For those technically interested
Other than usual, I had my Fujifilm GFX 50s with me for the trip to Iceland. The sensor is not much larger than the so-called full frame, and the camera is actually a little smaller than a conventional full frame DSLR. The lenses are much larger and heavier, though. Since I had to carry everything with me, and because the complete equiment had to fit into carry-on luggage I restricted my equipment to three lenses: the Fujinon lenses GF 4/23, 4/32-64 and the 5,6/100-200. I had purchased the tele zoom specifically for this journey. All three, particularly the tele zoom, are slow lenses, despite of their size. I do not need fast lenses for landscape photography, other than with portrait photography where I like to isolate people by limited depth of field. Due to the image stabilizer of the tele zoom the system is easy to work with even with poor lighting conditions. The restricted zoom range of 1:2 is more limiting, when compared to the usual 70-200 zooms for full frame.
In my report about a portrait shoot with Anna I mentioned that the Canon EF 4/70-200 L IS may be used with only small restrictions on the GFX. A used lens costs only one quarter of a new Fujinon GF 100 -200, which is rarely found as a used lens. I still bought the Fujinon lens because I did not like to encounter a similar problem as I had during my first travel to Iceland. A journey like this is way too expensive to take that risk. Since then, I always carry a spare camera with me, but I do not own one for the GFX system for cost reasons. However, I travel to other countries often with my Fujifilm X-T2, which, along with the small 18-55 zoom serves as an excellent backup system which does not take much space. One of the pictures above was taken with the X-T2. On that day I had to cross a river, and I had not taken the GFX with me. I assume it is not that much water resistant to resist an incidential drop in the water. Otherwise, the water resistant construction was highly useful – every day. But despite that it is robust in this regard: rain drops on the front lens are hard to avoid. It gets even more difficult when the lens has to be changed in drizzle or at the Glúfrabui waterfall. It is necessary then to turn the rear lens and the camera bayonet downwards when taking the lens off, otherwise rain drops will fall on the rear lens or even on the sensor.With this precaution a lens change is feasible – I tested it several times ;-).
Those who take some equipment along for a journey have to think about an appropriate bag. Here, I had also an unpleasant experience: during a journey to Northumberland one of the main straps of my Lowe-Pro backpack was about to tear. I could carry only the most important pieces of my equipment in a regular backpack, which I had with me for other purposes. I own an evoc CP35 backpack now,which has a way better build quality. It is also the best backpack I could find for flights. It is only 20 cm thick, but other than most backpacks it makes use of the carry-on allowance for width and hight. The complete GFX system along with the spare camera and other accessories can be stowed away easily. The lenses 4/23, 4/32-64 and 2/110 can be stowed upright, despite that the backpack is comparably thin. Only the 5,6/100-200 requires a longer compartment. The upper part can hold the spare camera, which is accessible also from the other side when the main opening is closed. The backpack is also very comfortable to carry along. Those looking for a good travel backpack may be happy with this one. It is only to be hoped for that the fully packed backpack will not be checked for weight.