What lenses are in your camera bag?

Discussion in 'Nature' started by tempest_connolli, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Wilderness photographer Boyd Norton lists the following lenses in his camera bag:
    10-22mm; 28-135mm; 100mm macro; 100-400mm.
    (From the list, I assume he's shooting Canon with a crop factor.)
    That's a remarkably austere list for a professional. What's in your camera bag, and what would you choose if you were building from scratch?
    (List found at http://thewildernessphotography.blogspot.com/)
  2. Just listing what lenses you have doesn't really tell anybody anything. The whole idea is to match gear to what your use is. I shoot at night a lot, and am mostly an outdoor photographer. I'm pretty eclectic in what I photo. I value flexibility and the ability to photo in low light. So, I mostly just have Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, NIkon 17-55mm f2.8, and Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR along. In Iceland, I left the 70-200mm VR home and took the 80-400mm VR instead as I wanted the extra reach for birds. I really don't like carrying around a whole bunch of lenses. I think you will find a pattern that the more experienced somenone is, the less they carry. THis is because they know what they need and aren't likely to haul around stuff they don't need.
    Kent in SD
  3. I think one can easily generalize too much about what "professionals" do, and in any case I don't think four lenses qualifies as "austere" -- especially for a wilderness photographer, who presumably spends a lot of time hiking around outdoors and probably wants to minimize the weight of his equipment. For Canon APS-C, the lenses he's chosen seem obviously intended to cover a wide range of focal lengths without weighing too much, while still providing good IQ. One can also infer from this list that he doesn't care too much about wide apertures: none of his three zoom lenses can open up wider than f/3.5.
    As for myself, it depends which camera I'm carrying. I shoot film most of the time, and since classic film cameras and their lenses are cheap these days, I've built up a small collection. I usually shoot only primes, and my ideal set of lenses to carry (for 35mm cameras) is 20mm, 28mm, 50mm, 105mm, and 200mm. If I have 85mm instead of 105mm, then I also add in a 135mm. I also like having a 300mm or 400mm lens, though usually it stays at home unless I expect to need it. Instead of a dedicated macro lens, I carry extension tubes and a reversing ring.
  4. for a professional

    A professional what? There are too many disciplines and sub-disciplines to make that kind of characterization. Sounds to me like someone who knows how much he wants to carry. I spent this morning shooting horses out in a very hilly 200 acre pasture. The client wanted intimate, up close stuff as well as scenic/atmospheric material. I carried a 70-200/2.8, a 30/1.4, a 10-20, a 17-55/2.8, two bodies, and a tripod.

