Camera Gear for these times when smaller and lighter is our standard....
Cameras: Both of us missed having an eye level viewfinder, so we upgraded to Olympus OM-D M-E10 DSLRs. These are not much bigger than the Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5's but give us some additional features. Eye level viewfinder, WiFi, time lapse capability, etc. The M-E10 Mark2 was purchased new. The E-M10 was purchased used on eBay. Both cameras are used with the standard 14-42mm lens but the "EZ" version. Both were purchased in November 2016.
Both of us have switched from Nikon DSLRs to the Olympus Pen Lite E-PL5 mirrorless interchangeable
lens camera. (both November 2015) Each camera is equiped
with a 14-42mm (28-84mm Equilovent) and a 40-150mm (80-300mm
Equilovent) lenses. Don't get me wrong, we loved the DSLRs but
found ourselves leaving them at home because of the size and weight.
Phones: While on the
subject of traveling light, we have to mention our iPhone 6's. We
each have one and find ourselves using these more and more especially
the panorama feature. The phones were aquired opening weekend in
Nikon Coolpix P7800 which is a 12MP camera with all the creative
controls found in a DSLR. 7X optical zoom (28-200mm equivalent)
(2014) This camera is essentially the same as the P7700 except it
has an optical viewfinder. The viewfinder comes in handy when the
LCD screen gets hard to see in bright sun.
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P7700 which is a 12MP camera with all the creative controls found in a DSLR. 7X optical zoom (28-200mm equivalent) (Dec 2012)
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix XP60 waterproof camera. Loads of fun at the beach. (July 2013)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, a 5MP camera modified internally for infrared photography.
Camera: SJCAM SJ4000 to fool with some "Time Lapse" videos. (purchased March 2016)
As of spring 2013 we BOTH switched from our Manfrotto tripods to the smaller and lighter MeFoto portables. Red for Kathy, blue for Joe. The colors just happen to coincide with the color of our Lowepro Flipside backpacks.
Flash Attachment: In December 2015, we sold off our Nikon SB-400 and SB-600 flash units as part of our downsize transition. We did, however, hang onto a Yongnuo flash unit for those rare times when an off camera flash would be handy. The Yongnuo flash is NOT iTTL compatible but can be fired via cable, RF trigger or optically. It's primary use is in a multi-flash setup.
Digital Darkroom Gear....
Printer: Epson Stylus Photo 1400 which gives us print capability up to
13"x19". (February 2010)
Software: As of June 2012, we are BOTH using Adobe Photoshop Elements 10. JBoth of us are using Apple iMacs. Elements 10 can handle just about everything we want to do with an image.
As of September 2013 I decided to get on the learning curve for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. We got a $50 off price cut from B&H and decided to give it a try.
Film/Slide Scanner: Konica Minolta DiMage Scan Dual IV. We have thousands of pictures going back to the old days and Kathy has taken on the project of digitizing all this.
We took the plunge and sold off all of our Nikon DSLR cameras and
lenses. We really enjoyed using these over the years but found
ourselves leaving the bulk and weight behind most times especially when
we trevel. The Nikon "P" series Point & Shoots were the
standard for us until we tried the Olympus 4/3 interchangeable lens
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Updated February 2017