Cuban Vacation with my fiancee and the M4/3

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Jaynometry, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. Jaynometry

    Jaynometry Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ontario
    This was my first real test of my GX7. I bought the camera in the end of November, but I haven't really shot it for long periods of time. I haven't learned the camera inside and out yet, and before I left, I was pretty nervous that I may not get the shots that I want. For the trip, I brought the Samyang fisheye, The Oly 9-18, the Oly 17 1.8, the PL25, and the Oly 45. It may not come to surprise you that I used the PL25 the most, followed by the 9-18, then the 17. I didn't use the fisheye at all, but I should've. One of the things that I was wary of the most is the battery life, as I have never fully drained the battery before due to use - I just simply hadn't used it that much. I went to Cuba for a vacation last year and at that time, I had a Nikon system. For that trip, I brought 2 batteries but only used half of one, and it got me about 450 shots. That's one good thing about DSLR's, they don't have an LCD screen that's always on so it sips battery. You can leave it on and just pick it up and shoot whenever you're ready. I'm finding that with the M4/3, I constantly have to turn the camera off in fear that the battery may not last. In hindsight, my fears were reasonable - at the end of the trip, while at the airport going home, my last battery died. I got about 400 shots for 3 batteries.

    What I love about my new system is that I was able to travel with 5 lenses in a small shoulder bag (Lowepro Event Messenger 150), and I'm still able to fit a couple of ND filters, 2 extra batteries, my Blackrapid strap, my passport, some paper work, and a PS VITA. I didn't have room for anything else but the bag wasn't bulging. It was so light compared to my Nikon kit. I loved every minute of travelling with this system and the weight of the lenses.

    Anyway, here are some pictures.

    13882235123_c1cfcaf7a8_b.jpg Follow the path by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882575504_960d05edbc_b.jpg Follow it some more by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882576194_88cd0ae4a2_b.jpg At the end, you'll be rewarded with a beach! by jaynometry, on Flickr
    At the end, you'll be rewarded with a beach!

    13882178825_99570616d5_b.jpg Cayo Santa Maria beach by jaynometry, on Flickr
    Caribbean beach in the afternoon

    13882226423_3dae2faee2_b.jpg Giselle at night by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882237853_a0f50a1935_b.jpg Can I take your order? by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882578304_da3f6a5254_b.jpg Vacancy by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882239043_33ff0fdaed_b.jpg Toys by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882239933_a714a1ee87_b.jpg Tropical by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882580644_7fa3a285ae_b.jpg Up high by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882581624_79b3b86545_b.jpg Resort Pano by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882230473_b56006cc54_b.jpg Giselle in the morning by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882183905_952500d19f_b.jpg Resort walkway by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882242643_d3a008a9ca_b.jpg Beach at sunset by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882582814_9dd5ed287b_b.jpg Beach at sunset by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882243203_2591f3df5f_b.jpg Giselle at sunset by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882244043_017a275b8a_b.jpg Everyday I'm husslin by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882584764_6e0ebd294c_b.jpg Cuban Music by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882573924_c3a54efaba_b.jpg A boy with a dream by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882186765_a8e4d713c3_b.jpg Giselle at the beach by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882245413_435b17ec33_b.jpg Stir by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882164385_4f50178741_b.jpg Stairs by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882586014_e412a18da8_b.jpg Delfinaro by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882246203_6bc80f2c35_b.jpg Catamaran "Zeus" by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882587494_f74e61fb4d_b.jpg Ocean by jaynometry, on Flickr
    The Catamaran dropped us off into some virgin island. I was about 100 feet from the island and it was starting to get scary carrying a camera in the water, but I wanted this shot

    13882190005_2e9908d472_b.jpg Dark Ocean by jaynometry, on Flickr
    Vast nothingness

    13882137635_d6fc281e89_b.jpg Island by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13882540554_3c7f439f73_b.jpg Giselle by the Catamaran by jaynometry, on Flickr

    13839004623_841509c511_b.jpg caribbean sunset by jaynometry, on Flickr
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  2. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Beautiful set! I 'm definitely not surprised that you used the 25mm more than the others - it has become my favorite lens. :cool:
  3. Jaynometry

    Jaynometry Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ontario
    Thank you RevBob! It is, indeed, a special lens!
  4. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther Mu-43 Legend

    May 4, 2011
    Love the catamaran:cool: shot
  5. Awesome set of images. Which places in Cuba did you visit?
  6. Jay86

    Jay86 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 26, 2012
    Nicely done. :2thumbs:
  7. Jaynometry

    Jaynometry Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ontario
    Thanks Panther!

    Hey Nic! I've visited Varadero, Havana, and this time, Cayo Santa Maria. Have you been?

    Thank you Jay! That's my name too.
  8. HaViet

    HaViet Mu-43 Veteran

    Mar 20, 2014
    Hartford, CT
    Nice photos. Look like you both had a great time. :thumbup:
  9. Jaynometry

    Jaynometry Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ontario
    Thank you, HaViet!
  10. Yes I have Jay, I was there around this time last year. Havana, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Camaguey, Santiago, and Baracoa. A fascinating country seemingly facing some major changes in the not-too-distant future.
  11. Jaynometry

    Jaynometry Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ontario
    Wow, that's a lot of places. It's true about the changes. Seems like everyday I was there someone was talking about eliminating the CUC altogether and having one universal currency, which makes more sense anyway. So they've advised us not to take CUC's home because if or when we come back, it may not be accepted anymore.
  12. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    Love the last shot, but all were nice!
  13. Jaynometry

    Jaynometry Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 13, 2011
    Toronto, Ontario
    Thanks Jonathan. A lot of Nikon Cafe people here haha.
  14. nstelemark

    nstelemark Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    May 28, 2013
    Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
    The 25 is a great lens.
  15. stw

    stw Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 23, 2013
    Good stuff! I've always wanted to visit there. I enjoyed them all, but really like the picture of the boy looking out at the ocean. The ocean can make one feel so at peace in the moment.