    If I'd been out for a different reason, it would have been a completely different recipe. Now, if the photographer in question said that was all he owns, I'd have been more surprised.
  5. Thanks Kent, Craig and Matt for sharing. I realize that there are lots of different subjects out there. I just wanted to hear about what some of the experienced folks carry and their reasons. I tend to have too many lenses, and will at some point pare down. But for now it was just curiosity asking a question.
  6. The way to pare down is to keep track of when you last used something, and what for. If it's been over a year, I seriously consider getting rid of it. I don't just go by overlapping focal lengths either. I have both Nikon 18-55mm VR and 17-55mm f2.8. The f2.8 is the lens I take along regularly, but I take the 18-55mm VR when I want to travel light, when the conditions will be risky, or I take it as a back up lens. I have both the Nikons 70-200m f2.8 VR + TC-17E and 80-400mm f2.8 VR. I usually bring the f2.8 lens because it's better in low light, something I often shoot in. I take the 80-400mm when I need something a bit more compact/lighter or am anticipating wildlife shots. I never take both along at the same time. Pick the gear that best matches what you are doing.
    Kent in SD
  7. I have:
    -EF 17-40mm f/4L
    -EF 50m f/1.8 II
    -EF 70-200mm f/4L
    all on a 1D II. A 400mm would be great since I have been trying to shoot a lot of birds lately, but unfortuately they're not cheap (for me).
  8. Mine never changes so it's pretty easy, currently using pair of D200s:
    28-80mm 3.5-4.5 Tamron SP (old 1980s Adaptall II)
    50mm 1.8 (old small flat "pancake" manual Nikkor)
    50mm 1.4 AF-D
    85mm 1.8 AF
    180mm 2.8 AF-D
    300mm 4.5 Ais (regular manual no IF or ED)
    5T and 6T Diopters (for 85mm)
  9. For me it depends eh .. as a hobbyist.
    For home walk and about for my SIG at the camera club which I think in future I will focus in my own scape photog, takes too much time - that's more casual so a 18-200 is enof and just maybe a 10-20mm.
    I don't do sports and events or portraiture.
    For travel, my ideal would be a cheap D700 body and 2 primes like a 35/1.4 and a 85/1.8 (that I do have), maybe a zoom of some type but still working on this. Currently it's a DX body with 18-70mm and a 50 or 85/1.8 I feel severely restricted in the wide angle prime area. Not mention the high ISO, re: low light handheld photog. I find that I am shooting quite a no. of my night shots on ISO 1600 which is the max for the D70.
    At home doing my scape photog, before I sold the 8-200/2.8, not upgraded yet, my combo was a 18-35 and a the fast tele.
  10. My bag gets reconfigured for every mission. Actually, I have a couple of bags, but my favorite is a Lowepro PhotoTrekker AW. Sometimes, I put the 300mm f2.8 mounted on a D3 or D2X right down the center, other times, it's more "portrait". And right now, it's still configured from a recent outing, with totally obscure macro stuff...
    • D3 and D90 backup
    • 200mm f4 micro-Nikkor, with Kirk arca foot
    • Nikon PB-4 bellows with E2 ring (best ring for a PB-4 on a D3)
    • 18, 25, 40, adn 63mm Zeiss Luminars
    • 105mm El-Nikkor (I like it on the bellows)
    • Nikon 10X CF (I like that on the bellows, too. It's sharper than the 18mm Luminar)
    • Three SB-800
    • assorted reflectors, diffusers, flash stands and brackets
  11. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    I happen to know Boyd Norton, the pro in the OP's opening thread. My wife and I went to Tanzania with him back in year 2000. Of course we were all shooting 35mm film at that time, and Norton was using Leica SLRs and lenses. He must be close to 60 years old then, which would make him close to 70 by now. Interesting that he has switched to Canon DSLR, and his lens preference nowadays may have something to do with his age and those lenses being relatively light. Unfortunately, I have not been in touch with him much since that trip.
  12. stp


    14mm to 500mm, zooms and primes, in my bag at home, but what's in the bag I take to the field depends entirely what I anticipate seeing and what I want to do on a particular day. Heck, yesterday I took two film cameras (645 and 6x6) and used only a single lens on each. When I'm driving around not knowing what to expect, I'll have everything including the kitchen sink (literally; I travel in a camper).
  13. If it's digital, my pack generally tends to look like this:

    20mm f/2.8D
    70-200mm VRII
    Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro

    As much as I'd love to have a 35mm or 50mm f/1.4, I don't find myself shooting at that focal range with my D700. I
    have specific aims when I go out with this setup: wilderness, shots on the sly, and wide angles.

    For walking around on the street, I'd much rather go with my film setup:

    OM-1n & OM-2sp
    24mm f/2.8
    35mm f/2.8
    85mm f/2

    The OM-1n usually has B&W film, either ilford delta or tri-x, because I believe the meter isn't quite as accurate as on
    the OM-2sp. The OM-2, for that reason, usually has some sort of slide film, either velvia, elitechrome or sensia. Usual
    setup is 35mm on one body, 85mm on the other.

    Each day demands different equipment. Sometimes I go with just my M4 and 35mm f/2.8 Summaron if I feel like
    challenging myself with exposure, etc. Other times if I'm craving a big-assed negative I'll go for my Mamiya 6 and
    50mm f/4.

