I recently completed a three week family vacation in China and would like share my photography related experiences. I want to stress that this was first and foremost a family (myself, wife, 8 year-old daughter, 5 year old son) and not a photography trip, which means I was mostly limited to shooting in harsh mid-day light and my kids needed much of my attention; i.e. didn't have much time to deliberate camera settings, composition, or setting up a tripod. So I needed something that delivers near-DSLR quality and is also compact, light, and ready to shoot at a moments notice. Cut to the chase: my m4/3 kit performed well for me. Any deficiencies in my photos were mostly due to lack of compositional skill, post-processing skill, and good available light. I chalk it up as a good learning experience. I started building my m4/3 system a few months ago in anticipation of this trip. I already have an APS-C DSLR system (Nikon D7000), but wanted a smaller, lighter system that had lots of flexibility but didn't give up too much image quality. When Olympus ran their OMD kit promos a few months ago I jumped in. Here's what I eventually ended up taking on the trip: Equipment list: - Olympus OM-D E-M5 - Olympus 14-42 II - Olympus 45-150 R - Olympus 0.8x wide angle converter (WCON) - extra battery (third party) - RRS L-bracket and grip - circular polarizer filter - 3 and 6 stop ND filter - Nodal Ninja MK3 panorama head - Jusino TK-225S compact tripod - Pixel Rook radio trigger set (for wireless shutter release) - Knockoff of Maxpedition Fatboy GTG bag - microfiber cloth - 32 GB (1x) and 8 GB (5x) SD cards Places visited (specific sites): - Beijing (Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall) - Xi'an (Terracotta warriors, City wall) - Chongqing - Yangzi River/Three Gorges - Zhenjiang (Jinshan Park) - Shanghai (Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower, Nanjing Road) I ended up with ~2600 images spread out over three weeks. Not sure exactly how many shots the batteries were good for, but I ended up needing to change batteries every other day. What I was happy with: - Total kit weight is much lighter and more compact then my equivalent DSLR kit. Really appreciated the weight savings as we did a lot of walking in very hot and humid weather (one day it reached 104 F) - AF was fast and accurate most of the time (missed focus a few time in low-light situations); overall I felt it had better success rate in good light than my DSLR (most of my images were of relatively stationary objects, so tracking AF wasn't needed) - RRS grip fits my hand very comfortably - IBIS worked well - Haven't made any prints, but pretty satisfied with ISO 3200 for web images - used the 150mm focal length more than I expected, glad I had it available (well worth the $100 special kit price I paid for it) - Loved the exposure bracketing coupled with high shutter release rate - just press and hold the shutter button and three shots are fired in quick succession - Liked the EVF; shadow and highlight blinkies were very useful - Loved the SCP - the tilt LCD was handy for overhead and stealth shooting - Tripod is very compact and surprisingly stable even at full extension (but not sure how much critical sharpness it cost me) - Shoulder bag allowed very quick and easy access to camera and lenses. I greatly prefer it over a backpack. What I didn't like: - lost the cover to the hot shoe accessory port - wish there was a quick and easy way to switch between different mysets (I don't consider holding down FN1 a good solution) thus I didn't utilize mysets and relied on the SCP and menu diving - Hate the LCD/EVF autoswitch, it's way too sensitive. Turning it off takes SCP away from the LCD (when camera is in EVF mode) - piece of the eyecup broke off and was lost - wish I could customize the SCP (would add bracketing and myset selection) - wish I had a faster lens for indoors/low light situations - wish I had a better wide-angle solution (WCON has noticeable barrel distortion) Other comments: - Expect for Jiuzhaigou, skies were terminally grey and hazy. - I assigned AF-ON to FN2 button, magnify to REC (didn't record any video on this trip). - All lenses were used; most used was the 14-42 followed by 14-42 + WCON. - Only used the panorama setup a couple of times; only used the tripod a few times. This was mainly due to large crowds and not having much time for setting up (although the NN does setup pretty quickly for a panorama head). I was also discouraged by the grey skies (i.e. wanted to save stitching for when there was great light). - only used ND filter once - used CP filter extensively in Jiuzhaigou. This was my first time using a CP and I may have gone a little overboard, but it was fun to use - had to use 3200 ISO alot more that I thought I would. - I thought metering was pretty good, but I did bracket a lot since it was so convenient and ended up using a few of the bracketed shots instead of the nominal exposure. - my bag was just able to fit my entire kit; I would've like some extra room to hold snacks and light rainjacket but without having a larger bag. - I can change lenses faster than with my DSLR, but I still don't like doing it; would prefer a two body+lens setup. A mythical 10-40/2.8 and 50-150/2.8 would be perfect :smile: - Just an initial impression, but I feel like the low ISO (<400 ISO) shots generally match the image quality I was getting out of my DSLR. At 1600 ISO and higher I feel like my DSLR does better (and auto focuses better as well). Overall I was pretty satisfied with my equipment (if not the weather). The main limitation was low light capability - I really would've liked either better high ISO capability or faster lenses (or both). Finally, here are some of the actual photos and link to the complete set: Travel pics - I-Liang Siu (iliang)'s Photos Feel free to comment and hope this is useful to someone!