Over the years, we have put together what we think is a good quality camera kit for travel. While we need the kit to be as small and light as possible, the most important thing is that it can capture excellent images as well as video.
We also need our camera kit to function well in quite rough weather conditions. It has to work equally well on a hike among snow-capped mountain peaks, as on a walk through the streets of Tokyo. Below is our current camera kit as of 2021.
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Travel Camera Kit
We bought the Sony A7 III camera because it takes both excellent video and photos making it in our opinion the best camera for travel photography, and because it’s fairly affordable. It is a mirrorless camera and fairly small and compact, yet it delivers excellent image quality. If you are looking for a good full frame camera for travel photography, you should seriously consider the Sony A7 cameras.
Sony 24-105 F4
The 24-105 is the best medium zoom, walk around, all purpose travel zoom for the Sony full frame cameras. We also travel with a 16-35 f.2.8 wide angle lense, as well as a small Sony 35mm 1.8 prime lense.
Peak Design Tripod
We are constantly trying to shave off some weight and bulk from our camera kit. The peak design travel tripod packs down really small yet extends to a full length tripod. It is not cheap but the quality is excellent and it has quickly become our favourite tripod.
DJI Mavic Air 2
Traveling internationally with a drone is not as easy as it once was but when it is possible, it can make for some unique pictures and videos. The Mavic Air 2 is the perfect drone for us with its compact size, high quality camera, and ease of flying.
GoPro Hero 9
We mostly use our GoPro when we can’t risk our Sony camera. River rafting, underwater video and photography, or clamping it the steering wheel of a bike. The inbuilt stabilisation is just crazy good!
Peak Designs Capture Clip is probably our favourite photography accessory. This little gizmo lets us carry the camera in a belt or attach it to the shoulder strap of a bag or backpack. We wrote a capture clip review a few years ago. The Capture clip has since been updated, it’s now smaller and lighter and better than ever!
Samsung T5 SSD
We used to travel with a lot of heavy hard drives, but the Samsung T5 2TB changed all that. It’s super fast, super light, and very small. We have two of these and love them. They are not cheap but worth it!
Peak Design Slide
We’ve used the Slide from Peak Design for years now. The unique thing about it is that you can use it as a sling, neck or shoulder strap. Being 45mm wide makes it very comfortable to wear. It is also very quick to attach or detach the strap from the camera.
This remote control for the Sony cameras is very small, cheap and light and makes it possible to trigger the camera remotely.
Polar Pro Variable ND
Th Polar Pro variable ND is a high quality ND filter that we use mostly to control exposure for video, but it can also be used for long exposure photography.
We’ve tried quite a few travel photography backpacks and the Wandrd Prvke is our favourite. We have the 31L model and it’s roomy enough for all our gear plus laptop and some clothes, while being sturdy and comfortable to carry. And the back access makes it quick and easy to get everything out at airport security.
We have Peak Design’s Everyday Sling 10L and it’s just large enough to fit our camera + lense and a small water bottle. Perfect for exploring a city with a minimal camera pack.
Photo Editing and Courses
We use Adobe Lightroom to process and catalogue our photographs. It is incredibly powerful, yet easy to learn. It’s available as a subscription.
Photo Mechanic is a fantastic tool for previewing, sorting and organising raw photos. Unlike Lightroom which gets really slow Photo Mechanic is super fast even when faced with thousands of photos. It is the first tool we use before we send a selection of images to Lightroom.
Masting Labs Lightroom Presets
We’re not really huge preset users but the Lightroom Presets from Mastin Labs are very good at emulating those classic film stocks.
We are always looking to become better photographers, so we usually travel with some video courses or ebooks on our laptops. Some of our favorites are the photography courses by Mitchell Kanashkevich. The Photographing The World courses by Elia Locardi, and the books and courses by David Duchemin.
If you have any questions about our camera kit feel free to post a comment below 🙂