Olympus E-P3 Pen Super Compact Travel Kit

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Olympus E-P3 Pen Compact Travel KitTraveling with photography equipment is always tricky. Either you sacrifice comfort and convenience for quality or you sacrifice quality and versatility for convenience. International travel with multiple plane changes is even trickier. In the past I’ve traveled with a suitcase, a laptop shoulder bag and a 30-pound camera backpack. If you end up on a small plane where the camera pack doesn’t fit in the overhead, you have to check it and no photographer likes to let their camera gear out of their sight. Once, I got rerouted through London and they only allowed one bag through security. It didn’t matter that one of my bags had my laptop and the other was full of camera equipment. Only one bag was allowed. Luckily, I managed to take the bags apart and stuff everything into the backpack long enough to get through security. The bottom line is – traveling with a professional camera kit is usually painful and nerve-wracking. Unless, that is, you take a compact system camera like the Olympus E-P3.

My honeymoon travel camera kit - Olympus E-P3 Pen camera, 14-150mm zoom, 9-18mm zoom, 12mm f/2.0 prime and 17mm f/2.8 prime.

I got married this summer and went to Europe on my honeymoon. Rather than carry my big camera backpack and digital SLR gear, I took the Olympus E-P3 Micro Four Thirds camera. I packed the camera along with four lenses in a bag the size of two sandwiches and carried that inside my laptop bag. I had an optical range of 18-300mm (35mm equivalent), great image quality and it was no worries at the airport. The video below shows the Olympus E-P3 camera kit I took and how I packed it. The video also includes a few photos I took with the E-P3, just to show it’s up to the task.

Olympus E-P3 Pen Camera Intro Video:

The E-P3 wouldn’t be the right camera for everyone and every situation. If I were shooting mostly action sports it wouldn’t be my first choice. But it’s great for most travel photography and it was perfect for my honeymoon.

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • Liam says:

    I have been traveling with a similar camera kit for about two years. Started with the E-P1, and currently use the E-P3 and three lenses. The entire kit, including carrying case but no fruit, weighs about 2.5 pounds (I’m sure one of my Nikon lenses weighs more than that)!
    With the current security climate, and some rather screwy airport rules (like the inflexible one carry-on bag rule; yes, we had to repack too), this kind of camera kit is the way to go.

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