For all of you that backpack.
About a year ago, my wife and I did a 61 mile three night backpack loop in Yosemite starting and finishing at Hetch Hetchy ( 12,841 ft elevation gain).
My gear included my Sony A7, a Sony 24-105mm f/4 lens which I rented from Lens Rental, a Sirui T-2205X tripod with Oben BA-7T ball head (with another ballhead attached to My REI Hiker Staff used as a monopod), about 10 batteries and a MindShift Gear Ultralight Camera Cover 20 which is no longer made .
Overall I was happy with the gear and the weight, but I felt a bit limited with the lens choice. I didn’t want to take an extra lens with me, not only because of extra weight, but the fact that Sony sensors love to attract dust when changing lenses out in the field, no matter how careful you are.
Overall I loved the 24-105 range for day time shots, but I love night photography and with the f/4 limit, getting those moonless night pictures without a lot of noise was a big challenge for me, and I was a bit disappointed with most of the results.
(I don’t think the newest version of the A7 or the A7R series would have been such a problem as I experienced, but I have what I have). I think a 18 or 21 mm f/2.8 lens would have worked a lot better in some of the tight night shots I wanted to capture, but then again, I didn’t want the extra weight or dust on my sensor.
I have added my favorite night shot from a lake on our third night, but the 24mm f/4 just didn’t work for me from what I was seeing. The lake was small and the trees grew right up to the shoreline.
I currently have the Tamron 28- 75 f/2.8 and might get the 17-70 f/2.8 next year which would have worked for my lake milky way shot.
What gear do you carry or recommend that makes backpacking an enjoyable experience and not feeling like you are overburdened with the extra weight.
As for my backpack, I have the REI flash 65, pretty lightweight, but more durable that the lighter bags like gossamer gear. I split out our REI half dome 2 plus tent with my wife. I use the REI Mojave down sleeping bag and thermarest prolite plus pad.
In winter I use a larger bag for the extra gear needed for those colder temps. A Gregory Baltoro 75 Pack.