Without a doubt, one of the most common questions I get asked is what camera gear I use when travelling. Whilst I wish I could theatrically reveal that I’ve been shooting #iphoneonly all this time, the six-kilogram camera bag on my back and my forever-drained bank account say otherwise. Sit tight as I reveal to you exactly what I carry around with me on my travels!
THE DSLR: Canon 6D
For the past three years, I’ve been shooting on a Canon 6D DSLR. This camera body has travelled through over 30 countries with me and has not let me down. You could say I’m pretty smitten. When choosing a camera, I tossed up for a long time between the Canon 6D and the 5Dmk3. In the end, the 6D won out. Not only was it substantially cheaper, but it also had a lighter-weight body and a built-in wifi feature, two massive perks for travel photography. Still being full-frame, the 6D was very comparable in picture quality and low-light performance, to the 5Dmk3, the only major drawbacks being its limited 7-point focusing system and less-robust body. As much as I adore my Canon 6D, technology has advanced a lot in the past 3 years and there are some seriously amazing mirrorless cameras appearing on the market. It’s definitely getting more and more tempting to downsize…
THE POINT-AND-SHOOT: Canon S120
Occasionally, if I don’t feel like lugging around the beast, I’ll whip out my handy little Canon S120 compact camera. For something so small, I’m generally very impressed with the picture quality of this camera! The biggest advantage to this particular model is being able to shoot it RAW, which is quite rare for a camera of its size. It’s definitely a handy little point-and-shoot to take travelling!
THE ACTIONCAM: GoPro Hero Silver 4
It feels wrong to go on adventures now without bringing my trusty little GoPro! The GoPro is perfect for capturing all my action-packed moments, and it’s great to be able to carry around a camera without worrying about dropping it or getting it wet. As I don’t have a waterproofing housing for my DSLR, all the underwater shots I take are with my GoPro. I am still blown away with the video and image quality of such a tiny camera! Also, the GoPro Hero Silver 4 is great as it has an LCD screen on the back, meaning you can instantly check back and laugh at how terrible your underwater selfies look.
THE ZOOM: 24-70mm f/2.8 MKII
The latest addition to my camera bag, this lens is possible one of the best purchases I have made. Since getting my hands on this lens, I have actually hardly touched the other lenses in my camera bag! The quality on it is so tack sharp, and the zoom range is perfect for my day-to-day travel shots. I hardly know how I survived without it.
THE WIDE-ANGLE: 17-40mm f/4.0
Ah, the trusty wide-angle! This lens has been everywhere with me and has captured some pretty incredible landscapes in its time. To be honest, I have always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with it. It may lack the super-sharpness of the 24-70mm can often shows signs of distortion and vignetting. However, it does make up for it with the amount it can fit in the frame!
· Manfrotto Carbon Fibre Tripod
· Sandisk Extreme Pro SD Cards
· Spare Batteries and Chargers
· Surface Pro 4 Laptop
· Card Reader
· Portable Harddrives
Another item that has travelled the world with me, I don’t know how I would have survived without my very trusty Langly Backpack! It is so nice to have a practical, durable and versatile camera backpack that doesn’t look like every other dorky camera bag on the market. I carry around this backpack virtually everywhere with me when travelling, and it can comfortably fit my camera body, my four lens, laptop, accessories in the designated spots and still has a large compartment to fill with all my other, everyday junk.
Kelly Moore Camera Bag
During my travels, I do get tired of lugging around a massive backpack around with me all the time. For a long time, I’ve been on the search for a stylish camera bag that I would be happy to carry with me day to day, whether I am walking around the city or going out to dinner. I thought it might be an impossible request, but cue the latest addition to my camera bag family- the Westminster by Kelly Moore. This black leather beauty looks deceptively like a regular handbag from the outside, yet on the inside it’s a fully functional camera bag! It’s fitted with padded compartments for a camera and a few lenses, plus lots of handy pockets for accessories.