Having spent most of my life exploring the outdoors I believe that form and usability are as important as capability so I’m all about the compact mirrorless “trend” in cameras right now. Also when I first started taking pictures in the 80s-90s on film is was with smaller than DSLR cameras like the Kodak 35 I got from my grandpa. Even my Nikon FE film SLR makes any digital SLR look like a 1 ton truck.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Wayne Gretzky was talking about Hockey but it applies equally well for Photography. Your equipment is only as good as what you have available at the time, so even if you have a Canon 1D III it’s worse than a camera phone if you leave it at home. And believe me, I’ve taken alot of camera phone pics because I wasn’t prepared (some turned out pretty well)
Also people act differently when they see a camera, with a big DSLR around your neck people think “Photographer! I’m might have my picture taken!” and don’t act as naturally. But with a stealthy rangefinder style camera you can get pics without anybody being the wiser. These little mirror-less system cameras are great for getting really good photos and packing all the components into smaller lightweight packages.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1
Lumix G Vario 7–14mm lens f/4 (35mm EFL = 14-28mm)
Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 (35mm EFL = 24-70mm)
Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm lens f/3.5–5.6 (35mm EFL = 28-84mm)
Lumix G Vario 45–200mm lens f/4-5.6 (35mm EFL = 90-400mm)
Lumix G 20mm lens f/1.7 (35mm EFL = 40mm)
Manfrotto M-Y Carbon Fiber Tripod 7322CY-BB
Various Hoya Filters and Polarizers
MindShift Gear rotation180° Panorama Backpack
Lowepro SlingShot 100 AW