What should I take on a 3 week trip to Europe

Discussion in 'This or That? (MFT only)' started by uscrx, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    isn't what I'm going to ask. :biggrin:

    I'm taking GX-7, 12-35mm f2.8. 2 x 64GB SD cards. About 6 batteries.

    Will pack e-PM2 as a backup body just in case GX-7 fails..or I drop it.

    We often see "what should I take...." threads.

    C'mon. We're in a u43 world where many of us got into it for the small size. There's no debate. 1 body, 1 lens.. will shoot family, places... and whatever. And really... we as photographers should know what works and what doesn't. My DSLR bag with 2 bodies and 3 lenses that weight over 12 pounds won't work.
    :thumbup:
     
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  2. Christop82

    Christop82 Mu-43 Veteran

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    I would throw in one fast prime, but otherwise a good setup.
     
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  3. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    +1. For me it'd be the P20. I'd also be very tempted to throw the O9-18 in there also.
     
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  4. acnomad

    acnomad Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Andy
    +1 on the prime, but rather than a lens within the FL range you already cover, perhaps a 42.5 or 45.
     
  5. Christop82

    Christop82 Mu-43 Veteran

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    This is turning into a "what should I take?" Thread.
    Next week I'm taking a trip. I'm packing my em5 , O 12-40 2.8, O 45 1.8, P 25 1.7, R 8mm fisheye and a Fuji x20 for knocking around.
    I've managed to pack all that in a small Lowe pro sling backpack.
     
  6. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

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    Barry
    I think I shot 150gb raw only in 3 weeks... Might want one more card.

    Also if you're expecting to be going through many batteries per day, you'll need at least 2 chargers, a mini power strip, and at least one outlet adapter.
    And zip lock bags for when it rains.
     
  7. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    :laugh1:

    You guys are brutal...
     
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  8. acnomad

    acnomad Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Andy
    I just re-read the OP more carefully and now noticed the first line "isn't what I'm going to ask" so I'll modify my response as follows:

    If I had to carry only one lens for such a long trip, I think the 12-35 would be an excellent choice. I often regret selling mine.
     
  9. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    I knew what he said, but decided to ignore it. :)
    I did an 18 day trip in Ireland last September, the 12-32 compact zoom got the most use, but the O45 and O9-18 came out often too. Didn't bring the P20, and regretted it.
     
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  10. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I do have:
    20 1.7
    45 1.8
    60 2.8 macro
    12-32
    14-42
    &
    40-150 2.8

    I'm only taking 12-35 !!!!!!
     
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  11. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    You're wrong!!! You'll regret it to the end of time!!!

    j/k, of course. :)
     
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  12. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Well you did say you are taking a backup camera. Maybe mounting a second pancake on that extra camera as a "backup lens" isn't a bad idea. You could just as easily have a broken lens as a broken camera.

    Personally, I just use my phone as a backup. Especially for scenery/tourist type shots where it does quite well. So I don't really worry too much about it.
     
  13. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I thought about keeping a lens on e-pm2. But e-pm2 is tiny.

    And we do have 4 cellphones in the family all equipped with 64GB micro-SD card.
     
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  14. Repp

    Repp Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    I'm currently on a 3 week trip in Europe in Spain and Scotland... lol. I'm also an over packer =[ The first few days I was wishing I had picked up a 14-140 travel lens... then stepped into a dark church and realized the 2.8s were worth the trouble.

    GX8 + GM1 as a back up body.
    7-14/4
    12-35/2.8
    35-100/2.8
    20/1.7
    42.5/1.7
    Gorrilapod
    small rode mic that I haven't used at all...
     
  15. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    LOL

    Maybe I will pack a small tripod and remote trigger.
     
  16. jssaraiva

    jssaraiva Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    José Saraiva
    Euros (and a 9-18mm for cities with narrow streets).
     
  17. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

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    Gent, Belgium
    A piece of travel kit I have found useful, especially if you have multiple phones/tablets or USB devices is one of these

    Anker | Products

    have a good trip

    K
     
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  18. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
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    Above all else - take lots of money! You'll need it.
     
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  19. ionian

    ionian Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Simon
    I'd take everything. What's the point of having a small system if you don't carry the lot on a dream holiday in which you will want to photograph everything?
     
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  20. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Well, it's my daughter's HS senior trip to Italy first 10 days. We may or may not shadow them. Then meeting the group in Venice where we pick her up and will head to Budapest and Prague.

    We will probably take more pictures with our cellphones.
     
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