Blog Note: Travel Coming Up


Been busy prepping for a trip across the Pacific, into the Japanese rainy season. I’ll be a few days in Tokyo, about a week in Kyoto and then a week on the Big Island of Hawaii.

After much hemming and hawing, I now have my carry-on filled with an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO. This is my main shooting setup for Tokyo and Kyoto, since it has good weather resistance. Alternate lenses for the Olympus are the 12mm f/2.0, the 25mm f/1.8, the 45mm f/1.8 and the 75mm f/1.8. The latter two because they’re so good. The first two because I might need that bit of extra aperture at dusk. Plus, except for the 75mm, they’re so light that it hardly makes a difference in weight to throw them in.

For Hawaii, the main setup will be the Sony A7r with the Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 FE, an old Olympus 24mm f/2.8 and a Contax 90mm f/2.8.

I’m also throwing in the Pentax WG-III waterproof point-and-shoot for fun shots at the beach and while snorkeling.

Finally, I will take the Fuji X100s. I think. It’s in the bag, because it’s made for city shooting like I’m planning to do. But it doesn’t offer the weather-resistance of the Olympus and only offers 35mm. I regard it as my go-to camera, but in reality it often stays home or doesn’t get chosen when I go out for serious shooting. I like using it, but if I find that even during this trip I don’t reach for it much, I fear it will have to go.

So, my first real post last year was about shooting in Paris with three cameras and this year it will be about shooting in Japan and Hawaii with three cameras.

Depending on time and internet connections, I will report back once in a while during the trip and share my experiences with the camera and about shooting in these places.

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