Review of the best CAD workstations and what is CAD?

Review of the best CAD workstations and what is CAD?

Review of the best CAD workstations and what is CAD?

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What the heck is

CAD

Computer-aided Design or in short CAD

Remember back in the good old days when there were no such things like computers, smartphones, tablets or other electronics used for creating technical drawings of all sorts? No? Well, here is some history…

It goes way back to the drafting table where the drafting technician has to draw lines on paper by hand. Wait, who is the drafting technician?

But first, what is a technical drawing?

A technical drawingdrafting, or drawing, is the act and discipline of composing drawings that visually communicate how something functions or is constructed. Thanks to Wikipedia!

Most importantly it is a discipline and an art to express what the technical designer wants to put on paper or computer screen nowadays. Communication is key in the process and thanks to the visual drawings they made it is so much easier to understand what the drafter has in their head.

A drafting technician, drafterdraftsperson, or draughtsman is a person who makes a drawing (technical or expressive). A professional drafter who makes technical drawings is sometimes called a drafting technician. Thanks again Wikipedia!

Now, What is CAD?

Computer-aided design or CAD is the use of modern computers to aid in the creation of a design. Can be any design you can imagine. And yes, for this you need good quality software like Autocad for example to do the job.

Spindle

A spindle example drawn at the VDAB Centre in 2010

Me and

CAD

Why I use CAD?

I was a student at the technical school Don Bosco Hoboken in Belgium and graduated as a mechanical engineer (sort of) in 2009. I loved drafting the stuff we were going to produce on the milling machine or CNC. CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control and is an advanced and more automated machine than the manual milling machine.

I simply loved creating drawings more than standing behind the CNC and make my hands dirty. Not that I don’t dare to make them dirty, though ? Just the cooling liquids are not that healthy. After school I went to the public library and searched for the well-known TEC / CAD college book to learn more about Autocad. An amazing piece of software to produce 2D and 3D drawings. Even back then in 2004!

After Don Bosco I attended a course at VDAB to further develop my Autocad and Inventor skills. We didn’t use Inventor at school and I really wanted to learn more about the software. The course lasted half a year and I started working as soon as it came to an end.

I began working at a solar company in Lokeren and had to endure 2 heavy weeks struggling with messy Inventor drawings created by the previous draughtsman. Simply put, it was hell and too far from where I lived. So, it lasted only 2 weeks and I changed my mind. My second job was at Engie Axima, a company that takes care of the HVAC installations of companies and offices. I worked 2 years there and changed to Scaldis, Salvage & Marine Contractors on 11 December 2013 and I’m still there today.

Scaldis is a company that installs offshore structures for the oil and gas industry, renewable energy & salvage works. Our area of interest is the North Sea, Baltic Sea and hopefully we expand the area to the east as well.

And so I became a master in the Autocad software, which I use every single day as soon as I started working. My hobby became my profession and that is what I love doing.

Saas-Grund by Roger G.

© Photo by Livemedia

Review of the best

CAD Workstations

Do you like waiting?

Heck no, you don’t. If you hate waiting then you’re just me. We’re humans right! We don’t like to wait. How awful is it to wait for a single block to load into your project, or whatever amazing render you are creating and it takes ages to even open or save or at last render.

I know the feeling, trust me…

Your workstation is the most important tool you can use to maximize productivy, quality and even quantity when it comes to the engineering process of a drawing.

Below I recommend some top-quality and entry-level workstations and laptops to give you the best experience in your specific branch.

Things to consider

before you buy

Processor/CPU

Intel Core i9 X-series processor

Intel Core i9 X-series processor

 

The power behind each and every laptop, workstation or just any electronic device out there. AMD & Intel are top quality processor providers and are currently ruling the market. Be sure to get the right amount of cores (the more the better) and also the speed is important depending of your budget and choice.

Memory/RAM

DDR5 memory RAM

DDR5 memory RAM

The more RAM, the better. 16 GB of RAM is a must for CAD systems! In combination with Google Chrome for example, the amount of RAM can get critical for your work.

Hard drive/HDD/SSD

Samsung SSD 1TB hard drive

Samsung SSD 1TB hard drive

 

Be sure to get an SSD (Solid State Drive) instead of an HDD (Hard Disk Drive). Solid States are simply much more powerful, faster, safer and they are more efficient. A big-capacity HDD can be perfect for your storage, but for software a fast SSD is highly recommended.

Video card/GPU

Graphics Card AMD RX 580 - Geforce GTX 1060

Graphics Card AMD / Geforce

 

CAD systems are better with a good video card as it will transfer the image of your drawing to your computer screen. The more RAM a video card has the quicker the task will be executed.

Monitor

Curved monitor

Curved monitor

 

A monitor is hereby important to fit your entire drawing on one single screen or multiple screens. Optimal 2 screens are perfect for CAD technicians. One for the main drawing and one for all the toolbars.

High-end Workstations

$1,000 – $3,000 range

by Dell

Dell XPS 8930 Tower Desktop

Dell XPS 8930

Product details

  • 8th Generation Intel i7-8700 6-Core 3.20 GHz Processor (12M Cache, up to 4.60 GHz), Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory + 2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive, DVD-RW Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5 Graphics (1x Display Port, 1x HDMI, 1x DVI), Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • Dell Wireless 802.11a/c + Bluetooth v4.1, Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio with Waves MaxxAudio Pro
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty, Dell USB Laser Mouse – Black, Dell Wired Keyboard – Black, No Monitor Included

Product review

I bought my XPS 8300 desktop tower in 2011 and upgraded it with a bigger case to fit a more powerful graphics card in to expand its power capabilities. Today it is still a powerful beast of a PC. Back then there wasn’t Thunderbolt, or USB 3.0 so I had to upgrade a PCI express card with the new USB interface for faster data transfer. Yay!

I’m very satisfied with my system, it is still powerful and works like a charm.
So, I can only recommend investing in Dell’s XPS tower desktops.

Read PC MAG’s review here

Product price

$1,047.89

(shipping costs excluded)

Brand-new 2018 Dell XPS 9370

Dell XPS 9370

Product details

  • Intel Core 8th Generation i7-8550U Processor (Quad Core, up to 4.0 GHz, 8M Cache)
  • 13.3” 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge Touch display | Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz Memory | 256GB PCIe Solid State Drive
  • Widescreen HD (720p) webcam, Windows Hello compliant | Power button integrated fingerprint reader
  • Killer 1435 WiFi 802.11ac 2×2 with Bluetooth | Windows 10 Professional 64 bit

Product review

As a Dell user I want to add this one to my list, being reviewed by many users this laptop is a beast when it comes to power. 4 GHz and a 4K display, 16 GB of memory and a 256 GB capacity SSD.

