Travel Photography Gear

People are often shocked to find out how little gear I travel with. An economy of weight and space is important when traveling. What works on a controlled photoshoot isn’t going to cut it in the field. The gear I use has evolved over time, in some cases dramatically. Here is my current lineup of camera gear.

Camera Bodies

Sony A7rii

Sony A7rii After shooting with Nikon cameras for almost a decade in 2016 I made the switch to Sony. The A7rii is Sony’s top of the line mirrorless camera and the image quality is fantastic. With 42 megapixels, the resolution is incredible as is the low light capability. The weight actually isn’t much less than an SLR, but it is much more compact and takes up much less space. Moreover, the lenses are significantly smaller than full frame lenses from Nikon or Canon.

Sony a6000

Sony A6000This is my backup/secondary body. The A6000 is the size of a point and shoot camera, but it supports Sony E-mount lenses like the A7rii does. If something should happen to my main camera, I can pull this out and still use my all lenses. The image quality is pretty good, but it is a fraction of the price of the A7rii.

Camera Lenses

I usually carry 3 lenses with me when I travel. I’ve used a similar 3 lens combo for the last decade, even when I was shooting with Nikon. A superzoom for everyday use, a wide-angle lens, and a very fast 50mm prime lens.

24-240mm  lens

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS

This is my go-to lens. I easily take the vast majority of my photo using this one lens. It is reasonably wide, with a reasonable zoom, and with very good quality. I can put this one lens on my camera and be sure that I will be able to shoot almost everything I encounter in a given day. The key in travel photography is versatility, and this is the most versatile Sony E-mount lens on the market.

6-35mm lens

Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS

Of the photographers I know who use Sony cameras, many say that this is the best lens for Sony cameras….period. Having a wide angle lens with you for landscape and architecture shots is important. Even if it isn’t the lens I use most of the time, I’d miss it if it wasn’t there. The lens contains glass from Carl Zeiss, which is always good.

50mm prime lens

Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS Prime Lens

A 50mm prime lens is usually the least used lens in my bag, however, I like having it because it is also the fastest lens in my bag. It is great at extremely low light and also if you really want to play with depth of field and bokeh.

Tripod and Ball Head

Really Right Stuff Tripod
Really Right Stuff Tripod

I’ve used several different tripods during my career. The carbon fiber tripods and ballhead from Really Right Stuff are the best I’ve used by far. They aren’t cheap, but they are worth it. I have the TVC-24 tripod with BH-40 LR ballhead. It is incredibly sturdy and rugged.

3 thoughts on “Travel Photography Gear”

  1. I have experienced with Canon Power Shot Digital Camera [G7 X]. Your suggested cameras are very impressive next time I go with Sony A7rii which features attracts me more..!

  2. This is so amazing, the Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS lens is perfect to use whenever you are traveling since it is more user friendly for those people who are new to photography.

  3. Hi Gary. From my experience whit canon cameras and lenses. I am impressed with your choice and sony’s gear. I am using the Panasonic fz1000. For everyday travel and leave the canon gear at home unless I am traveling in another country. Sony is my other choice in my mind and as I am looking at your wanderfull photos and Coulers of them , it looks for my the next step to make. Love your blog. Pini


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