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    I've been shooting Provia 400X a little bit lately, mostly in suboptimal conditions where even 400 is a little slow, after a fair amount of using Provia 100F. The faster version is good, very similar in its colour rendition to the 100---which is VERY high praise in my opinion. *For* *its* *speed* the grain is quite low---but you gotta keep your expectations realistic. No 400 film is going to make anyone look and say "Ooo, grainless!"

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    Ok, here is a crop of an unsharpened 4000dpi scan (on a Nikon Coolscan V) - would make a 19" x 13" print at 300 dpi. This is delving a bit too much into digital stuff, but the scanned sharpened up nicely too. You might have to open it up in its own window to see the full size.

    The full image at lower resolution is here.
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    Thanks Tim - much appreciated!
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    What I do is carry at least 3 cameras at all times. If they require batteries then I take at least one extra battery per body. Usually I will carry my EOS 1N RS or AE-1 plus either the EOS 650 or the FTb and the RB67, sometimes my Kodak Instamatic 500 in a pocket too as it can be a light meter if nothing else with its Gossen Selenium meter. I use a Lowepro ComputrakkerPlusAw backpack which holds it all with the batteries, flashes, lots of film (comes with two film bags and I put unexposed in one bag and exposed in the other one so I don't get mixed up), a tripod hangs off the back, etc. The whole thing weighs about 40 lbs but it means I'm never saying, "shoot, I wish I had that with me for this shot!" Between the backpack hikes and lifting the RB67 and EOS 1N RS with 400mm telephoto I must say I don't really need to go to the gym...

    Looks like E200 has been discontinued so pushing it to 400 or 800 probably isn't an option at this point sadly.
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    My bag fully loaded:

    Full bag with EOS 1N RS by Harry Pulley, on Flickr

    Oops, there's a digital camera in there too, sorry... I didn't use it that day though, I promise
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    Although I prefer mechanical cameras, I think it would be best to buy one of the mentioned EOS cameras to make use of the lenses you already have.
    I really like Provia 400X. It has just the right colour saturation, beeing somewhere between Velvia and Astia. My slides do also look pretty sharp. One advantage is that this film can be pushed without problems to Iso 800 or even higher.

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    For me carrying a spare battery is a small price I gladly pay for having a more precise (shutter and film transport accuracy), more versatile (metering patterns, speed range, exposure modes), more convenient (display) and more error proof (faults likely will be shown instead of e.g. returning with films full with half pictures because the mechanical shutter froze in the cold and you didn't notice) camera.
    YMMV as always and yes, there are advantages of mechanical cameras. Sometimes using e.g. a Leica M2 ist just more fun.
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    Welcome. As an Outdoor journalist I guess you mean camping, hiking, water, bad weather, etc. So seals will be a priority, and then a film body to take any of your lenses that will cover the format. I suspect that you'll definitely be taking the D bodies and you'll want a smaller then larger pack unless your traveling by truck alot? The guys above have covered everything so the only thing I might mention to cause you to think is maybe taking a 645 and zoom lens instead of a 35mm, as long as you travel mostly by auto. 400x in the larger format will be better for larger possible prints and covers, although I'd get a second back for Velvia. Just a thought.
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    For the camera - no experience with Canon or Nikon 35mm SLR - but why not go to 6x4.5? You can even get AF (Pentax, Contax - not cheap, but check out the 80/2.0 lens on flickr) or even 6x7 (Pentax, Bronica, Mamiya)? Bigger and heavier - yes indeed, but the large slides on the light table rock and A3 prints are detailed and without grain! If you do not need AF than you have really many cameras to choose from.

    Surely - if you need LONG lenses or FAST AF than 35mm is the way to go. One camera to mention then is Minolta Dynax/Maxum 9 - built like a hammer with fast AF.

    I would NOT worry about batteries. just get 2 - 3 spare sets and you are fine for much longer than a week. With manual focus cameras probably for more than a year.

    Provia 400X - it bacame quickly my favorite fast color film - very small grain for the speed. 8x enlargements look still good. I only wish Fuji would do the 400X in 4x5 too ...

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    Hi Waynecrider. Ype, mostly backpack-based but i also do a lot of work for a 4WD-based magazine so the medium format suggestion of yours (and others) is not a bad idea at all.
    Thanks again everybody for the advice! carrying a couple of extra batteries with the cam is definitely going to be happening!
    Cheers,
    Juz

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