A while back I wrote a post about travel photography equipment, and in particular my specific travel photography kit and what I take when I go on my travels. This post received a few comments, all of which disagreed with me and slammed my travel photography kit as being too big, too bulky and too heavy. Unfortunately, none of the comments went in to any detail or offered any alternatives – so I struggle to see why the readers even bothered commenting.
As a recap my travel photography kit/take everywhere comprises Canon 6d camera, Canon 28 – 300L IS lens, Godox Ving flash and the usual memory cards, spare battery and lens cleaning equipment all carried around in a Lowerpro toploader shoulder bag. The Canon 6d is small, light and compact for a full frame camera, however I do appreciate the Canon 28 – 300L IS lens is a big and heavy lens. The reason I use it for travel/take anywhere is because the 28mm – 300mm focal range is the broadest of all Canon L series lenses, and I can have a decent go at loads of different subjects with it.
Whether my set up above is suitable for travel photography depends on what you consider travel photography. In my opinion, a travel photography kit is one that is versatile (i.e. can be used for many different subjects), portable and fits in a single bag – just like my photography kit described above.
If your idea of travel photography kit is gear you can carry for several hours and miles whilst hiking then my “travel photography kit” is not suitable, and I can personally vouch for this. During a recent vacation we decided to go on a ramble, where we got a little lost. Long story short, what should have been a twenty minute stroll turned in to a four hour hike and by the end I admit I was in pain. My shoulders were aching, my arms were aching and my back was aching too – my travel photography set up was too heavy for such a ramble. Had I know our little stroll was going to turn in to such a hike I would have left the travel photography kit behind and used something much lighter and more walking friendly instead.
A photography kit you can carry for several hours pain free isn’t a travel photography kit at all – it is a hiking photography kit, and there is a big difference between the two. Reading the negative comments about my travel photography kit once more made me think that perhaps the readers who did bother to comment are actually referring to a hiking photography kit and not a travel photography kit? Just a thought.
Had I known I was going for such a trek I would have taken my Canon G1X fixed lens top end point and shoot camera, together with a flash, memory cards and a lens cleaning cloth. Now this is a hiking photography kit.
"My travel photography kit" - Canon 6d, Canon 28 - 300L IS lens, Godox Ving
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