What’s in my camera bag?

A lot of people ask what travel photography gear I use. The answer is, there is actually quite a lot of it. The gear I carry will depend on which trip I am doing. I generally find I end out packing more than I need though.

Here I will explain what travel photography gear I use including cameras, lenses, stabilizer. microphone, and other accessories with some great prices available on Amazon. This is what I use to shoot photos for my blog posts and create videos for my YouTube and Facebook channels.

I have also used this gear to create promo videos and professional photo shoots for hotels. So yes, it is enough to build a business out of.

Travel Photography Equipment

CAMERAS

Canon 6D: this is a great Full Frame DSLR for those making the move to the professional end of cameras. The price tag is on the heavier end at around $1,000 for just the camera body, however, the image quality is all worth it. The low grain at high ISO is just fantastic. If you’re just starting out in photography and don’t want to make sure a huge investment then you could consider a model like the Canon 60D which uses a 1.6x crop sensor.

Yi Action Camera: The GoPro is priced at $500, the Yi is priced at just $59. I don’t do much underwater or action camera filming, so the Yi is the perfect option for me. This version films at 1080p, and newer models film at 4K. My computer can’t even handle 4K video, so I’m not bothered.

DJI Maic Air: It’s unbelievable how small the DJI Mavic Air packs up, it almost makes no difference to your luggage. While the DJI Spark is smaller again, it just doesn’t offer the same stability as the DJI Mavic Air. This drone has a heavy price tag, but you can save about $700 on Amazon using the link provided.


LENSES

The following lenses are what I now use after 7 years of photography. These are sometimes referred to as the ‘kings of lenses’ delivering super high quality and carrying a higher price tag. I’ve included a cheaper option for each lens suitable for beginner to intermediate photographers too.

Canon 50mm f1.4 Prime lens: Used for 40% of my photos. Every photographer needs a prime lens in their kit. The Canon 50mm (or the nifty-fifty) is compact, lightweight, fast in low-light conditions, and super high quality. I use this lens on a daily basis for street photography, portraits, candids and even landscapes. It’s just about the best bang-for-buck lens you will pick up. 

Canon 16-35mm f2.8 III (ver3): Used for 40% of my photos. This is an awesome wide angle lens for intermediate through to pro photographers. This wide angle lens will take your landscape and architecture shots to the next level. The wide aperture of 2.8 means that you can take sharp photos in low light conditions, and get some great bokeh on close up photos. 

Canon 70-200mm f2.8 II (ver2): Used for 20% of my photos. this telephoto lens has the top image quality I have ever worked with. You can capture stunning portraits and street photography from further away with an incredible zoom and a stunning depth of field. The wide aperture of 2.8 means that you can take sharp photos in low light conditions. The only downside is that it’s heavy, so I find it hard to carry on hikes or long photo walks.


ACCESSORIES

Hoya Neutral Density (ND filters) at stops of ND4 and ND8. These screw on filters are essential for long exposure photography to ensure your photos are not overexposed in natural daylight. ND filters are also very useful for filming during the day so that you don’t have to step your camera’s aperture up to above f-stop 16.

Hoya Circular Polariser (CPL filters) one for each lens diameter. Circular Polarising Filters are essential for cutting back glare, essential for creating those shots with crystal clear looking ocean water. These circular polarising filters also make the greens more vibrant in your jungle shots.

Lens cleaning kit with microfiber lens cloths, air blower, cleaning spray solution, soft brushes, and cotton buds. No point investing in the expensive glass if you are going to leave it dirty.

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2 thoughts on “Gear”

  1. Hi Josh, great work you do, and lots of great information.
    I am in CR in about a month for 3-4 days, visiting friends and I plan a Landscape shooting with my film cameras, yes film, old school.
    Where are the best places to go and how to go there?
    I was thinking maybe to rent a motorbike or ATV.

    1. Hi Radi, I suggest exploring the mountain range to the east of Chiang Rai (Phu Chi Fa to Chiang Saen). If you can ride a motorbike confidently, that’s the best option. Allow 4 days.

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