What is your lightweight SLR travel kit?

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

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    Alan Browne Guest

    1 SLR with a good spot meter
    28-70 f/2.8 lens, 20mm f.2,8 and 80-200 f/2.8 (okay, not that light)
    CF tripod with ball head
    Circ pol filter

    My field kit is:
    Maxxum 9, Maxxum 7D, Hasselblad 500 C/M
    Maxxum: 20mm f/2.8, 28-70 f/2.8, 100 f/2.8 macro, 80-200 f/2.8,
    Hasselblad: 80mm f/2.8, 150mm f/4
    CF Tripod with geared pan/tilt/azimuth head
    Sekonic 558 meter (incident and spot).
    Circ pol, 81A filters, ND grads, cable releases, light modifer (flash)
    Assorted doo-dads, spare batteriries, angle finder, etc.
    Alan Browne, Sep 17, 2006
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Hmm. Did that plus Hasselblad on tripod in Utah at Arches. 102°F
    (39°C) for the trek up to delicate arch.

    I knew it was there. Very definitely.

    But much worth the suffering.
    Alan Browne, Sep 17, 2006
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    Bill Funk Guest

    My situation may be different from most, because I don't fly. I drive
    to my vacations.
    So, I can carry my whole kit to the destination.
    If I have to walk, though, as I did on a visit to Virginia City, the
    30D w/EF 28-135 IS and a spare battery is what I usually carry.
    If I can use my scooter, the whole kit goes; it all fits in a Lowepro
    Nova 4 AW.
    The bag gets its strap laced through the scooter's carrier, so it
    can't be just lifted off, and I figure I can take the picture of
    anyone trying to take it anyway. :)
    Bill Funk, Sep 17, 2006
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    Mark Roberts Guest

    With film it's my Pentax MX and 43mm f/1.9

    Last year I did a week-long bicycle trip through the Loire Valley in
    France. I took my ist-D and a few primes (20mm, 24mm, 31mm, 43mm,
    200mm). I always took 2 or 3 primes with me on the bike in a Tamron
    Velocity 7 bag and left the other lenses in my luggage (which was
    transported for me).
    Mark Roberts, Sep 17, 2006
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    Max Perl Guest

    A Nikon FE2 with the 45/2.8 or 50/1.8.

    For digital I don't know...... I use a D2X and this is not a light camera
    using the 45/2.8 on it is fun.....and it gives very nice results.

    Max Perl, Sep 17, 2006
  6. LOL! I know what you mean. You have to put forth the effort to get those
    great shots. It's always worth the suffering to get that shot. I was
    looking at P&S cameras this weekend just to have for those times I don't
    want to have a dSLR near and I'll tell you it's amazing what they have out
    there in such a small package. I'm not sure I would even be happy with
    these little toys that fit in a purse or pocket. I was tempted to bite the
    bullet and buy one, but logic prevailed. A P&S just didn't feel right in my

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Sep 17, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

    I have a number of different selections, depending on what I want to achieve
    and if it's work or pleasure we are talking about. For 35mm SLR systems my
    choice is Pentax, mostly because of the quality of the lenses, but this
    happens also to mean that I tend to have bodies that are more compact and
    ergonomic than many of the other brands since that has always been a Pentax
    design priority.

    My real light weight kits aren't SLRs at all though:

    A LowePro Trekker Belt Bag holds a Ricoh GR1v and a GR21, possibly a very
    small digital for use as a 'visual notbook', a couple of spare rolls of
    film, lens hoods for both Ricohs, a tiny Minox pocket tripod, and a few
    filters. This is a tiny kit that covers a lot of ground.

    The other very light weight option is a Fujica GS645S (I can even fit this,
    just, into the belt pack with the two Ricohs, but don't often do so). This
    is a 645 rangefinder with an extremely sharp mild wideangle lens, and is
    very light in weight.

    My preferred 35mm SLRs are the Pentax LX, or if I need AF or other
    convenience/speed features, the MZ-S. Both are fairly light for what they
    do, and very solid travel companions. However, when weight is a real issue
    I will use an MX rather than an LX, or an MZ-3 rather than the MZ-S. The
    MZ-3 with the tiny but very sharp 28-70mm f4 is a fine featherweight option.

    A travel outfit that is light enough for me, though not exactly super-light
    is the following in a LowePro Orion Trekker:

    Pentax MZ-S with 20-35 and 24-90mm lenses - these are both plastic bodied
    lighter lenses, and probably together weigh less than my 28-70mm f2.8 does.
    To this I add either an Angenieux 70-210mm f3.5 (only half a stop slower,
    but so much lighter than an f2.8) or, if macro work is anticipated, the old
    Vivitar Series 1 90-180mm f4.5 flat field macro. A 1.4x TC complets the
    lens selection. This leaves room in the bag for another body if it isn't
    bigger than an LX, a spot-meter, films, filters, maybe a right-angle
    bracket, a small folding reflector, and some odds and ends - and a
    Hasselblad X-Pan and its three lenses. If the X-Pan doesn't come with me I
    might take, instead, a 100mm macro lens and something wider, maybe an 18mm,
    for the Pentax(s) or maybe some faster glass if I expect low light - all
    depending what I
    expect to be shooting.

