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Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by nu8reed, Jun 18, 2013.
If you own a DSLR and an M43 camera, what do you take on vacation? Pros and cons of each?
The choice really depends upon how broad your shoulders are and how important focus tracking is to you.
I own both. Even though my main interest is landscape (advantage in terms of resolution and pure pixel quality at low ISO: DSLR (FF, 5DmkII)) when I'm traveling, the Canon almost never travels with me. Because it's simply too large and there are very, very few things it does significantly better than the E-M5. Printed images are my goal, and 100% enlargements on a monitor, while fun, are not what it's all about. I also don't shoot things that require AF tracking (birds in flight) much or ever, let alone on vacation.
My travel kit:
- Oly E-M5
- Panasonic 7-14, 12-35 and 100-300 (latter only if wildlife)
- 3 batteries + charger
- CPL + (grad) ND set (HiTech)
- Sony RX100 (pocket cam)
- (Acquapazza RX100 housing if scuba diving is involved)
The whole setup (ignoring the underwater housing for a minute) packs smaller and lighter than a 5D mark II with a 24-105. And offers far, far more range and flexibility. I sometimes add one of the primes (the 45, to 'fill the gap') since they're tiny and light, but the quality differential for the kind of travel shooting I do is minor.
There's a fairly massive difference between an APS Canon and a Leica S2, but both are dslr's. Do you mean APS, FF, MF? A little one like an Oly e-4xx? A big one like a Nikon Dx?
My vacations usually include birding, so the 7D comes along for sure, but the GF3 is so small that I can easily carry it anyhow.
It really depends on how I am traveling. By car the DSLR goes with along with the long lens. By plane it will be M4/3 all the way, unless I am going after wildlife, then back to the DSLR.
I made the decision a few months ago and let go of all my Nikon FF kit.
For travelling, size and portability is the main consideration so m43 is the winner for me.
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For me, one of the main reasons I left DSLR was the size factor. I love that I can carry all my gear in a Lowepro 100 sling bag. If I go hiking or out and about for any length of time it all fits in my Rover AW, and that includes water bottles, tripod if needed, snacks, sandwiches...etc...so unless there is a compelling need to take the DSLR and associated accessories, your on vacation...go light and carefree.
I tried FF DSLR and M43 once on vacation and ended up using the smaller camera most of the time.
having lugged canon 5D's and even Oly 510's around, trust me the OMD is an absolute joy. I can now travel with just a 17, 25 and 75 in a small domke bag and cover all my vacation needs
Tokyo - a set on Flickr
Depends on what you are trying to take pictures of. I took my MU43 only last vacation and was somewhat pleased with the results. But there were lots of instances where I really wished I would have brought my SLR. Static images were OK but I take alot of pictures of my family/people when on vacation more than pictures of food or buildings and I find the AF-C speed, DoF isolation, and ability to push shadows in post lacking compared to my SLR. I probably won't go mu43 only again at least while I have a toddler.
Kids....Vacation...DOF isolation...OMD.... not a big problem
P6130083 by kevinparis, on Flickr
P6140126 by kevinparis, on Flickr
P6140155 by kevinparis, on Flickr
I've got a Canon 60D and a Panasonic GX1. We're going to Hawaii and taking our kid, who will be a toddler by then. I'm thinking with the kid, I don't know if I'll have much time to dedicate for taking pictures.
Thanks for the insights, keep them coming.
Take both. One for yourself and one for your wife
Not a big problem but still much easier to get with my SLR without question. Images like the one in the swing you have to time it just right. With the SLR I can AF-C and capture 5-10 images in a quick burst and get several in focus images from apex to apex of the swing if I desired.
Another pro of the SLR is battery life. I can leave the SLR on the whole day take 800+ pictures and never have to worry about changing the battery or even switching the switch to the off position. It's ready instantly as soon as I half press the shutter to begin metering or press the AF-On button to focus. My Oly would power down after idle. A one second startup time doesn't sound like a lot but it can mean the difference between a moment lost and a moment captured when dealing with kids.
Whatever that will allow you to enjoy the vacation & not get wrapped up in photography. :smile:
Take the Micro Four Thirds of course!!!
I was leaning towards taking the smaller kit, but I guess what I am really asking is did anyone who owns both regretted not taking the DSLR.
A DSLR is a good way to ruin a perfect vacation. On the other hand, neither system will ruin your perfect vacation photos.
I think it really depends how you travel - I backpack. If I was driving/had a car most if the time, or headed to Antarctica again (ie shipboard life) a larger, heavier setup would be a non-issue. Dragging around luggage? Small wins. Big time.