It’s a never ending battle to figure out how to have just what you need, when you need it, without having have a 400 pound motorized rolling cart!!!! The trick is to decide what you think you will need to do the work you need to do, and keep it in bite size portions. I’ve tried backpacks, but I never wear them in the field, but pull what I need out and leave the rest in the vehicle. When you get a mile away, sure enough, what you needed was back in the SUV!
Above is my “current experiment”. I love the very small Think Tank Retrospective 5 bags, I have two, one with the leather cover and trim and one plain. Makes it easier to tell which has what inside!!
Here is my plan, I find I most often shoot in one of two modes, (personals styles), I either prefer fast single focal length lenses, or I find myself doing work that is easier with zooms. Since Fuji has superb examples of both in the X System I have a small two bag system to cover both approaches.
Bag One: The leather trimmed Retrospective 5 contains a 16mm f 1.4 (24mm equiv.), a 56mm f 1.2 (85mm equiv.), and a Fuji X PRO 2 body with the 35mm f 2 (50mm equiv.) That cover the all important 24mm to 85mm range all with fast lenses. *These also happen to be three of the very best Fuji XF lenses!
Bag Two: The other regular Retrospective 5 contains a full set of zooms and one specialty lens. the 10-24 f 4 OIS lens (15-36 mm equiv.), a 18-135 f 3.5-5.6 (27-200 equiv.) and lastly my favorite Fuji lens, the 90mm f 2 (135mm equip.) This lens doubles as a macro lens with Nikon 5T and 6T diopters and automatic extension tubes, and it is arguably Fuji’s sharpest lens!!!!!
So when I arrive on site, I can decide which route to go and grab one small bag and have ell the focal lengths I might need! The super long 100-400 is always in the backpack, when I really need to reach out optically! I almost never walk any real distance carrying it! It is a trunk lens!
I am anxious to get a production X-T2, but until then, I love the X Pro 2 and it is giving me wonderful results!
I will try this system for a while and let you know how it’s going!
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