Camera 

Gear

Camera gear is definitely a personal preference. Depending on where I'm going and what I'm shooting, I'll switch between a full-on DSLR kit, mirrorless kit or simple a digital rangefinder-like camera. For travel photography, weight is always a concern for me - I like to be as minimalist as possible (camera kit and luggage). IMHO, here are the essentials:

  • Camera

  • Wide angle & Zoom lenses (to cover 16-200mm)

  • Batteries (yes, plural ... at least 3 for DSLR & 5 for mirrorless)

  • Battery charger (I've forgotten before)

  • Tripod (don't forget the release plate)

  • Camera bag (rule of thumb - all camera gear goes into ONE bag)

Optional accessories:​​

  • Filters: ND, Polarizer & GND

  • Intervalometer (aka cable release)

  • Camera User Manual (preferably on your phone to save weight)

My general rule of thumb is ... if you can't carry it all by yourself, don't bring it.

Tripods:

You don't have to spend too much on these. I've had good luck with inexpensive ones - especially for leisure travel. Carry weight, load capacity (how much weight can the tripod hold <camera+lens> and folded length <to fit in my luggage> are key features. Carbon fibre will provide the lightest option.

Filters:

These are certainly optional. I use them sparingly myself, but in landscape photography, you can get a bit more creative in your captures as well as being able to control overall scene exposure. Getting ones that don't emit a different color (aka, color cast) is critical to retain original color rendition. Round screw-in filters are most convenient, but square/rectangular ones are required if you want to use Graduated Neutral Density filters - they come in handy while shooting sunrise/sets.

Backpack

I have tried many camera carry bags and have found a roll-top camera backpack to work best for my needs. They have a padded camera compartment at the bottom and equal amount of space in the top portion for misc. travel necessities. 

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