Episode 55: Travelling With Cameras and Film

In the first episode of Season 3 of the Camerosity Podcast, the guys and I opened up the call-in lines for the first time since late July and asked everyone who has travelled lately, what their ideal travel cameras are.  When deciding to take some cameras on a trip, what makes the cut or doesn’t, and why.  In addition to travelling with cameras, what are your tips for getting through airport security, is it worth getting your film hand checked, or should you separate your film from your cameras into separate luggage.

Joining Anthony, Paul, Theo, and Mike are returning callers Mark Faulkner, Patrick Rapps, John Roberts, Howard Sandler, and first time callers Maxwell Whitaker, Mina Saleeb, and Kevin Knipp who all help us answer those questions.

In addition to our travel tips, we also stray into the world of mirror lenses and other strange lenses of the 20th century like the Voigtländer Zoomar, KMZ Rubin-1, and the Minolta Rokkor-X 40-80mm f/2.8 “Gear Box Lens”.  As we often do, much praise is heaped upon Voigtländer and the Bessamatic SLR and Cosina Bessa Rangefinders, we share our opinions of Minox submini cameras, the Carl Zeiss Jena Werra, AGFA Karat 36, plus many, many others.

Later, hear Anthony admit that he’s struggling with the decision of whether he needs to rebuy another Leica M3, whether or not people mix digital and film on vacations, and how many times Paul has bought the same camera more than once.

As always, the topics we discuss on the Camerosity Podcast are influenced by you!  Please don’t feel like you have to be an expert on a specific type of camera, or have the level of knowledge on par with other people on the show.  We LOVE people who are new to shooting and are interested in having an episode dedicated to people new to the hobby, so please don’t consider your knowledge level to be a prerequisite for joining!

The guys and I rarely know where each episode is going to go until it happens, so if you’d like to join us on a future episode, be sure to look out for our show announcements on our Camerosity Podcast Facebook page, and right here on mikeeckman.com.  We usually record every other Monday and announcements, along with the Zoom link are typically shared 2-3 days in advance.

For our next episode, we are going red, for Red October.  That’s right, the Camerosity Podcast is going to discuss the Soviet Photo Industry.  What are the best cameras to pick up for someone new to the hobby, which ones to avoid, and what are some under the radar models.  So for those of you looking to expand on your Soviet GAS, be sure to join us on Monday, October 2nd for the recording of Episode 56!

In This Episode

  • How Do You Decide Which Cameras Will Go With You on a Trip / Theo and Anthony Are Going to Asia
  • Bringing At Least One Digital Camera on a Trip / Panasonic Lumix LX Series
  • John Roberts Took a Canon F1 and Nikon Z5 and Used the Same Lenses Using an Adapter / Mike Loves the Z5
  • Mina Took a Nikon F-801 with Two AF Lenses
  • Inspecting Film Through Airport Security / Put Film in Clear Bags, Be Polite, and Make the Inspection as Easy as Possible
  • Some Airports Have a No Hand Check Policy / If You Are Eligible for TSA Pre-Check, Do It / ISO 800 Film And Up / CT Scanners
  • Film Shield Bags Are Lined with Lead / Paul Once Lost an Entire Pelican Case of Film in Airport Security
  • Anthony Is Going to Japan / Voigtänder Perkeo II / Olympus XA4 / Minox 35
  • Howard Brings Cheap Cameras On Trips / Rollei 35 B / Mike Gets Stressed Out If He Brings Too Many Cameras
  • Paul Travels Specifically for Photography and Food / His Wife Traveled with an RB67 One Year
  • If Your Cameras Are Stolen While Travelling, A Tip Is To Also Lose Your Passport So You’ll Stop Thinking About the Cameras
  • Getting Film Stolen is Worse Than Cameras Stolen / Travel With Your Cameras and Film Separately
  • Good Compact Digitals for Travel / Ricoh GR / Panasonic Lumix LX100
  • Olympus Pen F Digital and Film Cameras / Half Frame vs APS-C
  • Micro 4/3 Cameras Are Quite Good / Olympus OM-D EM1X / Olympus Pen Digitals
  • Maxwell’s Ideal Travel Camera is a Minox B He Bought from Paul / Getting and Developing Minox Film
  • Slitting Film / 3D Printing Slitters / Using a TLR to Slit Film
  • Anthony is Going to Attempt to Barter His Way to a Good Camera in Japan By Selling Argus C3s
  • Theo and Anthony Love the Zeiss-Ikon Contessa 35 / Mike Not So Much / Voigtländer Vito III
  • Carl Zeiss Jena Werra Series / The Werra is the Only Carl Zeiss Jena Camera
  • Leaf Shutters That Go Faster than 1/500 / Kodak Tourist and Chevron / Minolta V2, V3, and Others
  • Rudi Made Anthony Take a Bunch of 110 Cameras and 110 Film from Him / Minolta and Pentax 110 SLRs
  • Mike Didn’t Like the Canon 110ED / Anthony Loved his Minox 110 and the Vitoret 110
  • Voigtländer Was Owned by Zeiss, Then Rollei, then Licensed to Cosina for the Bessa Rangefinders
  • Voigländer Vitessa, Vito C, Bessamatic, Ultramatic / Voigtländer Zoomar Lenses
  • Russian MTO 500 and 1000mm Mirror Lenses / Maksutov Invented the Catadioptric Lenses for Telescopes
  • Soviet Rubin-1 Is Not a Copy of the Zoomar But is Similar / The Zoomar Originally Came on the KMZ Zenit 6
  • Mike Attempts to Explain How a Mirror Lens Works / Mirror Lenses Are Almost Always Found in Mint Condition
  • Nikon and Minolta Mirror Lenses / The Rokkor 250mm f/5.6 Mirror Lens is Very Good
  • Minolta Rokkor-X 40-80mm f/2.8 Gearbox Lens
  • Show Suggestions for Season 3 / Yashica / TLRs / Subminis
  • Viscawide 16mm Swing Lens Camera / Large Format / Robert Shanebrook / Another Euro Episode
  • Leicaflex SL Mirror Locks Just like the Nikon F
  • How Many Cameras Have You Bought More Than Once?
  • Anthony Is Starting to Miss His Leica M3 / Voigtländer Cosina Made Bessas / Contax RTS II and RTS III
  • The Earlier AGFA Karat is the Rangefinder for People Who Don’t Like Rangefinders
  • We Have Lots Planned for Season 3, Stay Tuned!


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