Preparing for the Trip: Orlando to Maui, Maui to Portland, Portland to Orlando

I've been planning out my gear for this trip, and I have many factors to consider. My flight leaves from Orlando tomorrow morning at 6:50 am, so I don't have time to make any major changes. So far, here's the gear: In my backpack - Nikon D800, Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II, Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8, Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D, Nikon 105mm f/2.8D Micro, Nikon 85mm f/2 AIS, just one Yongnuo YN-560 IV. Of course, the Olympus OM-D E-M5, its underwater housing, and Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 and 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 are coming along. I had originally planned to take a Nikon FM body along with a roll of film with me, or maybe the Fujifilm X-E2 and 23mm f/2 WR as a small "fun" kit, but at the last minute I pulled the trigger on a Panasonic G7.

Look what just showed up.

Look what just showed up.

I've been eyeing this camera for a long time, as it's high end video features intrigued me, coupled with it's surprisingly low price. Amazon offered free same-day shipping on it, and it was delivered just in time to make it into my bag for the trip. It conveniently uses the same micro 4/3 lenses as my Olympus, although I was hoping to leave the Zuiko 14-42 behind. After a short test, the Panasonic 14-42 @ 14mm does not extend far enough to avoid extreme vignetting inside the underwater housing for the OMD, so the Olympus 14-42 has to come along in case I need the 28mm equivalent underwater.

I also need to plan to be on the road for a while, as I'll be on Maui from July 17-26, then Oregon from July 27-August 4, with a wedding crammed into the start of the Oregon leg. So, I'm taking along a 13" Macbook Pro i5 my brother loaned me (in trade for my ancient 13" Core 2 Duo) and an external 2TB disk just in case I go wild with the 4k video footage. I've cut all of my extra flashes, most cables except those required for chargers, and very densely packed my lenses together. The OM-D is small enough without a lens to fit in the top of my bag, but the Panasonic G7 is too large, so I suppose it will be my "personal item" and ride in my lap for the flight.

Looking forward to posting some photos and a review of the G7 once I've had some time with it.