^
    Flickr
    Multiply
    My PhotoBlog
    My Twitter!


    WTB: Konica Autoreflex T3 and AR lenses

  8. #8
    Poohblah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    433
    Just ask Galen Rowell...

    He went the Nikon route with an FM2 and either a 20mm f/4 or a 24mm f/2.8. He seemed to switch his lens lineup often though.

    A Spotmatic would work just as well however.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Shooter
    Med. Format Pan
    Posts
    202
    OK, Spotmatic it is! Let see if it come back in one piece.

  10. #10
    Rol_Lei Nut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Hamburg
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    1,118
    Quote Originally Posted by Hamster View Post
    OK, Spotmatic it is! Let see if it come back in one piece.
    If it doesn't, I'd really hate to meet what broke it... ;-)
    M6, SL, SL2, R5, P6x7, SL3003, SL35-E, F, F2, FM, FE-2, Varex IIa

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin