Camera choice for Europe trip

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Camera choice for Europe trip
In reply to John.Laninga, Mar 30, 2013

John.Laninga wrote:

In a week or so, we will be on a 15 day cruise ending in Rome.  We'll spend 5 days there, then on to London, for 6 days.  We will walk most everywhere, so lots of equipment schlepping. Then back home to Dallas.  My question is what camera(s) to take?

Initially, I was going to take only my LX-7 with LVF-2 finder.  Small, light, amazing lens, but small sensor.  I have a waist pack that holds the camera, accessories, and other goodies securely. But only a small sensor....

So, then I decided to also take my GH3 with 12-35 and 14-140 lenses.  Fairly compact, but still requires a decent day pack to carry along.  The GH3 and 12-35 are weather sealed, maybe a good thing for London. Quite a bit more weight and stuff to keep track of.

Then, I had an opportunity to purchase a used (in excellent condition) X100 with accessories.  I have played with the X100 before, so I am fairly familiar with it.  It would be an easy camera to carry (it comes with the OEM leather case).  But only a foot zoom....

So I'm coming here to solicit your suggestions:  which one (or two) (or three) cameras should I carry on this adventure?  BTW, I just turned 70, in good shape, but no spring chicken anymore, weight counts.

My last two trips to Europe, I carried a Panasonic LX-3 and was very pleased with the results.  I chose it over my wonderful 5D with no regrets.

I have a new X100s now and wouldn't hesitate to take it on my next trip.  But, in all honesty, having a zoom would be better than not.  However; I also believe that a short prime would be better than exchanging lenses.  (Europe is a generally "compact" place and I found that a short lens worked very well an awful lot of the time).

I read someplace that the best camera is the one you will use the most.  As much as I love my DSLRs and the SLRs before them, I really believe that a compact camera is the one you will use the most when traveling.  And a zoom or prime will get more use than 2 or more interchangeable lenses.

jeb

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