Traveling with a Micro Four Thirds Camera

Guest post by Mark Toal. Seattle Music Center © Mark Toal

Last week I visited one my favorite cities, Seattle. Traveling is another area where I love shooting with the Micro Four Thirds system. Before I started shooting with MFT I would carry a point and shoot camera whenever and wherever I traveled. Carrying my large digital SLR just took the fun out of exploring a city. The point-and-shoot camera worked great as far as compactness and zoom lens capability but if I wanted to make a larger print for the wall the small sensor in the p&s was just not up to it.

My photo style is mostly wide angle shooting so I decided to try carrying only one or two lenses. This meant that nothing had to be left in the hotel room or in my car to worry about it being stolen. I also was able to carry anything I bought along the way and Jasmine and I didn’t have to get a table for three to make room for the digital SLR.

I take most of my images with a Panasonic Lumix GX1 and the 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens. I also love the Lumix 7-14mm f/4, but I prefer the faster 14mm lens so I can shoot in any light without having to use a flash. Another benefit to a small camera like the Lumix GX1 with the 14mm pancake lens is that it’s easy to conceal in a jacket pocket or to keep it dry in a rainy place like Seattle or Portland.

If I keep the camera’s ISO setting to 100 or 200 I have no problem enlarging the files from my GX1 to make 11×14 or 16×20 prints.  I have even had 20×30 prints made.

Mark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his photo blog at Mark can be contacted at

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