My travel kit, what's yours?

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Chris2500dk, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    Here's my current travel kit: DP2Q0402_cr.jpg

    Sigma DP3 Merrill
    Sigma DP2 Merrill
    Ricoh GR
    Cullmann Magnesit Copter mini tripod with Joby ballhead (the clips for the Joby head has levels in them so they help on the DP Merrils)
    No-name dual battery USB charger
    Bunch of batteries

    Might actually be simpler to get something like a Fuji X-E3 with the 18-55mm.. But I like the Merrills for now :)

    Oh, I forgot my Lenovo Yoga 10 2 Windows tablet I use for offloading the memory cards and playing around with the images. And yes, Sigma Photo Pro runs on it, but very very very slowly.
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  2. MoonMind

    MoonMind All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Dec 29, 2013
    Mine changes a bit all the time, but it's a two-camera setup: At the moment:
    - Panasonic GX80 with Olympus 25mm f/1.8 and Olympus 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II, both with hoods
    - one of the following additional lenses: Olympus 12mm f/2, Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fish-eye
    - Ricoh GR
    - Peak Design Leash and Cuff (strap and wrist strap) - for the GX80
    - Manfrotto Pixie EVO mini tripod
    - USB wall charger with the two dedicated cables for charging in-camera, two batteries for each camera-
    - lens cleaning tools

    On longer trips, I take a WD PassPort Wireless and a Nexus 7 (2013) for backup and review (plus quick post processing via Polarr should the need arise). It all fits into a LowePro Slingshot Edge 150 AW, easily and with room to spare in the top compartment; that'd hold another lens or two if I wanted, but I usually try to avoid clutter on the go these days (though I usually do put a book and writing utensils in there).

    My analog travel bag is a lot(!) simpler, but actually heavier:
    - Mamiya 6 MF with 75mm and 50mm lenses

    Limited reach, but gorgeous, gorgeous frames. The combo (with enough film for two weeks) fits into a Case Logic Reflexion DSLR+ Small cross-body bag. It's not that I had no other, smaller or more versatile setups available - I choose this because it delivers the best balance between joy of use and results; ergonomics and economics match up very well. However, once you enter the film world, the options quickly become limitless - there's much more diversity (I don't mean different models, I mean ways of approaching the entire shooting experience). You could actually travel with a fantastic "full-frame" (i.e. 35mm) camera that actually fits into your jeans pocket ...

    Images to follow (I'll edit this post).

  3. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    Travel to where? EDC travel or trip travel(extended vaca type thing)?

    EDC is either
    • Olympus PEN-F with Panasonic 12-32/3.5-5.6 and Olympus 75-300/4.8-6.7II
    • Nikon Df with Nikon 28-105/3.5-4.5D and Nikon 80-200/4.5-5.6D
    Trip travel is either
    • Olympus EM5.2 and PEN-F with the Panasonic 12-35/2.8, 35-100/2.8 and Olympus 75-300/4.8-6.7II
    • Nikon D500 with Nikon 18-140/3.5-5.6VR and Nikon 300/4E PF w/ TC-14EII and Tokina 11-16/2.8
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Fuji X100 (the original). And if I plan on doing anything on, in or near the water, I'll bring along the janky old Oly tough camera. Although I don't much care to make photographs when I'm on vacation.....except for the occasional shot of me and the missus to remember the good times we had.
  5. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Like others, my travel kit is subject to change. Right now, it's the Panasonic duo of the LX100 and the ZS100. Wider focal range and fast aperture vs. longer focal range and moderate aperture. Both jacket pocketable and they share the same battery and, therefore, battery charger. If I need really small and discreet, the Canon G9X slips into a sport coat or suit pocket - even a tuxedo pocket - without being noticeable.
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  6. davidzvi

    davidzvi Veteran

    Apr 18, 2014
    Well my Nikons are for work, everything else falls into fun and travel.

    GX85 w/ P7-14, P12-32, P14-140, P15, & P42,5 (f/1.7)
    Fuji X70 and WCL-X70.
  7. Covey22

    Covey22 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 3, 2012
    Sony HSC 80, or I wimp out and bring one of my XT-10s with either the 18-55 or Zeiss 32.
  8. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    1. I bring the X70 in my pocket.
    2. I bring an OMD body with a 17 or 25 prime.
    3. I bring an OMD body with the Panasonic 12-32 and 35-100 f4-5.6
    4. I bring #3 with two OMD bodies and the 17 or 25.

    Depends where I’m going.
  9. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus Subscribing Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    If it's about landscaping/city visit: EM1, 12-40, 40-150, Pen-F 17. It all fits inside my F-Stop Guru.
    If it's about city travel mostly: Pen-F, 12, 17, 45, 75. It all fits inside the Ona Bowery.
  10. Lainer

    Lainer Regular

    Feb 14, 2013
    I had this exact kit. I sold off the Sigma DP2M though. I still use my DP3M and Ricoh GR. I don't have the tripod. Do you have a URL for that particular model? I want to add a Hasselblad XPan to my kit next. THe Fuji X-E3 looks nice, but I still use my Fuji X-T10. Fuji files are lovely, but the DP Merrills are much more detailed. The Ricoh has that lovely sharp lens and I love that camera. THe Fuji series cameras are a joy to use for the most part though, and being that these cameras are somewhat small, you are still ahead of the game for weight comparison against a D-SLR and their big honking lenses.
  11. Chris2500dk

    Chris2500dk Top Veteran

    Dec 22, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    It's this tripod
    But I replaced the ballhead with this
    Mainly because I had it anyway, and the clips for the Joby ballhead has the level which I find very useful when shooting the Merrills. I bought a spare clip so both the DP2M and DP3M has one mounted.

