This page contains two topics:
1. Photography Equipment: Summary of camera and lenses I have owned over the years, as well as a table summarizing the weight of my photography setup.
2. Cam siZe Comparison: A spreadsheet summarizing the sizes of the popular brands of cams. 

Photography Equipment

Below is a summary of the cameras and lenses I have owned over the years, as well as a table summarizing the weight of my photography setup.
  • COMPACT DIGITAL: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 (20.2 MP) (Aug 2017-present)
    Over time as I've focused more on technical climbing than backpacking adventures, my SLR has become too cumbersome and expensive for the fast-and-light approach while and my purely automatic point-and-shoot is a bit inadequate for capturing wider angles, morning and evening light, and various birds, bugs, and flowers along the way. Since I climb in such cool places, it's important to me to have an adequate camera. My Canon Powershot SX700 served this purpose, until it started to have some lens issues. My friend offered to sell me his practically-new Sony Cyber-shot RX100 for $200. So the RX100 
    became my new "climbing camera". *This is starting to take the place of my SLR in my main camera that joins me practically everywhere I go.
  • SLR: Canon 7D Digital SLR (18.0 MP) (Feb 2012-present)
    This is a great body to support my line up of Canon Lenses (10-22mm wide angle, 24-105mm zoom, 400mm telephoto, 100mm macro). Right now, with climbing as my focus and my compact digital camera documenting my adventures; my SLR doesn't see  much use. But interests in life ebb and flow, and someday I am sure I will pick up my SLR again. I still have dreams of doing another birding roadtrip.

