Ok, I know I’m late to the party! To make a long story short I thought I could just tough it out. But, as I found out, it wasn’t necessarily possible or even worth it. I’m talking about the load of gear us Photographers take when doing Outdoor Photography. Personally, I do Landscapes, but lots of you do travel, sports, nature, or just family stuff and end up with a 25lb camera bag.
For some quick background, like many I’ve been through numerous camera bags, camera systems, and tripods. The camera system changes are extremely tricky as we are trying to find gear that meets our technical requirements, and unfortunately, most of us love the technology and get sucked into making changes for some pie-in-the-sky solution to all of our problems. I won’t go any further as I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun.
I started with Nikon 35mm stuff, ending up with all kinds of glass, from fisheye to 400mm. Many of you can relate. Not only is the bag heavy with glass and super-duper camera bodies, the tripod and ballhead to hold these things are massive and heavy.
When I finally moved to just doing Landscapes professionally, I sold everything and moved up to Medium Format Digital, specifically Phase One. I bought the 45mm, 80mm, and 150mm lenses. To put this in perspective – just the body, digital back, and those three lenses weighs in at 9 pounds. Add a laptop, camera bag, batteries, Gps, other gadgets, tripod and ballhead and you can see where this is leading. But I wasn’t done.
After a year of lugging these, the idea of traveling 1000+ miles (I’m based in Dallas) with only one camera body seemed foolish, so I invested in a Cambo technical camera with just one lens, the Schneider 35mm. (21mm equivalent) So if anything happened I had the finest wide-angle money could buy. Much slower to operate, but actually the best quality possible, especially at wide angles. Don’t misunderstand, this was no second-place camera. It’s the ultimate with a slower workflow, and I used it all the time.
The Cambo body with lens is 3 pounds, so all total my current full setup is around 30 pounds. (I know some of you are laughing at me… saying ‘Is that all?’)