“What if….?” That’s the question we all seem to constantly finding ourselves asking before we go out to take photos or go on a trip. What if I’m in a tight space and want a wide angle to capture everything? What if I need to take my medium format camera and my 35mm system? I could go on and on with these kinds of questions but I recently found myself asking a different kind of what if; “What if I only brought this one camera and this lens?”
The allure of the smallest kit possible when I go out is difficult to ignore. Although I own a variety of cameras I’ve seem to have grown very fond of one in particular: my Leica IIIg. I really like my IIIg because I just leave an absolutely tiny Canon 35mm f/3.2 Serenar on it and it almost fits in my back pocket. My M3 has been my go-to for about the last 8 years but I’ve been paring down what I carry daily to as little as possible. My daily carry slowly started to blend into my travel carry. I’m a big fan of traveling as light as possible and ignoring the what ifs that follow that methodology. Now, let me preface this by saying this is targeted at people who carry a camera daily or aren’t traveling with a specific job to do. Obviously, bring the right tool (and the right amount of tools) for the job you need to complete. I’ve seen dozens of articles and comments about only bringing one camera and one lens out with you and I’m here to say that it holds true. Being able to just go out and remove the thought of which lens or camera to use for various situations is relieving. You have what you have and you make it work. I’ve taken more than a few trips over the past year to Miami, Las Vegas, Mexico, and New York and none of them were photo based trips. Every time I took nothing but one camera and it made my trips infinitely more enjoyable because I could focus on the trip itself rather than the stuff I took with me on my trip. This applies to just going out and shooting as well just to focus on shooting and not focusing on what you’re shooting with. All this to say, find your proverbial IIIg and just go out and shoot. Simplify your day to day kit and don’t stress about gear so much. That being said, I really have been wanting a Voigtlander VC-II meter…
You won’t miss any important shots, I promise.
You’ll be able to focus on more than just the gear and be able to just enjoy being wherever you are and doing whatever you’re doing.
This wouldn’t be a post about travel and simplifying without a photo of some plane wings.