I am planning on traveling in Oz for a couple months and want to document it using my 4x5 medium format camera. I am trying to figure out if its worth the weight and bulk. Has anyone travelled using medium format? Or should I stick to 35mm and leave the MF for trips that are easier and close to home?
Travelling with a medium format camera... depends... if photography is that important maybe is worth the weight and size of the camera. I prefer 35mm and some professional film slides or negatives. And if you like to take casual pictures of people in places, well, that will be very hard with medium format.
Have a nice trip... whatever you decide.
I will be travelling with a medium format (Bronica) in the fall- wether or not it is worth the weight should depend on how often you use it- even when you aren't away. If you find that the use of 35mm and larger format is interchangable, its probably not worth while. If there are times when only the larger format will do, it might be worth the extra weight.
im sure you lready own digital 35mm. but if you dont.......
what about a dslr like fuji s2 that can go to 12mp....or kodaks, i think that goes to 14mp, or of course canons top dslr, thats 8mp isnt it?? i know medium dslr goes to 20mp or above but i have blown pics from my fuji up to 1mx2m and okay its not pin sharp but it works bloody well considering how easy it is to use. its based on nikon so takes all their lenses flash etc...ive seen 3mx5m advertising work taken using a fuji s2 and they looked great....its a lot easier and more reliable (i think) than taking 2inch medium format overseas.
I have all formats - 35mm, medium format and 5" x 4". I regard 5" x 4" as large format.
Whatever, I think that the format you require depends on how serious you are about your photography. If that is the main reason for your visit, and you don't mind your life being dominated by the photography, then go 5" x 4". If, on the other hand, travel and seeing new places is your aim, then stick with what is convenient. On a recent trip to Romania I used 6cm x7cm and 35mm Leica. It was great to take the relatively lightweight Leica onto the hills, and as I wasn't encumbered with equipment I enjoyed the trip adn got some really njice pictures.
Although I love 5" x 4", I would never use it generally unless the purpose of the trip was photography, rather than tourism.
Its been over a year since I took my trip. I decided to take the Mamiya 7II and digital camera. The end result I am embarrassed to say was that I took about 60 shots on the Mamiya, and about 3000 on the digital. In retrospect I wish I had not brought the Mamiya and had taken a Leica or something equally as mobile and light. The truth is, the photos taken with the Mamiya mostly turned out amazing, and the quality is incredible. But by half through the trip I was ready to ship the camera back home. The bulk was such a pain. So maybe I am just wimpy, but I don't think the heavy equipment is worth it. The digital camera proved that to me, some of the best shots came with the digital because I had it with me almost at every moment. Don't get me wrong, if I had a sherpa walking everywhere with me who could carry my camera equipment then I am sure it would have been fine, but the problem was, I was the sherpa. And that gets really old FAST!
Take it for what its worth, but I thought you should know.