What is your lightweight SLR travel kit?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by THO, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. THO

    THO Guest

    I'm finding that I don't carry my SLR as much as I should because of the
    weight. I'm curious - what are others carrying for a lightweight travel
    kit and what do you consider an optimum lightweight setup? I would use
    this kit while traveling as a tourist and while hiking.

    THO, Sep 16, 2006
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  2. Why suffer, get a LowPro backpack and carry about 30# of gear on your back
    without knowing it's there.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Sep 17, 2006
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  3. Sort of depends on the SLR. A Canon plastic-fantastic Rebel doesn't
    weigh much. A motorized F-Series Nikon with a half-dozen large
    aperture primes is another matter.

    You may want to get a light weight consumer body and zoom for
    travel. If it is in the same lens-mount as your standard system
    it functions as an extra body when you aren't traveling.

    I carry a Yashica T4 P&S for travelling light.
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Sep 17, 2006
  4. Here's a great little camera for only $20......How can you go wrong?

    Buy 2, for two film speeds.......
    William Graham, Sep 17, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    The serious answer is: if you want a lightweight camera an SLR, especially a
    dSLR is a heavy burden, even if you just use one wide to zoom lens.
    Even the lighter weight Pentax dSLRs become anvil like with a wide zoom
    At this point probably the most versatile light weight camera is one of the
    new image stabiized long zoom all in ones. You give up significant control
    over image quality in exchange for less neck, shoulder and back pain.
    Having done that I still prefer to lug the dSLR with an 18-200 zoom.
    bmoag, Sep 17, 2006
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    jeremy Guest

    For architectural and landscape shots, I use the normal lens, to the virtual
    exclusion of all others. I often travel with just that one lens. It is
    light, it is fast, it is virtually free of distortion and perspective
    problems. It is the most underrated lens of all. When I look at the photos
    I've taken with it, I am more satisfied than I am with any others. For me,
    traveling light means taking my trusty normal lens, to the exclusion of the
    others. No big camera bags, no changing lenses.
    jeremy, Sep 17, 2006
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    Scott W Guest

    If I don't have my tripod with me then I figure my gear is pretty
    lightweight, if I do have the tripod not so light.

    I rarely limit myself to one lens but when I do it is often the 28-200

    Scott W, Sep 17, 2006
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    Paul Rubin Guest

    In the old days, a Nikon FM and a few lenses, but I long since gave up
    on that and have switched to P/S cameras for travel. I'd only bring
    an SLR if there was something specific I wanted to shoot with it.

    I just did a trip with a Canon A530 and didn't especially want an SLR.
    The A530's biggest shortcoming (for my shooting style anyway) was lack
    of enough wideangle coverage. If I were doing it over, I'd have
    bought an A540 and the accessory wideangle lens for it, instead of the
    A530. These days, I'd consider the new A800 to also be of interest.
    Going larger, there's also the G7 and S3IS.
    Paul Rubin, Sep 17, 2006
  9. I lugged the 5D + Tamron 28-75/2.8 half way around the world and back this
    June. I love that lens; it's light, sharp, fast, and cheap. Usable wide
    open, superb from f/5.6 to f/16. I just dropped it in my shoulder bag. AF is
    a tad sluggish, though. But I won't be buying either the Canon 24-70/2.8 or
    the 24-105/4.0. Too heavy and pricey.
    Hmm. I don't have much use for much over 100mm, so that makes life easier. I
    might consider adding the 24 TSE, though. For just snaps, shooting the 17-40
    and cropping functions as a poor man's shift lens, though. On the 5D,

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Sep 17, 2006
  10. For 35mm I take my Olympus OM10 (lighter than the OM2 with its motor
    drive) and the 35-70 Olympus lens.

    then for the herresy: My lightweight "kit" is not 35mm, it's an APS SLR
    system from Minolta: the Vectis S1. with 22-80 and 56-170 zooms, the
    damn thing is so light and small it fits in the smallest aluminum case
    WITH the 50mm macro and the extra flash. Only trouble with APS is: very
    few film choices, won't enlarge well past 8x10, and no slides.
    Michael Weinstein, Sep 17, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    Where are your images posted, David?
    I've seen a few here and there from you, but I've lost the links...
    Pbase? Just curious to see what you're up to these days.
    Mark², Sep 17, 2006
  12. I've not been up to much lately. June I almost died from jetlag (went to
    Boston for a week; four out of 6 days it rained cats and dogs and I didn't
    sleep for more than 3 hours at a time for most of a month (I can handle
    Tokyo to California jetlag, but not Tokyo to Boston)), July was rained out
    (the "spring rainy season" stretched into August), August was too hot to go
    out the door. In general, it's either raining or there's work in the inbox.
    We didn't even make it to the in-law's place (in the countryside) this

    Hopefully, I'll get out with the camera now that it's fall. (Although the
    fall foliage season here is later than it is in the states, so that won't
    happen for a while.)

