My Photography Travel Kit

Photography, Technology

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that I recently spent just over a week in Paris. It’s the first time I’ve been in 13 years so it was nice to see a few places again. I took hundreds of photos and had them all edited and uploaded before I returned home. So in this post, I thought I’d share what’s in my travel bag that I use to capture photos and videos on my travels.

Panasonic Lumix GH5

I bought this camera for the primary use of making videos, but I’ve totally fallen for its photographic capabilities. I took almost all of my recent Paris photos on this. I also shot a holiday blog in 4K 60fps! The video is just for family though but maybe some version of it will be made public.

This is a mirrorless micro four-thirds system, and replaced my APS-C sensor Canon 600D which was a trusty servant for many years.

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Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 Lens

I opted for the GH5 that came with the Leica lens instead of the Lumix one and I don’t regret it one bit. A super sharp lens and very flexible for both photography and video work.

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Lumix G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 Ultrawide Lens

This was the second lens I got for this camera. A solid ultra wide lens with surprisingly little distortion. Some of my favourite pictures have been taken with this lens. Good for video blogging, but less so for B-roll unless using a gimbal.

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Leica D-Lux Typ 109

My back-up camera or my main camera if I’m not taking the one above. This is a superb camera that also crams in a micro four-thirds sensor. Goes all the way to f/1.7 too, which is astonishing for the price. Could probably do with an update from Leica now though.

I’ve posted some thoughts previously on this blog which you can find here.

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GoPro Hero 5

I’ve stuck with this one over the Hero 6 due to the issues reported at the time of release. I wouldn’t mind having 60fps at 4K though. My third camera or main camera if I don’t want to risk any of the above equipment.

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Manfrotto PIXI EVO

I don’t like carrying around tripods but this one fits in the back and has extendable legs. A key piece of equipment when I’m using slower shutter speeds at night or im darker places like churches, cathedrals or museums. The ball-head means I can get decent ceiling pictures too.

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Rode VideoMicro

My microphone of choice when vlogging. Great size for travel, fairly cheap and sounds decent in my opinion.

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Peak Design Cuff Wrist Strap

I hate neck straps. They clog up the bag and get tangled easily. I also find them super uncomfortable. The Peak design system uses plastic discs that clip on to the camera and are left there. This means 1 strap can be used interchangeably between different cameras. Highly recommended for cameras of any size.

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iPhone X 256GB

Whatever the latest iPhone is, is what’s also on my bag. I shoot in RAW in Lightroom CC or use the stock camera app for filming if I need a quick clip but can’t be bothered to get a camera out.

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iPad Pro 10.5″ 512GB + Cellular

My main editing machine. Editing photos is SO quick. I use Lightroom CC as it’s fantastic (although not perfect). I also edit video using LumaFusion. It handles multiple streams of 150Mbps 8-bit 4K video at 60fps like it’s nothing. It’s insane. Doesn’t even get hot. It’s a ridiculous workhorse and despite obvious file management and app limitations, it’s better than any computer I’ve owned.

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Peak Design Everyday Messenger 13

And finally… the bag. Whilst not cheap, this bag from Peak Design holds all of the above and more. I usually go for backpacks for comfort but this is comfortable to wear even at the end of day of travelling.

Read my full review of it here.

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That’s it for this roundup. What do you have in your travel bag? Let me know in the comments below, especially if you have any equipment or gear that your recommend.


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