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Old 02-08-2013, 06:09   #1 (permalink)
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Ever since I took a real interest in photography over 45 years ago I have owned a SLR they have always been heavy in fact the more expensive they got the heavier they got that's a fact! except the Olympus OMs of course,when I tried one the OMs just did not feel right for me so I never bought one or owned one but I knew a lot of people that did. When Digital arrived it was like a breath of fresh air to the camera scene we had light weight DSLRs but as time went on and the pixel count got higher it seems now that every decent DSLR has just got heavier and heavier, I don't want to start a bragging war but I now own the best DSLR that I have ever owned it puts all my other cameras to shame except one or two of my larger format cameras of years ago! but the problem is when its been around your neck for a few hours in a very hot climate sometimes it gives me the neck ache and shoulder ache, so my last foreign holiday I ditched the heavy camera gear and just packed a good quality compact, it was a challenge, but I still got some decent pictures including a couple of good wildlife pictures, in fact I only missed my DSLR and long lens a couple of times, next week see's the last of my foreign holidays for another year, I am just taking my compact again oh by the way I can get a decent A3 from my compact but no bigger! As I am no spring chicken I just wonder how long its going to be now when all my heavy gear stays in the drawer or to be used as paper weights! It will be interesting to hear from other users of this forum what your thoughts are on this subject!
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Re: Too Heavy DSLRs V Compacts

The solution is easy. You need to use a different.strap - one that does not go on your neck!

My D700 + 24-70 f2.8 weighs in at 2.2kilos, but I can carry it all day hardly noticing it is there. It is the same design as the Black Rapid strap which cost in the region of £60, but by buying on e-bay it cost £12.

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Re: Too Heavy DSLRs V Compacts

Forgot to mention that there are several systems available now to enable your camera to be carried without using your neck. Belt clips and gadgets and different systems to use a shoulder to take the weight.
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I load my shoulders....... which then feel the weight after a while!

Currently, I take compact and mobile when I don't want the 'hassle' of the dSLR rather than weight (walking the dog, mainly). But with increased processing power, oversampling techniques, infinite DOF and graphene batteries, it's only a matter of time before dSLRs will be paperwights!
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Hi Graham, I forgot to mention I have tried a home made wrist strap (before they were manufactured) which was fine when I had a D300, too much for my D700, and no chance with my present outfit, when travelling I use a 28-300 which is always fixed on as my standard lens! this outfit is almost my limit for hand luggage on most flights! When just taking a compact it fits in my pocket that's done away with the hand luggage! Good thinking Markulous.....
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I take my camera on it's black rapid strap, then take my husband or son as sherpas for the rest of the gear
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er that Idea does not work any more, I used to encourage my Mrs to take a large shoulder bag when we were out and about just in case we do any shopping,the Mrs soon discovered that we never went shopping she said all I ever use this bag for is to carry your photo gear in!
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Just a thought Just Ltd - B-Grip & Handstrap Combo
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er that Idea does not work any more, I used to encourage my Mrs to take a large shoulder bag when we were out and about just in case we do any shopping,the Mrs soon discovered that we never went shopping she said all I ever use this bag for is to carry your photo gear in!
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....... until he goes for a swim and then he's sacked!
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Re: Too Heavy DSLRs V Compacts

Love these two shots.
Mans best friend does have his limits.
I I stuck a bag on my Maggie. She would probably sit down and whine.
She loves water too. Dam boarder Collies.:-)
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Well I never thought of getting a dog! But what a great way to carry your gear! Just heard the Mrs shout you can get that idea out of your head! We will be in Spain next week so a dog is out of the question! For now......
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i have an easy solution,., i dont take holidays in hot climates lol but seriously i dont own a compact, there has only been maybe two occasions that i wished i had one, and thats isnt enough for me to spend money.... i just dont see the point after spending thousands of £ on gear for you not to use it. on my one and only foreign holiday i took my DSLR and one lens(24- 105) could have done with another lens but it wasnt the end of the world as alan took his 28-300 so we chopped and changed. and to be honest it was fine. but then i rarely have my camera round my neck unless im needing both hands i carry it in one hand normally
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Re: Too Heavy DSLRs V Compacts

Had the same problem when going for hikes, now use a compact Nikon P7000, its great, put into lowepro small pack that i can attach to trouser strap, takes decent pictures to RAW
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I use slr's and compacts but I don't need a racehorse when I only need to pull a cart- as always horses for courses, this site for instance isn't interested in my 24mp files
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as always horses for courses, this site for instance isn't interested in my 24mp files
Or my 70mb ones
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Des, in another thread I have mentioned why I bought a Bridge Camera for similar reasons. However, it is not the single DSLR plus lens round my neck that concerns me (yes I do get the same problems as you over a long day). It is the carrying of the related kit (additional lenses etc.) which bothers me. However, having used the bridge camera for 4 months now, while I am generally pleased with it, the quality is significantly inferior to my full frame DSLR which has a sensor of about 30 times the area. Of course it is unreasonable to expect the same performance but natural to draw comparisons particularly as I will sometimes take both camera, if I am in my car.

I have now accepted that for serious photoshoots, I will have to take the full DSLR kit but for other photography (family and holiday snaps), I have to be practical and accept that the Bridge may be the only option. My foreign holidays are to suit my wife as well and are not usually chosen for photography so I would not lose out by talking the bridge camera in most cases. However, if I go back to Venice, it will be the full kit.
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HI Dave! Yes you are right! anything important it would have to be the dslr! After many years of travel things change, hand luggage at airports is a problem, WWT lnsurance is another! FionaB is right in a way, why spend thousands on a camera and leave it at home! Its a bit like a car as long as you get there in the end, my last holiday was great without my heavy dslr I only missed it on a couple of occasions but I suppose that was 2 good shots missed! But never mind....getting back to dslrs why do they have to be so heavy?
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getting back to dslrs why do they have to be so heavy?
The elves that assemble the dots aren't lightweight..


In all seriousness, I think they generally do a lot to lighten them but if they were to get too light then people would question the quality..

I guess I am 'lucky' in a way: I'm built like a draft horse. Trust me other problems come with the territory, but strapping 10 pounds of gear to me is nothing major...
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i actually find the lowepro belt is fabulous and u hardly notice the weight at all
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Do you know, I have just realised an advantage to being disabled......... I put my camera bag with all the lenses etc, I think I will need for the day on the "floor" of my mobility scooter. No weight on my shoulders at all, a bracket on the handle bars, so no tripod. You do need to be careful of the strap though, going full tilt and having it wrap round a wheel can cause a sudden stop or swerve and be expensive if the top is open!.
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Good to see that you have gained an advantage from your situation
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Just had a thought, why dont venues / shows etc have caddies (as in golf) for hire to carry your gear (like caddies carry your golf clubs) ?
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because we bring our families along as pack mules anyway and just have to tip them with food
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Ah yes, but then you have to go shopping with them, and tell them "no it does'nt make your bum look big"
to make up for it.
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I bought a Lowpro Roller thinking it would be like pulling my golf clubs around. It is OK but there are many occasions for which it is unsuitable. One photographic venue appeared to have key areas connected by wide tarmac paths linked by a series of tracks. When I got there, the "wide tarmac paths" turned out to be tracks and the "tracks" turned out to be vague routes over tree roots and rocks. The Lowpro could not handle the latter. On the other hand I took the LowPro Roller on the Severn valley railway and that was fine.

I do have a Low Pro Slingshot which is very versatile if you can carry the kit around but my back will not take the Slingshot any distance now but I would still recommend it for others.

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