Our photographic equipment: the perfect photo equipment for the journey!

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Wondering how to make the right choice from the huge range of photography equipment? Difficult! Therefore, we show you in this article which photographic equipment and which photo accessories we can use and recommend.

We also spend countless hours prior to each purchase identifying, researching and analyzing the right photographic equipment for our needs.

And we honestly admit that there are many things that make us more fun.

So we thought, let's list out our complete photo equipment here, so you may have to invest less time and effort in finding the right equipment and benefit from our research.

Of course that does not mean that we always carry every single part on our list with us.

We decide for each trip or trip individually what equipment we want to have it with us.

Also read our photo tips

cameras

Finding the right camera for you is not that easy.

We are often asked which camera we recommend and the answer is always the same: it depends!

Everyone has different demands on a camera, other things are particularly important to each other and the expectations of a camera develop and change over time. The only thing we can recommend is: Try it!

Over time, we decided to switch from SLR cameras to mirrorless system cameras. Our constant companions since then are the two Sony Alpha 7ii , which we have really loved (oh yeah, the #cameral love) and absolutely recommend.

Over time, we noticed that we do not always feel like taking the still quite large and heavy cameras with us, and in addition we bought a premium compact camera, the Fujifilm X100F .

Incidentally, on our first trip together as a travel blogger , we had the Nikon D7000 and the Sony Alpha 6000 with us, and both cameras are still part of our camera equipment.

But we must honestly admit that we no longer use them ourselves. Since, of course, they are not bad cameras, we have given them to our dear team members.

The Sony Alpha 6000 is still our sweetheart and in terms of value for money, hard to beat.

Links to our cameras:

Sony Alpha 7ii at Bol.com / at Foto Koch
For the Fujilfilm X100F at Bol.com / at Foto Koch / at Calumet
bei Foto Koch Sony Alpha 6000 at Bol.com / at Foto Koch
Nikon D7000 at Bol.com (successor: Nikon D7200 )

Interesting articles:

In order to make it easier for you to decide which camera is the right one for you, we have written a detailed camera buying advice in which we explain the different camera systems and make you suggestions for each price range.

Our camera buying advice
Best compact camera: comparison of current compact cameras and recommendations

lenses

Our lenses for the Sony Alpha 7ii

Lenses for the Sony Alpha 7ii full-frame camera are usually relatively expensive. The prices go for most lenses at about 500 euros. We decided on a good mix. The kit lens with a focal length of 28-70 mm is for the price of about 400 euros really a great lens.

The 50 mm fixed focal length is about 300 euros an absolute bargain among full-frame lenses. It offers a very good picture quality, a super nice soft bokeh, but has significant weaknesses in autofocus.

In addition to the two cheaper lenses, we opted for two premium lenses.

The Sony lens with the focal length 24-70 mm is Bastis Immerdrauf lens and costs a proud 2000 euros. Due to the constant light intensity of f / 2.8, the high image quality, the lens of the G-Master series is worth every penny.

The 35 mm fixed focal length with a light intensity of f / 1.4 is Jenny's current Immerdrauf lens and is ideal for city, portrait and landscape photography. But with about 1500 euros it also has its price.

Links to the lenses:

24 - 70 mm f / 2.8 G Master at Bol.com
Foto Koch 28 - 70 mm f / 3.5 - 5.6 Kit lens at Bol.com / Photo cook
/ bei Foto Koch 35 mm f / 1.4 fixed focal length at Bol.com / at Foto Koch
/ bei Foto Koch 50 mm, f / 1.8 fixed focal length at Bol.com / at Foto Koch

Interesting articles:

For a complete overview of all lenses for the Sony Alpha 7 series, see our article:

Sony Alpha 7 lenses

For a complete overview of all lenses for the Sony Alpha 6000, see our article:

Sony Alpha 6000 lenses

For the Nikon D7000

For the Nikon D7000 we have two Tamron lenses, with the travel zoom with a focal length of 16-300 mm here is our always-on-lens. Especially when traveling, such a large focal length range has absolute advantages.

Since we often only travel with hand luggage , we do not have the opportunity to take many different lenses with us and on the other hand, we are both not the kind of photographer who constantly change their lenses. With the travel zoom of Tamron we have a wide angle, a normal and a telephoto lens in one.

In addition to our ever-ready lens, we also have a fixed focal length for the Nikon D7000, namely the Tamron SP35mm f / 1.8. The 35mm focal length is really an outstanding lens that we fall in love with right away.