My only tip is to pick the right capacity for the SSD because this isn’t easy to replace.

Product price

$1,699.00

(shipping costs excluded)

by HP

HP ZBook x2

HP 14" ZBook x2 G4

HP ZBook x2

Product details

  • 2 in 1 Mobile Workstation
  • Intel Core i7, 7th Gen, 2.70 GHz, Dual-core
  • 16 GB Memory SDRAM
  • Solid State Drive Capacity: 512 GB, Screen Size: 14″, Display Screen Type: LCD
  • 4k touchscreen display 3840 x 2160
  • 1 USB 3.0 port, 1, USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
  • Height: 0.8″, Width: 14.4″, Depth: 8.9″
  • Approximate weight: 4.78 lb
  • Windows 10 Pro

Product review

A stunning design and powerful 2-in-1 mobile workstation build to last for years. Its screen is detachable and can be used as a tablet as well as docked or standard laptop. Packed with 16 gigabytes of memory and a 4k touchscreen, this laptop is perfect for any task.

Product price

$2,199.99

(shipping costs excluded)

HP Envy 34″ Curved All-in-One

HP Envy 34 Curved

Product details

  • Intel Core i7-7700T with TURBO BOOST up to 3.80GHz
  • 32 GB of RAM (ULTRA performance); AMD graphics 4GB GDDR5 dedicated & up to 10GB total video RAM
  • 2 TB SSD Drive; HDMI 2.0 ports in & out
  • 34″ CURVED Brilliant diagonal anti-glare screen (3440×1440 px)
  • Bang & Olufsen QUAD speakers, HD TrueVision web cam & mic, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.0 M.2; 4x USB 3.0; 1x USB 3.1 Type-C; 3-in-1 memory card reader; Wireless keyboard/mouse

Product review

HP’s Curved all-in-one desktop computer is a highly recommended workstation pc for all your tasks. It boosts up to 3.8 GHz with 32 GB of RAM and your hard drive is 2 TB SSD (Solid State Drive). Its sound will be magnificent as it comes of Bang & Olufsen’s quad speakers.

Product price

$2,899.00

(shipping costs excluded)

2018 HP Spectre x360 15 inch

2018 HP Spectre x360 15 inch

Product details

  • Intel Core i7-8550U (1.8 GHz base frequency, up to 4 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 8 MB cache, 4 cores)
  • 15.6″ diagonal 4K IPS BrightView micro-edge WLED-backlit touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass (3840 x 2160)
  • 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, 16 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM, NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
  • Includes HP Stylus Pen + HP Spectre Travel Dock for HP USB-C Charging Laptops

Product review

I truly love this laptop’s design and specs. It’s amazing, well done HP! In 2019 I’ll buy my first HP laptop and it’s gonna be a Spectre for sure. Packed with a 4K Corning Gorilla Glass screen, 4 GHz processor, and configurable up to 2 TB SSD, this laptop is great for CAD enthusiasts.

Product price

$1,259.00 (with Stylus Pen & USB-C dock)

$1,179.00 (with HP Stylus Pen)

$1,095.00 (without Stylus Pen)

(shipping costs excluded)

2018 Newest Flagship HP Pavilion

2018 HP Pavilion

Product details

  • Intel Core i5-7400 (3.0 GHz base frequency, up to 3.5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology, 6 MB SmartCache, 4 cores), 16GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (2x 8 GB), 512GB SSD (Boot) + 1 TB 7200 rpm SATA
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (3 GB dedicated graphics, Latest gaming technologies, VR ready, Maximum Digitial Resolution: 7680×4320@60Hz
  • DVD-Writer, 7-in-1 memory card reader, Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (1×1) and Bluetooth? 4.2 M.2 combo, 1 USB 3.0 Type-C?; 1 USB 3.0; 1 headphone/microphone combo 2 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 RJ-45

Product review

HP is well-known for its high-end professional workstations and this Flagship is a good entry to the requirements of CAD. Brand new i5 up to 3.5 GHz processor and a killer graphics card of 3 GB, this desktop tower should give you the right amount of power for you daily work.

Product price

$1,099.00

(shipping costs excluded)

by Lenovo

2018 Lenovo Yoga 720

2018 Lenovo Yoga 720

Product details

  • 15.6″ Touchscreen Widescreen LED-LCD (3840 x 2560) (UHD) display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core processor, 2.8 GHz, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • 1 x USB Type-C, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x Headphone output/Microphone input combo, Thunderbolt Ports
  • 802.11ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Webcam, Media Reader, Backlit Keyboard ; 360° flip-and-fold design
  • Windows 10 Home, 0.8″ Thin, 4.41 lbs Weight

Product review

I’ve always loved the design of Lenovo Yoga laptops and as I’ve read they’re quite good quality too. Yoga sounds already good and hip these years. And it’s a 2-1 as well. You can use it as a laptop, tablet, tent mode and more.

Touchscreen of 15.6″ and 4K to display all your toolbars on one screen. Powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 and 1 TB SSD.

Product price

$1,695.00

1 TB SSD | 16 GB RAM
(shipping costs excluded)

Lenovo ThinkPad P52

Lenovo ThinkPad P52

Product details

  • Processor: Intel 8th Gen i7-8750H 6-Core Processor (9MB Cache, up to 4.1 GHz with Max Turbo)
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4 2400MHz
  • Storage: 1TB 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive
  • Wireless: 802.11 AC Wireless + Bluetooth 4.1
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro P1000 (4GB memory) + Intel UHD Graphics 630 | Display: 15.6″ FHD Display (1920 x 1080)
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Product review

Most big companies have Lenovo ThinkPad’s nowadays for one reason; power. It truly is so powerful and packed with 32 GB of RAM. Nothing can go wrong. 6-core processor and 9MB of cache, you guys! Up to 4.1 GHz speed.

Lenovo is very proud of its powerful ThinkPad systems and this one is no exception. Only thing it lacks is an SSD.

