Drilled for less weight Wista 45N with folding hood
Self-made meniscus 150/4
2-3 Toyo holders
A few filters
Weakly Benro tripod with old 3D Slik head
Notebook for field notes
Thermos with briar tea - a very big friend of mine
240mm G-Claron - orange/green filter
3 film holders
tripod w. 3-way head
Bottle of water
In my case in 2008 it was a Crown Graphic with a 90mm f6.8 Angulon, 150mm f4.5 CZJ T(coated) Tessar, small Velbon tripod that fits inside a small backpack, 6 DDS and a Minolta spotmeter, great in the heat - high 30º'sC in to the 40º'sC - of Turkey and Greece.
The Crown Graphic was replaced by a Super Graphic and the Tessar with a 135mm f5.6 Caltar (Symmar) which gives greater flexibility without a weight compromise. Both the Crown andnow the Super Graphic are used hand held where tripods aren't permitted.
Linhof Master Technika 3000 and Nikkor 90mm, Nikkor 150mm (tiny lens) ,Nikkor T400.
Few grafmatics and spot meter.Small Gitzo tripod
It all fits in a small bag.
5x7 Linhof tech with 210 Xenar, tripod, lightmeter, filmholders..
it all fits in a Lands End medium canvas tote ('cept tripod of course)
I use a jacket or towel if I need a darkcloth
30 cm Goerz Dagor
Filmholders, two to four.
Meter, a couple filters, yellow and lt.green.
Dark cloth, notepaper, lens cleaning stuff, etc.
All in a medium Kelty frame pack adapted for the camera. Tripod tied on top of the frame, weight 38 to 42 pounds, depending on food and water load.
One man's Mede is another man's Persian.
For me, bulkiness has always been more of an annoyance than weight, but smaller bags never fit right and end up being more tiring than a heavier well-fitted pack. So I just carry enough to fill up whatever bag I'm using to keep stuff from sloshing around. I thought about cutting some lightweight foam blocks to keep a lighter load distributed the same, but haven't gotten around to it- I don't carry any big plasmats so any weight savings would have to come out of carrying less film holders- but then there's nothing quite as annoying a carrying a bulky pack with no available film on a long trek back to the car. But my pack is only 30lbs or so with tripod so I can't complain too much.
Polaroid 4x5 conversion with 135mm lens
Chamonix 4x5 + 90/150/210mm lenses
Chamonix + 47/58/90/150/210/300/360/500
The "keep telling myself this is a light load" kit:
Kodak Century 8x10 + 120/210/300/Triple convertible 12/21/28 (comes with very nice girlfriend assistant!)
Of course the lightest option:
Nikon SP 35mm RF + 25/50/85mm lenses
My blog about shooting film in south GA:
Toyo-Field 45CF with 150mm Apo Sirona-S attached.......~4.5 lbs.
Gitzo GT0540 tripod with G1177M head.......~3 lbs.
Pentax digital spot meter in Zone 6 holster.......~1 Lb.
Four Toyo film holders in F64 case, 50 sheet box of film, cleaning kit....~3(?) Lbs.
Granite Gear Backpack.......2 Lbs.
Big Agnes tent......~2.5 lbs
Poncho/ground cover......1/2 Lb.
Sleeping Bag.........1 Lb (Western Mountaineering Down).
MSR Whisper lite stove....~ ½ Lb.
Map Case with map and compass.......~1/2 Lb.
Food: Depends on the trip length but say 7 to 10 lbs for a seven day trip.
Bear Can with toothbrush/paste, soap, razor, etc......4 Lbs.
Water.....2.5 Lbs per liter (I generally carry one full liter when hiking in areas with a lot of water sources and 2 liters otherwise.
Extra socks, lightweight long johns, small first aid kit, whistle, knife.....~ 2 Lbs.
Hiking Poles.....1 Lb.
Or about 35.5 Lbs not counting the boots or the clothes that I am wearing.
Add ~ 1 Lb to the above total for headlamp and air mattress (3/4 length 2").
Add another 1 Lb for the Harrison Pup Tent.
So that comes to ~ 37.7 Lbs TOTAL for me and that's enough!
Last edited by tgtaylor; 3-May-2012 at 12:09. Reason: Added
No art passes our conscience in the way that film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.
— Ingmar Bergman