Do you have a camera on you at all times?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Steve Kramer, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. Steve Kramer

    Steve Kramer Guest

    Yep. I have a D100 with a 28-70 lens mounted on it, along with an
    SB-80DX speedlight. Sometimes I'll add other lenses (17-35mm or 70-200)
    and a second flash.

    I also walk listing slightly to one side.

    Steve Kramer
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Steve Kramer, Sep 17, 2003
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  2. If so what is it? And why you chose it?

    My candidate (as I don't do this yet) is Contax Aria + CZ 50mm f/1.7.

    Elie A Shammas, Sep 17, 2003
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  3. Nope, don't often carry a camera. When I carry a camera, I have a tendency
    to take a lot of pictures (most of them bad). If I plan, and set myself a
    task to do and know exactly when/where/how i'm going to shoot, I get a much
    better hit rate.

    But if I did, it'd be a Contax 139 and 50/1.4 Planar (of course I don't
    actually own these yet, but when my paycheck comes through...) or a digital
    compact (which I don't, and may never own).
    Martin Francis, Sep 17, 2003
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    Ken Cashion Guest

    Elie, this is a good question and worthy of consideration by
    many...with the obvious next question, "If not; why not?"
    I am taking a camera with me any time I get in the car. It is
    not because I expect something to reveal itself to me, or to
    photograph others' misfortunes, but rather it is to discipline myself
    to become more aware of my visual an otherwise, too
    familiar environment.
    I am looking for pictures now and the consideration of
    possibilites is of greater benefit to me than actually taking a lot of
    I am keeping 12-exposure rolls in the camera now.
    I have stopped using the Canon auto-RF's and have
    reconditioned a manual Yashica FX3 SLR and I got a cheapo 28-90 zoom.
    In a little hip camera bag, I have the camera with lens, a manual
    strobe, polarizing filter, extra roll of film, and a shoulder brace I
    made to steady shots. The brace has a hard plastic filter case
    screwed to it so any filter I pull off the camera can be popped in
    there and there is a patch of velcro on it and I have velcro on my
    lens covers so there is no fishing in pockets for it later.
    I also have fixed 28, 35, 55, and 135, lenses for it, plus a
    pretty good X2 extender for all. I might give the X2 on the cheapo
    zoom just to see how bad it is.

    Ken Cashion
    Ken Cashion, Sep 17, 2003
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    The Dave© Guest

    No, not always, but I have missed some good opportunities because of
    it. What's worse is when I do have one with me and have to pass up a
    good shot because I'm too pushed for time and have to keep going.
    The Dave©, Sep 17, 2003
  6. No, but I should. I have three cameras that I tend to carry around with me:

    - Nikon EM with 50/1.8E. Tiny and light, yet I still have some control.
    Also, not expensive. The lens is surprisingly good.
    - Canon AF35ML (aka Autoboy Super). An AF point-and-shoot with 40/1.9
    lens. Fully automatic, no control, but still able to shoot in low light.
    Smaller than the EM (although not much).
    - Fed 2 with 50/3.5 Industar-22 collapsible lens. With the lens folded,
    it's remarkably small yet I still have full control. No meter, though,
    unless I bring one, so I have to guess.

    I'd love to buy an Olympus Stylis Epic for this purpose. Pocketable, with a
    first-class 35/2.8 lens. Less than $90 US.

    Jim MacKenzie, Sep 17, 2003
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    T P Guest


    Mine was an Olympus Stylus Epic (Mju II) until last month when I
    dropped it and a bus ran over it. Crunch!

    I now carry a Contax T3 which I have borrowed from my shop stock. The
    results are no better than those from the Epic and it's much harder to
    use, but hey! It looks great and has a posh German name on the front!
    Good choice! An even better choice might be the same body with the
    45mm f/2.8 Tessar, which is ultra-compact.

    I sometimes carry a Pentax MX (or Super A) and 40mm f/2.8, but this
    Tessar-type lens is no match for the genuine article (Carl Zeiss!).

    T P, Sep 17, 2003
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    John Miller Guest

    I chose it because it takes up almost no space in my business bag -- it's a
    digital Canon Elph (you know -- the one that can hide behind a credit

    Most of the time, there's a bag nearby with several Nikon bodies and lenses,
    but the Elph is my "all the time" camera.
    John Miller, Sep 17, 2003
  9. I do. It's an Olympus XA.

