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As a traveler, I had the opportunity to try the new E-M5 Mark III in South Tyrol for a week, a unique experience and highly recommended for those who love nature and incredible landscapes. No doubt a perfect experience for this occasion.

I have to say that I am amazed at how compact and light it is, and all the new features it has, Olympus has thought of everything. Being smaller and more compact you have the opportunity to add more grip, for those needing a more pronounced grip.

As a fundamental characteristic, being able to check again the watertightness of the body and the lenses under the rain, without having to worry about the drops falling on the camera, I would have to say that the improvements have been noticed. Now I am perfectly prepared to spend hours photographing deer inside a nature reserve.

Being a small camera, it goes almost unnoticed, but my advice is that if you want to photograph animals in the wild, apart from having a very versatile lens with a great zoom like the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3, you should place yourself behind trees. You can also use the silent shot, to ensure you don't scare the animals away.

During the ascent to the summits of the Stelvio area, as these are steep climbs, it is essential that the equipment you take with you is versatile and at the same time light. In this instance I only had two lenses with me, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO a highly versatile lens for any situation and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4-5.6 II. The first was used for landscapes, and the second in case I needed to approach animals in the wild again, as it was with the case of a nice marmot. I like to take advantage of the early morning light and the twilight hours, they are the best times to get the ultimate light on the highest peaks.

On numerous occasions I have encountered the issue of carrying very heavy equipment and multiple batteries, then having to honestly consider whether to incorporate them into the expedition or not. The Olympus E-M5 Mark III with only one battery had enough to last me all day. Even recording some video shots during the climb, without the need for an additional tripod or stabilizer.

Very often along the route I found myself in mountainous areas with high winds and no safe place to change the lenses, which I had to do directly on the fly. The speed of change with the lens system is important and it's one of the things I'm least concerned about with Olympus, because after years of using the system, I’ve not had to clean the sensor yet. Not only that, I have no fear that in all-weather scenarios I can change my lenses without worrying. By the way, I have to say I had some company with a few donkeys curious about what I was doing sitting on the floor.

I can say, after a week of different tests the Olympus E-M5 Mark III is a perfect travel camera, lightweight, with interchangeable lenses, precise and very fast focusing, which will meet the expectations of any travel photographer who needs light equipment in their backpack.

Author & photographer: Oliver Vegas

All images shot with the following equipment