Insecurity in gear

Updated on May 25, 2017 in Photography
13 on May 25, 2017

Hi,

This is my first post around here. I think we alle struggle with G.A.S from time to time. And overtime when I go on a vacation (I’m going on honeymoon in 1,5 week) kind of over think what camera(s) I should take with me. 

For example, last time I went on a trip I brought a digital and an film camera. When I do this I feel I use digital for 75% and film for 25% because I want to have the certainty my pictures will turn out good (not always the case with film). 

Then we have the iPhone and digital debate. All the pictures I really love are candid and taken in between moments. An iPhone should be OK for that, right?

How do you guys/girls decide what to bring on a holiday when you want to travel light and keep everything simple?

Thanks,

Jeroen

 
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1 on May 25, 2017

When I go on extended trips, I take only one camera and one prime lens attached to it. No smart phone. It affords greater freedom. No need to decide between taking a shot from an inventory of cameras and lenses in a hefty camera bag. If I miss the shot because I don’t have the right focal length, so be it. Another photo opp will always come along.

Enjoy your honeymoon!

on May 25, 2017

Sounds like a good strategy. Just make a choice and stick to it. Gonna think on it.

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I think due to the slow process of film you really need to commit to it if you want it to be an enjoyable experience because otherwise as you said you’ll shoot a lot more digital in the process. Unfortunately if you want to conquer GAS you really do have to go out and try a bunch of cameras, and the best camera for the job wil always be the camera you like to use most.

I feel if you are going to commit to iphone photography ask yourself if you enjoy those images or the process of taking of those photographs on an iphone. If your answer is no then you will definitely have not cured your GAS and you will begin to feel confused quite soon all over again.

I only really shoot with my film leica as it’s the only camera I own besides my iPhone. I also stick to a certain film for most of my day to day stuff. Recently I was interested in shooting medium format so I traded my leica with someone who owned a mamiya 7 until I shot an entire project on medium format, now I don’t really feel the GAS to buy one.

on May 25, 2017

I sometimes fall for GAS, a few weeks ago I bought a Fuji GA645. I thought I wanted to bring it with me on the holiday but after two rolls I’m full of doubt.

I keep getting back to my iPhone because that’s the camera I always got with me. And besides that I really like the simple proces. My digital camera’s give me more megapixels and sharpness and with wifi I can proces everything on my phone.

I think it’s smart you traded your camera for a while with a friend. Costs less money but gives you the option to give medium format a try.

Thanks for your reply!

Jeroen

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1 on May 25, 2017

On a holiday I’ll take my Sony A7R2 and three zooms, 4/16-35 – 4/24-70 – 4/70-200. With that I can do almost anything, from taking pictures on request of my wife of certain buildings, churches whatever, random shots of interesting stuff and street shots too with the 4/24-70. Next time I think I’ll also take a 35mm prime with me, just for street shooting. I never use film, too much of a hassle and I just don’t like shooting for real with my iPhone either.

 

on May 25, 2017

Hi Ad, 3 lenses would be too much for me! I see myself as a ‘prime shooter’, and I get anxious when I think of bringing different lenses for one body on a trip.
It’s totally fine if it works for you of course! Heard sone good stories about the Sony 🙂
Cheers!

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1 on May 25, 2017

 take what gives you more pleasure to use that is light and simple.Photography is for our pleasure and not headaches what lens to use, what body to use, photograph with soul and you will have the best photos of always, does not matter what equipment you use.

on May 25, 2017

I have to agree with you! I think I’m gonna write down the things that are inportant to me, like consistency in photo’s, weight, fun etc. Based on those things I will make my decision! Thanks!

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1 on May 25, 2017

When I take a vacation I like to have one body, one prime and one zoom. And I would choose one lens to shoot with all day. I’m not a fan of making photos on my phone because I’m trying to not use/look at my phone as much. I feel like it distracts me from whatever it is I’m doing. But that’s just a personal problem of mine.

on May 25, 2017

I think distraction is a con of the phone. I’m leaning towards one body one lens. And no film camera’s. Thanks and happy shooting 🙂

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I only have two cameras and thats it. My Canon 6D and my iPhone 7plus. They are always with me. One in my bag or on my neck and the other in my pocket. I take pictures with whatever is easiest to grab and shoot with. Think about what your most comfortable with. If you can shoot and capture images more accurately with your digital camera then thats the one. Also if weight is an issue or other gear your taking with you adds to your bag then thats another debate you should have. Think about the one lens thats easiest to carry with you and you’re most familiar with. For me its my 50mm.

 

Hope this helps and hope you take great pics and have fun. Happy Honeymoon!

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It’s a difficult question to answer as it is very subjective. What I can say is that on my last trip (2 months) next to my dslr I used a small compact camera for the first time when travelling (Fuji X70, fixed lens) and 70% of all the pictures I took were taken with the X70. Why? Because it was so easy to carry around all of the time. With the X70 I shot mainly street and some landscapes. I took out the my dslr only when shooting more documentary/reportage stuff (because of the greater flexibility and choice in lenses) . As for G.A.S., I only have it when I’m not out shooting and spending time behind my laptop instead (which is more often than I would like to)

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0 on May 25, 2017

I would suggest 1 lens 1 camera set up. For exampel I basically only shoot 35mm and occasionaly 50mm. The result of that is I know my 35mm lens in and out. I know where it performs best and where it has its flaws.

Too much gear can also be a distraction I think. I try and make the best of the moment with a 35mm even though a 50mm might work better, rather then hesitating on what camera/iphone/lense to use.

Having multiple cameras/lenses with you certanly has its goos sides but mastering one lense is most definetly not a bad thing. So just try it a few times. 1 lense 1 camer and you

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