Take the 1 kilogram challenge

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by MarylandUSA, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. MarylandUSA

    MarylandUSA Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    Poolesville, Maryland
    Paul Franklin Stregevsky
    For a few weeks, I wore on my belt an M43 body, two M43 lenses, an adapted lens, a full-size flash, and spare batteries for camera and flash. But it was quite heavy and bulky. So I've decided to limit my everyday-carry setup to 1 kilogram. Here's what I now carry; lens weights include caps and hoods:

    380g Panasonic G3 body with battery
    020g neck strap
    040g spare G3 battery
    120g Panasonic 20/1.7 lens with metal hood
    133g Panasonic 14/2.5 lens with Panasonic wide adapter
    136g Blackhawk STRIKE belt pouch
    116g Olympus FL-20 flash with Energizer lithium AA cells
    040g two spare Energizer lithium AA cells
    985g total

    If you were limited to 1 kilogram of camera gear, what would you carry? (Bonus points if you include the weight of your bag or pouch, as I did)
  2. flash

    flash Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Apr 29, 2010
    1 hour from Sydney Australia.
    I couldn't do it. I only carry smaller cameras so I can carry more of them at once....

    Actually. I do only take a Leica and three lenses with me most places. That'd be close to a kilo (or two).

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  3. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL

    Do you do anything with cameras that entails actually taking pictures?
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  4. MarylandUSA

    MarylandUSA Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    Poolesville, Maryland
    Paul Franklin Stregevsky
    I shoot people pictures of family and coworkers. But my wife doesn't let me make my Picasa albums public.
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    What's a "kilogram"? :biggrin:
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  6. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    I think it's what Europeans and pretty much everyone else calls a couple of pounds.

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  7. uscrx

    uscrx Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 26, 2011
    Shasta Cascade
    What's heavier....kg of DSLR gear or kg of u43. Gotta be DSLR..
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  8. lakemcd

    lakemcd Mu-43 Regular

    May 27, 2013

    Just had a great chuckle, good one.
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  9. This is the usual light kit that I take if I'm not going anywhere in particular (881 g):

    1) E-M5, battery, no flash, 425 g
    2) PL25, no hood, 200 g - mounted
    3) O12-50, no hood, 211 g - pocket (I often leave this one out actually)
    4) Strap part of BlackRapid Snapr35 system, 45 g - attached to left lug on camera.

    Incidently, my entire m4/3 kit consisting of the above plus the O45, O40-150, FL-LM2, some NDs and polarisers, and the Slik Sprint Mini II tripod is just under 2.5 kg and fits in a backpack with room to spare. Still need to get a spare battery actually...
  10. humzai

    humzai Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 17, 2012
    My kg kit is my e-m1 panny 8mm,20mm,100-300, olly fl600r and 9-18mm :126: gonna add a few things though, maybe tomorrow to fill out the leftover. I don't like wasting capacity when I have it makes me feel like a bum.
  11. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    My favourite kilogram to carry is My EP 3, VF 2, 20mm 1.7, and a cold can of beer.
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  12. dav1dz

    dav1dz Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 6, 2012
    I'm not close, my kit including bag is 1.5 kg. Though I feel it's a pretty compact kit.
  13. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Ditto - I carry around my E-PL5 plus Sammy 7.5, 9-18 and 45/1.8. That lot in its bag, with a FL 300r flash, VF2, a filter or two, spare batteries etc is about 1.4kg (that'll be 3llbs for those still using the British 'IMPERIAL' measure system!).

    At that weight it's no problem to carry around all day if need be.
  14. Fred49

    Fred49 Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 24, 2010
    my hiking kit has changed from
    E420+14-42+ UV filter +4 batteries+ charger +microfiber + spinntex bag (
    Ep2+evf +12+25+45+4 batteries + charger + polarizer for the 25 + cuben fiber bag
    EM5+14-45+25+3 batteries + charger +polarizer for the 25 +cuben fiber bag
    i took more photos during those hikes but i could get batteries charged every 3-5 days ( for 1week to 2 weeks for the E420/EP2 hikes )

    next hike in Scotland ill be lazy and have a waterproof system :
    EM1+12-40+ 3 batteries +charger+polarizer +capture v2
    em1 : 497
    12-40: 380
    batteries : 3(-1)*50: 150
    charger : 120
    uk adaptator : 25
    polarizer + box : 75
    dust blower : 57
    lenspen + microfiber : 20
    cuben fiber : bag 60

    total : 1384g ouch , thats more than twice the weight of my shelter and i dont change clothes for 2 weeks to save weight...( disclaimer i have a spare pair of socks, happy feet are important when you walk up to 12h a day)
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  15. carpandean

    carpandean Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 29, 2010
    Western NY
    D600 + 50mm f/1.8g is ... uh ... :crying:

    My normal versatile :43: kit is the E-M5, HLD-6, 12-35/2.8, 35-100/2.8 and 25/1.4, all of which fits in a Lowe Pro Adventura 120. The 35-100/2.8 is often left out when I know that I won't need the longer focal lengths and want to travel lighter (not to mention cheaper.)
  16. 0dBm

    0dBm Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 30, 2011
    Western United States
    I transitioned to :43: from DSLR for actual "carry;" however, I don't carry my camera equipment every day. I've never limited myself to a certain weight regarding my camera equipment. If I need it, I'll find a way to transport it. I don't limit my photography by the sheer weight of the hardware.
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  17. barbosas

    barbosas Mu-43 Veteran

    May 7, 2013
    Easy, although currently a bit over 1kg.

    Old Kit:
    Olympus Bag: 200gr
    E-PL5: 324gr
    17/1.8 - 120gr
    45/1.8 - 116gr

    Total: 760gr

    New Kit
    Ona Browery Bag - 635gr
    E-P5 - 430gr
    17/1.8 - 120gr
    45/1.8 - 116gr
    VF4 - 42gr

    Total: 1.343kg

    The main difference is in the bag weight, but oh boy is it worth it, the ONA bag is really awesome, it provides much more protection then the Olympus bag and it's really beautiful.
  18. MarylandUSA

    MarylandUSA Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    Poolesville, Maryland
    Paul Franklin Stregevsky
    That's a body, four lenses, and a tilt-swivel zoom. Are you sure that adds up to just 1 kg?
  19. humzai

    humzai Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 17, 2012
    If I took out the 100-300 out it might, but I was just goofing off.
  20. Ian.

    Ian. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2013
    It's like a telegram. But it explodes!

    Anyway. The thing to do is start out with a very lightweight set-up. Then, as you get used to it, slowly add to the weight. As your muscles adapt, you will be able to carry quite a lot without noticing any difference from the original kit.

    This is how many cultures manage to carry their babies around all day when they work . The baby starts out small and light, and increases in weight only by a tiny amount each day. Mothers working in the fields in poor countries carry their baby with ease. And the child feels the movement and motherly contact and will happily sleep through anything.
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