For the fixed focal length 35 mm f / 1.8 SP series at Bol.com / by Foto Koch
To travel zoom 16 - 300 mm f / 3.5 - 6.3 at Bol.com / at Foto Koch

Interesting articles

Again, we have written some suitable articles:

Our review of the Tamron travel zoom
6 reasons why you absolutely need a fixed focal length

Our cameras and lenses at a glance

filter

Since we are also relatively minimally equipped and each have a polarizer and two different strong gray filter here to expose long-term. The filters we link here do not necessarily have to fit on your lens.

Make sure that you order the right filter for the diameter of your lens. For most lenses, it's up front when you remove the lid. If it does not stand there, you can also use a ruler and measure the diameter of the lens.

Gray filter / ND filter

Above all, we use the gray filters when there is a lot of water in the game or when we want to "disappear" many people in one place, such as: For example, see the example photos below.

We have chosen two different strengths. We use the ND1000 gray filter to expose in daylight for a very long time - 20 seconds and longer. It is best suited for very bright daylight. In less light or in the twilight sometimes even the gray filter with the strength ND64 enough .

When it comes to filters, the ghosts are often different. Often you hear, only really expensive filters would be useful and anything that is cheap would be scrap. We can not confirm that.

Over the years we have tried many filters and now only buy filters from Haida. Haida is priced in the middle segment, but is not inferior in quality but the much more expensive filters.

Links to our ND filters:

Haida ND1000 (simple variant)
Haida ND 1000 NanoPro ( brand new: NanoPro series)
Haida ND64

Polarizer

Above all, we use the polarizing filter to reduce reflections of the light on certain surfaces, eg. As water surfaces, windows, leaves or haze.

But it is important to know that you do not simply screw a polarizing filter on the lens, but you have to adjust it for each motif by turning. If you want to know more about using filters, have a look at our Youtube video .

Links to our polarizers:

HAIDA Ultra Slim Nano Pro MC CPL

Filter container

A truly ingenious photo accessory is a filter container stack . For a long time, our photo bags were often full of filter containers, since each filter is delivered in its own large plastic housing. Since we like minimalistic travel, the container stack is just perfect for us.

You can use it to screw all your filters on top of each other and top and bottom comes with a lid on it. Perfect! It does not save space!

Again, you must make sure that you buy the right filter container for the correct thread size.

To the filter container stack

Our screw filters

Stands

The search for a perfect tripod for us really cost a lot of nerves.

On our first longer trip to Southeast Asia , we only had a mini tripod and missed a "real" tripod on the way.

Since we only traveled with hand luggage, the risk that a larger tripod is taken from us was too big.

If the topic is just as interesting for you, read this article:

Can a tripod be in your hand luggage?

But now that we have decided to give up luggage in the future, we were looking for the perfect blend of functionality and light weight. Meanwhile, we have found the perfect solution for us: The Rollei Compact Traveler no. 1 carbon .

Rollei Compact Traveler no. 1 carbon

The good piece weighs including tripod head just under a kilo, can fold relatively small (to 33 cm in length) and still has a max. Height of 142 cm. Although the tripod is not quite cheap with almost 130 euros, but it meets all the characteristics of a perfect tripod for us and is therefore worth every penny.

To the Rollei Compact Traveler No. 1 Carbon at Bol.com / at Foto Koch

Rollei Rock Solid Carbon Gamma

Since we sometimes want to photograph both at the same time on a tripod, we now have the perfect partner tripod for our tripod , the Rock Solid Carbon Gamma with the tripod head T-5S .

The Rock Solid tripod is with 1.75 kg including tripod head, although heavier than our tripod, but also offers twice the load (16kg) and can be extended 9 cm further (to 151 cm). So we pack this in addition, if we are only on the road for a short time and the weight of the luggage does not play such a big role.

Links to this tripod :

Tripod Rollei Rock Solid Carbon Gamma
To the tripod head T-5S

Gorillapod

If even the travel tripod is too big or too heavy for us, we still have an extremely light Gorillapod.

We also use the Gorillapod to film our travel videos and vlogs , but we can also use it as a tripod for taking pictures. Especially on viewing platforms where no tripods are allowed, the Gorillapod has often served us well.

A Gorillapod is not very high, but it can be B. be easily and securely attached to a railing.