  • Canon 20D Digital SLR (8.2 MP) (May 2005-May 2007)
     This was my first digital SLR, bought in 2005. It would probably still be taking photos (maybe it still is), but it was stolen in May 2007 and insurance replaced it with the 30D.
  • Canon 30D Digital SLR (8.2 MP) (May 2007-Jan 2009)
    This camera was pretty much identical to my stolen 20D. In Jan 2009, I upgraded to the 15.1 megapixel 50D, and my dad is using this camera.
  • Canon 50D Digital SLR (15.1 MP) (Jan 2009-Jan 2012)
    For three years, this faithful camera joined me on most all of my adventures. After a productive and exciting albeit hard life, it finally just stopped working while doing some winter bushwhacking in the North Cascades; it now holds a permanent place of honor on my camera shelf. This camera impressed me with the quality of the photographs it produced; its only disadvantage was that it was heavy compared to my Rebel.
  • Canon Rebel XTi Digital SLR (10.1 MP) (Apr 2008-Apr 2011)
    I owned this camera for three years. I initially bought it in April 2008 when I went on my birding roadtrip and needed two cameras to avoid constantly changing lenses. It then became the SLR I took on my more rigorous backcountry adventures (since it is lighter-weight and less expensive than the 50D) until I sold it in April 2011 to a friend.
  • Canon PowerShot S30 (3.0 MP) (Jun 2002-2006)
    This was my first digital camera, bought with my high school scholarship money in 2002. Although not an SLR, it had a fully-manual option, which was how I learned how to tweak my own exposure settings. This camera took some pretty good photographs despite its 3MP resolution. It lasted through an impressive number of rigorous mountain adventures from 2002-2006.
  • Canon PowerShot A530, Nikon Coolpix 5600, Fujifilm Finepix J10 (5.0 - 8.2 MP) (2007-2009)
    These are three point-and-shoot cameras corresponding to the climbing seasons of 2007, 2008, and 2009. None took as nice of photos as my previous S30, and the cheapo Fujifilm camera broke on a mellow trail hike. The Nikon Coolpix—a solid and functional camera that still works, just is a bit prehistoric in resolution and bulk—I sometimes still use as my "dashboard camera" on the dashboard of my car or bike just for roadtripping fun.
  • Canon SD1200 IS (10.0 MP) and PowerShot ELPH 160 (20.0 MP) (2009-2015, 2015-present)
    These two light and slim point-and-shoots were my "climbing cameras" from August 2009 to April 2015 and from April 2015 onward. The ELPH 160 was merely an upgrade for the SD1200, which worked fine but had been antiquated by the improvements in digital camera technology over its lifespan. Both of these cameras have joined me on several great adventures. I sometimes take the ELPH 160 cragging, 
    but these days I rarely use it on significant climbs, since I like having more manual features for the cool places I go and cool things I climb.
  • Canon PowerShot SX700 HS (16.1 MP) (Jan 2016-Jul 2017)
    I was looking to get a lightweight digital camera with some manual features to serve as my "climbing camera", so when in January 2016 a friend tipped me off to a $160 price tag on refurbished SX700 models, I purchased this compact digital camera. Unfortunately, after about a year this camera started to develop lens issues and had a lot of dust inside the lens, so I replaced it with a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 I bought from a friend.
  • GoPro HERO3 Wide-Angle Helmet Cam (Silver Edition, 11 MP, 1080p 30fps) (2013)
    As a birthday present for myself, I splurged and bought this helmet camera in May 2013. The Hero3 captures professional, cinema-quality wide-angle video and can be mounted on a helmet. However, cool as it sounds, after a couple of climbs with the helmet camera I came to the realization that I wasn't really interested in processing the hours of footage. So, after the GoPro sat unused for a couple of seasons, I sold it on craigslist for $200.
Table 1: My Cameras' Specifications (pink = current use)
Camera Name Canon Digital Rebel XTi (sold) Canon EOS 20D (stolen) Canon EOS 30D (sold) Canon EOS 50D (RIP) Canon EOS 7D Canon PowerShot S30 (broken) Canon PowerShot A530 (retired) Canon SD1200 IS (retired) Canon ELPH 160 Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 GoPro HERO3
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Canon EF/EF-S mount Canon EF/EF-S mount N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Built-in Lens/Zoom N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 35-105mm, f/2.8-4.9, 3.2x digital zoom 35-140mm, f/2.6-5.5, 4x digital zoom 35-105mm, f/2.8-4.9, 4x digital zoom 28-224mm, f/3.2-6.9, 4x digital zoom 25-750mm, f/3.2-6.9, 4x digital zoom, 30x optical zoom 28-100mm, f/1.8-4.9, 7.2x digital zoom, 3.6x optical zoom ƒ/2.8 6-element aspherical glass lens, wide angle
Sensor 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS 22.5 x 15.0 mm CMOS 22.5 x 15.0 mm CMOS 22.3mm x 14.9mm CMOS 22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS 1/1.8" CCD 1/2.5" CCD 1/2.3" CCD 1/2.3" CCD 1/2.3" CCD 1.0" CMOS 1/2.7" HD CMOS
Crop factor 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Aspect Ratio 3:2 3:2 3:2 3:2 3:2 4:3 4:3 4:3 4:3 4:3 4:3 16:9
Effective pixels 10.1 MP
8.2 MP 8.2 MP 15.1 MP 18.0 MP 3.1 MP 5.0 MP 10.0 MP 20.0 MP 16.1 MP 20.2 MP 11 MP, 1080p
Shutter speeds 1/4000 - 30 sec, bulb 1/8000 - 30 sec, bulb 1/8000 - 30 sec, bulb 1/8000 - 30 sec, bulb 1/8000 - 30 sec, bulb 1/1500 - 15sec 1/2000 - 15sec 1/1500 - 15sec 1/2000 - 15sec 1/3200 - 15sec 1/2000 - 30sec ?
ISO range 100-1600 100-3200 100-3200 100-3200 (can expand to 12800) 100-12800 50-800 80-800 80-1600 100-1600 100-3200 125-6400 ?
Continuous Shooting Speed 3 fps 5 fps 5 fps 6.3 fps 8 fps 1.5 fps 2.1 fps 1.4 fps 2.2 fps 8.5 fps 10 fps 24-120 fps
Effective flash range Up to 43' Up to 43' Up to 43' Up to 43' Up to 39' Up to 16' Up to 11' Up to 11' Up to 10' Up to 11' Up to 56' N/A
Dimensions (W x H x D) 5.0 x 3.7 x 2.6" 5.6 x 4.2 x 2.8" 5.6 x 4.2 x 2.9" 5.7 x 4.2 x 2.9" 5.8 x 4.4 x 2.9" 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.7" 3.5 x 2.5 x 1.7" 3.4 x 2.2 x 0.9" 3.75 x 2.1 x 0.9" 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.4 in." 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.4 in." 3.25 x 3 x 1.75"
Weight (body only) 18 oz (1.1 lb) 24.2 oz (1.5 lb) 24.7 oz (1.5 lb) 26.1 oz (1.6 lb) 28.9 oz (1.8 lb) 11.4 oz 7.8 oz 4.2 oz 3.9 oz 8.6 oz 7.6 oz 6.0 oz (/w housing &  LCD)
Date Purchased April 2008 May 2005 May 2007 Jan 2009 Feb 2012 June 2002 June 2007 Aug 2009 April 2015 Jan 2016 Aug 2017 May 2013


(All of my lenses fit Canon SLRs without a full-frame sensor, like the Rebel or 50D. Only the EF lenses—and not the EF-S lenses—fit the SLRs with full-frame sensors, like the 5D.) 


