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Old 08-27-2019   #1
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Gear for Around the World Trip

I am leaving for a six month or longer trip around the world in less than two weeks. Just for fun I thought I would list the gear going along and some thoughts. Now, I hope to travel for six months with just carry on buying winter clothes later in Europe. If I could I would take film and digital but that is not practical given the carry on goal.

Anyway, I will be taking my MP240 and FujiX100f as a backup. I am taking a 25f2.8 Zeiss, 50f1.1 Nokton and 90f2.8 Tele Elmarit. 35 is my favorite focal length but I will be relying on the Fuji for that focal length. I will take both a 1.25 viewfinder magnifier and EVF to help with the 50f1.1. Additionally, my 45 year old Domke F2 and a Bare Bones Bag. The Domke will do double duty holding cameras and electronics as my carry on. Finally, a gorilla pod and small flash which works great with X100.

Now, I tend to want to spend money on equipment thinking some new lens or gadget will make me a better photographer or solve a nonexistent problem. I almost bought the new 50f1.2 Nokton and a Billingham Hadley Pro. I have owned the 50f1.1 for awhile but use my 50 Summicon due to size and the Billingham would be nice but the Domke works just fine and I have $1500 toward travel by not buying toys
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Have a great trip. Try to keep equipment to basic level.
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It looks like you’re all set to go! Can you share with us a rough itinerary and means of travel or are you just flying by the seat of your pants?

Sounds like a lot of fun!

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Have a great trip, man! You've got a really good kit there. It will be interesting to know which camera/focal length you used the most on this trip, and why. Keep in touch if you're able.
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I couldn't imagine being gone on a trip that long and seeing what I can only imagine you will be seeing and not having a lens wider than 25mm. I'd definitely be taking my 18mm f3.8 Super Elmar. Maybe in your case a 15mm f4.5 III Heliar might be the right answer for a few great opportunities?

I am no multi-frame "stitcher" of digital files. If I need a super-wide shot, I'd rather get it with a super-wide lens.
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I have to agree with Gregm61. Any lens 21 or wider would be a great addition to your kit. Once added, you’ll be surprised how much it will be used. Enjoy the trip, looking forward to the images.
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Old 08-27-2019   #8
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yes final route plan would be interesting to see.

am remembering time just before embarking my round the world trip back in 2010, certainly had many beautifies in stomach! it was also around this time of year.
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Sounds like fun, I'll be watching with interest!

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Now, I hope to travel for six months with just carry on...
The dream! The more I travel the more I go in this direction. It's amazing how much you don't need.
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These days, I take a Hadley Pro and Barebones when I travel, using the Hadley Pro for intercity travel, and the Barebones when I reach my location. In the Barebones, I stuff my cameras, lenses, chargers, cards, etc, as well as other things I might need handy on a plane like a kindle, and also my phone. Although all carry-on mostly works, if they let you have one carry-on bag and a personal item, you might run into a situation where they only let you take one item period. Budget flights inside Vietnam is the instance I recall. My theory is that anything I don’t want to lose goes in the Barebones. I guess the Domke could substitute, but I like the layout and pockets and configuration of the Barebones better, especially for RF or other compact equipment.

Have a great trip. Green with envy here.
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When I look at your forum member name I think you should visit the KTM museum in Mattighofen, Austria.

Your gear is allright, have fun!
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These days, I take a Hadley Pro and Barebones when I travel ...
Probably a silly question, but what is a Barebones?
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Everyone has their favorite cameras but IMHO, I'd ditch the Fuji & the maybe the 25mm. Get a 21mm & 35mm for the Leica. However the 25mm is a good compromise so maybe not buying two more lenses at this late in the game. I'd dither on a backup body for the Leica (vs 2 bodies with different lenses). Backup bodies are good. There is a temptation to take the M2 you own which utilizes the same lenses but ( I almost hate to say it) there is on reason to shoot film.


I really think two digital M bodies. Film cameras are almost indestructible, but digital cameras, and batteries, can you give you the fits at any particular moment. I really think a backup body is an absolute must.
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Two identical Leica M bodies (digital, if required), a 40/2.0 and a 28/2.8 would do the trick for me. But then I do travel with only my Leica Standard, a 50/3.5 Nickel-Elmar and a rangefinder.
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It will be an exciting trip! Good idea to keep the gear minimal, I hope to see a few pictures before you come back!
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Sounds fantastic. Have a great trip!

If you anticipate needing weather protection for your camera gear I wouldn’t be too quick to dismiss the utility of the Billingham. It’s effectively impervious to rain, unlike the Domke, which I expect would soak it up.
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Probably a silly question, but what is a Barebones?
I assume: https://figitalrevolution.com/bare-b...s-rangefinder/

I have one and it works really well. The technology folder fits an 11 inch Macbook Air, but the bag works better if you only keep an iPad in there.

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On a 6 month trip I'd rather bring a more sturdy carry on with wheels attached. I've used a ThinkTank for many years. It will hold your cameras and basic clothing. It's indestructible, water proof, lockable, looks small and has a built-in cable with which you can attach it to an overhead bus/train compartment, hotel furniture etc... Have a nice trip!
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I have to agree with Gregm61. Any lens 21 or wider would be a great addition to your kit. Once added, you’ll be surprised how much it will be used. Enjoy the trip, looking forward to the images.
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I travel a lot, my most used camera, for being very small but powerful, is a Sony NEX5n, and my most used lens a Voigtlaender f4.5/15, which on that camera makes a 21/22mm lens equivalent
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....and another vote for the CV Super Wide-Heliar 4.5/15.
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It is a super lens the 15mm Heliar, I use it a lot more than I thought I would. But I have no idea about the maximum decent ISO of the M240. With EVF you'd just have the lens which is both tiny and light.

