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A point and shoot over a DSLR for vacation/travel photos?

Robert Thommes , Mar 06, 2009; 05:33 p.m.

I was simply going to ask, if any of you would ever take a point and shoot camera over your DSLR gear for use in photographing your cruise vacation, just to see how you'd answer that. But I need to explain further.
I have a NE cruise (with lots of shore excursions)in the works for September(NYC-Quebec). I'd like to travel light; possibly leaving my DSLR gear behind and taking only my Panasonic FZ30 with TCON-1.7, and maybe purchasing a W/A adapter, too. I'm mainly interested in 4X6 or 5X7 prints of the better images, but with 8X10s of the very best ones. Do you feel the FZ30 is up to the task? And if so, do you feel that the purchase of a W/A adapter would be a wise investment? Would that extra 10mm of width be worth the expense? Is 35mm to 24mm really a noticable difference in most cases?
Your thoughts, opinions, suggestions?


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Bruce VanPatten , Mar 06, 2009; 05:49 p.m.

I would thake them both. Leave the DSLR in your stateroom on the days you want to travel light, but in Sept. you will probably want to catch the autum colors with the best quality possible. Have fun whatever you decide.

John McCormack , Mar 06, 2009; 05:54 p.m.

24mm is great for landscapes. I leave my D-SLR at home when I go on a cruise and take my FZ28 and LX3. Works for me.

Toshio Tamaki , Mar 06, 2009; 06:19 p.m.

I would take both DSLR and P&S. You can always leave DSLR behind. I took D-200 and D-80 and LX3 to Japan last time. I enjoyed the lightness of LX3 for a very long walk and I loved its 24 mm, but noise at higher ISO is almost unbearable. I am sure It will be OK if you use it outdoor and only see them on 4x6 or 5x7.

Robert Gussin , Mar 06, 2009; 06:45 p.m.

I found I have the most fun and fewest worries when I carry BOTH my Canon Powershot SD in my pocket, and sling one of my old FILM SLR's over my shoulder. The powershot is fast and convenient for quick snaps and as a backup to the big camera (to make suyre I've got a shot. Everytime I've taken my DSLR I worry too much. The beauty of Film SLRs is that none I own cost me more than $50 bucks with no lens costing me over $50. They are more robust than my DSLR, so if one is knocked around, broken or stolen, I don't care. Most of my FILM SLR's operate without batteries, so a dead battery is no problem either. The point and shoot gets the shots I don't have time to think about with the film camera, plus the point and shoot captures video and sound. The FILM SLR makes using a sweet lens and a polarizer real easy and shot for shot the photos from the film cameras are more pleasing than the point and shoot. -Bob

Michael Howard , Mar 06, 2009; 07:19 p.m.

One more vote for take both. Every time I travel and only take one, I wish I had the other. I bought a small Lowepro bag which holds my SLR body (whether digital or film), the lens on it, plus one more smaller lens. It is just about perfect. The P&S goes in the side pocket. Light and quick.

Edward Ingold , Mar 06, 2009; 07:22 p.m.

I was simply going to ask, if any of you would ever take a point and shoot camera over your DSLR gear for use in photographing your cruise vacation...

Whatever floats your boat (LOL). I like to travel light too. I can buy socks and underwear (nearly) anywhere in the world, leaving more room for cameras. I travel to take pictures, you take pictures while traveling. There is an huge difference between the FOV of 35mm and 24mm lenses. I don't suppose you have anything in that range for your DSLR, or you wouldn't have asked.

Godfrey DiGiorgi , Mar 06, 2009; 07:31 p.m.

I only carry cameras I can make the photographs that satisfy me with when I travel. That means whatever my current working camera kit is, cut back to a nice sized package. Last trip, it was the DSLR body with ultrawide zoom, normal and portrait tele lenses. And a tripod.


Robert Thommes , Mar 06, 2009; 07:34 p.m.

My DSLR and FZ30 are about the same size. I don't have any pocketable camera. So taking it "all" is (for me right now) two camera bags. Seems like too much stuff to haul. But maybe I should figure out just how to do it OR leave something home.

Dean G , Mar 06, 2009; 07:51 p.m.

I think it depends somewhat on what priority the photography will have on the trip. If you simply want to enjoy the travel with some photos for memory sake it hardly seems worth the bother to haul a bunch stuff with you.
That said, I find myself using a compact more than my DSLR kit for just about everything including my "serious" photography. I find the limitations of carrying a big camera around tend to outweigh the technical limitations of my small sensor compact. I'm reluctant to call it a point and shoot because it fails miserably at no brainer shooting. Anyway there are some good choices available these days, Canon G10, LX3 etc. My choice at this time is the Ricoh GX200 which works very well for most things excepting low light work. I'd have no qualms taking the GX200 on a vacation, and I'd probably stuff an Olympus XA in the bag somewhere too.

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