  • WIDE ANGLE: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM (April 2010-present)
    Landscapes, night photos, any other objects. This wide angle lens is now my primary multipurpose/backcountry lens (which had previously been the 17-85mm, see below). The wide angle has added a new perspective to my outdoor photography, and can make even a mediocre photo stand out.
  • STANDARD ZOOM: Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM (May 2011-present)
    Multipurpose lens - landscapes, night photos, any other objects. A high-end replacement for my 17-85mm (broken to a 17-42.5mm) with a nice zoom range and super sharp.
  • TELEPHOTO: Canon Telephoto EF 400mm f/5.6L USM (July 2006-present)
    This is a great lens, light enough for handheld photography, and in good light gives sharp shots. I use it mostly for photographing birds. 
  • MACRO: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM (June 2005-present)
    Bugs, flowers, water drops, etc. I have only compliments for this wonderful lens. 


  • STANDARD ZOOM: Canon EF-S 17-85mm F/4.0-5.6 IS USM (June 2005-April 2010)
    Multipurpose lens - landscapes, night photos, any other objects. This lens served me well on many backcountry adventures until I got the 10-22mm wide angle and 24-105mm zoom. (this lens was turned into a 17-42.5mm in 2008 when it was dropped, but works fine otherwise!)
  • STANDARD ZOOM: Canon EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 IS (May 2008-April 2011)
    Multipurpose lens - landscapes, night photos, any other objects. Although not as sharp or versatile as my 10-22mm or 24-105mm lenses, it has the advantage of being a lighter weight and cheaper lens that I use on more rigorous or lengthy backcountry adventures. (sold to friend in April 2011)
  • FISHEYE: Lensbaby 12mm Ultra-Wide (Fisheye) Lens with Scout Mount for Canon EF (Jan 2011)
    With its 160° field of view and focal point that nearly touches the lens, the fisheye allows the photographer to capture eye-popping angles, creative focus points, and unique perspectives. I owned this lens for a weekend, but decided to return it due to the fact that the edges of the fisheye image were cropped off by my camera's non-full-frame sensor (plus I couldn't really afford a new lens on a student budget anyway). I will wait until Canon makes an EF-S fisheye or I acquire a full-frame camera, whichever comes first. I can see some real potential for a fisheye lens and photography of starry night skies! (owned for a weekend in Jan 2011)
Table 2: My Lens' Specifications (pink = current use)
Lens Name Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lensbaby 12mm w/ Scout Mount
Focal Length 10-22 mm 17-85 mm 18-55 mm 24-105 mm 400 mm 100 mm 12 mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5-4.5 f/4-5.6 f/3.5-5.6 f/4 f/5.6 f/2.8 f/4
Lens Construction 13 elements in 10 groups 17 elements in 12 groups 11 elements in 9 groups 18 elements in 13 groups 7 elements in 6 groups 12 elements in 8 groups 6 multi-coated glass elements
Diagonal Angle of View 107°30' - 63°30' 78°30' - 18°25' 74°20' - 27°50' 84° - 23°20'
6°10' 24° 160°
Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system, with focusing cam Inner focusing system, with focusing cam AF (DC motor), with manual focus option Inner focusing system, with focusing cam Inner focusing system, with USM Inner focusing system, with USM Manual
Zoom System Ring USM Ring USM
Ring USM N/A N/A N/A
Closest Focusing Distance 0.79 ft 1.15 ft 9.8 in 1.48 ft
11.5 ft 1 ft 0.5 in
Filter Size 77 mm 67 mm 58mm 77mm 77 mm 58 mm N/A
Max. Diameter x Length 3.3" x 3.5" 3.1" x 3.6" 2.7" x 3.33" 3.3" x 4.2" 3.5" x 10.1" 3.1" x 4.7" 2.61" x 2.28" (2" x 1.89" w/o mount)
Weight 13.6 oz 16.8 oz (1.1 lb)
7.1 oz 23.6 oz (1.5 lb)
44.8 oz (2.8 lb) 21.1 oz (1.3 lb)
8 oz (5.4 oz w/o mount)
Date Purchased April 2010
June 2005 May 2008
May 2011
July 2006
June 2005
Jan 2011

