Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/24

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Italy: Camera/lens advice
From: Alastair Firkin <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 07:43:15 +1100
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>-Leica M4-P (black), 35/2 and 50/2 Summicrons, 50/1.4 Nikkor, 85/1.9
>Canon (HEAVY!), 90/4 Elmar.
>-Olympus OM-2 (chrome), 28/2.8 MC, 35/2.8 SC, 50/1.8 MC, 50/1.4 SC,
>100/2.8 SC (all Zuikos)
>-Gossen Luna Pro Digital meter
>-A light plastic camera C-clamp that doubles as a table tripod.
>-A small old Vivitar flash (Model 283?) with both manual and automatic
>modes (not TTL)


I usually struggle with the decision till the plane leaves ;-) Of 
course you do not give us too many options really M versus slr 
olympus. I will add a couple of tempters ;-)

Ever since I owned a CLE, I've thought the rangefinder the best 
travel option for the type of travel you are doing. I would not give 
theft any consideration --- insure the camera if it really worries 
you, but Italy is a wonderful country and I'd be surprised if you 
felt the same concern after your trip.

Add to this I would always "like" to travel with a Rolleiflex TLR, 
which gives me a different "perspective" and is the highest quality 
lowest weight alternative in Medium format I know.

So for me the kit would be

M4, 35, 50/f2 and 90/f4
MR meter
Rolleiflex 3.5F
Table top gitzo
Small flash
buckets of film ;-) Colour in the 35 and b/w in the Rollei

- -- 
Alastair Firkin

In reply to: Message from "Peter A. Klein" <> ([Leica] Italy: Camera/lens advice)