My camera gear and new camera bag, travelling ultra light – approx. 1.5 Kg (3 lbs) total weight!.

Hi everyone,

I’ve manged to get the total weight of my camera gear down to about 1 Kg. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk II + Fotodiox grip, battery and memory card fitted (550 g)ย  M.Zuiko 9-18 mm (approx 155 g), M.Zuiko 25 mm 1.8 (approx 136g) and Panasonic Lumix 12-60 mm (approx 210 g) and including my new thinkTANK Turnstyle 10 v2 sling bag (400 g) and few essential, such as spare batteries, memory cards, lens wipes and my thinkTANK Emergency camera rain cover, approx 1.5 Kg!.

I own or have seen faster and debatably sharper lenses but I’ve not seen sharper, faster and lighter lenses and certainly not a price point that I can afford or justify. The 12-60 mm is also weather-sealed to compliment my camera’s weather sealing. I chose the Fotodiox grip in preference to Olympus’ย  own grip as it doesn’t need to be detached and re-attached every time to change the camera’s battery.

My kit, chosen for it’s weight, size and focal length coverage to suit my photographic interests, which as I guess most of you already know are travel/landscapes.

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The bag seems like it’ll be perfect for my day-to-day requirements. Heaven knows I’ve tried all types of bag, shoulder bags, backpacks etc. and they all hurt. Could this be the one?!. The strap is nicely shaped and well padded.


Main compartment, easy access to my gear. I’ve added a HeroClip to the top loop to easily hang it up or suspend it from a tripod hook. I really like the idea of swinging the bag round and my gear is right there where I want it.


Rear compartment will hold an 8 inch tablet but is ideal for stashing myย thinkTANK emergency camera rain cover which could also hang from the HeroClip to dry out when required.


Main compartment for my camera and my choice of lenses. There’s also a horizontal stacking divider provided but I’m not currently using it.


Another inside compartment, maybe for some paperwork, travel documents or suchlike.


Front compartment comprising of three pockets for myย  filters, lens wipes, memory cards etc. and a larger front section in which you can just see my NEEWER battery case which is holds four Olympus BLN-1 batteries perfectly and securely.


End compartment housing the bag’s rain cover, shown with the waist strap ends tucked in. I think that the addition of the waist strap to the V2 is a very useful feature to stop the bag swinging around on the move.


Ultimately I don’t know how this bag will work out but I hope that my shoulders, back and neck will thank me for it. :).

Kind regards


PS. A while back I started using Cordweaver camera straps.ย like the red one shown in this post.