Quote Originally Posted by DWThomas View Post
If I were headed over there again with family members, I would probably take my Perkeo II with a small pile of B&W film, and the fairly recent high end point&shoot of -- uh -- 'alternate technology' (Canon G15) that I recently acquired (as opposed to a previous dSLR). If the travel effort was a bit less complicated, I might replace the Perkeo with my Yashica 124G. I'm sure I would occasionally wish I had my Bronica SQ-A, but that's quite a handful, especially if one wanted an extra lens or two, or extra back, or finder. No matter what one has at hand, there is always some circumstance that stretches its resources a little.

Methinks it's best to go with a limited selection of familiar gear that can be packed compactly and carried easily, and learn to live with it.

I shoot "all that" - film in 4x5, 120, 35mm, dslrs and point and shoots, but I don't usually take anything other than my Canon g12 with a small bogen tripod with Gitzo's smallest ballhead. I save the other stuff for the trunk of my car or hiking locally. I'm always with other members of the family, and don't want to hold them back while I set up 4x5 for instance. If I was traveling solo and staying for an extended time it might be different. It's freeing to walk through airports and have everything on me in the vest I'm wearing, and nothing in my checked luggage except for clothing and toothpaste, all easily replaced.