    Dependent on so many things...
  14. No matter how far I have to walk I take,
    (All Nikkors)
    20mm f/2.8
    35mm f/2.8
    50mm f/1.8
    85mm f/1.8
    105mm f/2.5
    105mm f/2.8 Micro
    24-120mm AF-S VR
    80-200mm f/2.8
    300mm F/4 AF-S + tc-17e and tc-20e teleconverters
    SB 24 flash
    SB 26 flash
    SB 900 flash
    Gitzo 1548 tripod with kirk BH-1 Head
    + many small items, a rain suit, 32" reflector, camo net, and a small collapsible stool.
    All these items are carried in or attached to a Lowe Pro Photo Trekkor back pack.
    It may sound stupid to some, but I am 30yrs old, 6' tall, and 245lbs, the weight of the gear is not an issue: and I use all of that stuff and i never know when I might need what. If I am fortunate enough to add a super tele to the pack I will remove some items.
  15. I am no professional, but here is what I carry:
    -Nikon 18-35mm
    - Nikon 24-85mm
    - Nikon 70-300mm
    - Nikkor 16mm f/3.5 AI-S
    - Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D AF
    - Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D AF
    - Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AF
    The D700 is the standard body in the first camera space of the bag, the second space is occupied either by the F2A, or the F5 or the D300 in which case a 18-200mm is mounted on it. Two SB800 and a Sekonic 358 are also in the bag most of the time.
    Anyone asked why I no longer walk around when taking pictures? Drive around is the standard these days.
  16. I'm just an enthusiast, but when I hike, I carry a D60, Tamron 10-24 (which is like 2/3rd of the weight of a Tokina), the Nikon 35 1.8, and the Nikon 55-200 VR... and a Slik tripod which weighs about 1.7 lbs I believe (as well as a slew of ND's, GND's, CP's, and such).
    All of that fits in the bottom half of a daypack, which leaves the top half free for... stuff. A few boxed meals, extra layers of clothing, and so forth.
    If I were to start all over, I'd probably end up adding a significant amount of weight, so I don't know if I would get tired of it, but I'd probably go:
    D3100, Tokina 12-24 DX II (I found that on the Tamron, I rarely use 10-12 range, and it vignettes on Cokin P holders anyway), 35 1.8, and the Nikon 70-300 VR.
    The latter I'd have to think seriously about. I use the 55-200 the least, but there have been times I've come across wildlife, where I wish I had just a bit extra reach, and a slightly snappier autofocus.
    When I'm just driving around and doing a few short off-road hikes, I lug nearly everything I have with me.
  17. For weddings I carry
    D700, 17-35, 24-70
    Olympus E510, 50-200
    For street, I mix, depending on how I feel
    Olympus 14-54, 50-200
    or Sony R1 24-120
    or Canon G10
    For vacation type travel I usually carry the G10
    For casual event and performance when I don't know what I will be up against i carry
    D700 and Nikon 28-200G, with ISO up to 12800 this works for most light levels.
  18. Usually one at a time. Matter of fact I seldom carry a bag. Most often I know what I'm going to shoot before I go out so I expect few surprises in the way of not having the right lens. Simple is best. (for me)
  19. Shooting at zoos/wildlife parks for fun/reference:
    D200, 24/2.8D, 70-300VR, occasionally with SB600
    Shooting at zoos/wildlife parks seriously
    D300, 16-85, 70-200VR, 300/4 AF-S, SB600, Flash Extender, Monopod
    Shooting wildlife when far away from home
    D200, D300, 16-85, 70-200VR, 70-300VR, 300/4 AF-S, Sb600, SB28, Flash Extender, monopod, hyperdrive.
    Event shooting
    D300, 16-85VR, SB600, snoot
    Indoor shooting
    D300, 24/2.8D, 50/1.8D, maybe flash
    D200 + 16-85VR or 24/2.8D. Maybe flash.
    Yeah :D I love the flexibility of a slr :D
    Also: Not a pro.
  20. >>Well, I just take pictures for the sake of taking pictures and trying to come up with something I am pleased with...and in my bag you can always find a
    35mmf/2 AI
    50mm f/1.4AFD
    12-24mm f/4
    28-80mm f/3.3-4.5
    80-200mm f/4.5-5.6
    and a manfrotto tripod and ballhead attached to the bag...
    Works for me!
  21. Sorry, double post...
  22. I have two bags - my bag to carry everything Lowepro Slingshot 300 AW and a Kata DR461 when I want to travel light.
    Sticking with lenses and not all my other stuff:
    18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
    50mm f/1.8
    24-70mm f/2.8
    70-300mm f4-5.6
    D90 w/MB-D80 grip and Black Rapid R-strap.
    When I add a 80-200mm f/2.8 or 70-200mm VRII I will get a larger bag once again to hold everything.
  23. I dabble a bit with about any subject matter now with digital. (Much cheaper than film, for all the misses!) But when I converted from Canon's FD to EOS, I sacrificed a collection of "good glass," mostly aimed at Wildlife subjects, but knew I would also eventually enter the "digital world." So, still aiming toward mostly Wildlife/Nature.
    My Lowepro Compu Trekker usually contains . . . (Oh yeah, and I'm like Stephen P. and many of the other's . . . )
    "I'll have everything including the kitchen sink"​
    Canon 50D with Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 mounted.
    EF 50 f/1.4
    EF 100 f/2.8 Macro L IS
    EF 100-400 f/4-5.6 L
    FujiFilm FinePix F40fd
    Remote, Cards, Batteries, etc., etc..
