« on: January 07, 2015, 03:51:57 PM »
I am really of several minds on this sort of question...and I have given it a lot of thought. Not two cents worth--maybe a nickel.
I have come to the conclusion that, when traveling, I like to get by with the smallest and lightest gear that can still acquire decent images.
In other words, I think about my photo gear while on vacation the same way my wife thinks about...you know what...just enough to get by(!).
I own full-frame and crop DSLRs, a mirrorless (the M), and what was once a pricy point-and-shoot (all Canons). I do not travel the world regularly like many CR posters (I'm envious!), but occasionally travel to FL and occasionally to Europe with my wife and two kids.
It seems to me that, for our vacation style...that what matters is that I commit to a style of shooting on a given day (or portion of a day) and then stick with that style. And usually a given 'style' means a given camera.
Some of our best-ever vacation pix were taken during a week's touristing through Paris...with a Canon S95.
I'm looking at the S95 Paris pix in an Adorama-printed 8x8" lay-flat book as I type this...other than the problems associated with a small sensor (i.e. little or no subject isolation focus-wise), the images are spectacular...and the occasional ability to use fill-flash when necessary was important. With two spare batteries in my wallet (front pocket...we were concerned about pickpockets and saw some in action) and a 32GB card, I was set...and the S95 fits in my (other) front pocket.
Of note...the vast majority of the S95 pix referred to above were daytime pix...the small sensor of point-and-shoot cameras is a real limitation as far as night-time shots are concerned.
So a SMALL pocketable point-and-shoot has its place...at least in my opinion...especially for daylight shooting.
We just returned from Disney World. I employed a 5DMkIII/35mmf2.0IS combination to acquire night-time images at Disney's Boardwalk area as well as the Christmas light display at the Movie Studio. The quality of the photos obtained in this way is clearly superior to previous efforts using a 40D/17-55mmf2.8IS kit. While in the park, I did not pack the camera/lens combo in anything...no backpack or shoulderpack or anything...just hung around my neck for a few hours. The 35mmf2.0IS lens is not very heavy and I would not hesitate to use the same gear again in the same way again. So a LARGE 5dMKIII-based kit is useful, too.
Our two kids both have their own Ms, and have (by themselves) traveled to Europe a couple of times. The M+22mmf2.0 combination, in the hands of our 20 year old, has yielded hundreds of images from England, France, Italy and Switzerland that are stunningly good...but of course the M suffers from slow focus problems (which does limit my 'candid' street-style vacation photos of moving family members). But our kids find the small size of the M+22mm set-up terribly appealing--that and the touchscreen capabilities.
When I utilize the M in our travels I always pack the 270 flash...as I've stated previously on this forum I find fill-flash to be essential for our vacation pix that include family members.
Most of the time the 11-22mm lens is on my M when traveling; indoor shots at various places really benefit from the wide-angle capability as well as the IS.
Obviously I think the MEDIUM-sized M is essential, too.
Small, medium and large--all necessary (I think). If I had to pick one and only one I think I'd go M +22 + 270flash...and ask my wife to pack the flash in her handbag!