Hi, After experimenting with different camera bags I’ve returned to an old favourite of mine my Samsonite “Trekking” D-F/V2 camcorder bag. This bag is small (internal compartment size 15cm x 7cm x 10.5 cm), sturdy, lightweight (322 g), very well made, as you might expect from Samsonite and holds my OM-D E-M5 + HLD-6 grip with any of my lenses attached plus four additional MFT prime lenses in the main compartment and my filters, spare batteries and memory cards in the zip-up front compartment.One thing that I really like about this bag is its size, it can fit on the floor between your feet or compactly on your lap in a crowded train or bus. I’ve actually had this bag for about 15 years now and you can pick these up really cheap on e-bay etc..I’d thoroughly recommend this bag for mirrorless cameras and lenses as it is so small, tough and lightweight yet it can accommodate a lot of equipment. I’d rather have a lighter bag over a heavy bag, it doesn’t make sense to me having in-part chosen my camera and lenses for their lack of size and weight only to carry them around in a big, heavy camera bag. One final thing about the bag that I really like is that the zip-up “lid” opens away from your body which makes it pretty easy to insert and remove the camera without removing the bag from one’s shoulder. I recently bought six of these Caden Neoprene pouch bags small size which snugly fit my M.Zuiko 12mm,17mm,25mm and 45mm lenses, Sigma 60mm and Samyang 7.5mm lenses all with their lens hoods attached. Four of my lenses in these pouches all fit into the above bag. You can buy two of these pouches on e-bay for as little as £1.99. I’ve seen the camera bags sold on e-bay for £10-£15 you could get the bag and 6 pouches for as little as £16-£21 and that’s pretty good value for money by anyone’s standards!. I have no connections with the manufacturers of any of the camera equipment referred to in this blog posting..
I know I’m VERY late to the party in writing this but I don’t really post much about camera equipment. Back in March of this year I purchased my Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera. Photographically speaking this has been somewhat of a life-changing event. I’d compare it to meeting an old friend that one hasn’t seen for years, a mixture of nostalgia and the re-discovering of old interests but with a contemporary twist. I’m part-referring to my Olympus OM film camera days but also to enjoying the latest in technical innovations like the amazing five-way image stabilisation and electronic viewfinder .
For some years I sort of existed in what I’d describe as a photographic “limbo”, caught somewhere between my lightweight, go anywhere, Olympus OM film camera days and what I’d consider to be a true digital camera system successor. During this time I abandoned my film cameras and was an early adopter of digital cameras but I could never find one with which I was truly happy. One prime concern for me is weight, that’s one of the things that I best-loved about the OM cameras and lenses but, even so, carrying half a dozen or so lenses and a camera body with winder was still tiring after a day out and about, that’s a lot of heavy glass but, putting the clock back, I was twenty-five to thirty or so years younger at the time and considerably fitter and stronger than I am now so this was, at that time, a good solution..
So, when I discovered that Olympus had produced the Micro Four Thirds OM-D system I became excited at both the concept and the prospect of re-experiencing my OM camera days. I certainly haven’t been disappointed in any way. The E-M5 perfectly suits my style of photography, I guess the auto focus system in E-M1 is a lot better suited for those with an interest in sports or action photography and it has many more programmable dials and buttons if that is of interest but is also heavier and I only require three programmable buttons to satisfy my tastes, one for exposure compensation, one for ISO adjust and one for depth of field preview.
Throughout the course of the year I’ve steadily expanded my range of fast prime lenses which primarily consists of Olympus M.Zuiko 12mm f/2.0, 17mm f/1.8, 25mm f/1.8 and 45mm f/1.8 as well as Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 and Sigma 60mm f/2.5 lenses. In 35mm/full frame sensor terms 15mm fisheye, 24mm, 34mm wide angles, 50mm standard, 90mm and 120mm telephoto focal lengths.Here’s the great bit, the total combined weight of all these lenses plus the OM-D E-M5 body with HLD-6 grip attached with memory card and battery fitted is, quite remarkably, only 1.5 Kg (3lb 6oz) or 1 1/2 bags of sugar!!. Throw in a few extra memory cards, spare batteries, filters, lens hoods and my Gorillapod Hybrid (holds up to 1Kg) and you still have an extremely portable lightweight camera system which I’ve carried around all day without being overly fatigued.
Of course although I’m very concerned about weight it would all be totally pointless if the camera equipment wasn’t capable of producing extremely high quality photographs and the OM-D system excels in that department. Cameras come and go with every new innovation but I think it’ll be a long time before I find a better quality more versatile system that meets my requirements so well. In the last ten months I have taken hundreds of photographs with this camera and lenses and the quality of the results has been consistently excellent.
PS. I have no association with any of the photographic equipment manufacturers referred to in this post.