I recently returned from a trip to Germany,Belgium and France and I am exhausted from lugging my EOS40D wiith the Canon 28/135 lens around. That combination is very heavy although the quality of the pics is great.I am considering buying a lighter lens and would be thankful for any suggestions you all will offer.
Thanks and I will await your response.
Well, I suppose you have several alternatives:
- get a compact camera, ie G11 etc
- get a P&S camera
- get a lighter lens, ie 17-85 or 17-55........lots depends on what part of the 28-135 you found most useful and most wanting.
- use a different suspension system, assuming you used the traditional neck strap
- go to the gym before your next trip!!!!
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If you want to cut the weight by a significant amount you need more than a lighter lens. Try a compact like a Canon G10 or G11 or a Nikon P6000, a bridge camera like a Canon SX20 IS, Nikon P100, Lumix FZ35, or Fuji HS10, or a micro 4/3 camera like the Olympus E-PL1 or Lumix GH-1.
If you want to stick with a DSLR try a light weight body with built-in stabilization like a Pentax KX or Sony a330. That allows you to use lighter non-stabilized lenses.
I had a D60 and then got a D90. I like superzooms for several reasons, but one is they save weight. I was using the D90 with a Tamron 18-270 VC. I love the conbination except for the weight. I've started going back to the D60 with a Tamron 18-200 non-stabilized. The difference is 11 oz. It doesn't sound like a lot, but after carrying it and a bag with two or three other lenses for two or three hours, I feel the difference. I also bought a Fuji HS10 bridge camera. I can carry it all day and not feel it. I still use the D90 and 18-270 VC when I'm going to shoot under low light, but I use the D60 and HS10 more and more.
I'm going to be 67 in a few weeks. I'm in good shape, but I appreciate every bit of weight I can save.
Thanks Mark.I appreciate your suggestions.I also carried the G11 but had more confidence in the 40D.