Long distance hiking with 35mm

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    I was thinking about doing a long hike where I carry everything I can survive with on my back. I need at least average 15 miles a day hiking. I want to go ultra-light because I don't like lots of weight on me. I want to make beautiful art with photography as I trek...especially night.....light painting. I have a very VERY small budget.

    What camera to pack? Smena 8m (10 oz)

    Watcha Think?

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    Light painting..... at night..... after hiking 15mi a day..................... using a $15 film camera......................... that may not have a Bulb function?

    I gotta say: That's d*#&ed ambitious!
     
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    And ultra-light so probably not a tripod, either, even if it did have Bulb?
     
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    There's ways around not having a 'proper' tripod, especially if you're going to be light painting at night. But it's still problematic.
     
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    Pedco ultrapod or similar.
     
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    "Proof is in the Picking"..I'll back to you when I do something with the idea.
     
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    I love film but I would not recommend it for a trip like that. All the film you would have to take just adds to what you have to pack.

    A digital mirrorless camera would be a good choice. I love my Fuji x100f.

    As for a tripod you could try something like this. It has one pole and then you attach two trecking polls to it. If you already hike with trecking polls it could be a extremely light weight option.

    https://www.amazon.com/TrailPix-Ult...1517458797&sr=8-1&keywords=TRAILPIX SOLO DSLR
     
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    I love film, I miss it. But for long distance hikes I'd go digital. You can pack a gazillion pictures on an SD card while you'd need two bricks of film (and would be changing film in rain or wind) to get even close to what you'd want if you take a lot of shots.

    First, start by looking at what you're going to want to take pictures of. If you shoot wildlife (especially birds), you're going to want a long zoom with decent speed. Or a camera with a ton of pixels (like the Nikon D850) so you can crop like crazy. And frankly, it doesn't sound like you want to go either route. If it's primarily landscape, than a wide angle with a wide aperture (which will work in low light) covers a lot of bases (smaller, lighter, allows you to shoot what you want).

    Second, as for support equipment...either get a tripod that is stable or don't bring on and look for an alternative (bean bag--I have know a couple of photographers who use a bag of beans or rice as one so your food can double as a bean bag). A bungie cord (strapped to a tree or fence). Consider filters--to get pop in the clouds, to shoot blurred water during the day, or shoot sunsets (the type of filter will vary with what you want to shoot). Definitely some kind of microfibre cloth to clean your lens and wipe off dust. I'm a big believer in a zip log bag to put the camera and lens in--deals with heavy rain, dust and dirt and you can probably find an alternative use for the zip lock bag if the weather ends up being perfect.

    Since you're a serious hiker and you've got a blog, my advice would be to do something like take a picture a day (so the camera feels less like an anchor but more like a critical daily tool--like your backpack is). Make a daily post and it has to include a picture.
     
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    Joby Gorillapod for a lightweight tripod.
     
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    I say if you want to do film, then do film. It doesn't weigh much. Just make sure you keep it in something waterproof.

    But, for what you want to do, there might be a better camera option. What other gear do you have, or are you looking to buy something for this hike? How long is the hike? What other pictures are you interested in other than night photography and light painting?

    Edit: Oh, and what kind of film are you planning to shoot?
     
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    Thank you for your advice and interest in my project. It will mostly landscape day and night in the backwoods. My goal is to go light and inexpensive....just to go. My pack is 22 pounds with a three days of food that I dehydrated and vacuum packed myself. Part of this whole concept is to do it with limited finances. Ziplock freezer bags for waterproofing. I like the film idea. I believe the Smena 8m has the ability for bulb. It has maybe a better lens than a Holga and I picked up one for $24.99. I want to develop my own film and then scan on my Epson 550. I will start with the Kodak Tmax 100. I guess you would say that I am trying to “Turn a sow’s ear into a purse”. I like new challenges. This will start soon in early spring. BTW...I like the idea of equipment or supplies doubling in purpose. My ultra-light Gatewood cape tent doubles as a rain poncho. Again, this is all about counting ounces and pennies.

    btw...ultimately I want to thru-hike the continental divide trail with my techniques I develop this year.
     
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