Ever just take a 4/3rds system and leave the big DSLR guns at home?

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Re: For first trip MFT user, take both
In reply to g2van, Nov 12, 2011

g2van wrote:

I was in Nepal earlier this year (no trekking but no porter). I was quite new to MFT. I brought both my DSLR and MFT systems because I had to find out how they performed. The compromise I had to do since I was carrying all my own equipment was (1) both systems should complement rather than duplicate (2) each time I went out I would pack only what would fit into my not very large camera bag but I would pack both the DSLR and MFT. I learned alot and while it was not the best thing from the shooting point of view, it was very good from the DSLR v MFT point of view.

I refined my kit more in a later trip to Costa Rica abd still brought both systems. It worked better.

I'm now on a 50,000 km, 12 flight trip and I'm carrying 3 smaller cameras (1 is MFT, no DSLR) with no regrets, even with only carry on bags. I still manage to survive 30 degree (celcius) changes in weather as well as indulge in soccer, golf and swimming, all alongside photography, very creatively albeit with some sacrifices and compromises.

My point is that some people settle this DSLR v MFT question instantly for real, some think they do and some just take longer or see them as complementary systems sometimes. Everyone is different; you have to determine which camp you fall into and sometimes the only way to know for sure is to actually try both out on a single trip and see where that goes.

On a whole I would say:

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take both systems (it's always exciting to shoot a new camera but the old one is very reassuring)

-- make both as complementary as possible (e.g. for Nepal I didn't take my DSLR 70-200L but took the MFT 100-300)

-- if you are going on a long trip that's important for you photographically, think of the 2nd camera as a back-up (you will sleep better)

-- on some trips you should have the DSLR as well, but not on some and not on all

Btw, I think it's always prudent to have a back-up camera on a longer and more important trip (even a P&S or film camera).

Good luck, and don't forget to have fun in the midst of this luxurious dilemma!

I really appreciate this reasoned and knowledgeable advice - thank you so much for posting! I'll be taking both systems in complimentary setups and will use the experience for future trips. I've only had the G3 for 6 weeks and while I've used it relentlessly and have learned it well, I just don't have sufficient "goods" from it in terms of keepers to feel confident with it alone. And as you say a backup in these conditions is important.

A thought I had last night was that I bring the full G3 kit as use that for most general photography, but have the 5D2 fitted with my 24L TSE Mk 2 lens for purposeful archictecture and landscape shots using my little tripod. This gives me a little wider than what I have on G3, but with the benefits of infinite depth of field via tilt for landscapes (great for close foreground and far mountains in focus), selective focus for creative stuff (I have a vision of a line of prayer wheels all in focus with each side defocussed), and ability to do quick shift panos that don't need a specialist head to align close foreground (means I get 14mm wide equivalent). And it's arguabley the sharpest lens I own. The fact it's a manual lens will put me off using it as a general tool thus ensuring I make good use of the G3 and kit as well....hmmm as I typed I'm convincing myself at least.

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