A big part about being a travel blogger is documenting our travels so we can share them with all of you good people. We have quite a bit of stuff in our camera bag, but we try to pack only what we need for each trip that we go on. On some trips we will take our telephoto, on others we wont. The below is a complete list of our camera kit.
The DSLR : We travel with a Canon 6D. We have had it for about a year, and prior to that we had a Canon 550D. We love the 6D, it has a full frame sensor and all the bells and whistles of the Canon 5D but without the cost. It’s got wifi so you can view photos on your phone and transfer photos directly to connected devices. It also has a GPS and a weather proof body. For us, we find we can achieve the same photo quality with the 6D as we could with the 5D.
The Sport Camera : We have a GoPro Black 3 which we use for underwater and more adventure style photography. We don’t use the GoPro that much as the photo/ video quality is not that great. We only use it in circumstances where we can not use our DSLR, like underwater. We do want to start documenting our road trips with a windshield attachment, but we haven’t tested that yet.
The All Rounder Lens – We use a Tamron 24 – 70 mm lens for most of our photography. This beautiful little lens is one of the best lenses you can buy for the price range. We paid $1,000.00 for this lens new about a year ago, and boy we have gotten lots of use out of it. If we are travelling carry on only, we will usually only pack this lens as it performs beautifully in almost every situation.
The Portrait Lens – I bought this lens back when I first bought my Canon 550D. This tiny and light weight lens is one of the best portrait lenses on the market for it’s price range, and it also has a very attractive price point. I only paid $100 for this lens. We don’t do a lot of portraiture at this stage, but this lens is so small and lightweight, it’s easy to just throw it in your bag just in case.
The Macro Lens – For our macro photography we use a Sigma 105mm. This lens is a bit heavy and cumbersome, so we only pack it if we know we will be doing macro photography. This lens has an external focus, which means the lens actually gets larger as you adjust the focus. This is fine for flower photography, but sometimes isn’t the best for insects. However, the butterflies we photographed in Niagara didn’t seem to mind.
The Telephoto – This lens is just epic. The Tamron 150 – 600mm is a beast of a lens. It is huge and it is heavy, and it is not something we pack with us very often. But when we use this lens, like on our recent bird watching cruise on the Kinabatangan river, well then it really makes lugging it around worth while. This lens was so hugely popular when it was first released that it was a mission to even get a hold of one, but we are so glad we did.
Manfrotto Tripod – This is Dan’s favourite tripod because it can get really low down to the ground, which is perfect for when he does macro photography. It’s a bulky tripod though, so I don’t like it as much as it is heavy to carry in our luggage. Because it is bulky, it is also very sturdy, which is great for windy conditions. It also has several built in spirit levels to make sure you are set up properly to capture the best photograph possible.
Slik Tripod – This is a very light weight tripod, which is what we use when we are travelling carry on only. It is not as sturdy as the Manfrotto, but it get’s the job done.
GoPro Steady Cam – We bought this off of Ebay to assist us in making beautiful and flowing videos with the GoPro. We don’t use it much at the moment, but you can use it to achieve some cool video effects. It fits both our GoPro and our DSLR. Depending on what camera we are using, we need to adjust the weights on the counter balance to ensure the movement is as steady as possible. We bought additional weights at a hardware store.
Variable Neutral Density Filter – Darkens the scene, without losing the vibrancy of your colours. This allows you to open the camera for longer exposures.
Grey card – Helps even out the white balance.
Additional Camera Batteries – Self explanatory.
Mieke External Flash – This is a new item to our camera kit. We mostly use this for macro and portraiture. It’s not something we normally take when we travel.
Battery Grip – The battery grip connects to two batteries, doubling the amount of life that your camera has. This is great if you are filming or setting up for a time lapse where you need lots of power, but can not move the camera in between shots.
GoPro underwater casing and floating back – Self explanatory.
GoPro floating handle – We didn’t fully trust in the floating case, so we also bought a floating telescopic handle.
GoPro children chest strap – So the Jake can get involved.
GoPro Head Strap – When our hands are busy, the head strap holds the camera.
GoPro Magenta Filter – This filter sticks onto the underwater case. When you are underwater, the first wavelength to be lost is red which is why under water footage can look colourless. This filter helps restore the balance to the colours underwater.
Egg Timer – We attached a GroPro mount to a flat topped egg timer. It takes the egg timer one hour to do a full rotation, helping create fantastic time lapses.
The Camera Bag
We have two camera bags but the one that we use on every trip we take is the Kata 33 DL. We wrote a full review on this bag here.