What is your lightweight SLR travel kit?

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

  1. Ditto, but I ride around with it in this Pelican case


    attached to the back of my motorcycle. I've just ordered
    an EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM and will have to re-do the padding in
    the Pelican case, I suspect, to fit both lenses. Or I can throw
    the smaller lens in the tank bag, I guess.

    // marc
    Marco S Hyman, Sep 18, 2006
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    jean Guest

    This year I did a 600 Km bicycle trip with a Canon 30D along with a 28mm
    f1.8 and a 70-200 f4L, I only used the 28mm lens. I did another bicycle
    trip (1000 Km) but this time took only a 17-40 f4L it was all I needed. To
    say it is light is not quite right, but for utmost quality it's way better
    than my G6. Oh, I also only took one spare battery, no charger and a single
    4Gb CF card shooting RAW.

    jean, Sep 19, 2006
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    Paul Rubin Guest

    Did the 30D's extra features compared with the lighter Rebel XT do you
    any good?
    Paul Rubin, Sep 19, 2006
  4. When I want to carry only one camera and one lens: Nikon FM and a Sigma
    24-70 f4-5.6 zoom.

    For a multiple camera/lens kit? For travel photography? 2 Nikon FM2n,
    24f2.8, 35f2.0, 85f2.0, 180f2.8 + matched 2x, all AI Nikkors. Plus a
    couple of Vivitar 285 flashes with 1 Quantum battery, Gossen Luna-Star F
    meter, filters, do-dads and such, Bogen/Manfrotto 3001 tripod with a
    ball head. All the gear will fit in an Original Domke camera bag, except
    the tripod. With this set up, I can shoot about 95% or better of what
    comes along.

    Stefan Patric, Sep 19, 2006
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    nick c Guest

    Recently I've been taking my Canon Elan 7ne with one lens which is a
    Canon 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 II USM lens, a Canon 430 flash, a couple of
    graduated gray filters and a polarized filter. The whole kit fits into a
    bag that's approximately 8L x 5W x 7H in. with a small side pocket. I
    shoot Ilford B&W plus Fuji slide film; when necessary changing film to
    suit the scene.
    nick c, Sep 19, 2006
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    jean Guest

    No, a RebelXT would have been lighter, in fact, a Rebel and a 28mm f1.8
    would be OK for about 90% of the time, the rest like wider shots could very
    well be made up of 2 or 3 shots stitched together as for the need of a
    telephoto while travelling, it is needed very seldom (for me) unless I want
    to fill a frame with some detail.

    jean, Sep 19, 2006
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    Tony Polson Guest


    That wasn't always the case. The Spotmatic bodies were not especially
    compact, and when Pentax belatedly changed to the K bayonet mount the
    camera bodies were comparatively large.

    Olympus changed all that with the OM System, and Pentax had to
    respond. With market share already way down because of their tardiness
    in changing to bayonet mount, Pentax desperately needed a light,
    compact competitor to the superb OM series.

    The result was the ME, MX and the SMC Pentax-M lenses. The MX was a
    jewel of a camera; a strong competitor to the OM-1 and genuinely built
    to pro standards. But the ME? It might have been compact but it
    certainly wasn't ergonomic.

    Pentax gradually got to the point where the range was mostly compact
    *and* ergonomic, but it took years. The LX was a big step in the
    right direction but there were too many bodies based on the ME/ME
    Super, with those silly buttons for changing shutter speed. I really
    enjoyed my Super A bodies (still have one somewhere!) but those
    buttons were very annoying.

    So it is only in recent years that the Pentax range of SLRs could
    claim to be compact and ergonomic. The recent film SLRs and the DSLRs
    all fit that description, but let us not forget the years when Pentax
    SLRs were either (or neither) compact (n)or ergonomic, not both.

