I admit. I am a photography nerd.
There, I said it.
Every time before I leave somewhere, I thought ‘should I bring these cameras or not?’ Yes. Camera–z
If I take them all, I can take wonderfully high quality photos. But if I take just one small point and shoot camera, I may not get the best one but I can be free from all the weight..
What should I do?
Until just few months ago I was a full mechanical camera user with films. Pentax MX with 3 different angle lenses. It is over two decades old. I have one Minolta, one Yashika and LOMO, a toy camera which is also a film camera. This doesn’t mean that I traveled with a mechanical camera all along. I do have two compact digital cameras, and amazingly, many of my pictures in RunawayJuno.com are taken by these little cameras.
My current major camera is Nikon D90, DSLR. This one is much heavier than any of my previous cameras. You know, these cameras are usually heavier is better.
I changed to digital camera because a) Films are way too expensive right now, b) also developing fee is through the roof, and c) not to mention, it’s convenient.
Now, I think about two questions.
Do I have to drag these heavy equipments to take precious memories even though I get really tired by its weight?
Or just take a shot through eyes and minds and have a light luggage?
Frankly speaking, I was and am too greedy to give up the chance to take amazing pictures, so I took most of my cameras along with me. Even I brought a tripod, a release, all the lenses and more than 10-highly expensive films. Yes, my bag was HEAVY..
However there are always ups and downs.
If I bring only small digital camera or none of those, I can really concentrate the view and the feeling, but there’s a big chance to forget many details about this amazing journey. Because photos are more than just take the perfect shot. It’s a documentation, journal, and memory.
On the other hand even if I get really tired by its volume and weight, there’s always great photo of the view and the memory like what I ate or which soda I bought in local shop and whether I liked it or not. These are always a little trigger to the memory. .
Like I mentioned before, many of my wonderful pictures were taken by small compact digital camera. I only brought my point and shoot to backpacking trip to New Zealand in 2006. But I like most of the picture I took with this small equipment. Not saying my favourite but good enough. Though, sometimes I look at picture, like mountain Cook or Glaciers, wish if I brought a much nicer camera.
Likewise, from good quality pictures I took in Taipei, I admire good performance of my D90, and thinking how glad I brought this one. However I surely could say I was irritated by the weight.
Still, I don’t have the answer. I keep bouncing back and forth..I
One thing I know as a greedy person myself, I may bring the nicest and the heaviest equipment with me the whole journey. Will I be happy after? Never know..
I think this paradox comply with all the packing. Aren’t we all suffer from that? Those are two opposite ways and you can’t have both.
What is your choice?