Camera: Sony a7RII
I switched from my large Sony a900 to a full-frame mirrorless in 2014 and I haven’t looked back since. It was one of the biggest impacts on pack space and made carrying a camera on a chest-pack or shoulder strap much more comfortable. At 22.6 oz. I’ve shaved off almost 11 oz. compared to my a900, it doesn’t hurt that camera sensor is worlds better too!
Lenses: Sony 16-35 f/4 (18.3 oz.), 24-70 f/4 (15 oz.), 70-200 f/4 (29.6 oz.), and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 (20.1 oz.)
I rarely carry all these lenses at once, but I most often carry the 16-35 for landscapes and the 24-70 for capturing the adventure. The fast Rokinon lens comes with me primarily for night photography trips and is especially useful for photographing meteor showers.
Filters: 67mm & 72mm circular polarizers (about 2 oz. each)
I don’t carry many filters anymore, except for circular polarizers to reduce reflections on water and vegetation. I will sometimes carry a set of neutral density filters when I’m working with video, but my Sony camera has an app that will stack images in camera to simulate long exposure shots for waterfalls and clouds.
Power: Sony NP-FW50s (1.5 oz each) and an Anker PowerCore 10000mAh external battery (6.4 oz.)
With only 1100mAh of power, the Sony batteries are the weak link in the system. Fortunately, the a7RII has a USB port for external power so I’ll bring one or more USB battery for extra power or long time-lapse shots. The Anker PowerCore 10000mAh series has the best mAh/oz ratio and can also be used to keep my phone charged.
Tripod: Sirui T-024X Traveler Light Carbon Fiber Tripod (2 lbs)
Another benefit of mirrorless cameras is you don’t need as big of a tripod for stability, unfortunately, most of the “travel” style tripods are still horribly unstable for long exposures or high winds. This summer I finally found a suitable upgrade from my already light 3.5 lb Feisol carbon fiber tripod to the crazy light Sirui tripod. So far it’s been rock solid and it’s reduced size has been very welcome on my pack.