Product price

$2,095.00

1 TB HDD | 32 GB RAM
(shipping costs excluded)

2018 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

2018 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga

Product details

  • Intel Core i7-8650U Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.2 GHz) – 1 TB NVMe-PCIe Solid State Drive – 16 GB RAM
  • 14″ Dolby Vision 500 Nits WQHD HDR (2560×1440) Touchscreen – Dockable, Active Stylus Pen – Intel 2 x 2 AC Dual Band Wireless + Bluetooth 4.1 with Intel vPro Technology – Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Enhanced Security Features include: Touch Fingerprint Reader
  • sted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) Security Chip – FIDO Capable – Integrated 720p HD Webcam with 360-degree far field microphones – I/O: 2x USB 3.1, 2x USB 3.1 Type-C/Thunderbolt, Headphone/Mic Combo Jack, HDMI, microSD, Ethernet Extension Connection Port
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Product review

At work we use HP ZBook’s and I must say they’re really fast and reliable for just any task. Clocked at 4 GHz and fuelled by a AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 with 3 GB of VRAM. Including 32 GBs of DDR4 SDRAM, this laptop workstation will be just perfect for you.

Product price

$2,449.00

2 TB SSD | 32 GB RAM
(shipping costs excluded)

by Asus

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15

ASUS ZenBook Pro 15

Product details

  • 8th Generation Intel Core i9-8950HK Processor (12M Cache, up to 4.8 GHz, 6 cores)
  • Fast storage and memory featuring 2TB PCIE NVME SSD Upgrade with 16GB DDR4 RAM with NVidia GTX 1050Ti 4GB
  • 16GB DDR4 system memory for intense multitasking and gaming. DDR4 Ram smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games
  • Sleek 4 lbs aluminum body for comfortable portability. Built-in fingerprint reader with one-touch login via Windows Hello feature
  • Extensive connectivity with HDMI, 1x HDMI 2x USB3.1-Type C(Gen2) with Thunderbolt 2x USB 3.0 1x Micro SD Card Reader

Product review

You see that right! This laptop has an extra screenpad and yes, it sits right under its own trackpad. Specs are massive and this laptop is so powerful it handles every job.

Product price

$3,999.00

2 TB SSD | Intel core i9 | 16 GB RAM
(shipping costs excluded)

by Microsoft

Surface Book 2

Surface Book 2

Product details

  • Microsoft Surface Book 2 Features a 8th generation Intel Quad Core i7 Processor, 1TB SSD, 16 GB RAM, and up to 17 hours of video playback
  • Enhanced Graphics performance with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 discrete GPU w/6GB GDDR5 Graphics Memory
  • The fastest Surface Book yet, with 4x more power
  • Vibrant PixelSense Display: now available with a new 15″ touchscreen
  • Four versatile modes of use and new USB-C port

Product review

You see that cool hinge? It’s capable of folding the laptop 360 degrees so it becomes a tablet and laptop.

Includes the Surface Pen Platinum, Surface Dock, and Mini DisplayPort Adapter.

Product price

$4,999.11

1 TB SSD | Intel core i7 | 16 GB RAM
(shipping costs excluded)

Quality Monitors

$140 – $550 range

Product price

$189.11

(shipping costs excluded)

Product price

$139.99

(shipping costs excluded)

Product price

$549.99

(shipping costs excluded)

Product price

$189.11

(shipping costs excluded)

Product price

$139.99

(shipping costs excluded)

Product price

$549.99

(shipping costs excluded)

CAD ACCESSORIES

$165 – $290 range

Product price

$165.55

(shipping costs excluded)

Product price

$289.00

(shipping costs excluded)

CAD MOUSE

€85 – €130 range

CAD mouse

It is important to choose the right mouse for the work you perform. I love using Logitech wireless mouses but it’s also each and everyone’s personal taste. Here are 3 examples of mouses I recommend.

These products are available on Coolblue Belgium and they ship worldwide as well. Prices are shown in the local currency the euro.

Product price

€84.99

(shipping costs excluded)

Product price

€99.99

(shipping costs excluded)

Product price

€129.99

(shipping costs excluded)

Which desktop/laptop do you dream of and which software do you love to use in your branche? Share below…

» Written by Alan who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on November 5, 2018

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The ultimate

camping & hiking gear

I am born in a family that loves to travel the adventurous way. I also love their way of travelling, it’s so awesome. They owned a Land Rover Defender and went on vacation together with their good friends who also owns the same car, but different colour and version of the brand. Altogether we had so much fun going on adventure, we met lots of difficult 4×4 roads to beautiful locations around the world. Unreachable by normal car, the tracks were quite scary at times and our Land Rover took us through every time.

It was amazing to being able to have experienced all this. For sure I would love to continue their way of travelling and I already did some solo vacations. Both adventurous and a little bit of luxury as I couldn’t take the tent with me.

For Family Travellers

Toogh 3-4 Person Camping Tent 4 Seasons Backpacking Tents Hexagon Sun Dome Automatic Pop-Up Outdoor Sports Tent

Toogh 3-4 Person Tent

100% Polyester Fiber.
This tent is super easy to set up and takes only 60 seconds to take down, has a unique and fantastic design. Inner tent with dual doors, can accommodate at least 2 adults and 2 children.

Price: $84.86
View item on Amazon here

Hilleberg Keron 4 GT Expedition Tent

We own this tent personally and I love just everything about it. The material is UltraLight and super strong. The colour is neutral and fits perfect in a field of grass. Perfect for couples with children. We fitted with 6 people in it at some point, although we were still little. Comfortable for 3 and even 4 people.

There is also space for your baggage and if you like to cook inside then you can perfectly do this in the front section of the tent. Great for when it’s raining, for example.

Price: $1,355.00
View item on Amazon here

Hilleberg Keron 4 GT, Dark Green, Expedition Tent

For Solo or Couple Travellers

Toogh 3-4 Person Camping Tent 4 Seasons Backpacking Tents Hexagon Sun Dome Automatic Pop-Up Outdoor Sports Tent

Hilleberg Keron 4 GT Expedition Tent

We own this tent personally and I love just everything about it. The material is UltraLight and super strong. The colour is neutral and fits perfect in a field of grass. Perfect for couples with children. We fitted with 6 people in it at some point, although we were still little. Comfortable for 3 and even 4 people.

There is also space for your baggage and if you like to cook inside then you can perfectly do this in the front section of the tent. Great for when it’s raining, for example.

Price: $1,355.00
View item on Amazon here

Hilleberg Soulo Camping Tent

Outer tent fabric is Kerlon 1200 and the poles are 9 mm, which makes the tent very lightweight, strong and stable. All season construction tent wall can be extended to ground and the mesh area is backed with an adjustable fabric panel. Dome construction with multiple crossing pole points provide excellent stability for snow-load handling capability. Used ideally as a one-person tent. Separable inner and outer tent for simultaneous pitching.

