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08/01/2006 05:21:12 PM · #1
If I may humbly suggest to mcmurma that an Olympus SP-350 is a fairly lightweight camera which is fairly well featured and has 8.0 MP. I am discovering it's upper limits now and longing for a DSLR but if you want something lighter it's not too bad. Mine came with tele conversion and wide angle conversion lenses. Runs on a xD card and they have dropped in price and gained in capacity dramatically in recent years.
08/01/2006 12:11:27 PM · #2
Lugging gear around has always been an issue for me. I tried my first backpack back in the 80's when I was shooting film. It helped, but when you have bag full of gear it gets heavy no matter how you carry it! And a backpack without some sort of hip belt to help take some of the weight off your shoulders is no bargain.

So I gave up carrying big, fast lenses "just in case" a long time ago. And if I do carry a big lens, then it's on my camera when I get started because it means the photography I plan to do revolves around it.

At present I simply pack whatever gear I think I'll need in a small shoulder bag, grab my ultra lightweight backpacking tripod and go with that. If I later find that I "missed something" due to lack of equipment, oh well. I don't get hung up about it any more.

This is part of the reason I felt such a strong attraction to digicams--all in one cameras are awesome for hiking. Of course, you quickly realize that you do lose a lot in regards to image quality--or at least I did with a 3mp camera. I'm thinking some of these newer 8+ MP digi's would take care of 95 percent or more of my outdoor shooting needs--not to mention being just the ticket whenever lugging the DSLR is inconvenient or just not practical. I plan to get one soon.
08/01/2006 11:29:44 AM · #3
If i am by myself and think I will need the big lens 70-200, I have a backpack with wheels, that my three low pro bags all fit into. I roll this around and when I need to switch lens, I do so, keeping one lens on the camera and the little green canon bag over the shoulder - it is the one that contains the extra batteries and chips, and a couple of small lens oh and the 1.4 converter. With the big backpack I can have all my lens handy, yet not worry about being distracted and someone wandering off with something I set down. Oh and the monopod straps to the outside of the backpack.

If I don't think I will need the 70-200, the rest of the gear fits into two bags, (over the head and across the body, rather then just resting on the shoulder). This gives me flash/extra flash batery case, batteries, chips, 3 lens, the flash softbox attachments. This is my inside shoots/family events section.

If I am traveling with the hubby, the backpack stays in the car and he gets the 70-200 with the old 10D attached.

Message edited by author 2006-08-01 11:35:19.
08/01/2006 10:37:40 AM · #4
Originally posted by biteme:

Originally posted by Spazmo99:

This is the best way I have found to carry a lot of gear without having to stop and set the bag down to do something like switch lenses.

for switching lenses outside I always need 3 hands...

Then you need to practice.

I can do it quickly while walking backwards (seriously).
08/01/2006 10:01:39 AM · #5
Prof_Fate, if I wore that I would fall over.
08/01/2006 10:00:10 AM · #6
We gon on GTGs all day - went to the zoo and just rented one of those wagons, we piled out bags in it and pulled it behind us.

When my daughter was younger had the stroller to put things in.

My solution was a walkaround lens...and that works, but I got a 70-200 and fell in love with it..so then i also need my 18-50 2.8. And now I shoot RAW so i need more memory cards...

For some outings i wear a lens on my belt (the 18-50) but when switching i have the big 70-200 to deal with.

I was using a home-converted backpack but as i add more gear it's not sturdy enough to retain it's shape unless it's stuffed full, and then it's too damned heavy to carry (2 bodies, 2 flashes, spare batts for everything, 5 lenses, etc).

Yesterday I got a lowepro mini trekker classic - i can get all my gear in there if i want or need to, but it's a lot nicer to use and even with all the weight it seems to sit on my back better. Next week I go on vacation and it will be my first chance to carry the whole thing any distance - that'll be the real test!

Some of my friends swear by belt systems. you certainly get attention wearing one!
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08/01/2006 09:22:19 AM · #7
Lowepro Mini Trekker (backpack style)

Easily holds all my gear (I use it to organize and keep my small apartment tidy with my gear all together) including a handful of Cokin filters, two polarizers (one is for mucking about), remote control, 90 degree eyepeice as well as:

(currently borrowed and both taking up far more space than needed)
Kit lens
2x TC

(owned - permanent usage)
50mm f/1.8
80-200 f/2.8 (about the same size as the 70-200)

If I want to, I can shove the TC on under the 80-200 and leave that on the camera and I've still got a whole side empty.

