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

Started Nov 10, 2011 | Discussions thread
g2van Contributing Member • Posts: 660
For first trip MFT user, take both

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!

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