I travel with my other half, and as she is not a photographer it is unfair of me to take my full set of photography gear and spend a lot of time taking photos. Consequently my travel photography is a “gun and run” style which requires travelling light but making sure I have everything I need to get the shots I want. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to take a whole array of lenses, filters and the like but in reality I can’t.
Before I go in my travel photography equipment I should point out I shoot Canon, but I know Nikon makes equivalent stuff. Any way here’s the contents of my travel photography bag:
Canon 6d camera. Even though there is a trend towards smaller mirrorless cameras I still prefer a dslr. The Canon 6d not only has a full frame sensor and excellent image quality but it is also small, compact and lightweight too.
Canon 28-300L IS lens. This lens is the closest to a single lens solution I can find. The 28mm end is ideal for landscapes and seascapes, the 300mm long is ideal for nature and bird life and then there’s the focal lengths between the two for everything else. This is a big and heavy lens, but then there is only this to carry around. This lens is tough, durable and weather sealed, and the image quality is exceptional. For the range of focal lengths covered, there is no better lens out there.
Manfrotto table top tripod. This tripod is small, lightweight, portable and more than capable of securely holding my camera and lens combo. Okay, it’s not as good as a proper tripod but it does provide a stable base and, with a bit of ingenuity, perfect of many different situations.
Filters. As much as I would like to take a full set of square filters, together will a filter holder, it isn’t feasible. My compromise is a few choice screw in filters, consisting of Zomei ND filters for capturing long exposures.
Godox TT350 flash. The TT350 flash is small, lightweight and takes up little room. With a GN of thirty five this flash is pretty powerful and provides additional light when needed. One of the best things about this flash is how quick and easy it is to use, making it perfect for my run and gun style.
Bits and bobs. The other bits and bobs comprise a remote shutter release, lens pen, cleaning cloth and memory cards. I also take a battery charger, but this stays in the motor home.
This travel photography kit is by no means perfect, but it is the best compromise for capturing decent photos but also enjoying the trip and spending time with the other half as well.
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Travelling is one of those situations when I wish I had access to my entire suite of lenses, but in the real world this never happens. When I am travelling taking all the lenses I own and one to cover every situation I am likely to encounter simply isn’t going to happen, and it’s not practical.
I know it is impossible to have every situation covered when I am travelling, but I want the chance to deal with as many as I possibly can and this obviously requires the most versatile lens I can find.
I have tried several different lenses for travel photography and the lens I have settled on is the 28mm – 300mm zoom lens. The wide range of focal lengths this lens covers means I can capture wide landscapes, seascapes and cityscape shots (at the wide end), capture shots of birds and wildlife (at the long end) and capture shots of other subjects (with the focal lengths in between). The 28mm – 300mm lens is, in my experience, the closest to an “all in one lens” you can buy.
The 28mm – 300mm zoom lens I use is the Canon 28 – 300 f3.5 – f5.6L IS, and it is a great lens for travel photography. Okay, it is a big and heavy lens but when you weigh up the image quality, build quality and how versatile it is this is something I am more than prepared to live with. This lens may seem expensive on the face of it, but when you consider the range of focal lengths it covers you’ll soon appreciate it isn’t that expensive and great value for money.
Below is a short video clip highlighting the pros (and cons) of the Canon 28mm – 300mm f3,5 – 5,6L IS lens;
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