    If traveling - HP Notebook & accessories
    Tripod, Monopod & Ballhead (If not attached to the Trekker, . . . close by in car trunk)
    Canon EOS3 with EF 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 USM MkII mounted
    EF 50 f/1.4
    EF 100 f/2.8 Macro
    EF 100-400 f/4-5.6
    Canon 1.4X TC
    Elan 7e
    Remote, Batteries, & lots of film
    Tripod usually attached to backpack.
    If going for wildlife, usually carry Flashlight, Nikon Binoculars, Hunting Blind & Thermos of Coffee!
    Not Pro, . . . just a hobbyist having fun!
  24. Does me good to see a few hauling more stuff than I do when prowling the woodlands. I've got Canon 50mm 1.8, 18-35 kit lens, 100mm macro, and 75-300 DO/IS, along with all the "other stuff". Had I more money and a bit more strength there'd be about 3 more lenses in there, a 500mm and a wide angle included.
  25. I have to say I'm surprised at how much stuff some of you carry, especially the people carrying three zooms AND an bunch of primes (not even very fast ones) within the same ranges, all for the same camera or compatible cameras! What for? I believe that you actually use all those lenses, but surely you don't use them all in the same session? Would a little forethought help, perhaps?
    When I first started using primes exclusively, I carried more than I do now and I changed lenses frequently. Eventually I realized that in essence I was carrying around one very slow super-zoom lens -- in the sense that I was still thinking like a zoom shooter, but changing focal lengths was slow because I had to change lenses. So I started cutting down on lenses and learning how to do more with less, which to me is a crucial part of the difference between shooting with zooms and shooting with primes.
    Another topic that's related to this discussion is: What type of bag do you use, and why? I don't mean which brand name; I'm thinking more of the difference between belt packs, photo vests, shoulder bags, and backpacks. I own a fairly large photo backpack, but I only took it out into the field once -- at which point I immediately realized what a mistake it was. A backpack has to be taken off and set down somewhere to get into it. A shoulder bag or belt pack can be accessed more quickly and without setting it down, which I find to be a huge advantage (especially when the ground is wet!). Nowadays my backpack sits on the floor in my house and serves as storage for my Canon EOS equipment. When I take my 5D Mark II out shooting, I carry it in a shoulder bag large enough for the camera, a couple of lenses, a few filters, and a spare battery. Each of my other cameras has its own shoulder bag, so when I choose a camera to take out, I just grab its bag and go.
  26. Mostly I just carry either my Olympus Trip 35, or the Olympus 35DC.
    My digital walkaround kit is generally a D90, 18-105 kit lens and the 35 f1.8 for low light and portraits.
    Anything more serious and the bag can get a whole lot heavier!
  27. Craig - a comment on bag part of your question. When I go out my wife is usually with me and we have evolved a pretty good system. We have two backpacks, and she wears the one with the spare lens and my small camera (usually my 80-200 2.8 zoom and a Canon G11)) while I hand carry my D200 with whatever lens I anticipate using (often a 16-85 VR). In my backpack is the food, water, maybe another lens or two that I might possibly use, and anything else that's heavy. This way, if I need my gear, I get it out of her pack, and when we need water, etc she gets it out of mine. So we don't have to take them off. Works pretty good, as long as you enjoy having your wife along (which I do). We also ride bicycles, and when we do that I carry the G11 in a fanny pack.
  28. Yeah, Craig - all that talk about lenses and bodies is a little academic without talking about how it's all being carried. In the list I mentioned above, out shooting horses yesterday, it all went nicely (along with a speedlight, and some other goodies) in a Think Tank Speed Racer. Works nicely as a shoulder bag or a waist rig. But of course I set it down, if I can, as I'm actually shooting. Have to watch that, though, since you never know when a thirty year old Tennessee Walking Horse is going to give it a careful inspection for carrots.
  29. I have...
    Canon 17-55 F2.8 IS EF-S,
    Canon 70-200 F2.8 EF (non-IS version),
    Canon 50 F1.4 EF,
    Canon 85 F1.8 EF,
    Canon 100 F2 EF.
  30. Which bag? I have three always ready to go, minus film (in frig). One is my original 35mm film with two Minolta bodies (XD's or X-700's) and variety (3-5 of the 32 lenses acquired over the decades) of fixed focal length lenses for different work. Another is my newer SLR/DSLR (Canon EOS 5D and film 1N) with 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm. And the last is my 4x5 with 2-3 of 6 lenses from 90mm to 300mm.
  31. National park visit:
    Canon 40D
    10-22 (son's lens but we swap 10-22 and 17-40)
    17-40 L
    50 macro
    70-200 2.8 L
    Polarizing filter
    graduating ND filter
    extra battery
    extra card(s)
    tripod, about a 25 year old Gitzo
    binoculars (always)*
    notepad with several pens
    list of sunrise/set, moonrise/set times along with azimuth
    If a week in park, add laptop, portable hard drive, and associated crap for backups