Price: $695.00
View item on Amazon here

Hilleberg Soulo Camping Tent

Look at the inside of this Hilleberg tent, it is huge!

You can find many sleeping bags for just any season, but I recommend the one from Coleman if you love the hot summer holidays. It’s lightweight and meant for  summer temperatures.
Priced at only $21.54.

Or for the winter season there is the one from Sleepingo. And this is a 2-person sleeping bag.
Priced at $57.95.

Hilleberg Keron 4 tent, room up to 4 people

Sleeping Essentials

Therm-a-Rest LuxuryMap Self-Inflating Foam Camping Mattress, Large - 25 x 77 Inches

Therm-a-Rest Self-Inflating Mattress

Luxury self-inflating foam air mattress offers comfort and warmth for camping, home and travel, no pump required. 3 inches thick and measuring 25 inches wide by 77 inches long, it delivers superior comfort and warmth (R-value 6.8) in a portable sleeping pad. The valve allow compressible urethane foam core to expand and inflate when unpacked; can be adjusted to ideal firmness with just a few breaths. The soft stretch-knit fabric feels great to your skin.

Price: $139.95
View item on Amazon here

We’ve always had these perfect Therm-A-Rest mattresses and they last a lifetime.

It is important to know which size you should take and with the help of this chart you can find out the right size of your mattress.

So, if you are 6′ tall like me, then I should take at least the Large size. Although I love to have a wider mat as I roll over during the night sometimes.

Therm-A-Rest comparison chart
MalloMe Camping Sleeping Bag - 3 Season Warm & Cool Weather

MalloMe Sleeping Bag, 3 Season

An extremely comfortable sleeping bag! Made to resist all seasons, don’t know why they called it only 3 though. Is said to be waterproof in a certain way and has a weather-resistant design that keeps you warm in wet weather thanks to the double-layer technology, hexagon-shaped fabric and S-shaped stitching.

  • This sleeping bag is easy to wash
  • Material is of the highest grade 100% polyester
  • Lightweight, durable and easily portable

Price: $34.99
View item on Amazon here

Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow

  • Ultralight compressible travel pillow with soft foam filling
  • Expands into a 4-inch thick pillow
  • Compact design
  • Brushed polyester cover is soft against skin for comfort
  • Machine washable.

Price: $29.95
View item on Amazon here

Therm-a-Rest Compressible Travel Pillow for Camping, Backpacking, Airplanes and Road Trips
Coleman Adult Sleeping Bag

Coleman Adult Sleeping Bag

  • Temperatures between 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit (4,5°C to 15,5°C)

Price: $21.54
View item on Amazon here

Coleman Adult Sleeping Bag

Winner Outfitters Sleeping Bag

  • Temperatures between 35 degrees Fahrenheit and up (1,7°C and up)
  • MULTI-USE DESIGN! – Remove the mummy hood, two single sleeping bags can be transformed into a double sleeping bag

Price: $28.04 – $36.99
View item on Amazon here

Coleman Adult Sleeping Bag

Coleman Kids 50 Degree Sleeping Bag

  • Lowest temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10°C)

Price: $28.29
View item on Amazon here

Lighting Essentials

Headlamp, Cobiz Brightest 6000 Lumen

Headlamp, Cobiz Brightest 6000 Lumen

  • Four modes for infinite uses; whether you prefer to use the lowest, most focused setting, the wider and splashier medium and high modes or the bright emergency-ready strobe light
  • Waterproof for outdoor use
  • 2 Lithium Ion batteries required
  • Power source: DC

Price: $23.99
View item on Amazon here

Campingaz Lumostar Plus Piezo Gas Lantern

  • Power: 80 watt
  • Reliable and easy connection
  • Easy access to mantle
  • Durable with integrated globe protection guard
  • Easier to operate with new knob

Price: $70.24

View item on Amazon here

Campingaz Lumostar Plus Piezo Gas Lantern
Streamlight 44947 Siege 1100 Lumen Ultra-Compact Work Lantern (Coyote Green, Rechargable)

Streamlight 44947 Siege Lamp

  • Ergonomic handle designed to lock in upright or stowed position incorporated hook for hanging on horizontal edges
  • Spring-loaded, incorporated d-rings (on top and bottom) stow against the body of the lantern when not in use
  • Watertight storage compartment in base
  • Portable USB charger
  • Rubber cover protects USB and Charge ports
  • 1100 Lumen
  • Ultra-compact work lantern
  • Coyote Green

Price: $99.99
View item on Amazon here

Xtorm Infinity Powerbank USB-C, 27.000 mAh

  • Capacity: 27000 mAh
  • Weight: 633 gr
  • Charge time: 18 hours
  • Power: 45 W
  • USB port: USB-C

Price: €99.95
View item on Coolbue here

Xtorm Infinity Powerbank USB-C 45W 27.000 mAh
Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger, 26800mAh

Anker PowerCore Portable Charger USB-C, 26.800 mAh

  • Capacity: 26800mAh of power charges most phones over 6 times, tablets at least 2 times and any other USB device multiple times
  • High-Speed Charging: 3 USB output ports equipped with Anker’s PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology
  • Recharge 2X Faster: Dual Micro USB (20W) input offers recharge speeds up to twice as fast as standard portable chargers—a full recharge takes just over 6 hours
  • What You Get: PowerCore 26800, 2X Micro USB Cable, Travel Pouch, Welcome Guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.
  • USB-C cable and Lightning cable for iPhone / iPad sold separately

Price: $65.99
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Health and Personal Care Essentials

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Aqua-Soft Toilet Tissue

  • Available in 4-packs, 396-sheets per roll
  • Soft, snowy white and highly absorbent toilet tissue
  • Tissue rapidly dissolves to prevent clogging in holding tanks
  • Specially-made for RV and marine sanitation systems – the “Must Use” toilet tissue from the #1 company in mobile sanitation

Price: $7.87
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Seattle Sports Solar Camp Shower 5 Gallons

  • Camp shower made for showering at the campsite or washing off dirty hands and feet
  • Made of durable PVC
  • Separate fill cap; on/off valve; hanging/carrying handle
  • Capacity: 5 gallons
  • 20 by 16 inches (H x W); weighs 14 ounce

Price: $11.21

View item on Amazon here

Seattle Sports Solar Camp Shower 5 Gallon Capacity

Hiking Essentials

Black Diamond Trekking Poles

When I hike the mountains I always use trekking poles and whenever I didn’t, I really regret it afterwards. Your legs, knees and feet need some support if the terrain is rough.

