What to Take on My Trip

Credits: emperornorton

The main event is my mother’s funeral in Salt Lake City. We put it off so that everyone’s frazzled edges could heal before what is in America a traditionally combustible affair. (Those who wait tend to appreciate the service more and fight with their relatives less.) We will travel across California and Nevada with a stop at Zion National Park. Three days in Salt Lake, then return via Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon West.

We might stop at Valley of Fire State Park and Mojave National Preserve.

So what cameras do I take?

My certainties are:

  • My Nikon D60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/notfrisco/sets/72157627822928497/
  • My Instax instant camera http://www.flickr.com/photos/notfrisco/sets/72157627753271950/
  • My Spinner http://www.flickr.com/photos/notfrisco/sets/72157629379691243/

On the maybe list:

  • My Nikon N8008 (shooting in black and white — I’ve been doing more of that lately. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/notfrisco/
  • My Fisheye http://www.flickr.com/photos/notfrisco/sets/72157628256848991/
  • My Sprocket Rocket http://www.flickr.com/photos/notfrisco/sets/72157628284305457/
  • My La Sardina http://www.flickr.com/photos/notfrisco/sets/72157627778025146/
  • My “new” Bronica (medium format — 6×6)

I’m leaning heavily towards the Bronica and the N8008. The Fisheye is always fun, La Sardina always reliable. I have accumulated a nice variety of film in my freezer. I’d take infrared along except that I can’t find my red filters.

For fun, let’s throw in my grandfather’s Ihagee Exakta and my wife’s grandfather’s Agfa Silette.

What would you take?

written by emperornorton on 2012-03-05


  1. ohpleasedontgo
    ohpleasedontgo ·

    I guess I would go for the Bronica and the Sprocket. Bronica, because I love medium format and the Sprocket just because I want one so badly, too and because I love the Sprocket holes!

  2. why-yu
    why-yu ·

    I think Sardina will not be superfluous, because it has a wide angle lens and it is very mobile. have a good trip! =)

  3. tonantzin
    tonantzin ·

    I would say the Sardina and the sprocket

  4. maria_vlachou
    maria_vlachou ·

    Sprocket Rocket !!!

  5. asharnanae
    asharnanae ·

    I think id go for the La sardina and the bronica, as its always good to have a camera you know your way around, and the 6x6 of the bronica will be good shift from 35mm, plus you can get to know it better. But yes, the fisheye is always a winner as well..... im not really being that helpful I feel! anyways, hope your travels go well.

  6. realrampage
    realrampage ·

    Sprocket rocket !!

  7. gibri
    gibri ·


  8. boobert
    boobert ·

    Bronica and La Sardina.

  9. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

    I say stick with what you know. For as cool as it is to rock the Bronica: shell be heavy and difficult to load. Bring the Nikon D60 & N8008. You'll be busy with family and such; I'm sure they want to talk to your face more then your camera attached to your face.

    But I would like to see some Super wide shot of the Grand Canyon or Hoover Dam. Bring the spinner just for experimentations sake.

    Have a great trip; Sorry about your mother. Don't fall of Angel's Landing either.

  10. volker-jp
    volker-jp ·

    sprocket and sardina is the choice! sorry about your loss. my condolences!

  11. hankerkizia
    hankerkizia ·

    Bronica and the spinner!

  12. sye
    sye ·

    sprocket rocket!!

  13. gatokinetik-o
    gatokinetik-o ·

    Always i got the same question about cameras and travelling... For the maybes, i vote for Bronica (mediumformat is always surprising) and fisheye!!!

  14. bkspicture
    bkspicture ·

    I would bring the Bronica and La Sardina or Sprocket rocket

  15. littlekoala
    littlekoala ·

    I would take Bronica!

  16. tsingtao
    tsingtao ·

    Sprocket Rocket!!

  17. lereile
    lereile ·

    sorry for you mum.. i would take bronica and spinner! two very diferent formats! and you can always take la sardina, it's so light and it fits anywhere!