    I chose it because it is small enough to fit any pocket i tried until now,
    including my front jeans pocket, where it has resided during many hikes
    without causing or experiencing problems. And it is sturdy enough to take a
    lot of abuse (or so i have found).
    It is very easy on the battery (can't remember when the last time was i put
    in fresh ones), has an amazingly good light meter, an accurate rangefinder,
    and it takes very good pictures too.
    Q.G. de Bakker, Sep 17, 2003
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    ROBMURR Guest

    I keep an Olympus Stylus in the car
    in a small case with spare roll of film,
    micro tripod and spare battery.
    Its a tiny sharp package..I have gotten
    shots of car wrecks and things and was published in a major paper because I
    had it with me in the right place and right time.
    ROBMURR, Sep 17, 2003
  11. Yep. Three: Nikon Coolpix 990. Nikon F5. Sony TR-7 digital camcorder.
    Plus batteries and film.
    Stanley Krute, Sep 17, 2003
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    SLJ Guest

    Ya, when i'm not driving, I take the Nikon FM 50mm f/1.4 and always have
    some B&W film loaded. And if I were driving, I'd bring the Nikon FM + Canon
    SLJ, Sep 18, 2003
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    Mxsmanic Guest

    Unless it is raining or I am specifically going somewhere where I can't
    take a camera, yes, I do.

    The camera I take varies from day to day. Usually a 35mm film camera,
    more rarely a MF film camera, and often a small digital camera for quick
    snaps. On rainy days I sometimes take only my little Yashica P&S, as it
    resists light drops of rain pretty well.
    Mxsmanic, Sep 18, 2003
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    Generic Eric Guest

    I keep a beat up but very reliable Nikomat FTn with a 55/2.8 macro and extra
    Generic Eric, Sep 18, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    My eye and minds eye. Why? Well I'm very fond of them, they give me
    stereo vision below 20 feet or so; auto aperture seems amateurish, but I
    got used to it a long time ago....
    Well then we expect to see some shots from you in the shoot in by Sunday
    night. Subject is "water"... submissions to:

    800 pix on longest edge.

    Alan Browne, Sep 18, 2003
  16. HiMatic7 in the back seat foot well within easy reach. Normally 200-400
    film. Back seat bag has LX with several lenses. Trunk has EOS gear.

    I'm retired, and if I'm in too much of a hurry, it's my own damn fault.
    Learnt my lesson a very long time ago about missed opportunities.
    Walkabouts may be with any of the above or others as the goddess of
    photography whispers into my ear.....

    One of these days, I might even learn how to use these things.... lol!!!

    Bill Tallman
    William D. Tallman, Sep 18, 2003
  17. i carry 2 at all times & at least 5 rolls

    oly stylus epic & canon elan 7

    Super Mario Sunshine, Sep 18, 2003
  18. Recently, I haven't.
    I got into the habit of taking my ME Super with 28-70 and 80-210 lenses
    everywhere I went, but I rarely ever took a picture. Then, I started taking
    my tiny Pentax Auto-110 with 18, 24, 50 and 20-40mm lenses (this takes 110
    film so you roughly multiply the focal length by 2 to get the 35mm
    equivalent) and AF100P flash - basically because it was so much smaller and
    I could easily fit it all in my glovebox along with my minidiscs, small
    toolbox and random pieces of paper. Of course, this had absolutely no effect
    on the fact that I didn't take many pictures from day to day. When you drive
    the same place day in day out via the same route - usually late getting
    there or late getting home - there's never really much time or reason to get
    out and take a photograph. In the end, I stopped taking a camera altogether
    and a couple of days later there was a large fire in town which took all
    morning for the fire brigade to put out, causing almost complete gridlock.
    Whoever it was that took the photograph of the firemen putting the blaze out
    got the front page of the local paper. (doh!)
    Now, I just take my camera anywhere I'm going that isn't to or from work.
    The 110 is my camera of choice if I'm not going to be able to haul all my
    gear around.
    I have a friend who almost always takes his ME Super to random house
    parties, which usually results in many a drunken image - he gets a lot of
    really good pictures almost by chance.

    Chris Barnard, Sep 18, 2003
  19. If it's not raining or I'm not in a canoe, my Contax T3 is with me. Otherwise,
    it's a Stylus Epic.
    John P. McCormack, Sep 18, 2003
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    Nighthawk Guest

    Canon EOS Rebel (soon to be an Elan 7e)
    I chose it because it was very affordable (used from a friend)
    Nighthawk, Sep 18, 2003
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