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Pepe ­ Guitarra
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Jul 16, 2013 18:21 |  #1

Yes, since I switched to Canon, I have had to endure heavy cameras with heavy lenses. I have accepted the extra work with pleasure, the reward is in the final product. However, I just realized that some of the pulled-muscles, back-aches, side-aches, neck-aches may have to do with the heavy load I endure. For instance, for 15 days,during my vacation, I carried the 5DII plus the 24-105/4 from my R7 over my right shoulder: I developed a pain on the left side of the hip. For the combination 1DIII+Sigma 120-300/2.8 OS, I have to carry the set either on my right or left hand, or keep changing. After a while. I cannot hold it anymore. The one that causes less trouble is the 7D+ 400/5.6. In any case, I am getting pains all over, and spending time at the massage parlor, or chiropractor. I never had this before. After three or four days of break, I decided to take my Pentax K5 with a 50mm/4 macro for a walk. It is not heavy, and I put the strap around my neck! No good, I felt the neck pain, and then when I bent to shota flower, I had a backache. I just turned 60, but I have excercised all my life and have no medical issues. I have the feeling it is the heavy Canon. My co-worker got a hernia and his wife blamed his Canon set up (he did carry the whole line). He finally sold every Canon lens andcamera and moved to Leica. Has anyone felt the same thing?


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Jul 16, 2013 18:28 |  #2

From my perspective all that matters is the final product. But I'm also 20 years old and don't have back problems...


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Jul 16, 2013 20:43 as a reply to  @ steamstash's post |  #3

Some weightlifting will fix that.

Haven't had a back problem ever since I started doing heavy squats and deadlifts.


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Jul 16, 2013 21:16 |  #4

I have the 5DII with grip and use the 24-105 or 24-70 along with the 1DIII that would have the 70-200 2.8 L IS and an extender on it. The best resolution for carrying was the Rapid system, it carries the weight across the body and your not always shrugging camera straps into place or making weird bends to take a picture without loosing a camera. No load on the neck either. Nice that the cameras stay within easy reach too.
I'm 55, slightly overweight and active. Lots of previous sports/work/accident injuries to contend with, but a good back.
I've carried this setup through full day treks in winter and summer, snowshoeing or hiking mountain trails. Been a little stiff, but nothing at all like you described.
I've been in recent discussions in another forum here about Cotton Carriers, sounds like a possible solution for you too.
Raise more questions with your doctor or your muscular/skeletal condition.
Yes, the gear is heavy, but the results are magnificent. From your description, the carrying meathod could be the issue.


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Jul 17, 2013 00:09 |  #5

Pepe, the real question is how many hours per week have you been carrying the Canon
with the Big lens since you got it, compared to the other lenses, or the Pentax with the 50?
I know you have been enjoying the new Sigma, so isn't it worth it. I know I think mine is :-)

You just need to pick up a Walk Stool, a nice monopod or tripod with a Gimbal Head, and
learn to sit and relax and let the birds come to you (and don't forget to bring a cooler with
a couple cold beverages).

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Jul 17, 2013 00:29 |  #6

If you're looking for an excuse to get a Leica do it!

I really like the less is more mentality, my favorite camera is a $5 film compact.

I have more fun with that than I do with my DSLR.


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Jul 17, 2013 18:25 as a reply to  @ maverick75's post |  #7

Any opinions on this camera?

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Jul 18, 2013 23:33 |  #8

How about a Canon SL1 for walking around, when your not using the 5DII or 1DIII?

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