To Gorillapod SLR with ball head

Our tripods
Our travel tripod - The Rollei Compact Traveler No. 1 Carbon / In the bag you see on the left, we carry the tripod like a gym bag on the back. The tripod is so light that you hardly notice it. If we know that we often need it and only wear it from A to B for a short time, we fasten the harness directly to the tripod and carry it that way. This has the advantage that we do not even have to unpack it from the gym bag.

camera straps

Let's be honest: The supplied camera bands of the manufacturers are not exactly beautiful and why should you walk around as a walking advertising column and make great advertising for a camera manufacturer?

At first we did not realize that there are camera straps that do not look like 08/15, but are really pretty and stylish.

Meanwhile, we are smarter and have found our pets.

Basti has bought his current camera strap on a design market in Chiang Mai and is very satisfied with it. Ok, now you can not even go to the design market just after Chiang Mai.

After much testing, Jenny has finally found the perfect solution for herself and praises each of her camera strap from Peakdesign .

The strap is comparatively very wide and can be really super comfortable to wear and you can wear it flexibly as a neck strap, shoulder strap or Slinggurt.

You can attach it not only to the usual eyelets on the right and left of the camera, but also via an adapter on the tripod socket.

This has two advantages: The camera hangs with the lens down on the body and so does not interfere with movements and the adapter, with which the strap is attached to the tripod thread, also serves as a tripod plate.

How cool is that? No more searching for the tripod plate, because Jenny always has it with her!

The attachment system of the strap to the camera is super clever. Take the strap off the camera is usually super awkward and annoying.

But Jenny's harness is simply attached with anchor loops and practical snap fasteners.

So, enough of enthusiasm. But hey, Jenny has been looking for the perfect solution for so long and we are sure some of you might as well do it. Jenny has the Summit Edition of the belt in blue, but it is available in black and red and also a narrower version for lighter camera models.

Links to our camera straps :

To the Peakdesign Slide at Bol.com / At Foto Koch

Photo Bags

With photo bag and backpacks you often have the same problem as with the straps. Often, they are just practical. Of course they have to be practical, but why can not they look good too?

We decided on two small shoulder bags by hellolullu, in which we transport our cameras including lenses.

In the main compartment of Jenny's bag fits the Sony Alpha 7ii including lens and camera strap. In the back of the tray she has her cell phone and a few little things in front, such. B. Cleaning wipes for the lens.

Basti has in addition to camera and lens even accessories, such as the bellows, the brush, filters, spare batteries and cleaning cloths. Then fit into the back of the bag. B. also cell phone and documents (travel guide, passport).

To the Morley of Hellolulu (Basti)
To Norris of Hellolulu (Jenny)

Interesting articles

Read our article about stylish photo bags

Our camera bags and our camera straps

cleaning

brush

We always have the small antistatic brush with us and clean the camera body, the lens from the outside and the lens. Absolutely fulfills its purpose, is super small and comes in an extra small packaging in which we can simply put it in the photo bag.

To the anti-static brush at Bol.com / photo cook

Lens cleaner microfibre cloth

The lens cleaner and microfibre cloths are mainly used to clean the lens. But while we're at it, we always clean the display, laptop and mobile phone right away.

To the lens cleaner at Bol.com / photo cook
To the microfibre cloth

Set for sensor cleaning

We did not dare to clean our sensor for a long time. After trying it once, we wondered why else we spent $ 50 in the store. A sensor cleaning is really easy, at least for mirrorless cameras.

The bellows we always use when we change the lens to the light dust that lays on the sensor to remove directly. The cleaning set, ie swap and sensor cleaning liquid, we use on average two to three times a year.

If you are unsure, we recommend that you bring the camera to a specialist. You can still use the bellows regularly.

When buying a bellows you should make sure that it has a dust filter that prevents the escape of dust during cleaning. Otherwise it can happen that you blow dust from your bellows on your sensor.

Make sure the sensor cleaning kit is the correct size for your camera. Full-frame sensors need 24mm and APS-C sensors 16mm.

To bellows at Bol.com / photo cook
To sensor cleaning set Full format cameras: 24mm
To set for APS-C sensors 16mm

Interesting articles:

Sensor cleaning for your camera: how it works!

With these utensils we clean our cameras and our lenses.

protection

Our Pacsafe - protection against theft

We really thought long and hard about whether to bring the travel safe on our trips. Meanwhile, we are more than happy that we have decided for the Pacsafe. Many accommodations do not have a safe, and even if they have one, it's just too small to put laptops and cameras in it.