  18. bravopires
    bravopires ·


  19. deprofundis
    deprofundis ·

    Sprocket rocket ^_^

  20. weedos
    weedos ·

    Sprocket Rocket. Shoot a roll on the way, rewind it and shoot again on the way back :-)

  21. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

    @ohpleasedontgo @why-yu @tonantzin @maria_vlachou @asharnanae @gibri @boobert @realrampage @clownshoes @volker-jp @hankerkizia @sye @bkspicture @gatokinetik-o @littlekoala @tsingtao @lereile @bravopires @deorifundis @weedos

    Thank you for all your advice.

    Now for some bad news: I took my wife to a local women's hospital for what was supposed to be a routine laproscopic hysterectomy. Her doctor assured me that he'd finish it in under half an hour. An hour and a half later, he came out of the operating room to tell me that he discovered a cancerous mass on one of her ovaries.

    So the trip is off.

    Heeding your call for more sprocket rocket material, I escaped the hospital for a little time this afternoon to take some pictures at Newport Beach. I'm planning to go back tomorrow for some more pictures with my "new" Bronica, a heavy but not unwieldy camera. I'll probably drag along the Instax for variety.

    Photos to appear in the next couple of weeks.

  22. lereile
    lereile ·

    oh, so sorry to hear that! i send lots of energy!!!

  23. sye
    sye ·

    I'm sorry ... thousands of kisses

  24. gatokinetik-o
    gatokinetik-o ·

    :( ... A lot of energy for both of you... you've to be strong!!!
    I hope everything will be OK.
    A big hug ;)

  25. gatokinetik-o
    gatokinetik-o ·

    :( ... A lot of energy for both of you... you've to be strong!!!
    I hope everything will be OK.
    A big hug ;)

  26. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

    Sympathies to the both of you and I wish for the best.

  27. asharnanae
    asharnanae ·

    What terrible news, My deepest sympathies, I wish you both positivity and energy and a speedy recovery for your wife. On the photo side, can't wait to see the new work.

  28. littlekoala
    littlekoala ·

    I´m sorry! I hope that your wife recovers soon. A lot of energy for both!

  29. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

    @ohpleasedontgo @why-yu @tonantzin @maria_vlachou @asharnanae @gibri @boobert @realrampage @clownshoes @volker-jp @hankerkizia @sye @bkspicture @gatokinetik-o @littlekoala @tsingtao @lereile @bravopires @deorifundis @weedos

    It's going to be fourteen to fifteen months of treatment including 4 to 5 weeks of radiation. The rest of the time is devoted to chemotherapy. She's planning to work -- her oncologist says that she is able to and he doesn't want her to think that she is "brittle". So I will continue to create images for you -- I've taken two rolls with the Bronica, another with the Sprocket Rocket, and tomorrow I am finishing off a pack of Instax film. You should see the Instax pictures soon -- the others should appear next week if I didn't fork things up.

  30. tonantzin
    tonantzin ·

    oooh I'm really sorry... be strong!
    I hope she'll recover soon!

  31. ohpleasedontgo
    ohpleasedontgo ·

    I'm really sorry to hear that! I wish for the best and hope she will recover soon!

  32. weedos
    weedos ·

    Wishing your wife a speedy recovery.

  33. emperornorton
    emperornorton ·

    @ohpleasedontgo @tonantzin @maria_vlachou @gibri @realrampage @volker-jp @sye @bkspicture @tsingtao @deorifundis @weedos Sprockets rocketed per your request! See my latest album.

  34. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    Oh man I only just read this. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mum. And sending lots of positive thoughts to you and your wife - she is lucky to have such a lovely husband as yourself at this difficult time!

  35. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Very sorry to hear bout the passing of your mother. I would put the Sprocket Rocket in the must take pile! Looks like you've already done that.

  36. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Awe, and I hope your wife is ok too....