Saturday, May 19, 2018
Readying for Portland
I may also pack my Tamron 90mm macro lens, depending on how well it all fits. I debated on also bringing a manual Nikon FE or FG, and decided instead to bring the Yashica FX-7 Super because it's light, works great, and is a pretty nice walk-about camera with good glass. Having used it a lot over the past month, I am pleased with how it handles and just feels right. It's most likely to be used walking around the city, and filled with b&w film. We'll be renting a car, so of course the Oregon coast is a sure trip, as well as the Columbia River gorge, etc.
I'll be packing my new Manfrotto "BeFree" travel tripod in my checked bag, and after having tried it out a few times locally, I know it will be an excellent camera support. I am also bringing a Holga, Lomo Sprocket Rocket, and the venerable Olympus Trip 35. All are cameras that I know will give me something different.
As far as film goes, 10 rolls of Fuji Provia 100, lots of Kodak TMax 400, Ilford HP-5+, and some C-41 and specialty films such as FPP Infrachrome and Mr. Brown. I know I'll be seeing lots of waterfalls, and Mr. Brown will be just the thing for those long exposures.
Other items - lens cleaning cloth, cable release (which the N80 accepts), quick-release plates, notebooks, some short pieces of gaffer tape, various filters, including a graduated ND filter, and business cards all go into the pack. An empty collapsed small camera bag will go into my checked luggage for when I am just doing things in the city and don't need to carry the backpack.
I thought about just bringing my Nikon D300 and a few lenses, but the APS-C sensor won't give me the benefit of the 20mm f/2.8 Nikkor. Just in case, I am bringing a Nikon Coolpix S600 which fits into a pocket. While my iPhone SE does a pretty good job with snaps, the little digicam has a better range of focal lengths.