Post Summary: Our Current Travel Blogging Photography Gear List
Have you ever been curious about travel blogging or starting your own photography business? Or simply wondered how we got started and how you can do the same?
Some of our most asked questions here on the blog and on our Instagram have been around photography. What gear we use, what lenses to choose, how we edit, etc.
Well, you asked and we answered!
This post is a definitive list of all the travel photography gear we use for our travel blogging process.
Before We Begin:
This list may look different for you depending on what your goals and interests are for your photography journey. In this post, we thought it would be fun to share a little bit about our gear with you.
Maybe it will inspire you to try a new lens or experiment with a new accessory! Whatever works for you – photography looks different for everyone.
Another thing to note – this is a collection we’ve acquired through many years of upgrading gear and saving up.
You DO NOT need everything on this list to take beautiful photographs! We have also provided affiliate links to these products, which means if you click, we can keep this blog running. Thank you!
Our Ultimate Travel Photography Gear List
The Canon 5D Mark IV is our default DSLR camera body. With wifi capabilities, mobile app options, and a touchscreen LCD monitor, it’s been extremely convenient to use when traveling. This camera is able to shoot 4K video and 30 frames per second. It also has a weather-sealed body, perfect for those rainy hikes in Washington!
Canon EOS R
The Canon EOS R is Canon’s first mirrorless camera. It has a weather-sealed body, which means we are able to take it on Pacific Northwest hikes and not worry about the rain ruining our investment!
The one downside from switching to mirrorless is that a Canon Mount Adapter is needed to use the EF lenses on the new camera bodies. Mirrorless Canon’s use RF lenses, so you’ll have to get this adapter to use the lenses you already own on this new body.
Canon Powershot G7X Mark III
Because of our busy travel schedule, we wanted to get a camera that fits easily in a pocket and could take really good quality video. We occasionally use it to post on our Youtube channel, but it’s also a fun way to grab candid moments and fun videos for our personal use.
We captured a fun video when hiking Mount Storm King trail in the Olympic National Park, and this Canon Powershot G7X is a super convenient way to capture video is a low-key and natural way.
Leica M6 Film Camera
The Leica M6 is our go-to range-finder film camera. What makes this camera special is that the Leica M6 is a fully-mechanical camera, and also has a battery for automatic light metering. That means this camera will still work even when the batter is dead, so you can still continue shooting without the metering.
For more of our film camera choices, we’ve made an extensive list of resources below to learn more!
- The 12 Best Beginner Film Cameras (Under $500!)
- The 12 Best 35mm Film Stock For Incredible Images
- How To Store And Develop Film
Buying Used Camera Bodies
We wouldn’t recommend buying off of Craigslist – not saying it’s impossible, but with a piece of equipment as expensive as a DSLR camera, it’s smart to know exactly what you’re buying.
Buying through a trusted brand will give you more transparency. They will also let you know exactly the condition your used item is in, and that’s not always the case when purchasing from a private party. Be safe!
When choosing camera lenses as travel photographers, we require a solid mix of bodies to fit a lot of situations.
Most have been acquired through upgrading for Berty’s wedding business, but there are certain ones we use mainly for travel photography and landscapes.
When choosing lenses, think about the kind of photos you enjoy taking. Do you like being outdoors? Taking portraits? Shooting wildlife in nature like NatGeo photographers?
You certainly don’t need all of these listed – read up and consider what will benefit your personal work.
Canon 50mm f/1.2: (Fixed lens) This one is primarily used for weddings and portraits, mainly by Berty.
Canon 35mm f/1.4 II: (Fixed lens) This one is my (Emily’s) personal favorite. I love the soft background it creates when I’m focusing on something up close. With this lens, you can really pay attention to detail with sharp precision.
Canon 17-40mm f/4: (Wide lens) Used for landscapes. This lens doesn’t really give you that soft background but it’s helpful when wanting to capture huge scenes like Yosemite’s Tunnel View or Hurricane Ridge. It also is helpful when shooting in our small apartment – it is very wide and captures the whole room.
Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6: (Telephoto lens) We used it when shooting the Total Eclipse in Oregon this past August and flying over the Tetons in Wyoming with Fly Jackson Hole.
Our Newest Addition: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8: (Wide lens) – Used primarily for wide landscapes, like sweeping views or long skylines. We used it almost exclusively in our New York photography spots blog post.
These gadgets enhance our content, whether it be video or images.
Lately, we’ve been blending the two and these things help us get creative when capturing the whole story in a new destination.
This company makes tripods for all camera sizes.
We chose the one for DSLRs to use as a sort of heavy-duty selfie stick for videos. We also use it as a traditional tripod when hiking and in places with uneven ground.
Be careful though – we’re pretty rough with ours and have already gone through two sets. They probably aren’t mean for all the wear and tear we put them through.
These aren’t actually add-ons, they are totally necessary.
I can’t compare these to any other brand because we’ve used these since day 1. They read quickly, upload quickly, and are easy to use!
This little case keeps memory cards safe, secure, and in one place. Often times these cards can get lost in a bag or suitcase because of their small size, but with a case, it’s easier to keep track of them all.
Pro Tip: When Berty has filled a card – he’ll flip it over in the case to signify it’s been used and needs to be uploaded later.
We like to use Kawa because their shoulder strap allows us to have the camera ready at all times.
It just sits at the hip, and when we’re ready to use the camera, it easily slides up the strap right into our hands.
These bags were specifically designed with photographers in mind.
ONA backpacks and bags are not only stylish but extremely functional. You can see more examples of these in our posts here.
This is a 128GB portable backup hard drive for those times when your computer isn’t accessible while traveling.
It has its own built-in wifi, so you can easily insert your camera’s memory card, and have it uploaded on your phone in just a few minutes. This is perfect for editing and posting on the go.
However, the only downside of this is that it doesn’t read CF cards. But everything else (SD, USB3, microSD) is fair game.
MacBook Pro 13inch w/ Touchbar: – This is what we use when traveling. It’s very compact and fits easily in any carry-on we’ve used. We love how small this computer is – it can practically fit into any bag we carry.
MacBook Pro 15inch w/ Touchbar: – This is Berty’s photo editing superhero. The colors are great and the screen is big so he can see what he’s doing.
This one was a little bit of a splurge for us, but when you’re job is editing photos for a living, we decided it was a good investment.
These hard drives are SO. COOL. Drobo has many different options to offer, so look carefully for the one that fits your lifestyle best.
We got the 5N version because it’s connected via our wifi network. That means Berty and I can both access the storage at the same time, without having to plug in a cord to our computers.
The one I linked here includes 10TB of storage. We also own this one, The Drobo 5D3 , but it is not connected via wifi, it’s wired and uses USBC (and charges the new Macbooks too!)
These are super handy when you’re on a trip and need a safe place to store your photos.
We currently have 3! Something to note: If you have the latest version of theMacBookk Pro, make sure you are buying a hard drive with a USB-C plugin like this one, otherwise you’ll have to buy this adapter to fit your computer.
Are there any other questions you have about our travel photography gear? What programs we use? Our editing process? Let us know what you want to hear and we can cover it in a future blog post!
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