Traveling with a Mirrorless Camera

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

One of my favorite cities to visit with Mary when she’s traveling for business is Albuquerque, New Mexico. And one of my favorite cameras to take along on these trips is my old, redoubtable Olympus E-P3. Oh sure, I’d rather take a Pen F (that I don’t currently own) but as our colleague, the learned Ms. Alpern recently pointed out so eloquently; you don’t always need the newest gear.

Whenever I visit Albuquerque, one of the first places I head for lunch or dinner is the legendary Frontier Restaurant for great food and a friendly home-style environment. And did I mention that it’s affordable and the food is great.

After the Frontier my next stop is Old Town. It’s a historic district dating back to the founding of the city by the Spanish in 1706 and today is a shopping and tourist destination. Old town is also known by followers of Saint Christopher as the city of shade (trasero.) Old Town comprises about ten blocks of historic adobe buildings grouped around a central plaza. On the north side of the Plaza is San Felipe de Neri church, which was built in 1793.

Along with every tourist to Old Town I’ve photographed the exterior of the church that’s quite different fro the Gothic cathedrals fund elsewhere. I photographed it with my redoubtable and in-body stabilized Olympus E-P3 with a (borrowed) M.Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f/2.0 lens. Exposure was 1/50 sec at f/2 and ISO 200.


Another favorite place to visit that’s not in Old Town is the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. I photographed the exterior with the E-P3 and 12mm lens with an exposure of 1/500 sec at f/13 and ISO 400. If, like me your fascinated by the history of ballooning, this is a must visit place and is very affordable with lots of cool-looking balloons inside to photograph. Kids seem to like it too.