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Gear Guide 2018

 

Travel photography gear guide 2018

by | Sep 11, 2018 | Products, Travel

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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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