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Your experiences with traveling light?


Zen Snapshooter
Jul 13, 2011
Lexington, Virginia
The kit I take for a place like Disney is the EM5 II, 12-32, the small 35-100, and a fast primes like the 17 and the 60 macro. It weighs very little, and I only carry parts of it around. The two small Panasonic zooms and the EM5 II are my typical walk around.

For a city, the X70 recently proved to be an excellent urban shooter in DC.
At least i’m consistent. This year I took the EM1 II, the 12-32, the 35-100, and the 20.


Top Veteran
Jul 11, 2010
Melbourne, Australia
This year I'm taking the Leica M9 + Sony RX0, which is like giving the M9 a video upgrade when mounted to the hotshoe. I'm tossing up between the GX85 and LX10 as complementary cameras, or maybe the Ricoh GR or even the Sigma DP1 for fun. Video is important to me, so the Panasonics make sense, but they don't shoot like the GR or DP1.

Lawrence A.

Hall of Famer
Nov 8, 2012
New Mexico
The lightest kit I've traveled with is the E-M5 i with the 14-42 pancake lens, and and E-P2 for a back up body. In June, I plan on taking a D-lux 7 and, for telephoto reach outside, the capable Stylus 1s. My last several trips have been the Pen F with the 12-40 and the Stylus 1, but I need to travel exceptionally light in June. I'm looking forward to it. I think I could get used to something like the Pannie ZS100 and the D-Lux 7. That would give me what i needed without breaking the bank -- or may increasingly creaky back.

Lawrence A.

Hall of Famer
Nov 8, 2012
New Mexico
My new (used) Sony RX100M3. It's been on my belt loop as an Every Day Carry in a Sony case. No complaints so far.
I considered the Sonys, but I have used them and find them fiddly. Very nice cameras, but I don't enjoy using them. I will sacrifice a little there and there for something that gives me joy to use. Since the D lux 7 I ordered had pre-release firmware, I returned it and may well get the Leica typ 113. I loved my X1. No zoom, but that can be liberating. It is a little bigger than I was thinking, but I know I would use it.
Dec 29, 2013
I know I may be one of the few people to really like that camera, but I find the G1X III to be a really satisfying travel companion; it's small, competent and sturdy, and since I replaced the lens cap with a protective filter, it's actually quite quick to deploy as well. Yes, there are other, more versatile compacts, and of course, small systems (I own :mu43: as well as Leica M setups that fit that bill), but while they might cover more subject matters, they're also much bulkier and more complicated to use. And furthermore, the G1X III certainly delivers the goods as well ...

Yet, for photo travel, nothing beats a system - so that's what I take if it's at all possible. But the G1X III will still be in the bag as well - it's uniquely useful, and as a complete package, it beats my previous contenders, the GR, the LX100 and the FZ1000, in crucial ways: It has a zoom and an EVF; it's weather resistant; it's small, yet grippy and sturdier than even the GR; it also has a fully articulated screen (that is also touch enabled) and quick AF with very good tracking ... Of course, its lens isn't as good as the GR's and not as versatile as the FZ1000's (the reasons why I still own both cameras ...), and it doesn't feel quite as intuitive and pleasant in use as the LX100 for which I still have a soft spot, even though the G1X III has pretty much supplanted it. It beats those cameras *as well as* the systems because it packs so many useful features in such a small body.


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