Since film isn't my primary medium, I've focused on efficiency when packing my analog kit for travel. My first priority, of course, is the mirrorless body and lenses that I will use on assignment. But it's the film camera that I reach for when I'm on my own time.
The analog kit that has served me well recently in places such as the Eastern Sierra and Reykjavik, Iceland, is simply a body and two lenses. The first optic is a basic zoom, typically 35-70mm or somewhere in that neighborhood. I like this range because the lens itself is compact and fits easily in my bag.
The second lens is a fast prime. Normally, I'm using a 50mm unless the location dictates that I go wider or longer. The image above was captured with a Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, which is a fantastic lens that's widely available at an affordable price.
At first I was concerned that I would miss shots that I wanted with such a spartan kit. But the reality is that I'm having a blast and recording terrific shots. Take a close look at how the 50mm rendered the image above. The subject is detailed while the surrounding area falls off into soft tones and colors.
I can use the 50mm inside, even with ISO 200 film, yet still have zoom for my outside explorations where I might want to go a little wider or get a tad closer. And because these items require such little space in my camera bag, I always have them with me.
Shooting with film is a joyous activity for me. I feel good when I do it. And it helps separate my personal work from my professional assignments.
I'm heading to Washington D.C. in a couple days to cover the WildSpeak conference. I'm choosing the Pentax Program Plus as my SLR for off-the-clock. I can't wait to hit the streets with it.