Thoughts on the 5Dii vs G12 as a travel companion.

Before I left for Rome, I faced the dilemma that many photographers and amateurs face before going on holiday: "What should I take?" I'm talking, not of shoes of course, but of photographic equipment. A question like this can cause days, if not weeks of indecision as various combinations of lenses and bodies are contemplated, chosen, discarded, discussed with friends, colleagues, (dare I say) family, before finally deciding on an appropriate set up minutes before departure, throwing it in a bag and forgetting the charger.

This time it was no different, though as I only decided to go less than a week before departure I was spared the drawn out anguish of decision after decision. The main question I was faced with was whether to take my trusty and beat up Canon 5Dii with a lens combination of sorts, or the new contender, Canon's mini but mighty powershot G12? In the end, I took the easy way out, and brought both; the G12 and the 5D with 35mm and 85mm primes. Hopefully this set up would give me the best of both worlds, allowing me the freedom of a small, unobtrusive compact but with the option to take the 5D on more serious photographic adventures. For the real gear-whores amongst you, they'll be riding in a Domke satchel (or the bottom of a backpack).

Having now spent 2 days in Italy, I'm half regretting bringing one of these cameras.

In the hot, bustling streets of Rome, I felt liberated by the freedom given to me by the G12. It weighs so little compared to the 5D's DSLR bulk and sits easily in the Domke satchel along with sunglasses case, bottle of water and other bits and pieces. Using it is a delight too, it's fast and responsive and only starts to fall behind when the lights are out. If I were in Italy PURELY as a photographer perhaps my experience would be different, but I'm here as a visitor who happens to enjoy taking photos, rather than in my professional photographer shoes.

I'll keep this blog post updated as I cross Italy and make my way back across Europe, maybe my opinion will change, but for now my advice when travelling is to take a high-end compact with you and leave the bulky DSLR at home.

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