We drove up from Maine to Canada for a week’s vacation, which overlapped the July 4th holiday here in the States. The drive up was very pleasant with a half-way stop in Saint John, New Brunswick.
We were based in Charlottetown, PEI, for the week and visited the dramatic north coast for our first excursion. We toured most of the east end of the island on our way back to town, stopping at views, villages, and shops along the way. Absolutely beautiful. The next day we headed over to Summerside to the west.
Highlights of the trip were certainly the northern coast and beaches…and the driver will never forget the red earth [mud] main roads, nor the impressive 12+km bridge from the mainland. Wow.
Gear for this trip was just the Lumix GX85, and the most used lenses were the kit short- and long-zooms, as I’ve only added the Leica DG 15mm f1.7 (eq 30mm) lens to the original bundle. Quite a leap of faith for me, indeed.
It felt weird not to have my heavy FF Canon outfit along, but liberating as well. I don’t yet have all the filters and lenses in the m4/3 format that might have been handy, but don’t really think I missed a shot even so.
I reveled at the ease of walking around with the ‘mini-Leica’ hanging off one shoulder. One evening I noticed a guy next to us at a sidewalk restaurant cradling a big 5D and L-series zoom in both hands as he sat with his family. Looked exhausting. I understand not wanting to be without a camera, but how many greats shots are you going to get from a café table [with your wife watching anyway]…one every third or thirtieth outing? And, isn’t that what iPhones are for now?
So do I have quibbles? Of course. I wish the Leica DG lenses consistently had aperture rings as the 15mm does. Love that lens; and really appreciate the tactile and visual ring right on the lens. Money.
As I look to create my future travel kit I’m looking to the Leica DG 8-18mm and 50-200mm zooms, to augment the 15mm prime. Good news is that both zooms take the same size filter, although of course it’s not a size I currently own. No problem. Selling and re-purchasing is part of the bargain.
My other niggle is common to a lot of these smaller cameras…that I often accidentally hit tiny buttons on the back of the GX85. This resulted in a series of out-of-focus shots during the trip in question…I’d somehow turned off the menu item for autofocus. Ugh. If I were to ultimately sell off the FF gear, a G9-sized body might have to join the stable just as something more easy to handle.
In fact, now that I’ve confirmed that m43 is indeed viable, moving up to the bigger body might be the perfect compromise. Looks as if a rental is in my future. Next hurdle though is printing. If these images print well I’m on to next steps. I’ll let you know.
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