Weekly Prompts

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Size Matters!

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Size Matters.

My first thought was of some nature subjects that can vary in size. Then I thought about my recent need to make changes to some of the equipment I’m using.

Up until this spring I was typically carrying a large camera bag with a DSLR and three large zoom lenses. This is my Domke F-2 on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline in the winter.

Domke F-2 in brown RuggedWear.


A shot from that visit to the shoreline. Waves forming icicles on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline at sunrise. The tripod ended up frozen to the stones on the shoreline.

Icicle formation.


Then a few days into spring this year I fell off a ladder and fractured my left tibia and right humerus. As a result I have four screws in the tibia and restricted movement in the right shoulder.

I spent most of the spring in various hospitals and a rehab unit. On being discharged from the rehab unit I started making some changes to the equipment I carry when out and about shooting personal work.

A small mirrorless camera body and three manual focus prime lenses fit into a tiny Domke F-5XB. The bag is so small and light I can hang it on a tripod. After taking the photo I went for a walk around town with the bag on my injured shoulder with no negative impact on the shoulder.

My small and light mirrorless camera kit.


A shot from my first outing with the bag. Soon after the photo was taken a tremendous thunderstorm with heavy rain rolled over the bay. The bag is made with what Domke call RuggedWear, a waxed cotton material. The rain beaded on the flap of the bag but didn’t come through the material.

Storm clouds over Colpoy's Bay at dawn.

15 replies on “Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Size Matters!”

Photographers and their camera bags… 😀
I have a Domke too. I believe it’s an F3 which is for me the perfect travelling companion. I can fit a mirrorless camera, 3 lenses, and still have some space for water bottles, and layers in case it gets cold.

What mirrorless camera did you choose if you don’t mind me asking?

My camera bags of choice for decades were the Tenba Pro Pak bags but they stopped making them 15 years ago. I now have a mix of sizes of Domke bags which I’ve grown to prefer to the Tenba bags.
I found a deal on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II as it was replaced by the Mark III some time ago. All my lenses will adapt to it plus I can adapt lenses such as the CCTV lenses I have been testing this summer.

Good to know that you like the Olympus OM-D E series, David – I’m about to by a OM-D E M5 Mark II ! I went in to our excellent camera shop here in Berkeley/Oakland yesterday after talking with staff last week, and settled on the above. The only reason I didn’t go back today to purchase is that I woke up way too exhausted and knew I needed it stay in and rest. So glad that you are happy with it. That’s a good recommendation in my book. 🙂

I would have gone with the E-M5 Mark II if I had mostly weather and dust sealed lenses to go with it but most of the lenses I use aren’t sealed. Plus the E-M10 Mark II is slightly smaller and lighter and I don’t need to buy spare batteries as the batteries from my 12 year old E-410 work in it.

Thanks Sue. The shoreline was getting quite treacherous with the ice building up on the stones. The bottom six inches of the tripod leg closest to the water had a coating of ice on it by the time I packed up the equipment.

It doesn’t sound like a safe place to take photographs and must have been extremely cold. Well done for withstanding it!

I did slip on the stones once and took more care after that. I seem to think that the bay froze over again after I took the photos.

Thanks Sue. I may never make a full recovery. I’m still having physiotherapy once a week and I may not get full movement back in the right shoulder. I still have to build up the strength in the right arm after it was in a sling for nearly two months.

lol! what is it with photographers and their bags (He says, having just bought a new lowpro backpack…).
Really glad to hear you’re out and about again David, and that you new reduced gear sin’t giving you any trouble. The photo’s are stunning as usual – my wife loves that last one!

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