    Recently aquired a 100 2.8 L macro which goes everywhere with me. 50 macro has not been used since. Macro lighting is in the future when I can afford it.

    Hiking in the mountains close to home in PA, either A,B, or C:
    • A: no photo equipment (photograqphy takes a back seat to simply enjoying the outdoors)
    • B: 17-40, 100 2.8 macro + above accessories except backup
    • C: same as B, but add 10-22, and 70-200

    I recall, probably back in the 80s when Galen Rowell said he could have used just two lenses to cover 90% of his photography...a 24 and 85 lens.
    * 8X40 Leicas for serious birding. When carrying a lot of equipment 8X30s would be my prefernce, but can not afford another pair.
  32. Hi Tempest, I know a few pro landscape photographers personally and I would say that there is considerable variability in what they have. In the Canon line I would say that the 16-35 version 2 is very popular and the 70-200 f4 is popular as well. When I go hiking I have the 24-70 2.8 and the 70-200 f4...that's it. If I need wide-angle, I take multiple images and stitch. I think that the 16-35 and 70-200 would also be a very good package to take on a hike. If I go on a day-hike with my main camera bag I take the 17 tse, 24 tse, 24-70, and the 70-200 f4. I own other lenses but don't use them much for landscape photography.
    There is one issue that I think is very important about equipment in landscape photography though. That is...less is more. I think it is very important to travel light and wear very good clothing. If you are tired and/or uncomfortable, you'll quit before getting the shot. That's why I try to travel as light as possible. Cheers, JJ
  33. there was a time when i'd put everything i owned into a hefty lowepro bag and sling it over my shoulder and go. now i usually take something much smaller, and lately it's one of those slingshot bags in the medium size. this forces me to skinny down to a few primes and one longer lens. there's no real penalty to the primes weight-wise, so i'll grab the 20/2.8, 35/2, 50/1.4 and 85/1.4 or 105/2.5. then it's either the 70-300 VR, 300/4 VR or 80-200/2.8. i've mostly given up carrying 2 bodies and lug around a tripod instead... this has the predictable effect of slowing things down -- which is good, since i don't get tired out as fast. that's usually good for a 4-hour jaunt, which if it doesn't net good photographs at least keeps me active.
  34. Jeremy makes an excellent point that less is more and I proved his point. I took my son to a rattlesnake hotspot this summer on a warm and somewhat humid day. Just a mile from returning to the car we found a rattler at a spot I did not expect to see one. I was beat from carrying that old Gitzo tripod for miles; so did not even try to photograph that one.
  35. Tempest
    In the past my heaviest setup was a Nikon D200 + Tamron 17-50/2.8. I traded it in eventually as I always ended up leaving it behind because of the weight and ltd. focal length, taking my G9 instead.