I doubt it will have much difficulty dealing with an additional 16-50 to replace the kit lens...

That's a lot of space in a very slim backpack. The backpack easily handles a mid-size tripod and has add-on clips on the sides if necessary.
08/01/2006 09:06:22 AM · #8
Do like me, drive around and then stick your camera out of the window like you are doing a drive-by. I don't get tired or hot that way. Ok, maybe I am lazy. The park I shoot at (Often) has roads all through it and resting spots. I might get out at walk some, but then I get right by in my van and then drive to the next spot.
08/01/2006 08:48:23 AM · #9
Lowepro Nova 5 - D200, SB800, SB600, Sigma 10-20, Tokina 28-80 f2.8, Sigma 100-300 f4, 50mm, 85mm, 1.4x Teleconverter, SB-18 (off camera flash cord), an overfull Lowepro filter wallet, all lens hoods and a Nikon EM film body with room to spare. I usually clip a Velbon 347E tripod on the outside (or hand carry a Manfrotto 055).

If my wife is with me or if it's a shoot where I may need a backup then on the other shoulder is a Nova 3 - D70, Nikon 18-70, Sigma 70-210 f2.8, Tamron 28-200, F801s, 16mm fisheye and a few rolls of film.

I'm thinking of getting CompuRover AW

Message edited by author 2006-08-01 09:00:25.
08/01/2006 08:47:17 AM · #10
Get a pack from the Lowepro Trekker range.

Most of the time I carry a Lowepro SuperTrekker with a Nikon F5, 701-180mm Micro Nikkor, 80-400 VR, 24-85, a handful of smaller primes and either a Nikon FA and 300mm f2.8 or a Pentax 6x7 and a couple of lenses. Plus waterproofs, survival kit, water, first aid kit, spare clothes, food, filters, viewfinders, batteries, film! flash, reflectors, softbox and loads of bits that I can't remember... oh, and a tripod of course.

So don't buy a SuperTrekker or you'll carry too much! There's even room for my 600mm in there :(


08/01/2006 08:24:04 AM · #11
I have the Tamrac Expedition 7 with the large padded pockets.
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(No, it doesn't have built-in legs, I hung it on my tripod to keep it out of the mud.)

This backpack is unvelievably comfortable and holds a lot of gear, especially with the extra side bags on there. There are smaller versions (Expedition 5,4,3) and larger (8). It holds a tripod very securely, although being on the front cover does make it a bit more troublesome to get into the main compartment with it attached. The little "wing" pockets on the front are what sold me on it for holding batteries and such without having to go into the main compartment.
08/01/2006 08:13:22 AM · #12
minitreker with 17-55dx,60or105or200mmAFMicro,10.5mm + rightangle viwer, flash/batteries/cf cards, & 1 plastic bag (rain insurance)
D200 around my neck with 80-200mm on it
sometimes i toss the B&Wfilm camera in as well ;)

either monopod clipped or lightstand/tripod head clipped onto mini treker
-- my spouse carries the water / food/insect repelent/sunscreen/ kids stuff ;)

