I started dipping my toes in the mirrorless waters about two years ago. Fast forward to today, I went from sticking my toe in to jumping all the way in the deep-end. I have recently sold off all of my Canon gear and went all-in with mirrorless, specifically Panasonic M43. Don’t get me wrong, Canon puts out some amazing gear. However, for my needs and priorities, which have shifted from weddings, events and portraits as my primary focus, to photography being more about my family, with more of a lifestyle approach and the occasional portrait or event, mirrorless just fits better.
My recent family trip to Seattle is a perfect example of how mirrorless meets my needs perfectly. This was a trip to attend a family wedding along with all of the tourist attractions with my wife, two kids and in-laws. I didn’t want to carry around a ton of camera gear but I wanted quality pictures. I took my Panasonic G85 camera with a handful of small lenses: 7mm-14mm f4, 12mm-35m f2.8, 20mm f1.7, 42.5mm f1.7 and 45mm-200mm f4.5-5.6. This may seem like a lot but given the small footprint of the m43 format, this was a very small package. It all fit with ease in the bottom of my Lower Photo Hatchback AWB backpack along with all of the typical accessories (batteries, cards, ND filter, video micpro, etc.),leaving the top portion of the bag free for all of the family necessities on our daily adventures (read – snacks, water and other kid items).
I never felt like I was missing anything in terms of photography gear, and I never felt bogged down by the weight and size of the gear. I have taken many trips with my larger Canon gear in the past and either I had too much or, in an effort to keep the kit smaller, felt like I was missing something. With my small kit, I was able to enjoy the trip and taking photos at the same time. This was my second trip with just mirrorless (Disney in 2016) and I am not looking back!
Enough of the reading – let’s show some pictures. Here are just a few from our trip. A lot more can be found on the kids’ blog (yes, they have a blog). Have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will respond.