What is your camera bag? This is probably the most popular question I am asked on a daily basis. Even though we all understand that photography is all about the photographer and not equipment, gear is still the essential part of our lives.
Today I created the list of the crucial photo items that I always bring when I travel.
There is no shortage of great mirrorless cameras these days and most of them are ideal for travel and produce high quality images. But, if you compare the size, the price , the features list, the sensor quality and the the dynamic range, the Sony a6000 is a winner by a large margin.
If I had to chose only one lens to bring with me when I travel it would be Sony 16-70mm. Combination of compactness, image quality and useful focal range make it ideal travel companion.
This is my favorite lens for shooting landscapes. The ultra wide angle zoom lens which produces good quality images and weights only 220g (8oz) is a dream for travel.
This is definitely the best travel tripod I’ve ever used. It is tall, lightweight (1kg) and steady like a rock.I complimented it with the following ballhead: Feisol CB-40D Ball Head
Even though I use different model on a daily basis (see previous item) I wanted to mention this tripod. It has almost the same characteristics as my Feisol but it costs 5 times less. Plus, you can use it as a monopod as well. I truly believe this is the best entry level travel tripod.
This is the smallest camera bag I own. I can fit my a6000, 2 lenses, spare batteries, notebook, phone and a tablet. This is a hybrid bag and it does not look like a camera bag at all, which I really like. With a6000 in my hands and Unica bag over my shoulder, I can blend among the tourists without attracting any attention.
One of the most annoying aspects of using mirrorless cameras is poor battery life. Normally, I go through 2-3 batteries during the day and It takes forever to charge them at the end of the day one by one. The dual charger simplifies my life by allowing me to charge 2 batteries at the same time.
Power bank with the solar panel is very hany during long hikes.
It is pretty incredible that you can get 20.000mAh power bank that lets you charge up to 4 devices at the same time under $40. I also found that flashlight feature which I considered as a gimmicky first is a very useful when I travel.
This is probably the best $10 I ever spent on my photography. Quick release L-bracket allows me to switch from a landscape tripod shooting to a portrait in seconds. I also like that this is a universal model and not specific to Sony a6000 which means I can use it with pretty much any camera. The side benefit of using L-bracket is it serves as the protection for the camera.
This piece of equipment is a necessity because of a poor UI design in a6000. You can not use 2 sec delay to trigger Auto Bracketing in camera.
This is an extremely important gadget for my travels. At the end the day after shooting for 12-14 hours, I can charge all of my electronic devices in one shot.
This piece of equipment allows me to travel without a laptop and not worrying about backups. Because it supports incremental SD card backups, I can backup my photos on multiple occasions during the day without using a laptop. The mobile app lets me connect to the dive wiresly and transfer selected images to a tablet for editing and sharing.
I allays keep a dozen of wipes in my camera bag and use them not only to clean up my lenses but also for glasses, phones and tablets.
This combo covers my photo editing needs by 99%. The Creative Cloud subscription model makes professional photo editing affordable.
I use Evernote on a daily basis, this where I write, schedule, plan and organize my live. Moleskine Evernote bridges the gab between my analaog and digital lives. I like to write my travel notes in the notebook and scan them to Evernote later.
Aeropress is not a piece of photo equipment by its definition but it always accompanies me everywhere and helps me to take better pictures. So I consider it an essential part of my travels.