Gear for Travel Photography

Dal Lake in Kashmir India
Dal Lake, Kashmir, India

Most of us enjoy travelling. Many carry every camera gear that they have and it’s hard to travel light. At the same time there are people who go out just with their kit lens or a 50mm prime lens, and later feel something like – I wish I had the other lens in my bag. This happened to me when I had been to Himalayan trip and had a 50mm prime lens f1.4 (my first lens), a 14-24mm lens and a full frame body. But did not have a telephoto/ zoom lens at that time and felt that I had missed many shots. Travel photography is not just about travel and capturing photos, but is about understanding the culture, people, place etc and the story behind. Here, in this post I will be writing only about the gear for travel photography.

For maximum versatility, it’s better to use a telephoto/zoom lens,┬ácovering a range 24 to 300 mm. It may not be possible to find a single lens which has all the zoom range and hence you might need to carry multiple lens. Usually a zoom lens with wider ranges are slow (f4.5+), large and heavy to carry. But with a non interchangeable lens we get the advantage of not changing the lens frequently and hence low dust.

Other accessories include filters, memory cards, batteries, backup storage, external flash and a lightweight tripod preferably the one made of carbon fiber. When we consider travel photography, there are other things that you might want to consider like your gear insurance and a good quality camera bag.

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When I speak about travel photography, people ask me about the camera gear that I carry. Following are the camera equipment that I pack when I think about travel photography – A full frame camera – Nikon D600, Nikkor 50mm f1.4D, Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8, Nikkor 70-300 f4.5, Nikon SB910, Monfrotto Tripod, Lowepro camera bag, 2 extra batteries and a cleaning kit. This travel photography gear that I have mentioned here is the one that I usually carry and is of this writing. I might consider replacing the Nikkor 70-300 f4.5 with a Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VRII or a 80-400mm soon. I have mentioned only Nikon camera and accessories as i’m a Nikon use. The same applies to all the cameras and lens irrespective of the camera brand.

Let me know what other gears do you use in addition to the one that is mentioned above and why? Meanwhile, don’t forget to share this blog post and follow me on social media for more travel and photography updates.