One of the most common questions I get asked is, “what is my go-to travel camera gear?” Well, I am here to break it down for you. Before I begin, I should mention that I have been a photographer for 8+ years now, however, I really started taking my travel photography seriously when I was traveling in South East Asia in 2015. Ever since then, I have become a tech-obsessed photographer who loves finding the best gadgets on the market to add to my ever-growing travel camera backpack. Below are some of the staples that I always have with me.
When you look inside my travel camera bag, you will see an obsessive amount of Sony items. I have been a big Sony fan ever since I really started getting into photography. The Sony a6000 was my first mirrorless camera and the perfect one to start me on my journey. I always recommend that camera’s predecessor, the Sony a6500 for anyone just starting out. Mirrorless cameras are the perfect size and quality for traveling or anyone who doesn’t want to carry around a big DSLR. With the same quality as a DSLR but in a smaller and lighter package – who wouldn’t want that!?
The Sony 16mm-35mm F2.8 GM is my favorite lens. It’s pretty much what’s on my camera body most of the time. It is perfect for travel, portraits, landscapes – pretty much anything. This lens is an all-around great lens. It also has fantastic durability and weather sealant for all kinds of shoots. Although, it is a little pricey, but if you can save up for it, I promise it will replace most of your other lenses. They also have the Sony 16-35mm F4 lens, which is an affordable alternative. But, if you’re on the edge and can’t decide, and your budget allows for it, go with the 16-35 F2.8, you won’t regret it!
The perfect alternative to the Sony F2.8 version for those on a tighter budget. This is a great wide-angle lens for landscapes, vlogging, real estate, and travel. It’s also super lightweight and compact, making it perfect for
This is the sharpest lens that Sony has ever created. I still can’t get over how crisp the images are every time I use this lens. It was my first portrait lens and I still use it all the time. I really love the compression and bokeh on this lens and it really can make for some gorgeous portraits.
This is everything you could ever want in a portrait lens, and more. The 11 blade helps you capture the most beautiful bokeh, making for some absolutely gorgeous portraits. If you are primarily a portrait lens photographer, you definitely want this in your camera bag!
This is the best travel tripod I have ever come across. It is so hard to find a tripod that is efficient and effective at the same time and Peak Design absolutely nailed it. This tripod is a bit more expensive but if you can afford it, it is the best one you will ever own.
I could actually go on and on about this little photography gadget. THIS IS A GAME CHANGER. If you are an avid hiker, traveler, or just someone who is constantly reaching in and out of your bag for your camera, this is for you. It frees up your hands while still being super accessible when you need it. It just clips right on your backpack strap or your belt and is able to effortlessly lock in your camera when you’re not using it.
I am a Minnesota native who left her small town to travel the world. One trip led to another, and now I’ve been to more than 80 countries. I am thrilled to be able to share destination guides and expert travel tips with you to help you in your journey around the world!
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