Patagonia Trip and OM-D E-M5

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by dohearne, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. dohearne

    dohearne Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 23, 2013
    Vermont, Virginia
    Dave Hearne
    I am basically looking for verification of a decision. I am registered for a serious Patagonia photography workshop (Ian Plant). I have a D300 and assorted lenses and my E-M5 kit. I obviously want to return with great images and I feel that I can do so with my M4/3 kit as long as I practice good technique and post processing. Obviously I am investing a lot in the trip and want some reassurance that I do not need to suddenly get gear lust.
     
  2. Rudy

    Rudy Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 24, 2013
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    I would highly recommend a good tripod / head and make yourself use it.
    This would allow you to get the most out of your M43 gear and you could also stitch panoramas.
    Most subjects in Patagonia will not run away, but the light might be dim or very contrasty.
    The latter can be helped by exposure bracketing which you can easily process if the frames line up nicely.
    Rudy
     
  3. dohearne

    dohearne Mu-43 Regular

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    Dave Hearne
    Rudy, Thanks for the reply. I do have a good tripod and ball head with a leveling plate and I use them. I am sure many shots will be in low light.


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  4. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    I would love to go to patagonia... seems like a very photogenic place.

    In your circumstances I would make sure I bring a tripod and a set of various filters (CPL, ND and maybe GND). Might also consider something wider angle. If funds permit and you don't mind the extra weight, I'd consider swapping the 12-50 for the 12-40. Having said that, the 12-50 will still do an adequate job.
     
  5. bassman

    bassman Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Apr 22, 2013
    New Jersey
    Scott
    For the last workshop I took I used an E-M5 and a Nikon V1, leaving the D7000 and many pounds on lenses home. The next, in Yosemite, will be all m43 (E-M1 & GX7). I'm confident any of these cameras can outshoot me.
     
  6. Klorenzo

    Klorenzo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 10, 2014
    Lorenzo
  7. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Chris
    I went to patagonia last year with an em5 and some lenses. Thats all you need. You can bring a 50k hasselblad if you want but it wont give you better images than your em5, as it all depends on who presses the shutter. Enjoy your trip and leave all the gear behind you dont need it. More than gear bring a good cpl and some nd if you want. Its beautiful down there

    https://www.mu-43.com/showthread.php?t=46362

    Ps: Bring lots of batteries you are going to shoot a lot


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  8. dohearne

    dohearne Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 23, 2013
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    Dave Hearne
    Chrisnmn, thank-you for the link to your post but the images do not seem to be available now. Do you have them posted somewhere else?
     
  9. dohearne

    dohearne Mu-43 Regular

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    Dave Hearne
    I do have the O9-18mm which I really like and will probably be my main lens in Patagonia.
     
  10. dohearne

    dohearne Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 23, 2013
    Vermont, Virginia
    Dave Hearne
    Good advice on swapping out the 12-50 for a 12-40...I just need approval from the CFO.
     
  11. dohearne

    dohearne Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 23, 2013
    Vermont, Virginia
    Dave Hearne
    A follow-up question has occurred to me. I am starting to think that I might want a b/u body. OM-10 or a Pen?