    >> What's in your camera bag,

    As I'm travelling right now, it's pretty minimal:

    * Nikon D40
    * Nikkor 18-55 VR
    * Nikkor 35/1.8 Dx

    >> and what would you choose if you were building from scratch?
    While I have the weight sorted, I am pretty restricted in terms of high-ISO performance and my focal length options, so next time around I may look at:
    * Nikon D5000
    * Nikkor 18-105 VR
    * Nikkor 50/1.4 Dx
    * Nikkor 35/1.8 Dx
    But I have to buy that stuff 1st - ha ha
  36. On foot
    Nikon F100 with Velvia 50
    20mm f/2.8 AFD
    28mm f/2 AIS
    60mm f/2.8 AFD macro
    Polarizers and GND filters
    Gitzo tripod and Z1 ball
    With car,
    I add
    80-200mm f/2.8 AFD and TC-201
    If I am buidling from scratch, I would probably replace 60mm macro with 105mm macro and add a 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8.
  37. typically for walking around:
    18-70 on D80
    50 f/1.8
    tokina 50-135 f/2.8 in my bag
    if i think i'll have the luxury of doing any macro:
    Vivitar Series 1 105mm macro
    all carried in a tamrac velocity 6 pack
    tripod on its own strap slung over a shoulder.
  38. I am just a casual shooter. I carry the following at all times.
    Sigma 70-200
    Sigma 10-20
    Nikon 17-55
    Nikon 50mm
    Sigma 18-50 as a backup.
    D300 and D200
    2 SB600 and SB900
  39. 10-22mm; 28-135mm; 100mm macro; 100-400mm​
    That's pretty enough coverage from 10mm to 400mm including a macro which is also very good for portrait. Good choice! I may have many more, like 3 other 50mm macro lenses for examples, but they are not needed
  40. Most of the time I use a DSLR, and have a bunch of lenses. But when I have the time for a hike and am in a contemplative mood I take my Wista 4x5 field camera with one lens, a tripod, exposure meter, film holders loaded with Kodak Tmax-400 B&W film, and a couple of filters (my favorite being a graduated yellow filter) in a backpack. I stick with one lens (90mm, 150mm, or 210mm) when I am hiking in order to simplify camera set-up and reduce weight. I then search out compositions that are conducive to the field-of-view of that lens. I think that this is also a good approach for digital photography; go out with one fixed focal length lens and visualize compatible compositions. It will strengthen your vision.
  41. I believe that you actually use all those lenses, but surely you don't use them all in the same session? Would a little forethought help, perhaps?

