Here is the video
What did I not like?
It is not all sweetness and light - there were things that I was not happy with that need sorting.
There always are……
The way the camera sits in my camera bag.
This is something I need to look into. The camera is so small there is no logical place for it to be secured on the top section of my Peak Design Everyday Backpack, which is where I like to have my cameras. My Canon 6D sat nicely in the top section of my bag – well it filled it to be fair!
This is something that I really miss – the GPS on my Canon 6D was an invaluable tool, and my Olympus EM10 does not have this. I am going to have to look at how I can sort this when I get the EM5.
There is a work round for now – take photos on my iPhone and I can copy and paste the GPS data into the metadata of the photos taken with the Olympus camera, but this is a faff I can do without to be honest.
This is the main sticking point at the moment that needs to be sorted.
The fact that the widest I could go was in full frame equivalent 24mm – I want wider than that.
I use a 17-40mm lens in addition to my 24-105mm lens. And when I use the 17-40mm lens most of the photos I take are taken at the 17mm end.
So the question is this – do I get the 7-14mm lens? This will give me a super wide 14mm focal length. One for the future methinks.
The grip on the camera
The grip on the OM10 is too small for me – I am used to the big chunky grip on the Canon 6D to be fair. When I get the EM5 I will buy the grip that will sort this issue out.
The way that the tripod sits in my camera bag.
An unexpected annoyance was the way that my new travel tripod, the Peak Design Corey, sat in my camera bag. This needs looking at – I ended up with the tripod head either pointing up above the top of the bag or face down getting damaged.
Has this camera changed the way I take travel photographs?
Yes, In a number of ways,
I use it more and noticed that I have less photos on my iPhone. Not good for immediate use but as this is not really a priority to me definitely a good thing.
I have done more single image captures. This is in part down to having the wonderful EVF. Talking of which.
EVF and live in viewfinder exposure compensation
I used AV mode and exposure compensation pretty much the same way I did with the Canon 6D, but enjoyed it more, especially the instant feedback in the EVF of the image capture.
And what about things that have not changed?
Yep there are things that have not changed which is a good thing - this is not an exercise in binning everything I have been doing in the past after all!
Go to focal length
I still start wide and zoom in when required. So 12mm is my default focal length, as was 17mm with my Canon 6D.
I am going to analyse the focal lengths that I use – after all if I only ever use 12mm I might as well get the 7-14mm Pro lens and give myself room to play in the ultra wide arena.
What gear did I use?
Olympus OM-D EM10 and 12-40mm Pro lens
Pec Pads and Eclipse lens cleaning solution
Spare batteries and charger
Spare memory cards
Manfrotto Pixi for videoing skiers on the mountain
Did I miss my Canon 6D?
No, not really. I was quite happy as I was.
And I have noticed since I got back from Canada that I am missing some of the features of my Olympus camera which my Canon 6 does not have, especially the EVF and touchscreen.
I know that newer Canon cameras have these features – it is just new to me with the gear that I have.
And some of things have very quickly become instinctive to me. I have started touching the LCD screen on my Canon 6D to change the focus points, but this is not a touchscreen, so nothing happens!
What about my ageing mince pies – sorry eyes?
I have adjusted to the smaller camera just fine, as the screen is much bigger than the one on my Canon 6D, and the EVF is much clearer and easier for me to read.
I should write an article titled “Cameras for the over 50s!” – actually that is not a bad idea.
I was concerned that I would struggle to read the dials and screens on a smaller camera, but this has not been a problem at all, which is a pleasant surprise.
A word about my Canon gear
My Canon gear still works wonderfully well and is still what I use for my commercial architectural photography work. This post is not a mirrorless is amazing/ DLSRs are so last year post. Nor is it an Olympus is better than Canon post.
No – my Olympus micro four thirds camera gives me options which are always good. And having some shiny new (albeit second hand) photography gear does help.
I am not knocking DLSRs or Canon – there is still a big place for both.
Lessons learned for the future
I think that the EM5 Mk 2 with grip will work even better.
Do I need to get a wider lens? I am going to stick as I am for now, and for my next trip I will take the other body with these two lenses.
I did not miss the longer focal lengths, meaning that my choice to buy the 12-40mm lens instead of the 12-100mm lens was the right thing for me.
I will hold the thought that the 7-14mm lens might be my go-to lens,
The one thing that I need to work out is a camera bag. I have contacted Peak Design and asked for their advice – lets see what they come up with.
Update – the good folks at Peak Design have got back to me and advise that I use the lower sections of the camera bag, which is not great as I want the camera to be sat on top of my camera bag so I can access it – one for me to work on.
I do have an idea.
My camera and my iPhone
The other thing which I mentioned earlier - I used my camera more than my iPhone to take photos. This is a good thing – the reason that I started looking for other gear was because I found myself not using my Canon 6D on a trip last year – it sat in the boot most of the time.
Now this is not good for the immediate access to images that my iPhone gives me – this is of course one of the brilliant things that an iPhone does.
But this is not the biggest thing for me, so I can live with it. I am more concerned about capturing the images I want whilst I am away which I can work on when I am back in my office.
This post is all about the minimalist travel photography gear that I used on a trip to Canada – there is a bit of refinement, but I am on the right road to having just the gear I need with me.