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camera bag dilemas

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Jul 22, 2017 16:14 |  #1

im a long time lurker on this site visiting almost daily to look at images and to see whats up.. i have a dilema now about my gear which wont stop going around in my head, so i thought id reach out to the collective wisdom.

i use a 5d mkii usually with a canon 50mm1.4 lens, and also have canon 16-35 f4, 100m f2.8 and a sigma 120-400.

now i think its a great set-up, but im usually using the 50mm, because its a great focal length, but also because of its compact size, maybe it comes with age, but i cant be bothered to lug round too much stuff anymore!

my dilema is two fold; i am very tempted to go mirrorless due to its compactness and will probably get my missus a fuji just to scratch that itch.

but im not sure im ready to give up the slr just yet. i like the simplicity and weight of primes and what im thinking is to have in my camera bag

* 5d: 50mm 1.4, a 20mm 2.8?? and possibly a 1.5x extender.

should cover everything i need without big zooms. i would sell the 16-35 and 100 and keep the telephoto for sport/occasional use. i think it makes sense since my main objective is to have a small/light bag which i will take everywhere, but on the otherhand im struggling to sell these lenses which both take fantastic photos.

another thing that bugs me is that the 50mm in some ways is my least favourite lens! e.g. build quality, autofoucs. and ive read that theres quite some distortion with the 20mm...

im not sure really what my question is, but at least i feel better getting that off my chest!! ;)

appreaciate any thoughts, cheers

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Jul 22, 2017 19:26 |  #2

It might be worth looking at the Canon 80D or similar; combined with the EF-S prime lenses, this would be a lighter DSLR kit.

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Jul 23, 2017 06:54 |  #3

Good point, hadn't thought of a crop sensor...

I suppose my question boils down to is the 20mm + 50mm + extender a reasonable replacement for my current lenses? For travel, people and places? Do I lose a lot of IQ vs having a lighter bag and carrying around more often?? :rolleyes:

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Jul 24, 2017 02:27 |  #4

80D = 730 g (1.61 lb)
for travel and places : Canon 10-18mm = 240 g (8.5 oz)
for travel and people : Canon 35mm f/2 = 335 g (11.8 oz)
for people : Canon 85mm f/1,8 = 425 g (0.94 lb)

Total Weight (Bag not included) = 1730 g (~3.13 lb)

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Jul 29, 2017 21:44 |  #5

I sold 5 DMKII, 50L and 100L not so long time ago.
All I want from family and close people is coverable by 500D, 24mm pancake and tiny Canon flash (which I don't remember model of. :) ) And nobody noticed what I switched. :)
I could also take it close to other people, but I prefer if digital or film - Leica RF and Leica 35 or 50 mm lens. It is about 800 grams, but less bulky than SLR.
For SLR like, stay light and feel good I would like to recommend Fuji X100 series.

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Jul 30, 2017 06:51 |  #6

Small and light in Fuji is an X-T20, add a couple of the f/2 primes an you have a nice little kit.

I guess you should look at what you shoot most and see what will work best for you. Might check if the extender is compatible with the lenses you want to use it with.

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