Are you interested in finding out what camera gear Alex and I use during our travels?
Since it has started to become more and more people asking about our camera gear every week, I thought it would be a good idea to write down for you here on my website.
If you’re a beginner, I would like to say that it’s not the camera that matters, it’s you and your lenses. You’ll be the one having control of the camera and it’s your lenses that will help you create magic. If you’re a beginner and want to buy your first camera and lens, I would recommend to buy a little cheaper camera body and invest in good lenses. The camera bodies come and go, but a good lens can last a lifetime if you treat it good.
Down below I’ve put together a list of all our camera equipment. Enjoy!
Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR
Before having our Nikon D500, we had a Nikon D7200, which also is a good but also much cheaper camera (I still use it sometimes). The D500 is, without doubt, one of the best DSLR cameras from Nikon with its high-speed shooting (10fps), ISO of 1.6 million alongside a 153-point AF system. It’s a great camera that I love to use while shooting landscapes, people and animals.
Did I forget to mention that it shoots 4K videos as well?
Tamron 16-300 F/3.5 All-In-One Zoom Lens
When our Nikon 18-140 lens broke during a trip in Singapore, we bought this one. This lens has become our everyday lens, since it’s light, enough wide for landscapes, provides macro focusing, and produce clear & sharp images.
It’s one of the best lenses we’ve had, so I’m happy it’s a part of our little camera “family”!
Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 Digital Zoom Lens
The Toking 11-16 lens is a great ultra-wide zoom lens for Nikon DX cameras. It’s cheap, captures sharp images and is fast as well.
I use this lens for landscape photography and astrophotography. It works like a charm – I love this lens!
Sigma 35mm / F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens
Our newest addition to the lens family is the Sigma Art 35 mm/1.4F. It’s a fantastic lens for portrait and getting those knife-sharp pictures with a blurry background.
It’s also great when the light source is less than favorable thanks to the low aperture value. Since it has a fixed focal length, the image quality is also superior compared to the wide-angle and zoom-lens.
Hoya 77mm (for the Tokina Lens) alpha Circular Polarizer Filter
Our polarizing filter is a must for us to have in our camera bag. It brings out deeper colors in our pictures and helps a lot when shooting images of landscapes with reflective surfaces.
It’s a great filter with adjustable polarization that we’ve been using quite a lot during our travels.
This remote is small and lightweight and is useful in many situations. If you’re serious about photography then you have to invest in one of these. There’s no point in carrying around your tripod if you don’t have a timer remote controller.
This little thing will help you to create sharp images and eliminate the camera shake that occurs when you’re pressing the shutter speed
The DJI Mavic Pro has been a part of our family since early 2017. We use it mainly for photos, but also for videos sometimes. The best thing about shooting photos with a drone is that you get a whole new perspective of different places – something you wouldn’t see unless you’d be flying around in a helicopter, which might not happen that often. We also have extra batteries and use Polar Pro’s ND Filters – which works magic while taking photos with the Mavic Pro.
Sirui T-025X 52″ Carbon Fiber Tripod with C-10X Ball Head & Case
We bought our Sirui tripod about 3 years ago, and it still works like a charm even though it’s been through rough weather, sandy beaches, and hot/cold climates.
It’s lightweight, compact and strong. I haven’t even been thinking about upgrading to a new one since it has been working so good.
SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter
For all of our cameras, we use micro SD cards + adapters if needed. One thing I’ve noticed is that the “normal” SD cards from SanDisk can break easily – which is not good.
I prefer having micro SD cards with adapters since the adapter protects the micro SD card from any damage, and also because we have a GoPro + drone that requires micro SD cards.
We have had the GoPro 4 Black, GoPro 5 Black and now we got the GoPro 6 Black. This GoPro action camera has improved in many key areas, including its top-end resolution and frame rates. It also offers much better image stabilization and great upgrades when it comes to the image quality.
This is no doubt the best action camera on the market today, and I can wholeheartedly recommend it. I use it for underwater photos/videos and vlogs together with the Karma Grip.
This is the gimbal that I use for our GoPro Hero 6 Black. Karma Grip works for both GoPro 5 Black and even GoPro 4 Black with an additional mount. It keeps our GoPro footage shake free, which makes a huge difference in the result of your videos.
I use this gimbal together with our GoPro Hero 6 Black for vlogging.
Rode VideoMic GO Lightweight w/Rycote Mini Windjammer
When we’re making vlogs or other videos when we want to capture the sound, we use our Rode Mic. It’s a great mic that comes with a windjammer – which is a must to have if you’re going to shoot videos in windy places.
It’s one of the most popular and best video microphones on the market, and it’s has been working great for us during our travels.
Panasonic Lumix G7 4K Mirrorless Camera
Early 2017 we bought the Mirrorless 4K Lumix G7 from Panasonic. This camera we have been using while filming our adventures. It a great camera that does the job and is both compact and lightweight. We use this one together with the Zhiyun Crane M 3-Axis Gimbal that you can see below for the best video results.
Zhiyun Crane M 3-Axis Stabilizer Gimbal
While filming with our Lumix G7 we use the Zhiyun Crane M 3-Axis Stabilizer Gimbal. It’s a good gimbal that keeps our videos stabilized. With this one, you can run with your camera and film, and there will be no video shake what so ever.
If you’re serious about videography, then you should consider buying a good gimbal to your camera.
MacBook Pro Retina 13″ (128GB)
I’m really happy with my MacBook Pro Retina 13”. It’s a good computer if you mainly want to use it to edit your photos. It’s fast (if you keep it clean from all your photo files), the screen is beautiful and it’s simply a must for all photographers.
One great thing is that Apple’s resell value is fantastic if you want to upgrade!
Adobe Lightroom “Photography Plan”
I use Adobe Lightroom to edit my photos. It’s the #1 editing software in the world, used by both professional photographers and beginners with the use of presets (photo filters). I sell my own custom-made presets here on my website, they’re great for beginners!
Click here to get my Lightroom Presets
I use the “Photography Plan”, which gives me access to both Lightroom & Photoshop for only US$ 9.99 a month. It’s very cheap considering what you get!
Camera & Photo Storage:
Pacsafe Camsafe V17 Anti-Theft Camera Backpack
This is the bag that we’ve been storing all our camera equipment in, except for the drone and extra batteries. It’s spacious and very safe with its anti-theft system while traveling around the world. It’s lightweight, durable and comfortable.
This bag has been on all of our trips since late 2014 and still works great.
Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0
If you shoot a lot of photos, your internal hard drive is going to fill up sooner or later making your computer dramatically slow.
We have a Seagate 2TB external hard drive, and also one extra to use as a back up in case something would happen to the other one. Nothing would be worse than if all your work would disappear if something would happen to your computer or external hard drive.