Here's a quick explanation: The Pacsafe is a wire-reinforced bag that you can tie to a solid object using a steel cord and padlock. Each time we leave the accommodation, we put our valuables (laptops, passports, cash, cameras, etc.) in the Pacsafe and tie it up.

Of course, the wire rope can be cracked quickly with a large tool, but for many thieves, the effort is just too big and it takes them especially for too long. We travel so easily with a much better feeling. It would be a shame if suddenly we had no more cameras.

If you do not travel with the cheapest camera equipment, then the 80 euros for the Pacsafe are very well invested. We will definitely never travel without the travel safe.

To the Pacsafe 12 L

Wound wrap - protection against light bumps

A wig does not sound so exciting. But we can assure you that this little, simple cloth is worth gold! Jenny wraps her system camera in and can carry it in any bag.

This is very convenient, if we are not with our photo bags on the way, but still want to take the cameras. Of course, such a wrapping cloth is also suitable for packaging lenses safely.

To the Wrapping Cloth 30cm x 30cm at Bol.com / at Foto Koch (Also bigger: 40cm x 40cm at Bol.com / at Foto Koch or 50cm x 50cm at Bol.com / at Foto Koch )

Silica Gel - protection against moisture

In our photo bags are each a few bags of silica gel, so the cameras are a little protected from humidity. Especially in Asia, this makes a lot of sense, but it can not hurt in our latitudes.

Incidentally, silica gel is almost always in the packaging when you buy an electronic device. Of course you can also use that and you do not have to buy the bags extra.

To the silica gel

Waterproof backpack - protection against rain and water

In Southeast Asia, it likes to rain a lot and hard. The time to get under a tree or under a roof, you often do not, because within seconds you dripping wet.

It happened to us a couple of times, that we suddenly stood with our cameras in the middle of the rain and ran off in panic to find something to shelter. We are so happy that we have bought the waterproof backpack and have this (almost) always with us when we are traveling with technology.

The waterproof backpack can be folded very small and takes up little space. He has saved us or our camera equipment several times.

To the waterproof backpack

This is how we protect our equipment on the way.

Photo accessories

Everything that did not fit in the other categories, we summarize here under the umbrella term photo accessories.

Replacement Batteries Charger

For the Sony cameras unfortunately no charger is included. You can only charge the batteries via a charging cable, which is connected directly to the camera.

This is of course extremely impractical, as mirrorless system cameras are very powerful and in one day well and like to need two to three batteries. That's why we bought an external charger and a handful of spare batteries.

Incidentally, the batteries and the charger do not have to be from Sony itself. Third party providers offer the same quality at a fraction of the price.

To external charger in a set with 2 batteries (can also be ordered separately)

remote Release

Sometimes we just push our camera's self-timer to our limits. For example, if we want to take photos with us in front of us and not behind the camera. 10 seconds to trigger are simply not always enough.

Also, sometimes we want to expose more than 30 seconds, which is only possible with a remote trigger. Therefore, we have decided for the variant remote release without cable, because we can master both challenges.

To the wireless remote trigger Ayxy AX-5 / S2 remote control

Micro

The Aufsteckmikro we have to film our travel videos and our Vlogs here. It's super light and easily attached to the hot shoe adapter. A tip, if you want to use an external micro: You must first in the camera settings to reduce the sound of the camera.

To the Rode VMPRY directional microphone

Our photo accessories

storage media

Imagine the following scenario: You travel to a country where you take stunning photos, and just because you were not careful enough and backed up multiple times, all your pictures are gone in the end. Terrible idea, right?

It rarely happens that something breaks, but we can tell you from experience that it definitely happens someday. And that's when you least need it. Our motto is: sure is safe! If you want to know more about how we store our photos while traveling read our article

Our tips for backing up pictures on the go

SD Cards Memory Card Case

We have a total of eight 32 GB SD cards , which we transport in our memory card case. The memory card case we have found in the search for a smart storage for SD cards and have since been big fans of this simple invention, because the case has credit card size and takes hardly any space.

To the SanDisk Extreme 32 GB at Bol.com / Photo Cook
To memory card case

SSD hard drives

On all trips, we also have a total of three SSD hard drives , a 1 TB hard drive and two 500 GB hard drives. On the 1 TB SSD are our Lightroom catalogs and photos. So we do not have any data on our laptops, but work directly from the SSD.

