I'm on my first post-pandemic vacation – and this is the camera kit I brought

DCW editor James Artaius uses the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III on vacation
(Image credit: Alis Volat)

I’m currently taking my first, proper, overseas vacation since the pandemic kicked off in 2020. It was an interesting task, packing a travel camera bag for the first time in two years, but ultimately I think I covered all the bases.

I’m in Santorini, one of the Greek islands, where I knew that I’d be doing a lot of walking and hiking – so I didn’t want to take my big, heavy full frame kit. Much as I love the Canon EOS R5, I wasn’t about to lug that body and all the chunky lenses up the ancient ruins in Thira in 77°F / 25°C weather. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.