    Mainly I just use the DP2M, the Ricoh snuck it's way into the kit as a wide angle and high ISO alternative that also can double as a spare battery charger. I just recently repurchased the DP3M because I figured it might be the last chance to pick one up.
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  12. Lainer

    Lainer Regular

    Feb 14, 2013
    Thanks, Chris. I agree. It's hard to find those DP3M cameras so it is great you found one. Hang on to it. I love my Ricoh GR. I use it a lot along with these Merrill cameras. Oh, just got this today. Going to be trying it out. Excited isn't even the word for me finally trying this. I am so ramped up about it. HasselbladXPAN1.jpg HasselbladXPAN 2.jpg HasselbladXpan 3.jpg
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  13. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    That is my Pen F kit precisely. Even the Ona Bowery. I never use zooms on the Pen F. And here is my latest acquisition, made a few weeks ago. When my plans call for the use of film...

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  14. Rick Waldroup

    Rick Waldroup Regular

    Apr 8, 2012
    I actually have three different kits. One is for my PJ work and consists of two Nikon Df bodies with a Nikon 28-85 zoom and a Nikon 70-210 zoom, which covers just about anything I will encounter at an event. For personal use, I carry a Nikon Df along with three primes- a 28, 50, and an 85. And when I feel like carrying almost nothing at all, I leave the house with my newly acquired Nikon Coolpix A.
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  15. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    -Fuji X100
    -Samsung EX1 (remember those?)
    -Nexus 7 tablet
    -Charger for each

    Would like to turn this into:

    -Sony RX10.2
    -small inexpensive waterproof camera that i don't mind whipping out even in questionable areas
    -A new tablet
    -A smartphone printer, haven't decided on a model or technology yet
    -The same micro usb charger that i use for my phone and my tablet, to be used for all the above
    - a waistbag that'll hold all this and some food, a book and a small first aid kit. Currently looking at the Direct Action Foxtrot.

    If I ever got funds to spare, I would Love to get the Hasselblad XPan 2 / Fuji TX2... so Lainer, color me more than a little jealous!
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  16. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    walking: RX100 and/or Ricoh 500g
    dog walking: iphone 5s, plus maybe Smena 8m (set it to just this side of infinity at f16 and most things are in focus)
    driving around: whichever mirrorless combo I have currently, plus Minolta X700 with 50mm f1.7 and 28mm f3.5 lenses.
    All of the above might make it into my bag for a long trip involving both driving and walking with or without the dog!
  17. Lainer

    Lainer Regular

    Feb 14, 2013
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  18. Lainer

    Lainer Regular

    Feb 14, 2013

    Don't be too jealous. I haven't paid for it yet. ;) I just shot a test roll through it. Once it comes back and I'm good to go, I'll get a ton of film, even though my fridge is still full of it. I love Fuji and use a Fuji that X100F. I used Sony for years. (NEX series, A6000 series, and now a Sony RX100 V). I prefer the files coming out of the Fuji, though the Sony A6000 and NEX series were a joy to carry and grip in one hand. I never liked the colors coming out of the camera and hated that kit lens. I never invested in a lot of glass because I just couldn't warm up to the color of the files. I prefer Sony files in black and white. Fuji is lovely, but Adobe ruins their RAW files IMHO. Capture Pro does a better job. I deal with it. I love the retro dials and lenses. I hate the grip on the Fuji X-T10 and added the external grip which makes the camera bigger and defeats the purpose. Still, I love the tilt screens on both Sony and Fuji. As much as I love the Fuji X100F, I do wish it had a tilt screen, but yeah I get it...don't want to ruin the aesthetic.

    A pain to use and eats batteries but produces the best quality pictures is the Sigma DP Merrill series cameras. No, not the Quattros. Treat it like medium format and you won't believe the pictures produced. Love the Ricoh GR as my carry everywhere camera. Sharp lens and love how much fun it is to use. I even went back in time and bought an old Olympus XZ-1 which is a small CCD Sensor compact. I missed that CCD sensor look. I really do wish the CCD sensor could have dealt with higher ISOs as the look of the pictures are better to me in lower ISO than the CMOS Bayer sensor. CMOS is the winner though. CMOS can shoot in the lowest lighting conditions. A trade-off. Foveon Sensor is unique and amazing though.

    I could talk all day. Anyhow...enjoy your film camera. I will be enjoying mine. Now that I'm back in film, I find it compliments the digital. I missed shooting it and it's like an old friend. The results are amazing to me, and I wish it were less expensive. There is something magical about shooting a roll and sending it out to a pro lab to wait for the results and the delayed gratification of it. I absolutely love film. My best shots were taken with film over many years. Digital is nice and convenient. It's too easy with all its automation. I prefer to think and suffer for that shot. Most people don't know how to shoot film correctly. It truly is an art. It's my art of choice.
  19. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Thank you. It's an M4, built in 1967. So it's 50 years old. The last of the 100 percent mechanical Leicas - not even a light meter. The lens mounted on it is a 35mm Summaron f/2.8. It's from 1965. The other lens is a 50mm Summicron /2.0 from 1955. A bucket list purchase.

    I love your X-Pan. You'll have to let us know how it works out.
  20. Hmmmm. . . depends. We just returned from an unexpected trip based on an ill family member. My kit was a Domke 803 bag, a 12" MacBook and a Fuji X100T along with a couple of cable adapters to read SD cards for my iPhone SE and the MacBook. For what little I photographed it proved to work out fine.
    . . . David