I don't think any more gear is necessary!
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Frankly speaking, I’d be fine with just the X100F and forget all the rest of that stuff. The X100F is all that I use when I travel - and I do travel quite a bit. But, what does it matter, it doesn't really matter at all, the man is headed around the world at the prime age of 66. Damn man, enjoy the adventure; it’s not about the stuff you take with you, it’s about the people you meet along the way. Unless you’re on assignment for National Geographic, kick back and enjoy.

Remember Schlitz beer, you only live once!

Have a good trip,
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Good choice for great travel. M240 probably best mirrorless with long lasting battery.

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I don't really get on with super wide lenses. I have owned a 15 and sold it years ago and gave my last 21 away to a young photographer for use on his M3. In fact, I gave serious thought to just taking the X100F as Its technology leaves any Leica behind, especially for flash fill and autofocus. I love the jpegs from the Fuji for Acros and Classic Chrome.

The Bare Bones Bag will be hold my daily shooting kit which could be the Leica and a couple lens or the X100f. I just returned from a month of scuba diving in the Philippines and used the BBB and X100 daily. The BBB is waterproof and just the right size to hold a camera and collapsed umbrella. Oh, July is rainy season in PI.

My itenerary is flexible but am looking at more time in the Philippines follow by Singapore overland to Thailand and then a couple weeks in Vietnam. From SE Asia, l am thinking a month in India then Jerusalem and then northwest Europe and a long walk in Scotland back to USA toward late March in time to do my taxes. Then, I may jump on one of my motorcycles and head toward Panama or Tierra del Fuego as I know I will be riding to Alaska with friends next June.
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And on a personal note, I just sold my house in El Paso and my marriage of 30 years has ended as well. I am 66, healthy with a great retirement income. I enjoy travel (see other posts here) and the only tie to the USA is my daughter who resides in Dallas. Am thinking of living foreign for a few years anyway as the political climate in the US does not agree with me.
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What a lovely thing to do. I am not quite at retirement but am selling up to move to somewhere closer to family in the UK, and if and when it happens, after a year of disruptions, I just want to travel slowly to places I have yet to see. Not on a bike but in some form of camper so I can live cheaply as required (essential in Norway!) and process film as I do.

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Lucky you! I could barely hold X100F in my hands for five minutes. Build is too flimsy for me
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I travelled for three months in 2017 in Europe and took 24/50/90 lenses, all Leica-mount, but on a Sony A7S. I felt it worked well: compact but good. Sometimes on a motorbike, other times on a bicycle, yet others just on trains and buses. Some pics here:
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Have a great trip, KTM! That's a nice life plan you got there.
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By the way, the sign on comes from a time when I owned two KTM motorcycles and that is long past. I think KTM makes a great bike but dealerships in US are rare. Presently, I ride a BMW GSA 1200 and Kawasaki Versys 650.
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I think you're wise to bring a small secondary back up body. The Fuji will fit that bill nicely, although a second Leica body would also suit that need.
Remember: when you travel, count on the unexpected and things sometimes going sideways!

The only change I'd suggest is to bring a smaller 50 -- even a 1.4 or a Summicron. It'll cut the size and weight down, and eliminate the need for a magnifier...less stuff to lug around!

Also: how are you storing, backing up and sorting your files? I'd *really* suggest at least a cloud backup option. Hard drives, cameras, laptops etc. can go missing or get destroyed...Cover Yo' Ass!
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Looking at the OP's post -it's not his first one, during the past couple of hours...my advice is to get going and share some pics.
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Frankly speaking, I’d be fine with just the X100F and forget all the rest of that stuff. The X100F is all that I use when I travel - and I do travel quite a bit. But, what does it matter, it doesn't really matter at all, the man is headed around the world at the prime age of 66. Damn man, enjoy the adventure; it’s not about the stuff you take with you, it’s about the people you meet along the way. Unless you’re on assignment for National Geographic, kick back and enjoy.

Remember Schlitz beer, you only live once!

Have a good trip,
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As Yokosuka Mike says the FujiX100f would probably fill the bill just fine. However, I figure I should take a Leica or sell it and all seven lenses. The common temptation is to take everything including a film M, more than 3 lenses and I could go on and on. Film camera would be M2 with a 35 and don't forget medium format. Maybe I should try and charter a C5.
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ktm, you've got it dialed. I would have no anxiety about hitting the road with just an M2 and a 35....come to think of it, i've done that quite a few times. Enjoy the journey...looks as though you've chosen carefully...for your vision.
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I travel a lot, my most used camera, for being very small but powerful, is a Sony NEX5n, and my most used lens a Voigtlaender f4.5/15, which on that camera makes a 21/22mm lens equivalent

I love the Voigtlander 15 on the Ricoh GXR-M for the same reason. My version is the first, non-coupled version, but that's fine with liveview and the very deep depth of field.



The Zeiss 21mm on the M9 is one of my favourites for travel, and last overseas trip, I found myself using 21 and 50 most of the time.
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I am such an analogue dinosaur. I did not want to drag my laptop around the world and thought I could use my Cpmpaq tablet. People I have approached at Best Buy say there is no way to go from an SD card to tablet without using a laptop. Guess I will upgrade my computer so any suggestions? I did not want to manipulate images but upload jpegs.
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What about using a wi-fi enabled SD card to send the image from your camera to the tablet? I don't know if either camera supports that type of card but it might be worth looking into.
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What model and OS is the tablet?

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