  • Features a dual-density grip top
  • 360-degree padded webbing strap
  • Perfect for hikers, skiers and many other sports

Price: $85.18
View item on Amazon here

Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles

We all love cooking or a tasty meal, right! Well, I hope you do…

Here we used the Gampingaz Camp Bistro XL, which you can find here. Or you can find it here on Amazon as well.

Photo of us in the Hilleberg Keron 4 tent and here we are cooking in the front part of the tent.

Cooking Essentials

Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife

Victorinox Swiss Army Knife

This tool is a must-have in your travel backpack, be it if you go camping or just want to eat an apple and slice it to peaces. It features 15 functions to equip you for everyday adventures – including 2.45″ blade, corkscrew, bottle opener with screwdriver, wood saw, scissors and much more. Compact design makes this the perfect knife for any outdoor activity including camping, fishing, or hiking, as well as handy for everyday uses around the house or office.

Length: 3.58” (91mm), Height: .827”, Weight: 3.42 oz.

Made in Switzerland; Victorinox provides a lifetime guarantee against defects in material and workmanship.

Don’t forget to put this item in your big luggage instead of your cabin bag if you travel by air!

Price: $28.99
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Coleman Triton 2-Burner Propane Stove

Wind Block panels help shield burners from wind and adjust for various pan sizes. PerfectFlow technology provides consistent performance, even in extreme conditions. PerfectHeat technology for more efficient cooking with less fuel.

22,000 total BTUs; Griddle sold separately. Large enough for one 12 and one 10-Inches pan, plus room to stow the griddle.

Price: $59.99
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Coleman Triton 2-Burner Propane Stove
Gaz El Prado 206S Camping Stove (1200W)

Camping Stove, Gaz El Prado

Camping without a cooking stove is like camping without a tent, right! This stove is perfect for small to medium-sized cooking pots. Delivers 1.250 W of power, has a diameter of 13,5 cm, 19 cm tall and weighs only 280 grams.

Price: $34.09
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MAIYU Cooking Windscreen

If there is a breeze of wind and you have to cook for yourself or the family and can’t find the perfect spot to mind the wind then this windscreen will do its job very well. It’s size is 33 inches x 9.45 inches and folded it is only 3.35 inches x 9.45 inches.

Lightweight and portable and weighs just 0.62 lb. Comes with the drawstring Oxford cloth bag for convenient carry and storage. Material is durable heat-resistant & lightweight Aluminum Alloy.

Price: $9.99
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MAIYU Windscreen 10 Plates Outdoor Aluminum Folding Stove Windscreen
MalloMe Camping Cookware Mess Kit

MalloMe Camping Cookware Mess Kit

The MalloMe 10 Piece Camping Campfire Cookware Mess Kit includes:

  • Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Pot (1 Liter Capacity)
  • Pot Cover
  • Nonstick Pan
  • 2 BPA Free Bowls
  • Folding Stainless Steel Spork
  • BPA Free Soup Spoon
  • Wooden Spoon Spatula
  • Cleaning Sponge
  • Nylon Travel Bag Drawstring Pouch
  • Perfect Marshmallow Roasting Smores Making Guide with 10 Recipes Ebook!

Price: $19.99 – $34.99
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MalloMe Camping Cookware Mess Kit
BeGrit Backpacking Camping Cookware Picnic Camp Cooking Cook Set for Hiking (8pcs/Set, 410 Stainless Steel)

BeGrit Backpacking Camping Cookware

The BeGrit Camping Cookware conducts heat quickly and is survival gear that is built to last. 410 stainless steel material.

Including:

  • 2 pots
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 plate
  • 2 reel edge plates
  • 2 mugs

Entire 8-piece cookware set come along with a carrying bag.

Sizes:

  • Big Pot Size (D*H): 5.59 * 2.59 inch
  • Small Pot Size(D*H): 4.84 * 2.56 inch
  • Frying Pan (D*H): 5.83 * 1.23 inch
  • Plate (D*H): 5.11 * 6.29 inch
  • Reel Edge Plate: 5.31 * 0.86 inch
  • Cup (D*H): 2.95 * 2.79 inch

Price: $17.99
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Gaz El Prado 206S Camping Stove (1200W)

Cook’s Original Safety Matches

In case you don’t have any other option to light your stove then these matches are perfect for you.

Long lasting matches. Ideal for open fires, candles and barbecues. Pack of 12x boxes

Price: $100.00
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AmazonBasics Camping Chair

Padded camping chair (XL) with fully cushioned seat and back for comfort; sleek black color. Built-in beverage-cooler pouch (hangs from armrest) for up to 4 12-ounce cans. Integrated cup holder for holding an open beverage; storage pocket for magazines and personal items.

Heavy-duty steel frame provides reliable strength; collapsible, folding design; compact; folds up to fit inside most car trunks. Carry bag included for easy transport and storage; backed by an AmazonBasics limited 1-year warranty

Price: $26.69
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AmazonBasics Camping Chair
ENKEEO Foldable Camping Table Portable Aluminum Desk with Carry Bag for Picnic, BBQ, Fishing, Hiking and Travel

ENKEEO Foldable Camping Table

This foldable camping table has a strong design and offers good stability: built with aluminum alloy frames, the table is waterproof and durable; can load up to 44 lbs/20 kg. Has a very quick setup: with 1 mainframe and a foldable tabletop, you can set up or put back the table under a minute.

It’s lightweight and portable and comes with a carry bag you can take it wherever you go. It is also very easy to clean; versatile for the backyard, balcony or any outdoor activities. There are 2 colors (silver, copper red) and 3 sizes (M, L, XL) to meet your needs.

Price: $32.99
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We all love cooking or a tasty meal, right! Well, I hope you do…

Here we used the Gampingaz Camp Bistro XL, which you can find here. Only available at stores in Europe as far as I know.

Photo of us in the Hilleberg Keron 4 tent and here we are cooking in the front part of the tent.

Survival Essentials

Medical Kit Mountain Series

Medical Kit Mountain Series

Easy Care First Aid System organizes supplies by injury for fast and effective results. Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine by Eric A. Weiss, MD, 220 page manual with over 65 illustrations, “When to Worry” tips and “Weiss Advice” improvisational techniques. Group Size up to 8 people, trip duration 1 to 14 days.

