Thomas Heaton put out a new YouTube video a few days ago that many photographers, especially those who hike out to destinations, will have a lot of interest in. Heaton is downsizing not only the amount of equipment for his next landscape photography adventure, but he’s also trying out Canon’s APS-C mirrorless system that’s on loan from Canon. As we see in the video, he does have some reservations about using the M5 system over the 5D Mark IV and specifically going from the L-series glass to the less robust lenses with the Canon M5.
Heaton goes through the rest of his photography kit attempting to shave off weight by changing up or replacing nearly every piece that he uses to capture his images. By downsizing his camera bag, Heaton says he should be down a couple kilos worth of weight which adds up for every step out on the trail. By the end of the video we see Heaton explain how he puts together the rest of his hiking bag and the systems he uses to know where everything is when seconds count or when just keeping his camera safe when hiking.
I hope when we see the images that Heaton captures out on his trip that it shows just how great a “lower end” camera can be. Many times we rely on a more expensive kit to enable us to produce images when a bit more technique could do the same, save weight, and keep a bit more money in our pockets. Especially when we can use that cash to take the trip we’ve been wanting to but couldn't afford with the money we spent on the tools in the first place.