#249. Packing for Perth(shire)

By Paul Perton | Opinion

Jun 26
House in the Cairngorms

House in the Cairngorms

Holiday time looms. We’ll also be attending two weddings while we’re there, so a couple of weeks before leaving for Europe, it’s time to start my usual agonising game about what camera kit to pack.

Cromdale

Cromdale

The Nikon option is usually a D800 and 14-24, 24-70 and 80-200 zooms, with either a spare body, or perhaps a couple of my much loved AI primes. All up with notebook computer? Around 13kg.

Or, the Sony NEX-7, manual 25mm Zeiss, 35, 50 and 135 Leicas. Spare body? I could pack the NEX-C3 and if Iā€™m feeling very OTT, maybe the Voigtlander 15mm. In a small bag, this lot weighs-in at around 8kg.

No brainer?

Of course, but my difficulty is that I’ve been having so much fun in recent times with my D800 that I’ve barely touched the NEX.

Waiting for breakfast

Waiting for breakfast

So, I thought I’d go back and look at some NEX images I shot in Scotland last year to help me make a decision. To remind myself how the NEX and manual lenses perform on landscapes, before I start packing in earnest.

Misty fields

Misty fields

Decision made, I think.

Morning mist

Morning mist


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  • Ken says:

    I liked your images. I will leave it at that.

  • pascaljappy says:

    Take the Nikon! These Sony pictures are terrible. Colour is lousy, the resolution is so bad I could hardly recognize the heron perched on the fence and the vignetting is awful.

    (Stupid grin)

    Man, what stunning photographs.

  • Bob Hamilton says:

    Collect the Leica M240 I promised you while you’re here – that way, you only have to carry some Leica/Zeiss M mount lenses on one leg of the trip – you know it makes sense…!!!

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