  • Tripod with ball head (mostly for low-light exposures and bird photography) (4.5 lb)
  • Gorilla-pod (a great lightweight tripod for backcountry travel) (8.5 oz)
  • Batteries (2.6 oz each for SLR, 0.6 oz each for point and shoot, 1 oz each for helmet cam, 0.5 oz each for AAA, 0.8 each for AA) and Battery chargers (4.4 oz for SLR, 3 oz for point and shoot, 11 oz for helmet cam)
  • Memory cards (~0.2-0.5 oz)
  • UV Filter for each lens (for protecting lens from scratches) (~2.5 oz each)
  • Graduated neutral density filter 4x6", 0.6 (2 stops), soft edge (hand held filter for balancing light intensity in high-contrast scenes) (~8 oz)
  • Intervalometer for long-exposure nighttime shots and timelapses (this is a camera remote that allows you to set the exposure length, number of exposures, and interval between exposures; a standard camera remote is sufficient for a single exposure, but the interval feature is great for creating timelapses) (5 oz)
  • Canon 430EX II Speedlite Shoe-Mount Flash (an external flash) (11.6 oz)
  • GPS photo tracker by AMOD (records a GPS track which can be correlated via time stamp to assign GPS locations to the photos) (1.8 oz)
  • Chest harness and carrying case for carrying SLR (very useful for backpacking) (~15 oz)
  • Camera pouch with hard shell for point-and-shoot camera or GoPro (I strap it around my shoulder when I climb) (~4.5 oz)
  • Helmet strap/mount/tether (have both a strap and fixed mount, with tether just in case) for GoPro helmet cam (strap: 3.2 oz, mount: ~0.8 oz, tether: ~0.5 oz)
  • Arctic Butterfly Sensor Cleaning Brush by Visible Dust (for removing those pesky dust specks from the sensor) (~8 oz)
  • MacBook Pro computer with Aperture 3 and Photoshop CS2 (for processing, storing, and viewing images)

Table 3: Weight of my Backcountry Camera Gear





Canon 7D SLR
28.9 oz (1.8 lb)

Canon ELPH 160 Point-and-shoot
3.9 oz (0.24 lb)
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
8.6 oz (0.54 lb) 

Ultra-wide zoom 10-22mm
13.6 oz (0.85 lb)
Standard zoom 17-85mm
16.8 oz (1.1 lb)

Standard zoom 18-55mm
7.1 oz (0.44 lb)

Standard zoom 24-105mm
23.6 oz (1.5 lb)

Telephoto 400mm
44.8 oz (2.8 lb)

Macro 100mm
21.1 oz (1.3 lb)

Fisheye 12mm
8 oz (0.5 lb)

72 oz (4.5 lb)

Gorilla Pod
8.5 oz

2.75 oz per SLR battery (x4)
0.6 oz per P&S battery (x4)
0.5 oz per AAA for tracker (x6)
0.8 oz per AA for flash (x4)
Total = 19.6 oz
3 SLR + 2 P&S + 6 AAA
2 P&S
Battery chargers
4.4 oz for SLR charger
3.0 oz for P&S charger (x2)
Total = 10.4 oz

Memory cards
0.5 oz per CF card (x6)
0.1 oz per SD card (x4)
Total = 3.4 oz
2 CF + 1 SD
1 SD
UV Filter for each lens
6 x 2.5 oz each = 15 oz
Graduated ND filter
8 oz

5 oz
Canon 430EX II Speedlite Shoe-Mount Flash
11.6 oz

GPS photo tracker
1.8 oz

Chest harness & case for SLR
16 oz
Camera pouches for P&S 
2 x 4.5 oz each = 9 oz
1 1
Lens cases
4 x 4.5-8 oz each = 24 oz

Sensor cleaning brush
8 oz


24.3 lb
8.1 lb
0.9 lb

Cam siZe Comparison

In April 2018, I needed to replace an old blue alien, and decided to get a C3 cam. In my research to figure out which C3 was comparable in size to the blue alien, one thing led to another, and I ended up creating a spreadsheet summarizing the sizes of the popular brands of cams. Several such images are out there on the internet, but most of them only comparing a couple brands, and no raw data available. I've provided my spreadsheet file below which you can edit and sort at will.

Table 4: Summary of Cam Sizes (by Manufacturer)

Table 5: Summary of Cam Sizes (by Size)

Click here to download spreadsheet of this data which you can edit and sort at will.