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WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR CAMERA BAG

~~ The Best Camera Gear For Travel ~~

travel-camera-gear-high 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. This is our current camera kit:

Sony A7s

Sony A7s

We bought the Sony A7s camera because it takes both excellent video and photos making it in our opinion the best camera for travel photography. It is a low light monster, and we can now photograph in places where we couldn’t before such as night markets, and in dark caves and temples. Because it is a mirrorless camera it is pretty small and compact, yet it delivers excellent image quality. It’s also probably the best mirrorless camera for video.  We are very happy with it. If you are looking for a good camera for travel photography, you should seriously consider the Sony A7 cameras.

Sony 24-70 F4 Lens

Sony 24-70 F4 Lens

The Sony 24-70 F4.0 FE is currently the best medium zoom lens for the Sony A7 cameras. It is the only lens we use, although we are considering buying more lenses.

Sony A7s

Gitzo Traveler Tripod

The Gitzo GT1542T Travel Tripod is expensive, but well worth it to us. It’s amazingly lightweight, packs down small, and is still very stable when extended.

Joby X Tripod Head

Joby X Tripod Head

We exchange our Joby X tripod head between our two tripods, so we only have to carry one head. This head is sturdy, can take a lot of weight, but is still quite small. It is also Arca Swiss compatible, so it goes great with the Peak Design Capture clip system (see below).

GoPro Hero 3+

GoPro Action Camera

Go Pro Hero 3+ is our action camera, that we use for anything to risky for the Sony, as well as for underwater video and photography. The new model, the GoPro Hero 4, was just released a few months ago. Favorite accessories: A red filter for diving

Joby Gorilla Pod

Joby Gorilla Pod

We love our Joby Gorilla Pod! Although not as sturdy as our Gitzo Tripod, it has the advantage of being so small and light that it lives in our daypack and is always with us. It can also be attached to almost anything, like a fence, or a lamp post.

Peak Design Capture CLip

Capture Clip

Peak Designs Capture Pro 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. It is great not to have the camera swinging from a strap around the neck. We have two of these, and couldn’t live without them! Read our full review of the Capture Clip.

Lacie Rugged Hardrive

Lacie Rugged

Lacie 1TB USB3/ Thunderbolt is our main external hard drive. It is rugged enough to survive living in the backpack, and with its USB 3 and Thunderbolt connections fast enough to handle our ever growing photo library, as well as video editing. We also carry a Seagate Backup Plus 2TB as a second backup. It is really small and lightweight.

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom

We use Adobe Lightroom  to process and catalogue our photographs. It is incredibly powerful, yet easy to learn. It is available both as a standalone purchase and as a subscription service. It is an investment, but one that is very well worth it.
Nik Collection

Nik Collection

Nik Collection is a set of plugins for Lightroom and Photoshop. We don’t use these on all our photos, but it can really help to make a good image stand out.
GoPro Action Mount

GoPro Action Mount

The Peak Design P.O.V Action Camera mount is what we use to mount our GoPro while filming.
Lens Pen

Lens Pen

We really love our lens pen for cleaning the lenses. We were a bit sceptical at first, but it really works well. We also always carry a lens cloth to wipe of the camera.  As for cleaning the sensor we usually leave that to the professionals.
Peak Design Slide

Peak Design Slide

We recently bought the Slide from Peak Design to use as a walking around sling strap. 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 very quick to attach or detach from the camera.

Camera Remote

Camera Remote Control

This remote control for the Sony cameras is very small, cheap and light and makes it possible to trigger the camera remotely.
Nd Filter

ND Filter

We use this 10 stop Hoya PRO ND filter for taking long exposure photographs during daytime. It is not cheap, but it is the only one we have found to have about zero colorcast. We also use it when shooting video in bright conditions.
Photography Tutorials

Photography Tutorials

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 Lightroom post processing and Natural light courses by Mitchell Kanashkevich. Photographing The World course by Elia Locardi, and the books and courses by David Duchemin.
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