Ultralight Lens Protection for Travel and Backpacking

Lens need to be packed somehow when travelling in order to prevent their damage. One of the often used options is to carry them in a photo backpack, which usually includes some internal compartments with padding. This definitely is a convenient way of lens, camera and other gear storage, but for my personal needs it isn’t flexible enough. Sometimes I need just a day pack for photo gear,  rain gear and some food, another time a much larger backpack for multi-day adventures. Not to mention that photo backpacks are usually rather heavy and not particularly outdoor friendly. A notable exception are Mindshift backpacks, they look like very nice outdoor photo backpacks, but I’d still miss the flexibility of individual lens packing in a backpack of my choice.

The best what I have found for a reasonable lens protection and that can also carry an ultralight tag are Neoprene pouches. They are very light, a 3mm thick neoprene offers a limited, but in most cases adequate protection and there’s an easy access through a drawstring closed top. Each of the 4 available sizes also offers a belt loop and a hook. Since I don’t need these features, I got rid of them, which made the pouches somewhat cleaner and lighter (about 10g each).

For the small lens of mirrorless systems, like Fujifilm X, just the two smallest pouch sizes cover almost all of the available lenses. The small one (originally 33g) is great for primes, like Samyang/Rokinon 12mm or Fujinon XF 23mm and medium (originally 41g) can handle the rest, like Fujinon XF 10-24mm or even telephoto lenses like Fujinon XF 55-200mm.

In case there’s anybody afraid to have all the expensive lens stored only in a thin neoprene, there are also thicker 5mm versions available, like this Kanoni with an interior lining. I haven’t had any issue with the thinner version and not even the lining colors changed my mind to purchase the thicker one. 😉

Sunrise with Narcissus

When I saw narcissus bloom on a mountain meadow the last spring, I marked the date in my calendar for this year to return and make some photographs. Due to a colder spring, it took a bit longer than the last year, but the meadow is beautiful again.

There’s a small stream meandering the meadow and so the morning fog is rather common — which is a welcomed element for landscape photography! I have a cottage nearby, so it was rather just a short hike, but with a pretty early wake up. The sunrise was worth the short night sleep though, I was very pleased with the trip and photos and will definitely return soon again.

 


Camera used: Fujifilm X-T2 with Rokinon 12mm f/2. Normally I’d use my usual wideangle — Fujinon XF 10-24mm, but it’s being serviced at this moment. I was very pleased by the Rokinon’s performance though.

L-brackets for X-T2

There’s a new article published about the L-brackets for Fujifilm X-T2. Apart from description of more than 5 available options, it also helps with the choice of a remote shutter release that fits well between tripod and X-T2 connectors compartment.

Ultralight Photography

What does the title of this website mean? Well, Photography is probably more or less obvious — I love landscape photography. It was started by watching some beautiful sceneries, spectacular sunsets and I quickly wanted to capture the beauty. From there it was quite a way to understand how to make photographs at least nearly as good as the reality, but I have always enjoyed the process of learning.

And what about the Ultralight stuff? It’s based on the concept of ultralight backpacking, which doesn’t have any strict definition, but generally means a way how to carry very little in your backpack, while staying safe and comfortable on or off the trail. Actually even more comfortable than before, since you care fewer items and your backpack is lighter, which makes hiking and backpacking even more fun.

By joining these two hobbies, I got Ultralight Photography — backpacking with fewer and lighter gear, be it outdoor gear, clothes or photography equipment. So please enjoy the website!

Should you be interested in finding more about ultralight backpacking, there is already quite a lot about it all across the web. Probably the most enjoyable is a book by Mike Clelland: Ultralight Backpackin’ Tips: 153 Amazing & Inexpensive Tips For Extremely Lightweight Camping. Don’t be mistaken by the funny cartoons (they really are funny) and not that many pages, the book is packed with information and is a very useful reference to start to lighten up your backpack.

Another recommended reading is by Andrew Skurka: The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide. Andrew is kind of an ultralight superstar with many accomplishments and he presents a lot of his knowledge about backpacking gear and skills in this well organized book.

     

A new website is born…

Finally, I made it! I’ve been thinking about it for quite some time in order to share particularly some technical details about the Fuji X system. Now it’s here and I’m very happy about it. This is just a very short first post to start with, more useful stuff is coming!

I hope that you’ll find some useful stuff here. Feel free to contact me and let me know what else you’d like to see and read here!