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Old 25th July 2010
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Weight and size of camera gear.

How many folk find the size and weight of camera gear to be an issue?

Personally I'm not bothered at all, I happily carry the E3 with the 7-14, 14-35 or 35-100. I have 5 camera bags that each have their own purpose and enable me to carry any combination of camera and lenses from the E3 with 1 lens to everything.
My favourite combo is the Lowepro Slingshot 100 bag with the E3, 14-35 and 7-14, I don't find it heavy or obtrusive at all, access and changing lenses is easy.

I like the ergonomics of the E3 and wouldn't want to sacrifice that for say m4/3's gear.

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Old 25th July 2010
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Re: Weight and size of camera gear.


With you on the weight: The more weight, the more exercise I get I don't like the way the Slingshot sits on my shoulder, though.

I have three bags - Lowepro trekker for (storing) everything, Lowepro Rezo for the 520 + 14-42, and a Tamrac shoulder bag with three pockets. I usually carry the shoulder bag, alone or inside whatever daysack I have, with a selection of lenses that I think I will need.

Shoulder bag is trip specific:

Wildlife/Sport: E3 + 50-200, EC-14, beanbag, Blower/Batteries/Cards etc

Weekend/holiday: E3 or 520, 12-60, maybe 8mm or EC-14, beanbag, filters, BBC etc, Ixus 60

Macro: E3 + macro lens/12-60, FL-50R, BBC etc.

The Rezo is for really space limited/unlikely photo opportunities and will have the E520 + 14-42mm/8mm and I will have a circular polariser, lenspen and a charger/spare battery. But it does take a lot to make me leave the 12-60 behind.

I only sacrifice the image quality of my SLR when I am running / mountain cycling / some other exertion because I don't want to damage them with vibrations or shock. I will usually carry the Canon Ixus in these situations as it can do almost everything but with lots less weight.

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Re: Weight and size of camera gear.

I like to travel light, my favorite combo being an Olympus shoulder bag that just about holds my E-30 with 12-60 attached and 70-300. I find backpacks uncomfortable so I tend to leave mine in the boot with a few other lenses and E-510 just in case needed. I am thinking of getting a bigger shoulder bag or trying a slingshot.
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Re: Weight and size of camera gear.

Lightness is important to me, but on the other hand I like the kit to feel substantial. That's why I got rid of my G1, and that's why I like my E-P2.

I agree with Nick about the Slingshot - had one for quite a long while before I realised what was causing severe shoulder impingement! (That was with Canon 5D kit though).

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Re: Weight and size of camera gear.

Yes, lightness for me as well (neck and back problems). So I want small, light, quality gear - hence a E620 and one or maximum 2 pro lenses.

Ideally a showerproof E-camera that is mysteriously lighter than the E620
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Re: Weight and size of camera gear.

I don't find the weight an issue at all, my normal kit will be the E3/E30 with grip plus 14-35/50-200 plus bits and bobs all packed into a Lowepro sling 200 and if I'm really serious there will be a gitzo tripod and head as well (in it's own bag), I keep meaning to try different types of bag but all the while the sling 200 is serviceable I can't find a good enough excuse to spend the money.
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Re: Weight and size of camera gear.

Weight is not a problem particuarly now I'v found a bag I like for heavy kit the Vertex 200. I this bag for Motorsport or Wildlife with 2 E-3 90-250, 50-200, 12-60, EC14. I find the Vertex really spreads the weight of the kit and once you have removed what you are shooting with it is no hassle on your back. A Mini Trekker as a general bag with E-3 50-200 and 12-60. for walking a Lowepro combination bag camera bag in base other bits on top. carrying E-510 12-60 and 9-18.


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Re: Weight and size of camera gear.

I do find my E-3 and HG/SHG lenses on the heavy side. Having said that I am used to the quality of the images that I get so it is a price I have to pay. I COULD probably live with an E-620 body but I would still need the decent lenses to use with it.
How I would love to have top bodies and lenses in the old OM tradition!
I will just have to dream on (micro 43rds is not really for me).

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