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, Sep 17, 2006

  13. Back when my Nikon FE was my main camera, I did 90% of my
    shooting with some no-name, manual-focus 28-70/2.8 zoom lens.
    It's a great range, and this was a lovely lens, very sharp and very
    nicely built.

    On my 10D, the 17-40 mm is the equivalent.

    I am sort of lusting after a longer lens, like that Canon 24-70,
    to use with the 10D. By all indications it's a superb lens.

    rafe b
    Raphael Bustin, Sep 17, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    If you're interested, I have a basically brand new Canon 24-70 2.8 IS L for
    -Perfect (Mint) condition with all boxes, papers, packing.
    I haven't posted it for sale anywhere...mainly because I just haven't gotten
    around to it...
    If you're interested, just drop an e-mail...
    Mark², Sep 17, 2006
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    Shawn Hirn Guest

    On days when the weather is nice, I love to take my bike out and ride it
    for an hour or two. When I do this, I usually take my 8MP Sony DSC-W100
    with me which I put in a little camera bag that I bought for $10. I just
    sling the bag over my shoulder. In this bag, I keep one extra battery
    and a second 1GB memory stick. I don't bring anything else with me when
    I go out biking or hiking.

    The only time I use my dSLR is when I know I will need the features it
    offers such as when I shoot fireworks or if I want to have more
    flexibility with lenses then my little Sony P&S offers.
    Shawn Hirn, Sep 17, 2006
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    Prometheus Guest

    As a minimum: body, 17-85 mm IS USM, 430EX, and lens cleaning bits (as
    an absolute minimum for outdoor daylight just the body and whichever
    lens the subject requires).
    Prometheus, Sep 17, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    I hear ya about Jet-lag.
    There's a 10 hour difference between home and Ukraine...and it took quite a
    loooong time to get back on schedule...
    That's something I rarely get to see...fall colors. Here in S. California,
    we don't have much in the way of seasonal colors.

    Thanks for the link. Now lets see those fall photos sometime soon.
    Mark², Sep 17, 2006
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    dbd Guest

    I used to carry an Olympus OM-2 with 24mm, 50mm, 75-150mm and T-32

    When I went digital I started with a Canon S2 with a uv and a
    polarizing filter, 4 AA batteries and some SD cards. That was light!

    But then I started stitching panoramas and the sickness grew.

    Now it's an Olympus E-500, 14-45, 40-150, 3 filters, battery, CF cards
    and tripod!

    This summer I took this kit on my 31st annual My Whitney dayhike: 21
    miles 6200' of climb to 14497'.

    First a pan from the S2:
    The first 3 pictures in this gallery are from the S2.

    This year I convinced my sherpa to carry my tripod most of the way up
    for me. See it strapped on his back:

    Obviously, I hand held some pictures, like that last one.
    For some I really did need the tripod at the top like this:

    So, I guess light kit depends on what you want to do, and can make

    Dale B. Dalrymple
    dbd, Sep 17, 2006

  19. Why does it have to be SLR?

    My ideal travel kit is a rangefinder.

    Anyway, I find the 21mm, 35mm & 90mm combination to be nearly ideal.

    *If* you use a rangefinder, you can cheaply add a 15mm to that kit. The
    21mm & the 15mm put together are smaller and lighter than any 50mm SLR
    lens (and can share the same viewfinder).
    111 degrees view with very low distortion! :)
    Chris Loffredo, Sep 17, 2006
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    tomm42 Guest

    For camera dangerous environs I use an old Nikon 995. Otherwise I have
    a Nikon D200 and carry a Tokina 17mm, Nikon 24 f2, and a Nikon 70-210
    f4. Light enough that the bag is no problem. It is more versitile, but
    not as nice as my film kit, which was 2 Leica M2s a Canon 24 f3.5,
    Leitz 35 f1.4 and a Nikon 85 f2. Carried the D200 while hiking on
    StJohn in the Virgin Islands. Carried the 995 while kayaking, have a
    small dry pack that did get dunked once. Trying to find a bigger dry
    bag that works for the D200, but I'd never use it on the sit on top
    Kayaks they had in the VI.

    tomm42, Sep 17, 2006
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