One Photographer's Dilemma - Which Camera to Bring on Vacation?

After hearing about my husband Steve's love of the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York for years, we finally decided to take a longggggg road trip from Asheville to vacation there for a week. In a mere 16-17 hours we were there! Many thanks to the bucolic scenery and a gripping audio book, "The Girl with All the Gifts", the trip actually flew by. But before I show you how amazingly gorgeous the area was, I have to back up to my constant dilemma when traveling - whether to bring the "big" camera (really heavy, bulky Nikon D4) or my cute but expensive mirrorless camera (lighter, less bulky, pretty good images but not as good as "big" camera - my Olympus OMD-EM1). The third option is always to not bring a camera, but then my travel companions have to live with my repeated moans of regret for not bringing my camera...

 

I was going on vacation, so I wanted to make it easy and opted for the Olympus camera, and in the end I was quite happy about my decision. True the Olympus wasn't as fast or as good at capturing the range of highlights and shadows, but the fact that it was so light and compact made for a more pleasurable, vacation-like experience, and that meant I was able to get some shots to be sure and remember what a wonderful time we had and inspire me to plan next year's trip there. We stayed near Saranac Lake, and woke up to plan each days adventure either hiking, kayaking canoeing and/or swimming all to return to our cute house to cook dinner and sip a glass of wine.

The neighborhood visitor known as "Bruno" shot with Olympus. It's a  bit too "sharp" - that's one of the differences - that it's not as natural as the Nikon. However, it was easy to grab and go to catch this bear before he climbed back down.

The neighborhood visitor known as "Bruno" shot with Olympus. It's a  bit too "sharp" - that's one of the differences - that it's not as natural as the Nikon. However, it was easy to grab and go to catch this bear before he climbed back down.