camera choice

Vacation stress

Schotland in the rain. Holga 120 CFN and Kodak Portra VC 400 film.

Schotland in the rain. Holga 120 CFN and Kodak Portra VC 400 film.

In a shot time I will leave for a vacation. A route has been planned, books are loaded on the e-reader, and further the preparations are well on their way. The only thing I still worry about, is which cameras to bring. Thsi is, of course, an not the first time. Every vacation again, I ponder which cameras I will take along. This time it’s harder to decide, though. The trip is going to Scotland, by bike. This means there are two issues.

First of all, there’s the weather. It can be glorious summer weather in Scotland, but the odds are that this will not be the case. Not all the time, anyway. I can take a bit of rain, I’m not extremely worried about my cameras. They are tools to be used, not just to look pretty. But there’s a limit to how wet I want them to get (not very wet). And I can try to keep them dry, but it will always get a little damp. Okay if you’re only out for a few days but three weeks is a bit much. I don’t know if I want to expose my beloved Horizon to that, for instance. But I would like to make panoramas, so there’s a dilemma.

Additionally, keeping cameras in a bike pack is much less convenient than in a backpack. You might not think so, but in my experience it’s true. You can wrap them carefully, so they are well protected, but then you have to dig deep into bags and wraps every time you want to take a picture. The alternative is to keep them loose at the top of the bike pack, relatively easy to grab, but then they tend to bump into each other and into other things that need to be aesily accesible. And before you know it, you´ll have scratches on the lens or other misery. So they need to be sturdy, or with not too much emotional value.

The best thing is a camera that you can just hang around your neck (weather permitting) or that fits in a (slightly damp) coat pocket. On the wish list of what the cameras should be able to do are:

  • Something with a good (glass) lens, like a SLR.
  • Something capable of close-up shots.
  • Something for panorama’s.
  • Something weatherproof.

For the time being, I’m leaning towards the Holga, the Spinner 360 (as a panoramic compromise), the Olympus OM-1 and maybe the Snapsights for when it’s raining.

Now to worry about the film…