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Wolfgang Lonien

I'm usually taking a 14, 25, and 45mm lens plus my table tripod - when going to work using my car. When walking, it's most often just the 25mm, Cartier-Bresson style. Of course, an Olympus 12-40mm/2.8 (or the almost equivalent 12-35mm/2.8 from Panasonic) could replace all these. In that case, I'd stick that (metal) table tripod into my trousers and would be good for 98% of all images I usually take - including land- or cityscapes. Just my 2 (Euro-) Cents...

Dan Kehlenbach

Hi Brooks,
For my last major trip, I decided to forgo the tripod. Like you, I was really concerned, but not having the tripod certainly allowed me to consider other image possibilities. I also use Panasonic Micro 4/3, and for this trip I went with one lens. I found a great deal on a used 14-140, and was pleasantly surprised. The dual IS from the camera and lens worked quite well. Combine that with the usable ISO 3200 capability, I didn't miss the tripod at all. I considered this combination a very interesting self-imposed limitation, and had a blast! Hope you enjoy your trip.
Very respectfully,
Dan Kehlenbach

John Crowley

In a travel situation photographing people, I find that a tripod can be more of a hinderence than it's worth. I found it created a barrier between me and my subject and also killed flexibility. Also shooting on a slow continuous shutter setting allowed more options for expression or gesture to be captured. It allowed me to have a better connection with the living person and not treat them like a still life! So all this means that the tripod gets left behind more often. What ever you do enjoy your trip.

Merg Ross

Starting my career as a West Coast large format film photographer, a tripod always accompanied me. However, I also often carried various 120 cameras --- Yashica, Mamiya, Minolta, Rollei, etc., with the opportunity to make hand-held photographs. Looking through my recent book, I was somewhat surprised to note that over the sixty-year period represented, 20% of the photographs were hand-held. On my last trips to Europe, I only took hand-held photographs, using 120 film cameras. My future trips will be the same approach. I have concluded that for my vision, any perceived advantage of a larger negative and tripod, is outweighed by the spontaneity of the hand-held capability. There will be the missed shots for lack of a tripod, but hand-held makes more possible in my experience.
Best wishes for a fine journey.

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