Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/09

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Subject: Re: [Leica] multiple bodies...
From: "Roland Smith" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000 21:51:51 -0700
References: <DC1F47F8EE84D311A2960008C73318C108B1AC@EX-EC-QUITO>

I make a resolution each year after my vacation to limit the equipment I
take on my vacation.   Each year, the quantity grows even to include a
tripod and a monopod.   I take both 35mm and medium format, the first for
color negative film for a Leica M4-2, Yashica T4 and black and white for a
Leica M3, Rollei 35s, Fujica 645S, Rollei 3.5F and several Leica lenses.

This year I hardly had room for clothing and underwear to clean the lenses.

I hope I can use will power and scale down on my next trip.   The question
has evolved from "what should I take" to " what should I leave behind?"

Apparently, I am not unique in this type of behavior.

Roland Smith
- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Birkey, Duane" <>
To: "Leica Users (E-mail)" <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 2:22 PM
Subject: [Leica] multiple bodies...

> My last trip, which was for 7 days in-the-middle of nowhere... was 4
> and 10 lenses.  I would have liked to have had 2 more bodies for work and
> 3rd for some personal B&W..
> I use 100 and 400 color neg and color slide film...  For photographing a
> mobile medical clinic, some rooms have enough light; some are as dark as
> get-out....  I'm shooting in both situations all throughout the day so
> switching films is pointless.   And I won't shoot anything on 400 ASA film
> unless I have no other choice.
> I spend way too much time changing lenses and it would have been nice to
> have had two cameras with the same film in them... but then again..  I can
> only carry so much gear.
> I've had enough stuff not work when it should have to always bring 2 of
> anything that is indespensible.  I also try to pack two seperate bags of
> camera gear so in case one gets stolen somewhere along the way.... I have
> workable kit in the other along with enough of each type of film and
> batteries etc.
> Duane Birkey
> HCJB World Radio
> Quito Ecuador
> Duane's Photographs of Ecuador

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