There is no magical size/weight advantage

Started Mar 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Sante Patate Veteran Member • Posts: 5,908
Leica and light bags.

samfan wrote:

At the end what matters is what ends up in your bag. And if shorter FD gives you a 10% size and weight reduction, the smaller lens elements 20%, lighter electronics 20% and collapsibility 20%, then it all adds up to a very nice reduction right there. Leica afficionados who value the size of their system against DSLRs don't care they're comparing it to AF VR N IS OS VS or whatever lenses, they want to have a light camera bag.

It's the fact that Leica lenses are $2.5K to $6K each that keeps the bag light ;-).  The fact that the longest lens Leica make in M mount is 135mm helps as well.

Leica users have light bags because they have made a choice (or can't afford not) to photograph with one or two prime lenses.  A similar choice is open to everybody, whatever system they use.  It is the perceived need to maintain coverage of a huge focal range that keeps the bag heavy, whatever tinkering around the edges is done.

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