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Re: The weight of camera kit

Have fun in S.F., Dave. I just drove across the GG bridge today, for work, made a whole loop around the entire bay, delivering bicycles to dealers. Weather is good for your visit, I think. Summer is the cold season, is coming up.
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Re: The weight of camera kit

The real question is, is your familiar kit doing the business for you? If your photographic memories of the trip are to your expectations you will soon forget about the weight.
I remember exploring Austria and Switzerland in the early 1970's using a three lens, clockwork Super 8 Haniflex movie camera on a shoestring strap. It weighed in at 15lbs and literally rubbed my shoulders Raw, but I wouldn't be without those films now despite all the complaints then.
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Re: The weight of camera kit

Bike deliveries? Just bring one over to the Cova Hotel on Ellis and it would make my day! Great meal at Fisherman's Wharf last night followed by a trip over the Oakland Bridge to see the fireworks and then cocktails at the Hyatt. The life!
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Re: The weight of camera kit

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Yeah I realised I posted in the wrong board doh!
Off to 'Fisco today, maaan!
I've just moved it to the Camera Conference Board.
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Re: The weight of camera kit

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Just arrive in SF. Lovely weather but cooler than down south. Dinner at Fisherman's Wharf later. Did the Grand canyon flight in 2003 so not bothering this time.
Unfortunately my 50-200 started making noises earlier and has now started coming apart. Bummer.
Oh no! Sorry to hear that, Dave, it's the last thing you want to happen on a trip like that.
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Re: The weight of camera kit

Yes a real bummer but at least it will lighten your camera bag for a while until you take advantage of the low US prices and buy a new one.
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Re: The weight of camera kit

Yes it will live in the case for the next week. Will be relying on the 12-60 for most the the rest of the trip but not having the 50-200 to use will be tough. Its passing may be the signal to go micro.
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Re: The weight of camera kit

Must be Karma* (or whatever it's called). An expensive way to realise it, though.

*or am I getting confused with book titles?
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Re: The weight of camera kit

Been to Yosemite Valley today. Just as awesome as it was 10 years ago.
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I know what you mean about lugging dslrs around. That's partly why I now have a smaller fixed lens camera - it's a compromise, but acceptable for landscapes and panoramas. One day (wish) I will visit the Grand Canyon....
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Re: The weight of camera kit

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We are part way through a coach tour of california, nevada and arizona. I ended up bringing most of my kit (E3, 12-60, 7-14 and 50-200) and although I have used all the lenses, boy is it weighty to lug around in the 80/90 degree heat at the moment. My serious comtemplation of of a full micro 43 kit has never been so great!
I know that many on here have changed for exactly that reason and I can see why.............


Dave, YOU of all people can appreciate FULLY the higher IQ from YOUR heavy kit

There is no way, I would take other than "Heavy Kit" - I even took the BIGMA to tour the Seychelles Islands ... mt handbaggage was 14.3K

I sure am looking forward to seeing your most superb images
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Re: The weight of camera kit

A couple of years ago I had the same dilemma on our Austrian trip, I ended up taking a slimmed down heavy kit, the E-5, 12-60 and the 40-150 MK1 (in preference to my SWD 50-200).
My reasoning was the potential weather resistance benefits of the E-5 and 12-60. At the time my m4/3rds option was the E-PL2 and kit lenses.

Today with the E-M5 and m4/3rds lens options there wouldn't be a dilemma or IQ compromise (for me).

By the way, sorry to hear about your 50-200
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Sorry to hear about your kit looking forward to your shots on your return take care.
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I know what you mean about lugging dslrs around. That's partly why I now have a smaller fixed lens camera - it's a compromise, but acceptable for landscapes and panoramas. One day (wish) I will visit the Grand Canyon....
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Went to the Grand Canyon today. Not the best time of the day (mid afternoon) but at least there was some cloud around casting shadows on the canyon. Took loads of images all with the 12-60. Missing the big boy though.
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Re: The weight of camera kit

I've done a lot of travelling, including long-way-around tour, and I'm now down to three kit types.

1) High-quality but heavy: Olympus E30, Own-User battery pack, Gigapan Pro robotic tripod head, Manfrotto 028b/Bogen 3038 ball head, with Vivitar Series One 600mm f8 solid catadioptric mirror lens, Zuiko 70-300, Vivitar Series One 200 f3, packed in large photo backpack for the times when I am on the road with a car and time, especially on road trips. I can carry that combo all day and the tripod goes into a duffel bag with clothes as checked luggage, with the backpack as carry-on (fits, but just barely, and is 16 kilos with chargers etc). Using the Pro head lets me use the long lenses as wide-angles for large-scale panoramas. However, this is far too much when I am traveling without personal transportation, since camera+tripod is over 25 kilos and carrying that plus luggage is a nightmare for any distance, and forget running for a train or a flight. I use it much like a view camera, finding the right place and time and planning the photo carefully.

2) M4/3 basic kit: 2 m4/3 bodies, one VF2, 14 f2.5 Panny, Zuiko 12-60 via adapter, Zuiko 50 f2 via adapter, Panny 45-200, 14-45 kit lens and two legacy lenses, a Zuiko 50 f1.4 via adapter for really low light and a lovely ancient Nikkor 85 f2 via adapter. Two chargers, 6 batteries, etc., along with the big gorillapod badly tripod fit in a shoulder bag. Great for family vacations or where I need to be easily able to carry everything with me.

3) Pocket kit: EPM1/VF2 with 12-60 via adapter and 45-200, 2 extra batteries. Non-attached lens is in left jacket pocket, camera around neck. Perfect for street work and all-day walk arounds.

Have a slew of 32gb cards, both CF and SD. Use a tablet for travel that has a USB connection, transfer daily photos from card reader to tablet, swap then for 2.5" 1 tb drive , backup from tablet to drive, upload to cloud as well. However, the tablet is showing its age and wear/tear, will probably replace with a Chrome notebook for travel purposes. I usually don't do any serious editing on the road, since stitching large gigapans is best done on a decent PC.
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