When it comes to travel photography equipment I try to keep two basic things in mind: Weight and Space. How much does it weigh? When I travel I take one backpack that I carry around everywhere. So, is this something that’s lightweight that I’m going to be able to lug around all day without an aching back? The other thing I keep in mind is Space. Like I said, I only bring one backpack so I need to be able to fit whatever equipment I decide to bring with clothes, toiletries, etc. I have to be able to tetris everything into there so that it all fits. Keeping those things in mind here is a collection of my favorite photography equipment.
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I’ve only ever actually used Canon so I suppose I’m a bit narrow minded on this one. But this one of the better bodies that I’ve used and at under 2.5 lbs. it’s perfect for travel photography. But, it still has the capacity to do any heavy duty work you’re looking to do. It’s a step up from the Rebel models and has some awesome features of some of the more advance models. Such as the LCD is flip-screen so you can flip it out and around (great for self-portraits!) and also has the rear control dial (so helpful). If you also like to take videos it offers 1080p HD recording with manual controls. This is a great camera if you’re looking for something a little more advanced than the Rebel but don’t need the full-fledgedness (I know, not a word) of the 7D.
Everyone needs a 50mm. That’s why it’s called a ‘nifty fifty’. It’s great for so many different types of photography and is generally my go to lens. For how inexpensive this lens is you get such a crisp, clear image (my Winter Drives Photo Diary photos were taken with this lens). Not to mention it weighs less than half of a pound and takes up little space. I usually just leave this on my camera body when it’s packed.
Compact, portable and under 2 lbs. This is the best mid range tripod I’ve found designed with travelers in mind. It has padded legs which makes it a lot easier to carry, handle and pack. And to be honest, it’s so compact you could just strap it to the outside of your pack for some added storage space. If this link to the listing above tells you it’s no longer available, it was probably reposted in their store so check there also!
Remember the two crucial elements I gave you to think about in the beginning of this post? Well, forgot them for this lens for a minute. It’s pretty heavy for it’s size at nearly 1.5 lbs. It’s a little bulky BUT it’s the BEST affordable lens for landscape and astro photography. There is little to no distortion when shooting something that’s only around 20 to 30 ft. away. And it’s SUPER wide without being a fisheye. I love this lens and am willing to deal with the fact that it’s bulky and kind of heavy. It’s so inexpensive for a wide angle. I’ve never read one bad review about this lens and cannot recommend it enough.
This one is for a 60D but a wireless remote is a must for self-portraits, slow shutter speeds, etc. Super cheap, tiny and weighs virtually nothing. Pretty much any type of photographer will find a use for it.
I don’t have a designated camera bag and pack my camera equipment in with my regular belongings. So, I need a way to keep my camera gear protected and organized without taking up too much space. These simple, soft, Velcro camera bag inserts are the perfect answer. I just pack my camera and lenses into this, put it in the bottom of my backpack and surround it with my clothes. Done. Since it’s soft and pliable you can smoosh the padding down to make some extra room in your bag. This won’t do you a whole lot of good if you’re throwing your bag around. It’s not going to prevent that kind of damage but it works for me.
What is your go to photography equipment when it comes to traveling? Is there something you swear by that I missed?