When imagining myself visiting Australia, I hoped to be traveling with someone special (done) and photographing with a Mamyia 7ii. Pre-travel, I knew I wanted rest & relaxation and quality time with my lady, so months before the trip I made it simple and played "1-camera 1-lens" scenario. It made my trip that much more enjoyable.
Shooting only medium format films provided the type of travel experience without feeling like I was missing great pictures in the process. I wanted to physically and mentally "be there" for everything. All the moments, not messing with gears, settings, data, workflows, battery charging, etc.
The 80mm f,4 lens is about the same length as a 40mm lens in 35mm format. To me, an all around travel lens. The shutter in the lens is practically silent, which I love when being a tourist.
Imagine traveling to another country, for 15 days, with 200 total photos... never looking at a camera or computer screen. That's my type of vacation.
It was a hot tail-end to Australia's bright and sunny summer. I had to be conscious of the shutter speed limitations, 1/500th being the fastest Mamiya 7ii offers. I didn't want to be limited during the day with 400iso nor did I want to feel limited after dusk, so I packed lots of 220 Kodak Portra 160iso.
Although, I should have packed an ND filter for the high and bright sunny skys, I stuck with slower film and used the 10sec. timer for setting up quick landscape shots without a tripod.
There are few cameras that feel as good in the hand as Mamyia 7ii. The portability is surprising, especially when comparing with the alternatives: Pentax's 67 format or Hasselblad's smaller 6x6. Focusing is also a dream if you like rangefinders.
The Mamiya 7ii lived up to my expectations for my first Australia trip. More posts from Australia coming soon!
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