Packing for Iceland
I thought I’d share a photo of my camera gear that I will be taking to Iceland. All this fits in an amazing camera backpack made by FStop Gear, specifically the Loka. I’ve tried numerous backpacks over the years, most of which broke rather quickly or destroyed my back before I was even out of the airport on a trip. This pack on the other hand is a pleasure to use, even on long hiking trips.
2 Mamiya 7ii Cameras
43mm Mamiya Lens
65mm Mamiya Lens
80mm Mamiya Lens
150mm Mamiya Lens
1 Voigtlander Bessa R3a
40mm Voigtlander Lens
95 Rolls Velvia 50 120
16 Rolls Kodak Ektar 100 135
6 Rolls Velvia 50 135
Full Set of Lee ND Grads
Sekonic Light Meter
4 Cable Releases
Camera Tools & Spare Batteries
Adventure Medical Kits First Aid Kit
Snacks and such
That’s an incredible set-up you got there. So much film! Just developing it must cost €5000?
What I’m curious about though is how you’re storing your exposed 120 films. The 135 comes in these handy plastic containers but not the 120. So how do you keep them safe after exposure?
Thanks for your reply!
As for the developing cost, it really was not too much. My lab scans and develops the film for me…for the 80 rolls of 120 I shot this trip it was about $1,500
For the storing/protection of the exposed 120, I just roll it up tight upon removal from the camera, make sure the sticky flap on the film is good and secure, and store it in clear plastic bags.
I go one step further and store the bags in small padded cloth bags with zippers intended for keeping your packed lunch cold. I don’t use and ice or anything, its mainly for a bit more padded protection really 🙂
Never had any light leaks to date, the trick is when loading the film into the camera, is to make sure the film is wound tight…same when unloading.
I hope you’re doing well! I’ve enjoyed reading through your archives and seeing the fantastic images. I’m wondering if you wouldn’t mind doing a quick rundown of the items in your Lee Filter kit. I know you said you used a full set, but I’m curious to know if you prefer the 4×6 over the 150mm or if one set or adapter works better with the Mamiya 7 system. I’m also curious to know if a full set means hard and soft gradient filters and if you find that the 0.9 filters are enough.
Anyway, I know that might be a lot to ask, so I really appreciate any info you might be willing to share. Thanks!
Thanks for reaching out!
Im happy to let you know what I use in regards to filters. I would definitely get the lee filter system. It is the best I have ever come across, super easy to use, fast (easy to attach and remove), and durable. If you do invest in it, make sure you get the wide angle adapter rings for all your lenses , the regular ones are not good (and get the white plastic covers for them). The 4×6 filters are great, and I think that is the only size the lee system takes (unless you get the smaller range finder system which is to small for the Mamiya). I find with the focal length of the lenses in the Mamiya system, I only use the hard filters. I have all the filters from .3 up to .9 with some .45’s in there as well, and i only end up using a few to tell you the truth. The ones I use the most are the .6 hard, .9 hard and the .45 hard. You might want to get a .9 soft as well, but you might find that it stays in your bag more often than not.
Hope that helps! and let me know if you have any other questions!