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My Dilemma While Packing for Travel

I can’t bring my entire beloved cameras. So, which should I pick? Which should I go with? Which will I miss most?

Photo by guitarleo

I love to travel around. I like to walk around to see the different cultures in a different country or city. I love to see their unique and different living style. I enjoy being part of them.

I always travel light, I just pack clothes needed and some simple personal items. I can do it fast and settle in a short time. I got no headache with packing. It’s an easy job.

But when it came to pick a camera for travel, it was just a dilemma. I got a few analogue cameras with me, all of them are beloved. Just look into my dry box. I do have the LC-A+RL, Horizon Perfekt, Fed 5B, Spinner 360, Pop9, and the newly added Ricoh KR-5. Other than cameras, I also do have accessories such as the wide angle lens, instant back, splitzer, LC-A Krab, colorsplash flash, and ringflash.

So I asked myself, which one should I bring with me? I can’t bring them all; this will make my packing bulky and heavy and I don’t have extra hands to carry all of them. I need to make a decision. I can only bring those that are suited for my travel.

The LC-A+ RL is the best all condition camera. No matter if its day or night, the LC-A+ RL can get the job done nicely. The camera is equipped with a superb light meter, which doesn’t make me worry when I take a picture. The advantages of this camera is that it is lightweight, it has a unique lens, and it is small. When combined with the wide angle lens, instant back, splitzer or Krab, it instantly becomes an unbeatable camera. The camera is good but it still has some disadvantage. When attached with a flash, it is difficult to control the exposure. I still prefer to manually control the camera when it comes to flash.

The Horizon Perfekt is my lover. I love landscapes and the Horizon Perfekt is the best camera to capture all the stunning sceneries. With the aperture and shutter speed setting, I don’t worry about the weather condition. But for sure, to capture a stunning landscape, I still hope for the best weather. The disadvantage of the camera is its size and weight. The Horizon Perfekt is a huge and heavy camera; it’s not suitable to hang around the neck.

The Spinner 360 is another best choice for travel. The 360-degree capture of the view with the sprocket, the outcome is so special and unique. Just hold it and pull the string, everything around and including me, will be captured in the film. The disadvantage is limited aperture selection. Pulling the string to capture a photo is not an ideal way when in dim light conditions. Maybe the new accessory (Motorizer) can solve the problem. But I don’t have it yet.

The Pop9 is a unique camera. It captures a single picture in 9 frames. It’s good to create something special, but it’s not a choice for me to pick to travel with.

Ricoh KR-5 is a vintage SLR. Since it’s an SLR, its capability is unquestionable. I can take close up shots with the lens I have. The disadvantage is the size and weight, which is big and bulky.

The Fed 5B is a rangefinder camera. People call it as a cheap “Leica”. Yes, it is a nice camera, especially when taking portraits. But Fed 5B is heavy and I’m slow when come to focus, things around just won’t wait for me.

So, it is time to decide. I will decide depending on the situation. If I travel around by driving, then I can bring more cameras. I can put them in my car because I have a lot of space. If I travel without driving, then I have to pick. I will pick LC-A+RL with wide angle lens. If I still have some space in my luggage, then I will bring Horizon Perfekt with me. Spinner 360 is the third to follow if I still have some space.

That’s my choice. Which will you choose?

written by guitarleo


  1. fabc68


    Last time I flew with a low-cost company and had severe space issues in my luggage, I bought a disposable at the airport. Just because I wanted to shoot film.
    Now, I just ordered a Vivitar UW&S to keep in my carry-on trolley at all times. Luggage permitting, I think I would take my Diana F+ (but then, I don't own many cameras so it's not like I have to think too much about that). For car trips, I'd love to have an instant with me, it just seems like the right choice for no other reason but gut feeling.
    The only question is, when will I use my digital SLR, then? ;-)

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  2. guitarleo


    @fabc68 DSLR in my dry box all the time. :)

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  3. fabc68


    @guitarleo: really love those Fed5B pics, BTW. Great job!

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  4. neanderthalis


    I really love that picture of the red lanterns from above. FANTASTIC!

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  5. neanderthalis


    I really love that picture of the red lanterns from above. FANTASTIC!

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  6. panchoballard


    Probably the Sprocket Rocket for me! Cool panoramas and it handles low light conditions fairly well.

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  7. elvismartinezsmith


    hahaha i couldn't choose, i brought a dozen of these in West Africa recently and used them all. Take an extra backpack and bring them all, you won't regret it ;)

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  8. cutebun


    I brought my lc-wide with me

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  9. saturniia

    Great question! I'm thinking about buying my first Lomo, and I'm going on vacation soon, so this is a relevant question for me. I love my DSLR, so for analogue I'm thinking of getting something in the LC-A family (low-profile, versatile), or a Sardinia or Diana Mini (less expensive, good conversation starters).
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  10. natalieerachel


    I always have that problem haha...

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  11. manny


    I only have 3 and I already have that problem! Love the Spinner but the shape makes it so difficult to pack D: Another dilemma: Which film to load today???
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  12. guitarleo


    @neanderthalis thank you :)
    @panchoballard sprocket rocket is amazing too, and is LIGHT.
    @elvismartinezsmith haha, i wish to take all of them too, sometimes just too many things to carry.
    @cutebun good choice!
    @saturniia actually all of them are good! pick one within your budget.
    @natalieerachel analogue lovers all got this problem.
    @manny Spinner 360 really difficult to carry with. actually can try to pull the handle out, so it is more easy to pack with.

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  13. jeyku

    i have the same problem - so i always end up taking a few cameras with me!
    <a href="http://www.flickr.co(…)50804/&quot; title="What's in your camera bag - 52x35mm - weeks 14+ by jeyku, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticf(…)_t.jpg&quot; width="100" height="66" alt="What's in your camera bag - 52x35mm - weeks 14+"></a>

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  14. jeyku

    sorry! i tried to copy a photo and it didn't work! feel free to delete that last comment!

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  15. guitarleo


    @jeyku can't delete it, but no problem~ just leave it there ;D

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  16. willdabeast


    I love my old school LC-A I also use a Natura Classica as a very versatile camera for on the move. I'd love a Horizon but I don't think it's in the cards as of now.
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  17. sirio174


    My preferred lomo camera is LCA: small, reliable, great lens!

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