    Oh heck no. What's the fun in planning? ;-) To be honest, if I'm going someplace familiar and know what to expect I'll leave a lens or two at home. The way I meander around there's no way of knowing what I'll need, so the 4 lenses I carry aren't onerous. (I'm 5'10", not exactly "petite".) As for the bag, I usually have some cheapie yard sale shoulder bag, I tear them up pretty quick. The one I'm using now a friend gave to me, he got a new one for his birthday, and he was tired of seeing the ratty shape mine was in. LOL!
  42. It depends... I always carry a pair of 1.6x cameras...
    For dedicated landscape trips I carry the 12-24mm f/4 Tokina, 24-70mm f/2.8L and 70-200mm f/4L IS with dedicated CPL filters and of course, plenty of CF cards and extra batteries... I will also carry a Giottos MT-8180 tripod and A/C ball head...
    For wildlife trips, I will carry a 400mm f/5.6L and/or a 300mm f/4L IS and or a 70-200mm f/4L IS along with the above accessories and a 550EX flash...
    As my general photography and travel kit, I carry a 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and a 70-200mm f/4L IS lens with either a Slik pro 330D tripod modified into a 2-pound 4-ounce travel rig or a Calumet monopod. I will usually carry both a 270EX and a 550EX flash with Joe demb Diffuser reflectors and the accessories above,
  43. I have a variety of lenses but when I head out walking or climbing in the hills, I will always have my Canon 17-40L, 100-400L and a 50 f/1.8. These two lenses account for the vast majority of my images.
    I have a Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 but do not often use it as well as a a Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro which is good but only occasional use.
    I carry all camera gear packed into their own drysacks, ND grads and other filters, back up battery etc and along with a tripod, they all go into my climbing back pack. I use a cotton carrier chest harness so my camera is always ready and to hand, even when the 100-400 is attached. While the 5d mkii has improved weather proofing I still carry a freezer bag and elastic band to protect it in heavier rain. Even if I am wild camping for several days in Scotland this is what I take. Weight carried, anywhere from as little as 9kg to a max of normally 25kg depending on what we are up to.
  44. I shoot handhold, mostly bird, stand around a long time or walk long distance so it depends on how I feel on the shooting days. If I feel great, I take a long my 500 f/4 and if not I take the 400 f/5.6. I pack one lens in my bag and when I'm in the field the empty bag stays in the car. Carrying too much stuff weighs you down in the field, and leaving them in the car always poses a thread of someone may steal them.
  45. OK, I'll play... :)
    It depends on what I'm shooting and how I'm shooting. Sometimes I work from a car and can take the whole mess, but other times I'm backpacking high in the Sierra Nevada and I have to minimize equipment. So here are a few sample scenarios:
    • Full on landscape work - vehicle based: I carry two bodies, a 5D and a 5D2. I carry a very large tripod, a range of ND and CP filters. I'll even have an electronic flash in the bag. As to lenses, the current full list will include 17-40, 24-105, 70-200, 100-400 zooms and 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, and 135mm primes. This is a lot of stuff, and I may not use all of it - but I'll bring it along in case I do.
    • Minimalist backpacking kit: I frequently photograph in the Sierra back-country on pack trips that may last a week or longer and include travel across some very high terrain. On a few occasions I have worked successfully with only: one body, a 24-105 lens, a polarizing filter, extra batteries, tripod (smaller and lighter than the regular one)
    • Typical backpacking kit: As above but with either two or three lenses. To the 24-105 I add the 17-40 and/or the 70-200.
    • Wildlife and vehicle based: I'll dispense with the 70-200 and rely entirely on the 100-400. I might not carry all the primes and I might not bring the 17-40.
    Back to the "austere list" notion. I believe - strongly - that you can make photographs with the gear you have in most cases. Although I frequently work with large quantities of gear, you might be surprised to find that I rarely if ever really feel limited when I carry, for example, only a 24-105 in the back-country. There is plenty to photograph, and I typically adapt to "seeing with the lens" that I have.
    In the end it is much less about which gear you have (though this is not entirely insignificant) and a lot less about how much gear you have - and a lot more about what you do with the gear you have.
  46. I have to say, I am astonished at the stuff a lot of you take. Such redundancy!
    I take 24/2.8, 35/1.4, 50/1.4, 70-200/4, 1.4X telecon. Leica table-top tripod.
    If I am in the car I will add a real tripod.
    If I go totally prime I take the same as above but replace the 70-200mm with the 135/2. I rarely do this as the 70-200m is more useful.
    If I am travelling very light I just take a 24-70.
  47. For landscape and wildlife I carry in my bag a Sigma 10-MM, a Tamron 18-MM and a Sigma 150-MM for a Canon 7D. I have found that to cover about everything I need The Tamron and Sigma 150-500 and stabilized. Sometimes I carry a monopod. I usually don't make enlargements over a 8 X 10 and these lens have been excellent for what I do. I realize prime lens are better but it gets down to what I am able to carry. When I was 40 years younger I had a completly different attitude and would haul everything I could.
    Jim Ducey

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