This was what I carried in my Lowepro Passport Sling for a week of street- and travel-photography in Seville. Besides my Leica SL2-S and the Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2.8/24-70 ASPH standard zoom I brought two additional primes: The TTArtisan 50mm .95 M-Mount (with a Novoflex M to L adapter) “Nifty Fifty” and as telephoto lens a vintage (Made in the GDR) Pentacon auto 2.8 / 135mm MC (with Novoflex M42 to L adapter). Add a spare battery, my cleaning kit and a few of my Street Photographer’s Business Cards. To find out which lens never made it onto the camera and why I didn’t carry a backup-body im my Seville camera bag, continue after the jump….
In the past, I always brought back-up bodies when going on vacation. For the eventuality that the principal camera fails. Which happened to me only once, when the just purchased Leica SL2-S failed me on the second day of my Israel vacation last year. Back then, I had my 11 year old Leica M (Type 240) as a backup camera, but ended up shooting most of the trip with my iPhone 12 Pro, as the vintage digital rangefinder with its “prehistoric”low-res back screen is (still) a great tool for street photography. But is has (for me) its limitations shooting all-round travel images.
But the iPhone 14 Pro’s camera has made yet another significant jump in capabilities (3x optical zoom, super wide angle, awesome low-light shots) up from the iPhone 12. And the image quality has yet again improved a lot with the 48MP raw files. So it was a no brainer to solely rely on the 14 Pro as backup. This time, the Leica held up fine. I very much enjoyed using it, but mixed it with plenty of iPhone snapshots.
The majority of the Leica images were taken with the versatile 24-70mm. A focal range that works perfect for travel photography, especially in a city. Especially after dark I was using the TTartisan 50mm .05, my night vision lens. Awesome for night time street photography. The lens I brought but never used, was the 135mm. During the week I never felt the need to attach the telephoto-lens. So after day two it stayed in the hotel safe, and will stay home for future city trips.
So that’s what I carried in my Seville camera bag. If you want to share your city travel setup, please comment below.
Wish you a great Sunday