Lighter Weight Photography Solutions

On my morning walk I only took a 50mm lens for my camera, but I still managed to get these images.  I managed to prepare these views by using a lot of cropping and resizing … but it worked.  The fly was small and the ducks were really too far away, but I wanted to see what I could achieve.

I wasn’t using a longer zoom lens since I was trying to “go light” and take pictures with one hand.  My back and legs were giving me trouble and I was walking with a cane in my left hand while I used a sling strap to carry the camera.  I turned the camera on and set the aperture at f/2.8 with auto ISO when I left the house; therefore, all I had to do to take a picture was raise the camera up to my eye and push the shutter button.  The Canon 70D with the 50mm lens is light enough that I can manage it with one hand.  It really isn’t light in weight but is manageable with the good handgrip.

Using my biggest and best camera with prime lenses is a way to reduce the weight to a minimum.  I use my 24mm pancake lens as well as the 50mm lens to be able to get quality images and reduce the weight; but, I have something else I plan to try.  I have ordered a Nikon 1 J5 camera to see what I can do with it.  The camera and lenses for it are very small and light in weight, but it only has a one-inch sensor.  I want to see if the smaller size and lighter weight off-set the loss in image quality (IQ).  I am assuming that it will have lower IQ, but the only way to evaluate the trade-off is try if for a period of time and see what I can do with its raw images.