Travel camera equipment must have
In this blog i wanna show you my travel camera equipment. When travelling I often see breathtaking photo motives. Wild monkeys high up in the trees hidden in the rainforest of Malaysia, elephants in the breeding station in Thailand, impressive panoramas in the Alps, great architecture on city trips or the dream beach on an island like Langkawi. A big problem in the past was always to capture everything as my eyes see it.
Animals move very fast or are often far away. Boats, cars and TukTuks are very wobbly and sharp shots are very difficult, sunrises or sunsets are often kitschy beautiful and trekking in the jungle is not only humid and slippery, but taking pictures and filming often takes place under difficult light conditions.
Finding the right camera with the right lenses for travelling is not so easy. For me it is especially important to have as many variations as possible. So on my travels I want to take landscapes, portraits, aerial photos with the drone and underwater shots (for example my dive).
Since I am often asked about my travel camera gear (lenses, tripod, filters, photo bags, …), I have finally taken the trouble to list everything in detail.
Of course I am aware that not everybody wants to carry so much equipment on the trip. So everybody has to decide for himself how much equipment he wants to take with him.
But as I want to combine my travels with my job, I always carry the following travel camera equipment with me:
My travel camera equipment
Short and concise the current photo equipment. Consisting of:
Admittedly, the best camera for me to take pictures while travelling is rather something for advanced (hobby) photographers. After all, photography is no longer a hobby for me either, but my profession. That’s why I have been taking pictures with the full format system camera Sony Alpha A7iii for about half a year now. For me it is the perfect camera for travelling, because it is relatively compact for a full format camera, has the best autofocus I have ever experienced with a camera, with the right lens it conjures up a beautiful bokeh (blur effect) and it has never let me down in any situation.
I always have the Sony a63000 with me as a backup camera. On my travels I often go on hikes where it rains from time to time, on sandy beaches or near water. So it can happen that my main camera is damaged by weather. Of course I take care that my Sony a7iii always stays in top condition but you never know.
If something should happen, I always have the Sony a 63000 with me. This mirrorless format camera does a great job and is absolutely sufficient for most applications. With the right lenses you can take great pictures and film fantastic clips. The Sony a63000 records in 4K at 30 fps (frames per second) and in FULL HD even 120 fps are possible. So you can also create great slow-motion recordings.
What I like about the Sony a63000 is that it is so handy, light and compact. You can take the camera in almost every bag.
In my opiniion the Sony a63000 is the perfect travel camera, which combines comfort and great features.
No doubt: A GoPro should not be missing on any journey! We’ve also been on the road with our GoPros for years and have shot many of our travel videos with them. But the GoPro is also indispensable for great wide-angle photos and underwater shots.
And the new GoPro HERO7 Black can do much more: 4K HD videos, live streaming, a good image stabilizer (HyperSmooth without gimbal), TimeWarp and Slo-Mo videos. Simply a great gadget that is fun to use!
With the GoPro Hero 7 Black Actioncam we are able to shoot excellent image and video material. Whether on land in mud, during a quad tour on sand or in the water between a ton of fish: these are the perfect areas of application for an actioncam. The Hero 7 Black is suitable for snorkelling and “easy dives” in water up to a maximum depth of 10 metres without the need for an extra housing. Since the camera can always get something against the lens, this extra GoPro Hero 7 Black housing is advisable, which extends the diving depth to 60 meters! So you can use the camera for all your dives without any problems!
The GoPro Hero 7 Black is a truly awesome action camera and much better than its predecessors, with many new features. If you are on the water a lot, we might recommend such a dome for really unique shots.
As a world travel camera, GoPro Hero 7 Black accessories and equipment must fit here as well. This is what we use on our travels:
The lenses for my Sony a7iii Camera
On my trips I mainly use these two lenses in combination with my Sony a7iii.
In my opinion, the pictures are all crisp and look fantastic. In any case, it is enough for my travel applications. Professional photographers may use even more expensive lenses but for my needs these two lenses from Tamron are absolutely sufficient.
If you use these lenses, you should allow for enough space in your backpack or bag. It would be best to buy a suitable backpack for your camera equipment. This will protect all your camera equipment optimally.
Pictures shot with Sony a7iii and the Tamron 28-75mm lense
Pictures shot with Sony a7iii and the Tamron 17-28mm lense
DJI Mavic Pro Drone: Make your travel clips look like a movie
Dji Mavic Pro – is it the perfect drone for travelling?
