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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Travel kit for birds/wildlife and some landscapes


Hello!

Been piecing together my "ideal" M43 kit and wanted to see if you have any thoughts about it; things I might want to add or swap out.

Initially this was meant for a week long birding trip but it's a gorgeous area I'll likely never visit so wanted to shoot some landscapes as well while there. So here's the kit I am currently planning on using:


  1. Body 1: Olympus OM-1 Mark I
  2. Body 2: Panasonic G9 Mark I
  3. Main bird lens: OM Systems 150-400
  4. Low light / backup bird lens: Panasonic 200/2.8 with 1.4x
  5. Landscape / general purpose: Olympus 12-45/4
  6. Longer landscape: Olympus 40-150/4
  7. Tripod: Benro Roadtrip Pro (aluminium)


All of this fits nicely in my f-stop bag and doesn't weigh a ton. The plan is the use the OM-1 with 150-400, then have the 12-45 or 40-150 on the G9 for non-bird / environmental shots. The 200 would come out if I need the extra light and can live with the shorter focal length. With the 1.4x it would also work as a sort of backup if terrible things should happen to the 150-400. The G9 would also act as a backup if the OM-1 fails somehow, but I am aware that I should not expect any miracles when it comes to birds in flight from that one. Should be fine for more static subjects though. On the fence about bringing a tripod at all with the stabilization available on these bodies but I can always leave it at the hotel if it turns out to be unnecessary. I was really impressed with the Benro though (my regular one is a Gitzo but it's significantly larger/heavier) and it might be good for some real low light landscape stuff.

The only thing I can see that I might do differently is to just get a second OM-1 instead of a G9, but I think it's unlikely I'll run into problems + the G9 cost a _lot_ less than a used OM-1. A 100-400 would weigh less and have more flexibility than the 200/2.8 but the 200 is pretty dang special and with the 1.4x I have a 280/4. Plus I get the f/2.8 so it'd serve a purpose other than just a backup to the big gun.

I have some Lee filters I could bring but I think I'll just bring a polarizer and step ring since I hardly ever use NDs / graduated NDs.

What do you think?



May 21, 2024 at 09:21 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Travel kit for birds/wildlife and some landscapes


Looks like that would cover all the bases with backups and focal lengths.

I don't see a problem using the G9 alongside the OM1. The G9 is more than capable for most photography.

My travel wildlife kit is a little lighter/simpler.

OM1 + 150-400
OM5 + 12-100.

That covers just about everything for me and gives me HHHR and LiveND in a small, light body (OM5).



May 21, 2024 at 11:02 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Travel kit for birds/wildlife and some landscapes


The G9 does seem quite nice but I can't see it keeping up with the OM-1 when it comes to faster moving things. But we'll see, I might slap the 200+1.4x on it and shoot alongside for a bit just to see!

I am missing out on hand held high res with the G9, that's one thing I suppose.

I like your kit, very simple and compact. I am just being a bit paranoid since I am flying far north and will be out in the sticks for a week so wanted to double up on the more critical stuff. The 12-100 would make a nice alternative to 12-45+40-150 though!



May 21, 2024 at 11:31 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Travel kit for birds/wildlife and some landscapes


Seems like a kit that covers all your bases. Personally I'd hire another OM1 for the week.


May 21, 2024 at 02:02 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Travel kit for birds/wildlife and some landscapes


I have a somewhat similar kit when I do "outdoor travel" but I take the Panasonic 50-200 f2.8-4 as the long landscape and backup to the 150-400. I also bring the 12-40 f2.8 instead of the 12-45, the Fluorine coating on the 12-40 makes things like taking photos around waterfalls/in the rain much easier, I found cleaning the 12-45 a real pita.

Last I also take the Panasonic 8-18 for ultra-wide angle .

After typing all that maybe it isn't as similar as I thought .



May 21, 2024 at 06:51 PM
 


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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Travel kit for birds/wildlife and some landscapes


The 50-200 was tempting but I really liked the 2.8 option at 200 so went with that + there was a huge discount on the 200/2.8 here in Europe last week... (1499 EUR instead of 2499)


May 22, 2024 at 02:01 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Travel kit for birds/wildlife and some landscapes


pingflood wrote:
The 50-200 was tempting but I really liked the 2.8 option at 200 so went with that + there was a huge discount on the 200/2.8 here in Europe last week... (1499 EUR instead of 2499)


Wow, that is a great deal. Was that for brand new and including the TC? That is one lens I've always wanted but never liked the price (it's $3k in the US) and the used one that come up for sale never have the TC.



May 22, 2024 at 04:35 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Travel kit for birds/wildlife and some landscapes


palmor wrote:
Wow, that is a great deal. Was that for brand new and including the TC? That is one lens I've always wanted but never liked the price (it's $3k in the US) and the used one that come up for sale never have the TC.


Yep, brand new in the box with the 1.4x. Looks like they are still offering it at that price:
https://www.photospecialist.com/panasonic-leica-elmarit-200mm-f2-8-power-io

(I've ordered from them a couple of times before and they have been reliable)



May 22, 2024 at 06:00 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Travel kit for birds/wildlife and some landscapes


pingflood wrote:
I am missing out on hand held high res with the G9, that's one thing I suppose.



You can do hi-res shots with the G9 hand-held, as long as you have enough light to use a fast shutter speed. It's not the same as the way the OM cameras do it, but it does work.



Jun 07, 2024 at 06:50 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Travel kit for birds/wildlife and some landscapes


molson wrote:
You can do hi-res shots with the G9 hand-held, as long as you have enough light to use a fast shutter speed. It's not the same as the way the OM cameras do it, but it does work.


Just got back from the big birding trip. Used the OM-1 98% of the time, with a little G9 sprinkled in. To be honest I am not enjoying the viewfinder in the G9, even sized down there's a noticeable distortion that just bugs me a lot. I think I'll shop around for a used OM-1 to replace it before my next trip.

The 150-400 was used almost exclusively. When we were on an island at night in the rain and the light levels were low I broke out the 200/2.8 for a while as well. It's a stellar piece of glass. But the 150-400, wow. Absolutely tack sharp throughout. The people I traveled with were all full frame users and they were blown away by the results I got out of the OM rig.



Jun 08, 2024 at 06:32 AM







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