Can you have too much gear?

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Can you have too much gear?
Jul 14, 2013

Looking in my bag I am getting the feeling I am lugging too much around. There is certainly a lens I can stop carrying. It is not so much the weight but the fact I keep seeing different things that I want to photograph so on an average day out probably change lens 5-6 times.

On the camera body front I tend to carry a 7D and a 40D but rarely use the 40D as I always want the 7Ds facilities and quality.

Lenses, EF-S 10-22, EF-S 17-55, EF 28-105, 70-200 2.8 IS II, EF 100-400, EF-S 60 and an MPE65 plus a 2x converter and a set of extension tubes.

Bit of overlap with the 2 large zooms but the quality of the 70-200 is just superb and I also use it with extension tubes at times to shoot large insects.

Also carrying 2 600 EX RT and a 550 EX but rarely use 3 flashes so I can probably leave one of those back home but it will probably then stagnate in a cupboard.

There is also a couple of flash benders and a set of gels, cleaning kit, spray bottle, tripod qr brackets, spare memory cards, notebook, pen, filters and holders etc. And the whole lot fits in a Lowepro Vertex 300. Oh, and sometimes some bird feed for use at a feeding station.

So walking around today in this heat I was perspiring somewhat and a little less weight may help. So what do I ditch? The 28-105 and the MPE65 can almost certainly join one of the flashguns. What else should go or should I just stay as is, prepared for anything?

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