    Tony Polson, Sep 19, 2006
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    Bandicoot Guest

    Good point; my use of the word "always" was ill advised.
    Well, maybe. I never liked the ME or the (better and more popular) ME Super
    very much, but they were enormously popular and I know a lot of people who
    _loved_ the handling of the Super. The MX (as you know) I like very much

    Bandicoot, Sep 19, 2006
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    RichA Guest

    I personally don't care about weight, it's more ergonomics that matter,
    IMO. If you really do anticipate needing the absolute lightest weight,
    you have three choices:
    1. Buy a compact P&S and use it.
    2. Use the DSLR body and one of those 10x zooms, 18-200.
    3. Before going out, do your darndest to figure out which f.l.s you'll
    need and use the lens closest to that. Anticipate your ability
    (wherever you are going) to either get closer or further away from an
    object you are shooting, rather than carrying more than enough lenses
    to deal with whatever you encounter.
    RichA, Sep 20, 2006
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    Stewy Guest

    One of the reasons my photographic hobby dwindled was it became a pain
    to carry the Canon AE1 body, the 35-85 and 85-210 zooms, flash, tripod,
    films etc.
    My first digital was a Sony S70 compact. Suddenly taking a camera became
    fun again and with a Velbon P-Max tripod (800g) very versatile. A year
    or so ago I bought a Fuji S7000, while much bigger than the Sony but
    still light enough to carry in a daypack.

    If you're one of those people who doesn't stray more than 100m from your
    car, (can't drive there - won't go there) then a DSLR can be useful, but
    if you're the Sierra Club type who doesn't think twice about a 10km hike
    then you'd be better off with a non-SLR digital.

    I also have 2 Fuji F440s which are jacket pocket sized, which I use as a
    stereo camera instead of my heavy David White Stereo Realist.
    Stewy, Sep 20, 2006
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    AaronW Guest

    I carry a small dSLR with a small lens mounted in a small holster pack
    almost everywhere everyday.

    AaronW, Sep 20, 2006
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    k-man Guest

    While traveling as a tourist around town, if I want to stay light, I
    usually bring a small shoulder bag with my Nikon D70s and 18-70 and
    sometimes also my 12-24. At night, I might leave the 12-24 and bring
    my external flash.

    For hiking, I pack my gear in a LowePro Mini Trekker AW backpack. I'll
    strap my tripod to the back of it.

    k-man, Sep 20, 2006
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    G.T. Guest

    I just went through this for my backpacking trip to China. I ended up
    with a Lowepro Nova 1 AW shoulder bag and took my Rebel XT, Tamron
    24-135, Canon EF-S 10-22, a 1.4x teleconverter, 1 extra battery,
    charger, and a bunch of CF. It worked out perfectly.

    G.T., Sep 20, 2006
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Smallest 'kit' is camera phone... like day trips to Mexico, on the bus, etc.

    Then D200 with the 45/2.8 pancake lens in a black pouch bag with a
    handle... I can pull it out quickly and stuff the bag in my pocket, then
    stuff it back in the bag to carry discretely for street shooting. I can
    also fit the Sigma 12-24 or Nikon 28-200 in that bag. Pretty rare that
    I'll chose the 28-200 though.

    Otherwise I carry a narrow/tall day pack which holds the full kit around
    most places. It's heavy but I figure it's good exercise (20 lbs with
    tripod & a small water bottle). If I'm taking a longer day hike & need
    to carry more food & stuff, I'll leave out the 70-200/2.8 but it's a
    shame not to have that.
    Gitzo 1298 Basalt tripod w/ tiny Linhoff 9051 ball head.
    12-24/4.5-5.6 Sigma
    45/2.8 P
    70-200/2.8 VR
    105/2.8 VR macro
    +2 diopter Canon 500D closeup lens 77mm
    step up rings, polarizer 77mm
    2x2GB CF cards, manual, blower, lens cloth

    (leave the 28-200/3.5-5.6 at home)
    -want/need a 24-35mm prime (or 17-35/2.8 [24-70] zoom & a 14mm prime)
    Paul Furman, Sep 20, 2006
  15. There's no question about it, the 17-35mm f/2.8 is your only choice. This
    lens is far superior to the 17-55mm and will make you quickly forget about
    primes in that range.

    Rita Ä Berkowitz, Sep 21, 2006
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