08/01/2006 07:49:57 AM · #13
I use a cheap old Samsonite camera bag that holds my 300d and the three lenses. I have another small bag to hold my Olympus and my tripod has no bag. I carry everything as well as a diaper bag, lunch bag, bottles of water, sippy cups, sunscreen, change of clothes and one kid in an all terrain jogging stroller. I have absolutely no clue what it would be like to walk around with my camera for more than 10 minutes without all my extra "accessories".
08/01/2006 07:32:18 AM · #14
I have the LowePro Stealth Reporter AW. It can house my camera, 70-200, 10-20, 28-75 (the 2nd 2 on order) and has side pockets for extra battery, cards and USB cord. Nice thing about that one is it also has a compartment for my laptop.
08/01/2006 07:07:52 AM · #15
I have an Orion AW Trekker. Bottom half for camera gear, top half for water, extra clothes, etc. This weekend I carried 2 bodies and 2 lenses (28-80 and 100-400L)and flash and flashtrax at a national park. I can either carry it on my shoulder or hook it around my waist. Typically, I carry 1 body, 4 lenses, flash, flashtrax in it. As a waist pack by itself, its easy to change lenses while standing up by swinging it around front. I've lasted 8 hours no problem... Haven't replaced it yet as I can't find anything as versatile or convenient.
08/01/2006 05:23:56 AM · #16
Just got my LowePro Stealth Reporter 300 and am really happy with it. It fits nicely all my stuff (D50 + 4 lenses + accesories) and is very comfortable to use. Previously had LowePro Nova AW 2 and it was eventually a pain to carry around. Stealth Reporter also has a great zipper on top that lets you change lenses without really opening up the bag.
08/01/2006 04:16:44 AM · #17
I use a Nikon shoulder bag and sling the body over the other shoulder I find the nikon bag can carry all my lenses fine and even the flash too the rest of the gear is carried by the wife in her smaller nikon bag. Shes a photog too so that helps i guess. Tripod carried by the car when son does not attend he has started nagging me for my old nikon Coolpix 910. I do understand about carrying bagfulls of gear around but unfortunately it goes with the turf so-to-speak, golfers carry clubs we carry cameras.

There are many backpacks that hold a lot of gear and feel comfortable but the constant on/off to change lenses got on my nerves so i opted for a sturdy shoulder bag.
08/01/2006 03:11:14 AM · #18
My LowePro Nova 4 AW, a classic over-the-shoulder rectangular bag, carries the 20D, the 70-200 f/4L, the 10-22, the 28-75, the 60 macro, the 430 EX flash, a few filters, extra batteries, cable release, a small maglight, cleaning materials, 2 manuals, and some miscellaneous small stuff, and it STILL has room for one more lens no bigger than the 28-75mm, AND it's all convenient to get to. The bag is 12x7 and about 10 inches height...

When I'm shooting I always have the camera on the tripod and slung over my shoulder, so I have reasonable weight distribution. This isn't any good for wilderness, of course, but I don't do wilderness anymore anyhow. I'd be happy to have a backpack for longer hikes, but I don't right now.


08/01/2006 02:59:15 AM · #19
Originally posted by faidoi:

Originally posted by micknewton:

Simple. You get someone else to carry it all for you. :D

Some of us are not married or have kids :(

Are you kidding? My wife wouldn't carry my camera gear even if I had a gun pointed at her head. My daughter either for that matter. My son might, but he's always off mountain or rock climbing. He tries to get me to go climb with him, but he probably just wants me to carry his camera gear. :D

No, I was talking about paying someone to do it. Hopefully someone that's smart enough not to drop your lenses in the mud, but dumb enough to work very cheap. They're very hard to find.

08/01/2006 02:38:46 AM · #20
Originally posted by micknewton:

Simple. You get someone else to carry it all for you. :D

Some of us are not married or have kids :(
08/01/2006 02:37:56 AM · #21
Simple. You get someone else to carry it all for you. :D

08/01/2006 02:37:16 AM · #22
Originally posted by crayon:

but seriously - do you guys always carry all your gears when you go out shooting? I know it's cool to have a dSLR where you can change lenses, but can't you plan ahead which lens... well, get what I mean?

Depends on the shoot.

Message edited by author 2006-08-01 02:37:31.
08/01/2006 02:13:15 AM · #23
but seriously - do you guys always carry all your gears when you go out shooting? I know it's cool to have a dSLR where you can change lenses, but can't you plan ahead which lens... well, get what I mean?
08/01/2006 02:07:10 AM · #24
Originally posted by saracat:

Originally posted by davyaldy:

Army webbing belt with pouches and a 6 point harness.

smart! maybe not too stylish, but very efficient weight distribution.

Soldiers have to carry so much on them that they have generally come up with the better ways of carrying it.
07/31/2006 05:54:08 PM · #25
Lowpro Stealth Reporter 650 to carry everything, and a smaller sling bag to carry what I need all the time.

I would keep the stealth in the car with an extra body, extra lens, laptop, extra tripod etc in there.

I probably would have a tripod in my assistants hands, or just use a monopod.

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