Lightweight backpacking kit (APS-C)

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noisebeam Senior Member • Posts: 2,633
Lightweight backpacking kit (APS-C)

I am thinking about my backpacking kit and how to optimize for weight. Landscape, hiking action and a bit of evening/astro if conditions warrant.

This is it:

  • Canon 200D Body = 453g
  • Canon 18-135 USM = 515g
  • Canon 10-18 STM = 240g
  • Sigma 15/2.8 FE = 371g - This is only brought for evening and astro shots, leave behind if cloudy.
  • Total weight = 1579g (1208g without the fisheye).

Other lenses I have, but I'd leave behind:

  • Canon 24/2.8 pancake = 125g (almost light enough to take anyway, but every bit counts)
  • Canon 50/1.8 II = 130g
  • Canon 55-250 STM = 375g (I'm not much of a tele shooter, but if I left the 18-135 I'd take it)
  • Sigma 30/1.4 = 265g (nice lens, but heavy)
  • Canon 100/2.8 Macro = 600g (way too heavy and covered by the 18-135)

If I bought another lens ideally I'd want a fast wide prime or zoom with IS that could cover the duty of the 10-18 and 15mm for around 600g. The sigma (or canon) 17-50/2.8 w/IS is interesting, but not quite wide enough and heavy. Wide open at 2.8 is it as good as the 15mm fisheye for astro?

Maybe kit like this:

  • Canon 200D Body = 453g
  • Sigma 17-50/2.8 = 565g
  • Canon 55-250 = 375g
  • Canon 10-18 = 240g
  • Total weight = 1633g. Hmmm, a little bit heavier, but also a bit more versatile.
 noisebeam's gear list:noisebeam's gear list
Sony RX100 II Canon EOS 30D Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM +8 more
Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D / Kiss X9)
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