One of the 500 GB hard disk is for storing the video files as well as the media libraries of our video editing program Final Cut. We use the other 500 GB hard drive to back up the not yet double-backed files on the way.

The SSD hard drives have a very proud price. However, they weigh almost nothing with only 45 grams of dead weight and are much less sensitive. Plus, they're so fast that we can work directly from these hard drives and not have to pull the photos on the laptop first.

1 TB SSD hard drive at Bol.com / Photo Cook

Synology

All our files are also secured on our Synology . If you have not heard of it yet, just imagine it this way: Jenny's parents have a small white box with two 4TB hard drives on which our data is stored. All data is saved in parallel on both hard disks, so that if one disk is defective everything is still present on the second disk.

But we can access that data not only when we're at home, but from anywhere in the world. So it's like our very own Google Drive or our own Dropbox. Since the hard drives are connected to the internet, we can access them online.

However, the dubbing of large image files on the Synology of the road is a bit tedious, since the Internet connection must be very good for it. That's why we save all new data on the replacement SSD first and once we have a good Internet connection, we play it on the Synology. And only then we also format the SD cards.

Go to Synology DS216j 8TB (2x 4TB WD Red) at Bol.com / at Foto Koch

Normal external hard drives

Before we had the SSD hard drives, we used normal external hard drives . Unfortunately they are just too slow to work directly from. Our two normal hard drives (1 2 TB) are still part of our camera equipment, only we do not have them with us on the way. When we visit Jenny's parents, we use them as another back-up.

To our 1TB hard drive
To the 2 TB hard drive

Our storage media

Extras

smartphones

We both use an iPhone 7 by now. The camera is not really useful as an alternative to our real cameras and we only use them for snapshots that we send to mom and dad. Hehe.

Of course, we also use the smartphones for Instagram stories.

Interesting articles:

We also wrote an article about taking pictures with a smartphone:

22 tips for better cell phone photos

Other accessories of our mobile phone equipment

Of course, we still have two USB charging plugs , as well as cables to charge our cell phones. Since we put a lot of strain on the batteries of our mobile phones, we always have a power bank with us. This not only allows us to charge our cell phones in an emergency, but also all other devices that can be charged via a USB port.

On the go , we can spontaneously take selfies of us in front of a great landscape or long exposures at night. The tripod is not only a tripod, but also a small selfish trick. Even if selfie sticks do not work, sometimes it's really practical. But honestly, we never take it with us.

Jenny's latest achievement is her popsocket . It's hard to explain why this little Bobble is a great invention, but let's try it. It facilitates the grip and handling of the phone. Since Jenny got the popsocket, her cellphone has not fallen down one more time as she pushes the popsocket between her index and middle fingers.

Of course, it is not always unfolded, but you can put it on (as in the picture) and fold it up again by pushing on it. Unfolded you can z. B. set up the phone and watch a video.

Links to our mobile accessories:

Popsocket at Bol.com / at Foto Koch
Powerbank at Bol.com / at Foto Koch
Handystativ Selfiestick

Our mobile photography equipment

Travel Drone: The Yuneec Breeze

On some trips we also have our small travel drone, including several spare batteries.

The Breeze is a small entry-level drone. The big advantage is the low weight and the small size. You do not need an extra drone backpack, the drone fits comfortably in your normal luggage.

The picture quality is completely sufficient for the hobby area. Two videos that we have taken with the drone, you can find on Youtube: Our drone videos on Youtube .

The operation is done on the phone and is sometimes not perfect. As soon as the drone is a little further away, it always loses the connection to the mobile phone and can not be properly controlled.

Meanwhile, there is also a controller for the Yuneec Breeze , which we do not have and so can not say whether the drone can control it better.

The batteries last about 12 minutes, so we always have a few spare batteries with us.

The drone is recommended if you rarely fly or want to try it, if that is for you at all. For professional shots, it is not suitable for the hobby but completely. We mainly use them for drone selfies.

miscellaneous

Also included in our repertoire is a folding reflector, which we use for portraiture. The things are really worth gold and only cost a few euros. Also read our article with tips on portrait photography .

Of course we do not have the folding reflector and the light tent on the way. We use these things only when we take pictures at home.

To travel drone
To the 5 x battery for the Breeze
To the light tent
To the folding reflector

The drone and the light tent for product photography are also part of our photographic equipment.

Photo equipment in the video

Here we present our photographic equipment in the video. The video is already a bit older, so you will not find the same equipment here as in the post.


Which photography equipment do you always have with you when traveling?