For those who have both film and digital cameras (or many cameras), do you face the dilemma of choosing gear before you embark on your travel trip?
I had to make the decision for my Hong Kong trip in November 2016. My travel style is minimalist, I only bring stuff that I need, such as clothes, chargers, camera stuff and toiletries. Hence, I have never need a check-in luggage for any short trip in Asia.
Since I like to pack light, I asked myself: which camera should I leave behind? Am I willing to take risk by only shooting film? Am I gonna leave film camera behind and wish I had brought it with me?
Because I cannot decide, I brought both digital and film cameras in the end. Can you imagine having both a dLSR and a tank-like Nikon FM2 in your bag? On top of water bottle, travel guides, batteries, jacket, etc. They are heavy as f*. My style of travel is also to walk and walk. Luckily I am still young and strong. But I still find myself exhausted and feeling sore at the end of the day.
I figure this should not be the way to travel. Having a heavy bag would not only ruin my mood to travel-walking, it also hinders my photography as I would be too tired to even think about making pictures.
What should I do for my next trip?
I would still bring both my digital and film cameras. The thing is I recently just bought a mini film camera, the Rollei B35. It’s so tiny it can fit into my pocket! I have taken 2 rolls of film with it, and currently waiting for the developed result!! Excited! If you guys haven’t already know, this Rollei is a rangefinder that has no indication to warn you if your photo is focused or not. So I have been estimating the distance to take shot. If I am good (I hope) that all my estimation is right, I will leave my tank-liked Nikon FM2 at home and bring this little Rollei with me instead.
Moving forward, why do I still bring both medium? Ok, my plan is to bring both, but only bring one out on alternative day! Why? because I still cannot let go.
For my film part, I suck at taking pictures at low light and I don’t have a flash light. So if I know on particular day, I will travel late till the night or that I allocate for museums or mostly indoor, I will bring digital camera.
I hope one day I will become a better film person to the extent that I can shoot everything with film with great confidence. Then I might just bring my film camera with me to trips.
So yeah it’s a long rant. I hope my strategy works for my upcoming trip. Otherwise, comment and let me know your travel style so I can learn from you!