Thom’s Sony E/FE Bag

Yes, recently I’ve been carrying around something other than m4/3. I’m starting to get a lot more nuanced in how I approach things. For long into-the-deep-backcountry hikes the m4/3 bag still is my first choice, as I can build a smaller, lighter kit that serves me quite well. Carrying extra weight on all-day or overnight hikes in the middle of nowhere is something I long ago learned to avoid.

But for more city-based or front-country travel assignments, I’ve started using a Sony-based bag of mirrorless gear.

At the forefront of that bag is the Sony A7rII. This 42mp full frame camera is master of most everything. It works into low light far better than the m4/3 cameras, but it also is a pretty much state-of-the-art low ISO camera, too. Things I’d start to worry about with m4/3 (deep shadow detail) I generally don’t with the Sony.

In the bag are three Sony f/4 zooms:

  • 16-35mm f/4
  • 24-70mm f/4
  • 70-200mm f/4

Depending what I’m intending to shoot, I may throw one of the Sony primes in there, but those three “4” lenses comprise a very competent set from very wide to telephoto in a reasonably compact form. Certainly smaller in size/weight than I can really do with my Nikon DSLRs.

If I need a backup camera, it’ll be the A6300 (I don’t own the A6500 at the moment). If I add a lens for that camera, it’s generally the excellent 10-18mm f/4, though if I’m not weight conscious I’ll throw in the 16-70mm f/4, too.

Note that these f/4 zooms aren’t perfect. If you’re shooting raw, you may have linear distortion and vignetting you need to deal with, and the frame edges on some of these lenses aren’t great until you’re stopped down some.

All of this easily fits into the new Peak Design backpack I’ve been putting through its paces, but when I opt for the more minimal package (2 bodies, 3 lenses), there’s lots of extra room in that bag. The overall bag weight is probably 50% more than my m4/3 bag, but that’s still far less than my DSLR bag.

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