Lightest weight, weather resistant m43 setup

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Hey all,

I'm really into backpacking and want a more rugged m43 set up. The Lumix G9 just feels too heavy, and I usually bring the 17 mm Pro or the 12-40 Pro, which are also both heavy lenses.

It seems like I can't find a lighter weight set up because of the lens line up, but I could also use a Gx8 or E-M5 II for the body it shave so weight.

I'm also open to hearing suggestions for a different mount system.
 
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Probably the eM5 and 12-50 'original' kit is the smallest/lightest. The Lumix 12-60 is similar, just 200g and splash sealed.

Sadly the splash-sealed gear has been reserved by almost everyone for high-end products, other than Pentax. I picked up a Pentax K-5 and the 18-50 retractable zoom for about $250 total, that's pretty small & rugged for aps-c. You could get a K200d or K10 for less, perhaps. Video is not strong with the earlier Pentax bodies, and once they upped video specs they installed a bad batch of aperture solenoid parts (K-30/50/s2, maybe -70). That's a straightforward DIY fix for some but puts others way off, so deals might be had there for the adventurous..
 
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Probably the eM5 and 12-50 'original' kit is the smallest/lightest. The Lumix 12-60 is similar, just 200g and splash sealed.

Sadly the splash-sealed gear has been reserved by almost everyone for high-end products, other than Pentax. I picked up a Pentax K-5 and the 18-50 retractable zoom for about $250 total, that's pretty small & rugged for aps-c. You could get a K200d or K10 for less, perhaps. Video is not strong with the earlier Pentax bodies, and once they upped video specs they installed a bad batch of aperture solenoid parts (K-30/50/s2, maybe -70). That's a straightforward DIY fix for some but puts others way off, so deals might be had there for the adventurous..
I'llook into the other bodies. I used to own the 12-50 lens, but never really loved it.

I'll see what I can find used around me with the non m43 options you laid out. Thank you.
 

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For a weather sealed camera + lens setup I think it's hard to beat the E-M5 II (469g) + 12-40/2.8 (382g), total 851 grams. Plus if you throw in a lightweight tripod (EG: Pedco UltraPod II ~100 grams) you can take high res (40 MP) photos for less than 1 kilo of gear. Or leave the tripod at home and take advantage of the amazing good IBIS.

In alternative get a recent iPhone or a Pixel.
 

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How about the Canon G1X mkIII fixed lens zoom? I think it is the most impressive option when considering size, WR, sensor size and versatility. Two years old, but still appears to be going for $1000 ish. To be clear, I've never used it, but always found specs interesting. Decent reviews.

  • 24MP - APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 24-72 mm F2.8-5.6 Zoom Lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • 2360k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 9.0 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-in Wireless
  • 399g. 115 x 78 x 51 mm
  • Weather Sealed Body
 
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How about the Canon G1X mkIII fixed lens zoom? I think it is the most impressive option when considering size, WR, sensor size and versatility. Two years old, but still appears to be going for $1000 ish. To be clear, I've never used it, but always found specs interesting. Decent reviews.

  • 24MP - APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 24-72 mm F2.8-5.6 Zoom Lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • 2360k dot Electronic viewfinder
  • 9.0 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-in Wireless
  • 399g. 115 x 78 x 51 mm
  • Weather Sealed Body
Interesting, thanks! I'll do some research and I'll see if I can get a hold of one as a rental and I'll try leaving my Lumix G9 behind.
 

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I would look for a small/light Panasonic body, then use the Lumix 12-60.
For travel, I use an Olympus EM1 or EM10 + P-Lumix 12-60, but I don't trust lens/body sealing when crossing brands. So stick with a Panasonic body for that lens.
 

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The 12-35 II (305 g) + E-M5 II (469 g) is noticeably lighter and smaller than the 12-40 (382 g) + G9 (650 g), if it's that important, with negligible loss in quality other than going from 20 MP to 16 MP.

You could also consider the 14-140 f/3.5-5.6 II which also has WR (265 g).
 
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grcolts

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Hey all,

I'm really into backpacking and want a more rugged m43 set up. The Lumix G9 just feels too heavy, and I usually bring the 17 mm Pro or the 12-40 Pro, which are also both heavy lenses.

It seems like I can't find a lighter weight set up because of the lens line up, but I could also use a Gx8 or E-M5 II for the body it shave so weight.

I'm also open to hearing suggestions for a different mount system.
I also have the Panasonic 35-100 lens which when on the G9 becomes very manageable. It is much lighter than the 12-60/2.8-4.
 

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Probably the eM5 and 12-50 'original' kit is the smallest/lightest. The Lumix 12-60 is similar, just 200g and splash sealed.

Sadly the splash-sealed gear has been reserved by almost everyone for high-end products, other than Pentax. I picked up a Pentax K-5 and the 18-50 retractable zoom for about $250 total, that's pretty small & rugged for aps-c. You could get a K200d or K10 for less, perhaps. Video is not strong with the earlier Pentax bodies, and once they upped video specs they installed a bad batch of aperture solenoid parts (K-30/50/s2, maybe -70). That's a straightforward DIY fix for some but puts others way off, so deals might be had there for the adventurous..
My Pentax K50 is only slightly lighter than the G9. When I owned the K10 it was about the same heft as the G9. Pentax was one of the first to offer WR bodies and lens. One cannot go wrong with a Pentax outfit except for the fact it is a very small niche family now-a-days.
 

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