We’ve been looking for a good drone for traveling for a long time and we’ve been saving for it for just as long. With the Dji Mavic Pro we finally found a drone that fully met our expectations for our travels.
A drone for travelling has to be compact and light
We knew we didn’t want a bulky, unwieldy drone with us. We wanted a drone that we could take with us on all our trips. Folded up, the Dji Mavic Pro is compact enough for a backpack and not bigger than a water bottle. Including the battery the drone weighs only 750 grams and is therefore very easy to store.
The technology behind the DJi Mavic Pro drone
I don’t want to bore you with too many details, but some key points are too important, especially when travelling. If you are looking for a drone to travel, you should know that the flight time is about 25 minutes for almost all common drones.
The battery of the Dji Mavic Pro drone lasts – depending on wind speed and flight mode – about 25 minutes. If you use the drone for travelling and maybe also for day trips, you should directly think about a second battery.Because nothing is more stupid than a cool photo or movie moment and the battery is already empty. Therefore we always have a second battery with us.
The Dji Mavic Pro is equipped with a variety of functions and flight modes. The highlight is of course the 4K camera which is attached to a gimbal at the front of the drone.The camera in combination with the intelligent flight modes makes a really incredible effect: gesture control, or tracking objects are only two points of a multitude of possibilities. With DJI Mavic Pro, you can create truly amazing images.
The drone’s sensor technology ensures that the copter doesn’t get thrown off course even in strong winds, and that you don’t fly against objects and crash. We immediately noticed how precise the Dji Mavic Pro is in the air.
Clarify drone usage for the respective countries before
If you take the drone with you on your journey, be sure to inform yourself in advance about the regulations of the respective country. There are countries where you are not even allowed to enter with a drone. In some countries you need a permit with costs. If you don’t follow the rules in the respective countries, you may face heavy fines or prison sentences.
How to handle drone batteries?
Before your journey, inform yourself about the requirements for the transport of drones with the respective airline you are flying with. Most airlines require the drone to be transported in hand luggage.
Some airlines also require the drone battery to be stowed in a fireproof bag so that no fire can develop. We always stow our drone batteries in this “lipo-safe” bag. We have never been checked by airline personnel but hey: Better safe than sorry!
The best Laptop for travellers?
That depends of course on your individual requirements. Would you like to do some internet surfing and maybe write a blog or two? Normally a laptop between 500-800 Euro is sufficient for this.
Or would you like to make a lot of movies (also in 4K) and create movies from them? For these applications you need a laptop with a lot of power, of course, which can also handle video editing and editing of RAW images.
We bought the Dell Inspiron 15 (5000 series) and are completely satisfied with it. We use the laptop to edit our RAW images and, of course, to edit all the video material. So far, we haven’t had any problems at all when cutting the videos.
The perfect travel bag for your trips
Before my trip, I wanted to make sure that my camera equipment was optimally stowed and protected. After all, the complete camera equipment costs a lot of money and I didn’t want to save on the camera backpack.
In this TARION camera backpack, I stow the Sony a7iii, the two Tamron lenses, the GoPro Hero 7, all memory cards, the DJI Mavic Pro + controller, two batteries for the DJI Mavic Pro drone and my laptop.
The backpack has many useful pockets in which you can store additional equipment. On the bottom you can store a tripod. In the side pockets you can store charging stations and additional batteries.
The DJI Mavic Pro + Controller is always stored in the head pocket. At the airport, you can easily check in this camera backpack as hand luggage. I never had a problem with it.
Do I need a gimbal for my trips?
The answer is: Not necessarily!
If you film a lot on your travels, you can simply film most of your shots handheld. In combination with a camera strap and some practice, you can create really great shots. On our trip to Asia we decided to take a gimbal (Zhiyun Weebill S) with us anyway.
Because on this trip we decided to film even more professional shots. Furthermore, the Zhiyun Weebill S is perfectly suited to take it with us on our travels. It really fits in almost any bag and weighs only 926g.
We think the Zhiyun Weebill S is great for taking smooth and cinematographic shots. If this is important to you when travelling, you should consider buying this gimbal.
But if you only want to film a few clips as a memory, then in my opinion the camera alone is completely sufficient.
This and that
If you plan on filming and photographing a lot on your travels, then one or two extra batteries for your camera are certainly a good thing.
Therefore we always have the following equipment with us on our travels:
I hope I could give you a sufficient insight into my camera equipment. Of course you have to decide yourself at the end which equipment is the right one for you. In this blog I wanted to give you some suggestions and share my experiences with my equipment. I hope you find the right equipment for your needs and have a lot of fun on your travels!