    That probably isn't most people's idea of light weight, but it is lighter
    than the same outfit based around many other brands would be - and it is
    light by the standards of what I take with me for serious work (MF or LF,
    maybe some lighting, or a backpack with three or four 35mm bodies and lots
    of primes) so it seems light to me.

    Bandicoot, Sep 18, 2006
  8. A lot depends on what you mean by, "traveling". I no longer do much
    hiking....A couple of hundred yards is about as far as I ever walk from my
    car anymore. But even with a car, or motorcycle, there are space and weight
    limitations....When I cycled around the USA a few years ago, I carried a
    lightweight Pentax point & shoot, and no tripod. Had I been driving a small
    car, I probably would have carried a tripod, and an slr, but if it's a
    sports car, there is a limit to what one might fit into the trunk, and the
    tripod might have been left at home even then.
    William Graham, Sep 18, 2006
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    That_Rich Guest

    Tripods are a necessity (IMO).
    I'll find room for a tripod even if I'm traveling on a moped. Heck, I
    may as well weld one of my camera bodies to the tripod as it is always
    in use.


    That_Rich, Sep 18, 2006
  10. I agree. My slr is always on a tripod in the house....When cycling, I had a
    beanbag, and I would put it on the seat of the bike, and kneel down beside
    it to take most of my pictures....
    William Graham, Sep 18, 2006
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    That_Rich Guest

    Yep, bean bags and mono-pods are nice but they sure ain't tripods.

    You still cycling? If so .... kudos to you.

    That_Rich, Sep 18, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    I simply carry the D200 and the 18-200mm VR Nikkor lens on a long strap
    slung over my chest so that the camera rests comfortably on my hip,
    with an extra battery in my pocket. I might also keep a baggie for the
    polarizer filter in a shirt or pants pocket, or if I have a small pack
    for water bottles, I will keep the battery and filter in there. That is
    it. Sometimes I take the 10.5mm fish eye instead of the bigger zoom.
    The fish eye is surprisingly versatile and very light weight. It does
    not accept a polarizer (or any other filter), of course. If I want even
    lighter weight, I take the D70 instead of the D200. For a tripod I
    often carry a carbon fiber Manfrotto with a lightweight head.

    I have special dress slacks (as a missionary, I always wear slacks,
    white shirt and tie, even when hiking -- but appropriate shoes) made
    with extra deep pockets that reach almost to the knees. This makes it
    easier to carry stuff in my pockets, plus it foils pickpockets.

    For overnight trips I pack the charger and additional lenses, but I
    don't carry those things around with me all day.
    cjcampbell, Sep 18, 2006
  13. I'm about to sell my motorcycle to a guy down the block....I haven't ridden
    it for the last couple of years, and it needs to be ridden. I fired it up
    yesterday, and all it really needs is a new battery. It occurred to me that
    if you were bicycling, you could replace your seat stem with a tube that had
    a ball head brazed to the top, and use the whole bike for a tripod. At my
    age, I think the car will be good enough for me....Maybe I buy a sportscar
    for better gas mileage.....I saw a neat looking Mitsubishi the other
    William Graham, Sep 18, 2006

  14. You can't carry a tripod (or bean bag) on a long-distance hike,
    unless you've got a sherpa or pack animal.

    rafe b
    Raphael Bustin, Sep 18, 2006
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    Scott W Guest

    Try using on on a boat

    Scott W, Sep 18, 2006
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    Verne Arase Guest

    I walk around with a Canon Digital Rebel XT with an EF-S 17-85 IS USM f4-5.6.

    Here's some samples <http://verne.smugmug.com/gallery/1904047> under various
    lighting conditions.
    Verne Arase, Sep 18, 2006
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    TheDave© Guest

    I have the 24-105 f4 and I agree, it is heavy (and, yes, pricey, too).
    I still haven't sold my 28-135 IS yet because I was having a hard time
    adjusting to the weight, though I've gotten used to it now. Kind of
    unfortunate, because it's a great lens otherwise.
    TheDave©, Sep 18, 2006
  18. Schlep around the 70-200 IS ƒ2.8 for a bit; then the 24-105 will feel
    John McWilliams, Sep 18, 2006
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    TheDave© Guest

    I have been for high school football games, lately. DJL was commenting
    on lenses in a similar focal range, so I restricted my comments to that.
    TheDave©, Sep 18, 2006
  20. Ditto - been using a Canonet QL-17 and a FED 2
    Dominic Richens, Sep 18, 2006
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