Leica: Travelling Light – Packing for a 10kg Photography Trip Abroad (Part 2)
I have another Leica location shoot abroad fast approaching so am trying to decide what camera equipment to take again. It is another trip to Poland to shoot with a local agency, this time based in the Polish coastal city of Sopot. I have a hotel organised on the beach so am hoping the weather will be kind to us. I have also arranged for stylists and makeup artists to get involved to allow us to hopefully get some more high fashion images.
So what camera gear to take? I have reviewed the approximate weight of some of the items I would like to take and per the internet information available the details are:
Speedlight + Batteries – 1100g
Fuji GF670 Folder 6×6/6×7 – 1000g
Fuji GS645 Folder 6×4.5 – 750g
Leica M9 Body (+Battery) – 600g
Leica M2 Body – 580g
Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 – 580g
Leica Summicron 75mm f2 APO – 430g
Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f2 – 230g
Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2 – 244g
Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4 – 175g
Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5 – 156g
After my last visit the items I missed the most were (1) a speedlight (2) medium format film so I have recently bought two compact folding medium format film cameras, the Fuji GS645 and Fuji GF670 for some medium format film photography. On my last visit I was in the city so amongst the buildings there was less available light. This time I am on the beach (hopefully) so should have more light to use a reflector with. For the reason I think I will leave the 1100g speedlight at home. The Fuji GS645 has an occasional sticking shutter so I rather take the Fuji GF670. The digital Leica M9 camera is a must as it is my main workhorse. I am also tempted to take the Leica M2 film camera so I can shoot 120 Kodak Portra 400 colour film and the 35mm Kodak T-Max 100 black and white film. The next choice is my main portrait lens for the trip. The Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 was fantastic last time but I thought maybe I should take the super sharp Leica Summicron 75mm f2 APO as it is for young skin fashion models. Still to be decided (but I think I will probably take the Noctilux!). For a second lens for the M2 the tiny Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4 could be the ideal choice but I will decide between that and the larger sharper Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f2. Lastly I want a wider lens so hope to take the Voigtlander Ultron 28mm f2 as I like the 28mm focal length. The super compact Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar would easily fit in the bag but I think will be too wide for my needs for this trip.
I hope to work with some of the models I met on my last trip together with a few new faces. Here is a reminder from my last visit – Zuza (Leica M9 + Leica Noctilux 50mm f1)
As always I will share some of my favourite images and my thoughts once I get back.