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How much gear do you carry around?

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Johnny1.33, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Johnny1.33

    Johnny1.33 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 4, 2011
    Just trying to see if the m4/3 will really make me carry less weight and size than a traditional DSLR. Sound silly but do any of you have pictures of your full gear, bag and all? Do you think it is less cumbersome than a DSLR and gear?
  2. dixeyk

    dixeyk Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 9, 2010
    I carry around 1 body with a lens attached. On rare occasions I throw an additional lens in the bag. It's a good deal smaller than any DSLR I've had (by maybe half). My G2 with the Panasonic 20 attached is a lot smaller than either my Canon or Nikon DSLR were. The second lens can add some bulk but the n43 native lenses are very compact.
  3. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
  4. ~tc~

    ~tc~ Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2010
    Houston, TX
  5. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 12, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Not for me. I carry the same amount of gear as before, but I guess the whole thing weighs a tiny bit less now with a smaller body.
  6. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I carry pretty much the same gear in terms of total items, but with way less bulk and weight.

    1. Just walking around
    - Old: 5D + lens (50/1.4 or 17-40)
    - New: GF1 + lens (20mm) + EVF

    2. Kit for various stuff, sometimes work
    - Old: 5D, 50, 85, 17-40
    - New: GF1 + EVF, 20, 14, 14-45

    I rarely use flash, though I did have one for my 5D

    In both cases I carry a spare battery, lenspen etc.

    The M4/3 kit fits in a bag that used to fit the 5D and a single lens, and of course the new kit is much lighter.
  7. kytra

    kytra Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    when i am about more"serious" jobs - Nikon D90/18-200mm/10-20mm/50mm f1.4/SB600 flash

    almost always on me: Panny GF1/G1+20mm+14-45mm
  8. Chris5107

    Chris5107 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    My 2 cents

    I find that I can carry a much smaller outfit. For a normal outing, I would take the epl-2 with the panasonic 20mm attached. I also carry the very light olympus 40-150. If I think I might be somewhere in low light where I can play a little, I will throw in an old Olympus OM 50/1.4 or a 100/2.8. All of this fits into a very small bag.

    I find the panasonic 20mm replaces my need for the 14-42 kit lens in most cases. The 40-150 is sharper at 40 than the kit lens so I use it at 40. The old OM lenses are for some lower light situations that may pop up. I got some great photos the other night at a middle school concert using the OM 100/2.8.
  9. marlof

    marlof Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    The Netherlands
    gh2 with 45
    e-p2 with 20


    e-p1 and 17
  10. KS11

    KS11 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2011
    Busan/Hong Kong
    with my G1 the other day i took out my 20mm lumix and a 55mm 1.8 SMC Pentax m42 lens for those 'further shots' i love the bokeh on the 55mm but also sometimes need that wider angle 20mm sharpness as well.
  11. Andrew Riddell

    Andrew Riddell Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 21, 2010
    I usually carry the EP-2 (with VF-2), Panny 7-14 & 20, Oly MFT14-42 and FT 40-150 + MMF-1 adaptor (with extra batteries, cards, cloths and a few filters). This all fits neatly in a Think Tank Retrospective 5 bag.

    It is way lighter than my equivalent FT kit (E-510 + Oly 7-14, 12-60 & either 50-200 or 70-300).

    On the few occasions that I want to use the FT long teles, the 70-300 can replace the 40-150 in the bag, or the 50-200 can go in a separate lens case.

  12. timallenphoto

    timallenphoto Mu-43 Veteran

    May 20, 2011
    Kent, England
    Either E-P1 with 14-42 or 5D with 50mm 1.4. Spare battery and cards for each. Bottle of water and a snack, that's it for me :) 
  13. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    My work bag has gone from 16kg to 7.5kg, since I dropped all my DSLRs and replaced my 35mm sensored camera with a rangefinder style and replaced my AF system with a Gh2, G2 and Pens. That figure will climb a bit if there's ever a fast zoom range (ala 4/3) released.

    For my personal work I'm currently not carrying my m43. But that's got a lot to do with the fact I'm enjoying my new gear. Soon I'll get back to just having my ep2 and three lenses As a my walk-around again.
  14. I guess I would carry less weight on me now, but that was only ever a minor consideration for me to using m4/3 cameras. Although, the other day I had my GH1 and E-P1 with me and including about five lenses lenses, my Lowepro backpack was just as full as it would have been if I'd been carrying my Canon gear.
  15. Johnny1.33

    Johnny1.33 Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 4, 2011
    But it weighed less didn't it?
  16. I guess so, and I did have two camera bodies instead of one. If I had a m4/3 equivalent of each lens I would cary with my Canon it would definitely be smaller and lighter.
  17. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
    it really depends,

    Super light epl-1 and 14-150 and that is all.
    Medium photography days add the 20 1.7 and 500D close lens for the 14-150.
    More photo oriented jaunts, 14-42, 45-200, 35 3.5 macro with adapter and 20 1.7. Never use any bag larger the a crumpler 5 million dollar home.

    And for all out photography canon 60D or t1i and the lenses I will need. Much larger bags.
  18. 3 bags

    In my short time using mu43 gear I've become a +3 bagger. During my last trip at night I just stuck the GF1+20mm inside a small fanny pack. Normally the Crumpler 2 is home for the GF1 or G2 when just lugging around whatever lens is attached to the body. Enough room for extra battery, sd cards, lens cleaning stuff. Daytime bag of choice on the trip was the Domke F5XB. Due to limits on luggage I only packed the GF1, 45-200mm, 20mm and accessories. Nice bag for camera + 3 lens. The normal working bag is the F5XC. Holds G2 & GF1 with lens mounted plus 2 other lens, spare battery, charger, accessories. Room to spare in this relatively compact bag. The double decked design with separate zip access to the lower section makes this bag a no need to juggle things around for lens changes along with easy & quick to access the cameras.
  19. MegaPixelTravel

    MegaPixelTravel Mu-43 Regular

    May 14, 2011
    I got the MFT system for leisure travel and as a day to day camera system (and motion picture camera). Its a lot smaller than my DSLR and lenses and with the pancake it should be almost pocketable...

    I suspect on my next trip it I will travel with my cargo pants (big pockets) and just tuck the camera there. Easier to pull it out and I'm not walking around with a backpack weighting 12lbs (yes the airport weighted it). I also won't be borrowing someone elses P&S camera which I'm notorious for in the past because I didn't have a "small" camera.
  20. ...and if you're looking for something a bit racier

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