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Are You Carrying Excess Camera Baggage?

Posted by Leigh Diprose

Excess_Baggage

History has shown us when a company releases something revolutionary the world changes, and that's exactly what happened when Fujifilm released the X100 back in 2012 to the photography world. 

What we've seen since then is a change for what we think is the better - a lighter, smaller camera system that still offers high quality photographs.

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The main advantage I see when I'm out in the field is that photographers like myself can roam freely without having to lug around the 'excess baggage' of their heavier Digital SLR's, lenses and associated accessories.

From the constant feedback I hear this is certainly the case for many of the X-Series wedding, landscape, portrait and street photographers out there - no more do they have to put up with sore backs due to long hours of holding their heavier Digital SLR's.

So, for all the non Fujifilm X-Series users (and in the interest of saving photographers backs around the world), I thought it would be a good idea to calculate some of the weight a typical photographer might carry based on their photographic genre. I'm not going to mention brands here, but I'm sure you can work out what main Digital SLR brands are out there.

I encourage you to share these calculations with the Digital SLR photographers out there and ask them the question -  "How's your back?"

Wedding Photographers

Wedding photographers will typically carry two Digital SLR's with two to three lenses. The total weight approximately comes to: 


Digital SLR Wedding Kit 1

1880g - 2x Digital SLR (containing one battery per unit)
780g - 2x Battery Grips (containing one battery per unit)
635g - 1x Wide Angle Lens (16-35mm lens)
1025g - 1x Portrait Lens (85mm)
1490g - 1x Portrait Lens (70-200mm lens)

5.81 Kgs - Total Weight 

 

 

Digital SLR Wedding Kit 2

2136g - 2x Digital SLR (containing one battery per unit)
976g - 2x Battery Grips (containing one battery per unit) 
680g - 1x Wide Angle Lens (16-35mm lens)
595g - 1x Portrait Lens (85mm)
1540g - 1x Portrait Lens (70-200mm lens)

5.927 Kgs - Total Weight 

 

Fujifilm X-Series Wedding Kit

872g - 2x X-T1 (containing one battery per unit)
572g - 2x VGXT1 Vertical Grips (containing one battery per unit) 
655g - 1x Wide Angle Lens (XF 16-55mm F2.8 lens)
405g - 1x Portrait Lens (XF 56mm f1.2 lens)
995g - 1x Portrait Lens (XF 50-140mm F2.8 lens)

3.49 Kgs - Total Weight 

The rough weight difference between the Fujifilm kit and the Digital SLR kits mentioned above is 2.4 kgs. To put the difference into perspective it would be like carrying around the weight of 4 basket balls!

 



Landscape Photographers

Landscape photographers will typically carry one Digital SLR's with two to three lenses. The total weight approximately comes to: 

 

Digital SLR Landscape Kit 1

940g - 2x Digital SLR (containing one battery per unit)
390g - 1x Battery Grips (containing one battery per unit) 
635g - 1x Wide Angle Lens (16-35mm lens)
290g - 1x Prime Lens (50mm lens)


3.195 Kgs - Total Weight 

 

Digital SLR Landscape Kit 2

1068g - 2x Digital SLR (containing one battery per unit)
488g - 1x Battery Grips (containing one battery per unit) 
680g - 1x Wide Angle Lens (16-35mm lens)
280g - 1x Prime Lens (50mm lens)


3.584 Kgs - Total Weight 

 

Fujifilm X-Series Wedding Kit

436g - 2x X-T1 (containing one battery per unit)
286g - 1x VGXT1 Vertical Grips (containing one battery per unit) 
410g - 1x Wide Angle Lens (XF 10-24mm F4 lens)
187g - 1x Prime Lens (XF 35mm F1.4 lens)


1.755 Kgs - Total Weight 

 

The rough weight difference between the Fujifilm kit and the Digital SLR kits mentioned above is 1.63 kgs. To put the difference into perspective it would be like carrying around the weight of 3 basket balls!



 

Street Photography

Digital SLR Street Kit 1

940g - 1x Digital SLR (containing one battery per unit)
580g - 1x Prime Lens (35mm lens)
290g - 1x Prime Lens (50mm lens)


1.81 Kgs - Total Weight 

 

Digital SLR Street Kit 2

1068g - 1x Digital SLR (containing one battery per unit)
305g - 1x Prime Lens (35mm lens)
280g - 1x Prime Lens (50mm lens)


1.653 Kgs - Total Weight 

 

Fujifilm X-Series Street Kit

436g - 1x X-T1 (containing one battery per unit)
300g - 1x Prime Lens (XF 23mm F1.4 lens)
187g - 1x Prime Lens (XF 35mm F1.4 lens)

923 Grams - Total Weight 


The rough weight difference between the Fujifilm kit and the Digital SLR kits mentioned above is 800 grams. To put the difference into perspective it would be like carrying around 615 blown up balloons!

 

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So there you go, if you use an X-Series kit you should feel like you can photograph for longer periods of time without getting a sore back.

What do you think? As an X-Series user what benefits do you see when you use X-Series gear?

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