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Apr 13, 2018 19:09:17   #
photoman022
 
I'm 64; I recently purchased an L.L. Bean combination sling bag/backpack (at the Salvation Army for $5). I've converted it into a camera bag; it carries my D3000 with 70-300 telephoto and my D3200 with 28-75 f/2.8 telephoto. They are fairly easy to carry and very light; the extra weight comes from the extra batteries, etc. I've packed into bag! And I have more room for more stuff! Since packing the extra batteries, etc. I've noticed a strain on my shoulder (I like using it as a sling bag). I have to get out my old notebook and determine my kit for a day of landscape photography!

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Apr 13, 2018 19:30:43   #
Dennis833
 
Iv'e carried a 4x5 outfit and camping gear into the Tasmanian wilderness for over 30 years. At 62 I'm still very fit but the weight of heavy camera equipment has become a very important consideration for me.

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Apr 13, 2018 19:36:07   #
LoneRangeFinder
 
billnikon wrote:
Mirrorless camera's are NOT that much lighter. Not when it comes to camera and lenses, especially mirrorless zoom lenses. The non 2.8 zoom lenses I am talking about. Not much difference at all, not when it comes down to direct comparisons. Mirrorless is the NEW, DSLR'S are the old, NEW has a natural appeal as better, therefore it builds it's own appeal.


Not really— but I’m done proving it. I’ve done the direct comparisons—and I actually have comparable camera-lens combos in both mirrorless and DSLR.

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Apr 13, 2018 20:41:06   #
JeffDavidson (a regular here)
 
Good for you. I am going to be 73 also and if it's to heavy, I put it in my backpack until the next photo opportunity.

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Apr 13, 2018 21:09:13   #
E.L.. Shapiro (a regular here)
 
At 74 years old, I am still shooting weddings, doing industrial and commercial jobs on location and usually lugging around some pretty heavy gear- lights, stands, tripods etc. Somehow, I never had the luxury of light weight equipment, especially for my basic hand held "candid" rig. Back in the day, it was a 13 pound combination; a 4x5 Linhoff press camera, an on board electronic flash lamp head/bracket and a pretty heavy flash power pack on a shoulder strap. The next era brought a Hasselbald system with a big strobe as well. The current is a Canon DSLR, shown here with a speedlight, but I still use my big flash units. 

Admittedly, at my age, although I am still a fast shooter and can move around quickly, I do suffer some aches and joint pains, usually after a long gig but I am not impaired in any way while I am working. My doctor told me that working hard even though there is some pain or stiffness will not cause any more damage and if anything, the exercise will be beneficial. 

I am not encouraging anyone to do anything that would worsen or exacerbate any physical condition but this is what I do to prolong my ability to keep doing my work with the gear of my choice. Basically I stay off the booze, cigarettes, and junk food and do a regular workout 3 times weekly. No crazy restrictive fad diets, no insane super strenuous exercise. My workout is weight training with moderate weights with the emphasis on repetitions and I quite a bit of walking. If I can maintain some good upper body strength, keep the legs in shape and give the ticker a good run, I am good to go. Using ground flax seeds (for texture) and turmeric (as a spice) in some foods provide natural anti inflammatories.

When I am working, I make certain to have good shoes with adequate support. 

My granddaughter made a picture of "Grandpa trying to be Arnold Schwarzenegger without the steroids" with her smartphone and there is a shot of my 3 generations of heavy gear! They are both on my phone so please see the next reply.

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Apr 13, 2018 21:12:46   #
E.L.. Shapiro (a regular here)
 
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Apr 13, 2018 21:39:28   #
sirlensalot
 
gvarner wrote:
What is it with weight? Unless you're physically impaired there's no reason to be always looking for lighter gear. Tired of carrying it around? Get in better shape. I'm 73 and in poor shape but have no problem carrying my D7000 and 18-200 zoom around when I go out and about. Shifting from one hand to the other isn't difficult. I like the inertia of the weight when I get it up to my eye to take a shot. Verticals are a bit problematic but I could solve that with more exercising and muscle tone. End of rant.
What is it with weight? Unless you're physically i... (show quote)



I agree that the weight is actually helpful, but I am not planning on hiking Kilimanjaro either.

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Apr 13, 2018 21:46:33   #
Capnyos
 
My usual is a Canon 7D2 with a Canon 70-200 f2.8L. I'm 70, but exercising and hiking and camping with my dog.

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Apr 14, 2018 01:43:14   #
19104
 
the thing for me is not really the weight. I have carpal tunnel in both arms and I am going thru physical therapy to allow me to shoot like i want. When I go to visit the grands in Florida. I sued to carry the big bag with 2 bodies and 6 lenses. The reason that I stopped was because it was just too much hassle constantly watching all that gear. now when i go I carry a D70 and a 18 - 105 to photograph the grands. A rig that I dont care if the 4 year old wants to takes pictures

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Apr 14, 2018 04:42:04   #
SharpShooter
 
aellman wrote:
It's size also. Many photogs want a camera that will fit in their pockets.


Why can’t they just get bigger pockets??? LoL
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Apr 14, 2018 09:37:39   #
BartHx
 
Some of us in our seventies and above are still backpacking at altitude and want to get the shot that most people would never even have the chance to see in person. When you need to carry your camera gear along with everything you need to survive in the wilderness for a week or two, every ounce becomes important. Based on the responses I got to a recent post about getting a replacement tripod for one that was lost in a fire, it is clear that some people have difficulty looking beyond their own needs and recognizing that someone else's needs might be different. The day may come when I am no longer able to even carry a medium format out onto the front porch. In the meantime, I will definitely refrain from finding fault with someone who determines what is best for them and their own goals might not be the same thing that I would select for myself.

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Apr 14, 2018 10:34:11   #
dswoff01
 
I got a D7500 over some others because it was a little heavier. As well as it being a pretty good camera.

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Apr 14, 2018 12:47:04   #
berchman (a regular here)
 
dswoff01 wrote:
I got a D7500 over some others because it was a little heavier. As well as it being a pretty good camera.


You should have gotten a D5 if you're looking for something heavier.

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Apr 14, 2018 13:08:29   #
rehess (a regular here)
 
dswoff01 wrote:
I got a D7500 over some others because it was a little heavier. As well as it being a pretty good camera.

berchman wrote:
You should have gotten a D5 if you're looking for something heavier.

Permanently attaching a wooden tripod to it would give real 'heft' to it!

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Apr 14, 2018 15:24:23   #
Blenheim Orange (a regular here)
 
BartHx wrote:
Some of us in our seventies and above are still backpacking at altitude and want to get the shot that most people would never even have the chance to see in person. When you need to carry your camera gear along with everything you need to survive in the wilderness for a week or two, every ounce becomes important. Based on the responses I got to a recent post about getting a replacement tripod for one that was lost in a fire, it is clear that some people have difficulty looking beyond their own needs and recognizing that someone else's needs might be different. The day may come when I am no longer able to even carry a medium format out onto the front porch. In the meantime, I will definitely refrain from finding fault with someone who determines what is best for them and their own goals might not be the same thing that I would select for myself.
Some of us in our seventies and above are still ba... (show quote)



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