Italy Trip

Thanks to everyone who has looked at my blogg and the pictures I intend to place in the book MMX. With the amount of possible pictures I may have, I may need to do the project in two volumes. At present I am waiting on the outcome of an approaching redundancy and a job interview, so nothing will be finalized book-wise until that distasteful business is finished.

My wife and I are off for a holiday in Amalfi, Italy, so there will be no more MMX bloggs for a week.. I am so glad that this holiday was all booked and paid for before the redundancy furore broke at work or we probably wouldn’t have booked it. I feel like I need a break, the last six months have been very stressful – not least because we both work for the same company and both our jobs were at risk. Janette’s job is fine, in fact she’s probably moved up a grade in the management re-shuffle.

So, what camera gear to take on holiday? Ok, the E-30 can stay at home – too big. So I debated taking

both the E-620 and the E-1 in my National Geographic medium bag together with a mid-range and long range zoom. But, the E-1 is fairly heavy and the long zoom is a bit large (for a Zuiko that is) and this is a holiday, not a photo trip.  So I have cut it down to the E-620 with battery grip, Zuiko Olympus Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 ED and the Zuiko 25 mm 1:2.8 Pancake.

The 14-42 is a great all-purpose zoom, not as sharp or bright as my Zuiko 14-54mm F2.8-3.5 MkII, but that’s staying at home on my E-30 and the pancake is great for candid and low light shooting.

I’ll also be taking a Cokin 58mm filter holder and hood, a Cokin ND4 graduated filter, a spare battery to go with the two in the battery grip, spare 8Gb and 4Gb compactflash memory cards, battery charger, a Hama lens cleaning pen and a notebook and pen with my Travel shot List . I’ll carry all this in my National Geographic small bag,  which will then go inside my NG medium carry-on bag which will also carry boarding pass, passport, papers, ipod and kindle.


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