With less than a week before our trip to San Francisco I am feeling ecstatic. First it is our first family vacation (yes very first, I am not counting little getaway weekends here and there). We usually travel back to Algeria to visit our families and even though we look forward to it , family visits is not what I would consider a vacation. Second we are meeting our besties Ludo and Emilie and their three little ones. Our friendship goes a long way back to my Parisian working days. Those past ten years were busy for us, we moved to New Jersey, they moved to Austria. We have 6 kids between the four of us. We managed to meet here and there but to be totally honest they have been a lot more diligent then we were.
Any sane person would be making packing lists and thinking of outfits for the children. I never pretended to be sane so here i am thinking of what cameras will be making the trip and what set up to use to edit them and keep posting while I am away. I know it's really bad ....
My trusted 5D will be staying home. I honestly tried traveling once or twice with it but it is a very heavy camera and considering the fact that I mainly own prime lenses I don't see myself lugging a bag full of gear around San Francisco and Yosemite.
I did quite a bit of research and tried many cameras and finally decided to splurge on the Fuji X-E1 . I wanted light, easy to use, knobs in the right places and a zoom lens and this little guy just fits the bill. I will be importing my images into my iPad and editing them using LR Mobile
That way I will not have to log my computer, card reader etc...and leave some room for a little film and my Hasselblad. And that's where you can start laughing because it is a beast but I honestly want to be able to shoot film during our trip. I might change my mind and pick a lighter film camera but I am not so sure.
Ok now I can think packing lists