« on: February 13, 2013, 06:33:55 PM »
I have many back issues, not caused by my photography, but aggravated by prolonged shooting sessions. since I'm not a pro, i can try to limit my time, but it's hard since I love shooting . I'm actually "trading down" in equipment, not for $$$ reasons, but for weight. It's just a fact of life. I use a carbon fiber monopod often to help me hold up the camera lens. I use a Cotton Carrier Vest if I'm using a telephoto. not perfect. I rarely carry two kits at a time like I used to.
The problem isn't just weight. Having any weight hanging from the neck is bad, and the position of holding a camera steady w/arms close to the body, and focusing for a long time is very bad for our muscles..
I wish the camera and accessory mfrs. would take into account the number of aging or aching photographers, pro or amateur who have limitations. Like more DO type lenses, decent mid range SLR's that don't weigh a ton, etc. As far as carry the stuff around, there are so many products, but none seem to hit the mark yet.