Simply a necessary kit if something happens.

Price: $110.04
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Ranger Ready Repellents Picaridin

Uses the Active Ingredient Picaridin 20%. 3 100 ml Bottles – TSA Regulation Travel Size! Three Different Scents: Ranger Orange, Amber and Night Sky. 12 hour protection against ticks and mosquitos, 8 hour protection against gnats, fleas, flies, chiggers, no see ums, etc.
Non greasy – won’t damage clothes or gear.

Price: $26.00
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Ranger Ready Repellents Picaridin
Medical Kit Mountain Series

Sunscreen SPF 50, 8 Ounce Bottle

Anyone needs sunscreen and this one is rated 50. Don’t forget to pack this before you go!

Price: $9.69
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Do you also love travelling like we do? Comment below…

» Written by Alan who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on October 9, 2018

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Are you in a reading mode?

Here is my top 50 list of eBooks

I loved reading all sorts of books, like Paulo Coelho or Leo Tolstoy’s novels to documentary books. Just to name a few.

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A selection based on bestsellers

And my own opinion!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle.

Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Average rating: 4.8/5, 27,512 reviews

Stillhouse Lake

Rachel Caine

Gina Royal is the definition of average—a shy Midwestern housewife with a happy marriage and two adorable children.

But when a car accident reveals her husband’s secret life as a serial killer, she must remake herself as Gwen Proctor—the ultimate warrior mom.

She must keep friends close and enemies at bay to avoid being exposed—or watch her kids fall victim to a killer who takes pleasure in tormenting her.

One thing is certain: she’s learned how to fight evil. And she’ll never stop.

Average rating: 4.5/5, 8,985 reviews

Everything We Keep

Kerry Lonsdale

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea.

A luminous debut with unexpected twists, Everything We Keepexplores the devastation of loss, the euphoria of finding love again, and the pulse-racing repercussions of discovering the truth about the ones we hold dear and the lengths they will go to protect us.

Average rating: 4.2/5, 12,581 reviews

A selection to die for, paid eBooks

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A great selection of paperback books

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The Wonky Donkey

Kids will love this cumulative and hysterical read-aloud!

“I was walking down the road and I saw . . .
A donkey,
Hee Haw!
And he only had three legs!
He was a wonky donkey.”

Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect read-aloud tale of an endearing donkey. By the book’s final page, readers end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky donkey!

Thank you!

Buy on Amazon right here for only $7.83

Whose Boat Is This Boat?:

Comments That Don’t Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane is a picture book made entirely of quotations from President Donald Trump in the wake of Hurricane Florence. It is the first children’s book that demonstrates what not to say after a natural disaster.

On September 19, 2018, Donald Trump paid a visit to New Bern, North Carolina, one of the towns ravaged by Hurricane Florence. It was there he showed deep concern for a boat that washed ashore. “At least you got a nice boat out of the deal,” said President Trump to hurricane victims. “Have a good time!” he told them. The only way his comments would be appropriate is in the context of a children’s book—and now you can experience them that way, thanks to the staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Whose Boat Is This Boat? is an excellent teaching tool for readers of all ages who enjoy learning about empathy by process of elimination. Have a good time!

Buy on Amazon right here for only $9.13

The Bed of Procrustes

 Buy on Amazon UK right here for only $9.99 (Paperback)

Skin in the Game

 Buy on Amazon UK right here for only $12.79 (Hardcover)

A collection of free eBooks

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Pick your favourite Kindle device below

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black, 6" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi

Kindle Paperwhite E-reader

  • 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi)
  • Built-in Light
  • Available in black or white
  • Wi-Fi included

Price: $119.99
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Kindle Oasis E-reader – Graphite, 7" High-Resolution Display (300 ppi), Waterproof, Built-In Audible, 32 GB, Wi-Fi

Kindle Oasis E-reader – Graphite

  • 7″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi)
  • Waterproof
  • Built-in Audible
  • 32 GB storage
  • Wi-Fi included

Price: $279.99
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Nice Kindle accessories you might like

MoKo Case for Kindle Paperwhite, Premium Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Cover with Auto Wake / Sleep for Amazon All-New Kindle Paperwhite (Fits 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Versions), Lucky Tree

MoKo Case for Kindle Paperwhite

  • Designed specifically for Kindle Paperwhite (2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 versions)
  • Automatically wakes or puts your device to sleep when the lid is opened and closed
  • Slim lightweight protective hardback with premium quality synthetic leather
  • Device can be charged with case closed and has a magnetic closure
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Various Colors available, click image or link below for other styles and color options

Price: $8.99
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Kindle PowerFast International Charging Kit

Kindle PowerFast International Charging Kit

  • For accelerated charging in over 200 countries

Price: $25.00
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Kindle USB Cable [2 pack] Kindle PowerLine iBarbe 5ft

Kindle USB Cable [2 pack] Kindle PowerLine iBarbe 5ft

  • Extra data transfer charging cable for your Amazon Kindle, Fire, DX, 3G, Keyboard 3G and Touch provides fast data transfer and charging from any USB port
  • USB 2.0 Cable to Micro USB
  • Extra long (5ft)

Price: $9.98
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Bohemian Backpack Drawstring Bag Tote Case

Bohemian Backpack Drawstring Bag Tote Case

  • Stylish and comfortable way to protect and carry your tablet
  • Built-in front zippered pocket may hold extra accessories
  • Interior lined with nylon to protect from scratches, dirt, and moisture
  • Drawstring to easily open and securely close

Price: $10.99
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Kindle PowerFast International Charging Kit

  • For accelerated charging in over 200 countries

Price: $25.00
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Kindle USB Cable [2 pack] Kindle PowerLine iBarbe 5ft

  • Extra data transfer charging cable for your Amazon Kindle, Fire, DX, 3G, Keyboard 3G and Touch provides fast data transfer and charging from any USB port
  • USB 2.0 Cable to Micro USB
  • Extra long (5ft)

Price: $9.98
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Bohemian Backpack Drawstring Bag Tote Case

  • Stylish and comfortable way to protect and carry your tablet
  • Built-in front zippered pocket may hold extra accessories
  • Interior lined with nylon to protect from scratches, dirt, and moisture
  • Drawstring to easily open and securely close

Price: $10.99
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My favourite collection of Paulo Coelho

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My favourite collection of Leo Tolstoy

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My favourite collection of J.R.R. Tolkien

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My favourite collection of William Shakespeare

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Which books do you love the most? Share below!

