I went to Maryland with the wife for a little vacation this past week. I had to decide what I wanted to bring with me for camera gear. I wanted to go light and unobtrusive, so I decided that I'd go a bit retro and take a small film body and some fast primes.
My bag was packed with my FM2n, forgoing the MD-12. For lenses I went equally light and fast. I took with me my 24 f2.8D, 35 f1.4 AIS, Zeiss 50 f1.4, and for longer work I took with me my 105 f2.5 AI. A C-P filter rounded out my kit.
For film I had a mix of color print and some slide film. I took only 200 ISO for print, and 100 ISO for slide, allowing for the fast glass to cover the lighting variations. While I didn't shoot much indoors, the lens and film had me covered quite well.
While I will have to wait a bit to get my results back, I was quite happy with my gear selection as it was never a burden to carry and never got the stares and comments I get when carting around my D700 and 24-70 f2.8G lens.
I usually go out shooting with "only" my F Photomic FTn with some primes 28, 50, 135 and 200 (with a sekonic light meter). I love this retro styling, mesure the light, shoot, record the values, but always ended with people staring at me trying to find out where i did park my spaceship.
Nikonians!!! My best investment made after my camera!!!
I had the best time this weekend on two photowalks. Not sure if this counts as a "minimalist" setup, but took the F3, with 28mm, 35, 50, 105, and 135 in the bag. As it turned out, could have left all that glass at home, because I only used my new 35.
Amazing how, compared to my digital kits, I did not miss big, bulky zooms one single bit.
The more I shoot with primes, the less I miss zooms. Additionally, a minimalist kit forces you to challenge your skills, and get you out of some bad habits, or leaning on zooms too frequently.
Heh, I remember going on a trip down to Oregon at the end of 2007. Took a bag full of gear, including an F, F2A, FM2n, F5, and lenses ranging from 24mm to 300mm. The only camera and lens I used the whole trip? Nikon FM2n with a 50/1.4 Nikkor-S. Left everything else in the hotel room.
I remember catching He-double hockey sticks from a former member here for not carrying the 30 lb bag of gear with me. Strangely enough, the only photos I saw from him were created with an F3HP. Yet, he had that, an F2, and F, etc, and said that he took everything with him wherever he'd go. Those of us who have been here a while know who I'm talking about.
F4s, F2AS, F FTn, FM2n, Nikkormat FT - John Laughlin Photography - nature photographer
I found my FM2n to be my coverage camera for my Leica M3/M6. I had only a 50mm lens for the Leica for decades. The FM2n was my business travel camera for another couple of decades, mostly with a 28mm f/2 AIS and maybe 50mm f/2 AI.
This talk about film outings has me very nostalgic. I gave up film because I just wasn't getting decent processing anymore. I'm wondering how you guys have dealt with the processing situation. Perhaps it's not a problem in your area, but here in the Chicago metro area there doesn't seem to be enough volume to keep the shops open. Only the those that do special jobs seem to be open and I don't want to pay special processing charges or have the delays of transport and once a week batches.
How do you manage the lab portion of your film photography.
Roger It's still, ISO, aperture and shutter-speed, right?
Here in NE PA, I am able to find multiple outlets to do C-41 processing. They include walmart and several local drug stores. I usually have them just run the film through the machine in about 20 minutes for 2 rolls and then scan the negatives myself with my Coolscan 5000. The cost is less than $5.
For E-6, I have mailers that go to Kansas. Those take more than a week to return.
If I were to shoot traditional B&W I would either have to do it myself or go to a local pro lab that doesn't impress me.
My preference for prime focal length for walking around is 35mm. I have the 35 f1.4 AIS for my Nikons. When I was shooting DX, I had a 24 f2.8D for a very similar FOV. For my Leica M7 I have a 35mm APO Summicron or 35mm f1.2 Voightlander Nokton. I have many 50's as well, but I just don't like the FOV they offer. I have never liked 28mm.
>I found my FM2n to be my coverage camera for my Leica M3/M6. >I had only a 50mm lens for the Leica for decades. The FM2n was >my business travel camera for another couple of decades, >mostly with a 28mm f/2 AIS and maybe 50mm f/2 AI. > >This talk about film outings has me very nostalgic. I gave up >film because I just wasn't getting decent processing anymore. >I'm wondering how you guys have dealt with the processing >situation. Perhaps it's not a problem in your area, but here >in the Chicago metro area there doesn't seem to be enough >volume to keep the shops open. Only the those that do special >jobs seem to be open and I don't want to pay special >processing charges or have the delays of transport and once a >week batches. > >How do you manage the lab portion of your film photography.
I use Mike Crivello's in Brookfield WI - can get same day if i am early enough - next day is normal for E-6 - B&W is two weeks as it gets sent out!
For my upcoming Hawaii trip - 28mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4 and a 105mm f/2.8 macro are all i am taking for my FA with the MD-15. I am looking forward to it! (a tripod of course will be going also)
Mon 17-Sep-12 10:20 AM | edited Mon 17-Sep-12 10:23 AM by Lolrogge
>In sad news, the lab has lost my print film. I hope that they can find it.>
Glad they found your film. The last roll of B&W I shot was completely lost. The lab processed it in C41 chemicals. Unfortunatly, I do not think I will be able to reshoot most of the images. The roll was shot on a meandering day trip and i'm not sure where they were taken.