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Travel photography gear guide 2018

Travel photography gear guide 2018

Travel Photography

Gear Guide 2018

 

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Travel photography gear guide – 2018

As a frequent traveller and photography lover I like to carry my killer-heavy camera wherever I go. Sure it’s not for everyone, but those who want to take their photography skills to the next level then here are some amazing tips and recommendations all for you.

I love the Canon cameras and Sigma lenses and I bought my first Canon in 2013, the Mark III. An awesome beast of equipment I still love to use. Back then 4K video wasn’t incorporated into DSLRs but I mostly do photos and I am very happy with the result that comes straight out of this camera. Together with the Sigma lenses it just gets better. Went from my dad’s Canon zoom lenses to a vast wide-angle Sigma 20 mm lens and I loved it so much I want to stay with Sigma. It has the Canon mount and it is hereby completely compatible.

The camera brands are endless and the list of cameras grow every year, but here you have my favourite collection of choices and what I think is the best for your type of photography.

How I took this photo?

I was fortunate there was a railing to clamp on the tripod I had with me. Timer set to 2 seconds to stabilise the shot when you press and release the shutter button.

Where I took this photo?

The Peak, Hong Kong

Date taken: 27/12/2017

f/8
4 sec
ISO 250
20 mm

Canon 5D Mark III
Sigma 20 mm Art lens

Photography gear

© Lourdes S.
Me with my 5D Mark III camera and Sigma 20 mm lens. I love the combination.

» As a Photo Geek

I’m Using the Canon 5D Mark II wherever I go. Together with the Sigma lens they form a perfect couple. For this camera the native RAW file is quite large and lots of storage is necessary. Surprisingly you can fit two memory cards in that massive camera.

The Canon 5D Mark III
Priced at £1,799.00 / US$2,899.00

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The Sigma 20 mm f/1.4
Priced at £699.00 / US$899.00

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CF Card 32GB 160MB/s
Priced at £48.94 / US$47.89

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SD Card 64GB 95MB/s
Priced at £26.99 / US$33.07

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The Canon 5D Mark III
Priced at £1,799.00 / US$2,899.00

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The Sigma 20 mm f/1.4
Priced at £699.00 / US$899.00

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CF Card 32GB 160MB/s
Priced at £48.94 / US$47.89

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SD Card 64GB 95MB/s
Priced at £26.99 / US$33.07

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3 Alternative Nikon Cameras

Entry-level DSLRs

Nikon D5300 | 24.2 MP | body + 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G lens

Enthusiast DSLRs

Nikon D7500 DX | 20.9 MP | body only

Professional DSLRs

Nikon D850 FX | 45.7 MP | body only

3 Alternative Canon Cameras

Entry-level DSLRs

Canon EOS Rebel T6 | 18.0 MP | body + EF-S 18-55mm lens

Enthusiast DSLRs

Canon EOS 80D | 24.2 MP | body only

Professional DSLRs

Canon 7D Mark II | 20.2 MP | body only

© Hannes Hulstaert
Both photos made with the Canon 16-35 mm lens + Tiffen 77 mm UV Protection Filter in front.

It’s IMPORTANT not to forget about this little disk for just every camera lens you own! It can save you lots of money if your lens get damaged, so I recommend you to invest in a lens filter right now.

As I currently have a Sigma 20 mm I don’t have a lens filter because it’s a spherical-shaped glass. I can’t screw a filter on it, even though I wish they had a solution.

Choose below from the most-sold filters on Amazon. But think about quality-first before you decide to buy one!

How I took this photo?

Shot this in bright daylight and the brand-new Sigma lens was blocking the sun for me. I had to edit the shadows because they were too dark. Resulting in more noise, but I added even more in Adobe Lightroom just to alter a better effect.

Where I took this photo?

My balcony, Antwerp Belgium

Date taken: 30/07/2016

f/2.8
1/400 sec
ISO 100
27 mm

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 24-70 mm lens

What I recommend.

If you like zoom lenses and what to go from wide-angle to telephoto then this lens might be useful to you.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM Zoom Lens
Priced at US$1899,00

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What I recommend.

The Sigma 20 mm Art Lens, Canon mount – Sigma Corporation Japan.

The Sigma 20 mm f/1.4
Priced at £699.00 / US$899.00

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» As a Normal Traveller

The Basic Essentials

The Ogio Curb Laptop Rucksack
Priced at £85.75 / US$110,15

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Canon Powershot SX730 HS 20.3 MP
Priced at £239.29 / US$$250.00

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SD Card 32GB 95MB/s
Priced at £18.12 / US$19.99

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Fotopro 12″ Flexible Tripod
Priced at £21.99 / US$21,99

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The Ogio Curb Laptop Rucksack
Priced at £85.75 / US$110,15

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Canon Powershot SX730 HS 20.3 MP
Priced at £239.29 / US$$250.00

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SD Card 32GB 95MB/s
Priced at £18.12 / US$19.99

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Fotopro 12″ Flexible Tripod
Priced at £21.99 / US$21,99

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How I took this photo?

Shot this magnificent sunset without tripod with a telephoto lens.

Where I took this photo?

Looking toward the Scheldt river to the west, Antwerp Belgium 

Date taken: 21/07/2013

f/5
1/125 sec
ISO 100
105 mm

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 70-200 mm lens

What I recommend.

If you like zoom lenses and what to go from semi-telephoto to super-telephoto then this lens might be very useful to you. Also the bokeh is super duper delicious.

For those who don’t know what BOKEH is, watch this Youtube video from Digitalrev. By the way, I love those guys!

Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8L IS III USM
Priced at US$2099,0

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Canon unveils the EF 70-200mm III, June 2018.
Read more at DPReview here.

One of the better Canon budget DSLRs available today is the Canon EOS Rebel T6, it is a great bundle loved by many photograpers and a very good starters kit.

For the Nikon lovers out there, there’s this bundle you’ll like to have, the Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 is II Lens + 58mm Wide Angle Lens + 2X Telephoto Lens + Flash + 48GB SD Memory Card + UV Filter Kit + Tripod + Full Accessory Bundle.

Priced at US$449,00

Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera + AF-P DX 18-55mm +70-300mm NIKKOR Zoom Lens Bundle Kit.

Priced at US$599,00

How I took this photo?

Shot this on my tripod using a shutter speed 1/80 and ISO of 6400. It’s quit a high number, but in this setting it was alright. Use the most natural light there is and if you’ve got dark shadows in the background which doesn’t ruin your picture then just let them be.

Where I took this photo?

Abandoned swimming pool, Charleroi Belgium

Date taken: 21/07/2013

f/2.8
1/80 sec
ISO 6400
16 mm

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 16-35 mm lens

What I recommend.

If you like wide-angle lenses then this lens might be useful to you.

Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8L IS III USM
Priced at US$1704,99

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What I recommend.

A tripod is necessary for taking your photography to the next level. People who like doing long-shutter photos of the milky way to awesome pictures of the night. This one might be really great.

Rangers 57” Ultra Compact and Lightweight Aluminum Tripod with 360° Panorama Ball head
Priced at US$67,49

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Editing equipment

How I took this photo?

I snapped a photo of my little sis while she was busy on the Apple MacBook.

Where I took this photo?

Looking toward the Scheldt river to the west, Antwerp Belgium 

Date taken: 28/03/2016

f/2.8
1/50 sec
ISO 640
16 mm

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 16-35 mm lens

What I recommend!

My dad is an Apple lover and that’s why you’ll always find some powerful MacBooks in our home. Must say they do quite well at editing photos or videos.

The Apple MacBook Pro 13″ 512GB
Priced at US$1,899.00

Intel Core i9 up to 4.8GHz, 12MB L3 cache | 15.4-inch Retina screen | up to 4TB SSD | up to 32GB RAM | Radeon Pro 560X 4GB GDDR5

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» While you’re travelling

Workstations for photos and videos

Apple MacBook Pro 13″ 512GB
Priced at US$1,899.00

As my family is a big fan of Apple products I can highly recommend the powerful MacBook Pro 13 inch for any kind of work. They’re fast, stable, good built quality and last for years. The operating system is top-notch. Be sure to get a proper hard drive! The amount of storage is important as it isn’t easy to replace.

Intel Core i9 up to 4.8GHz, 12MB L3 cache | 15.4-inch Retina screen | up to 4TB SSD | up to 32GB RAM | Radeon Pro 560X 4GB GDDR5

HP Spectre x360,15t Touch
Priced at US$1,664.49

As I love design and speed this laptop would be my most favourite this far. I’ve always loved its design and specifications. This one can have a 2TB hard drive SSD and 4GB ram on the video card, plus 16GB of RAM. Simply a powerful and beautiful beast of equipment.

Intel® Core™ i7, 8e generation (up to 4.1 GHz, 8MB cache) | Radeon™ RX Vega M Graphics 4GB | 15.6″ 4K IPS micro-edge touch screen

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Priced at US$1,739.99

Lenovo is famous for its powerful laptop workstations and this one would probably be no different. It’s recently new and this are the specifications:

Intel® Core™ i5/i7, 8e generation, H-series | 15.6″ 4K IPS touch screen | NVIDIA® GeForce® 1050Ti 4 GB GDDR5 | 64 GB DDR4 RAM | 2TB SSD

The Apple MacBook Pro 13″ 512GB
Priced at US$1,899.00

As my family is a big fan of Apple products I can highly recommend the powerful MacBook Pro 13 inch for any kind of work. They’re fast, stable, good built quality and last for years. The operating system is top-notch. Be sure to get a proper hard drive! The amount of storage is important as it isn’t easy to replace.

Intel Core i9 up to 4.8GHz, 12MB L3 cache | 15.4-inch Retina screen | up to 4TB SSD | up to 32GB RAM | Radeon Pro 560X 4GB GDDR5

The HP Spectre x360,15t Touch
Priced at US$1,664.49

As I love design and speed this laptop would be my most favourite this far. I’ve always loved its design and specifications. This one can have a 2TB hard drive SSD and 4GB ram on the video card, plus 16GB of RAM. Simply a powerful and beautiful beast of equipment.

Intel® Core™ i7, 8e generation (up to 4.1 GHz, 8MB cache) | Radeon™ RX Vega M Graphics 4GB | 15.6″ 4K IPS micro-edge touch screen

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Priced at US$1,739.99

Lenovo is famous for its powerful laptop workstations and this one would probably be no different. It’s recently new and this are the specifications:

Intel® Core™ i5/i7, 8e generation, H-series | 15.6″ 4K IPS touch screen | NVIDIA® GeForce® 1050Ti 4 GB GDDR5 | 64 GB DDR4 RAM | 2TB SSD

Travel bags

Shown on this photo?

The Ogio Curb Laptop Rucksack. My favourite!
Me and a companion traveller who I met in Hong Kong.

Where is this photo taken?

Kowloon Peak, Hong Kong

Date taken: 21/07/2013

f/2.8
1/80 sec
ISO 6400
16 mm

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 16-35 mm lens

What I recommend.

If you’re a smartphone lover and you most likely love them somehow as they are becoming a necessity in our lives, then I can recommend you two brands of smartphones. One I personally use is the iPhone 5s, I know mine is from December 2013. So I won’t recommend you buy an old phone.

iPhone 7, 128 GB, unlocked, rose gold
Priced at US$380,99

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What I recommend.

As I love to put my phone in my pocket I don’t like to buy the biggest phone on the market. Oh yeah, and I really love the gold-coloured iPhones of Apple.
Here you have the iPhone 7 & Huawei Mate SE.

Huawei Mate SE Factory Unlocked 5.93” – 4GB/64GB
Priced at US$249,00

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» Lightweight Travel bags

I use the Ogio Curb laptop rucksack which I actually got from my work. Many thanks! I love that backpack so much, you can put just anything in it and it is so big.

Ogio Curb Laptop Rucksack
Priced at £85.75

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Business Travel Backpack, Fits 15.6″ Laptop
Priced at US$29.99

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Fjallraven – Kanken Classic Pack, Heritage and Responsibility Since 1960, Blue
Priced at US$53.26

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Venture Pal Packable Lightweight Backpack Water Resistant Hiking Daypack
Priced at US$17.99

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Ogio Curb Laptop Rucksack
Priced at £85.75

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Business Travel Backpack, Fits 15.6″ Laptop
Priced at US$29.99

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Fjallraven – Kanken Classic Pack, Heritage and Responsibility Since 1960, Blue
Priced at US$53.26

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Venture Pal Packable Lightweight Backpack Water Resistant Hiking Daypack
Priced at US$17.99

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What gear do you take with you while travelling? Share below!

» Written by Alan who goes under the name of twin-rhino | Published on September 11, 2018

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