Travel Photography Gear

Every day, I get questions about my travel photography gear. I want to disclose that I am not a professional photographer and I won’t be using technical terms to describe my gear.

I’m just passionate about telling stories and sharing my travel experiences through beautiful photos.

As a female traveler, there are a few things that are important when choosing photography gear. The first is size- I don’t want to lug around a big camera or have a camera so large that it draws unnecessary attention to myself.

I’ll be honest. 90% of the time, I’m shooting on Auto. So, secondly, I want a camera that is easy to use and has great automatic features.

Lastly, I look for quality. Above all, I want a camera that’s shooting incredible images, and that’s why I choose Fujifilm.

Here’s the complete list of my cameras and lenses by Fujifilm that I bring on my travels!

– – Camera Bodies – –

Fujifilm’s X Series combines traditional styling with cutting edge, innovative photography technology- here are my favorite models!

Fujifilm XT2

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Fujifilm X-T2

This camera is perfect for aspiring photographers and professionals! I travel with this camera regularly for the photo and video quality.

This camera is the newest addition to Fujifilm’s X Series, and I’m in love! I just used it for the first time on my trip to Iceland and was so happy with the quality and features.

The camera has a compact Magnesium body, and is well-balanced for handling and grip, and features a new Auto Focus system. This camera is definitely geared more towards professionals or experience photographers!

One of my favorite things is the video quality on the X-T2– it captures approx. 1.8x the required number of pixels for 4K video and 2.4x the required data for full HD video so  delivers superior quality!

More on the Fujifilm X-T2 Body

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Travel Photography Fujifilm X-T10

Fujifilm X-T10

This camera is great for people that are just starting to get their feet wet in photography and will mostly be shooting on automatic settings!

This mirrorless digital camera is one of my favorite to shoot with when I’m out exploring for the day. Of all the cameras I have used over the past few years, I’ve found that it has the best automatic settings. It uses the new AF system, so you’ll see that the camera’s ability to capture moving subjects is top notch.

If you want to test your skills at manual shooting, you are able to easily adjust the combination of aperture, shutter speed and shooting functions while concentrating on picture taking- so you have options!

In addition to the pretty vintage style, the body is super lightweight and small in size, making it more discreet than other models.

Lastly, my favorite feature is that the X-T10 has a large and fast viewfinder. It offers a clear, high-definition live view of what you’re shooting which helps you line up shots- or if you’re traveling solo, it allows the random stranger taking your picture to see what they heck they’re doing!

More on the Fujifilm X-T10 Body

Fujifilm X-T1
Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1

This camera is great for technical photography and for people that will mostly be shooting on manual settings!

Let me just start out by saying that this camera was introduced with the fastest digital viewfinder in the world- so you’ll immediately see improvements to your pictures and composition as it keeps you in touch with whatever you’re shooting.

This camera body is slightly smaller and heavier than the X-T10, but has some better features when it comes to protection and durability. It is weather resistant, meaning it is dust-resistant, water-resistant and allows operation down to -10°C, which is great for outdoor adventures.

Now, this camera is much more manual-focused allowing you to control the manual shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity and metering via dials on the body. While the design and ease of use is amazing, you’ll need to have some experience shooting manual to take advantage of the features of this camera!

More on the Fujifilm X-T1 Body

– – Lenses – –

There is a range of FUJINON interchangeable lenses for X Series cameras- here are the ones I use!

Fujinon Lenses

FUJINON XF18-55mmF2.8-4.0 R LM OIS Zoom Lens

  • When to Use: Every Day

This 18-55mm lens is the first one I got for my Fujifilm X Series bodies and it is the lens I shoot with 90% of the time– it is the most versatile lens in my kit. It is great for most shots you’ll take day to day exploring.

The lens also has a great range of zoom and a solid option for everyday use!

Hammock in Holbox

The “every-day” lens will capture most shots on your travels, from lounging at the beach to wandering rice fields- it is my standard, go-to lens!

Bali Rice Fields

Photography Tip: What is Aperture?

In photography, aperture is expressed in f-numbers, for example f/5.6. These f-numbers, also known as “f-stops”, are a way of describing the size of the aperture, or how open or closed the aperture is. A smaller f-stop means a larger aperture, while a larger f-stop means a smaller aperture.

The iris of the lens, or diaphragm, controls the size of the aperture. Its purpose is to block or stop all light, with the exception of the light that goes through the aperture.

Larger f-stops like f/32, is a smaller aperture and when shot, it will bring all foreground and background objects in focus. A smaller f-stop like f/1.4 will isolate the foreground from the background by making the foreground objects sharp and the background more out-of-focus.

Fujinon Lens

FUJINON XF10-24mmF4 R OIS Wide Angle Zoom Lens

  • When to Use: When Space is Required (Indoor & Landscapes)

Ever wanted to get an epic shot, but all the elements wouldn’t fit in the photo? You’ll need a wide angle for that!

Having a wide angle lens is awesome for landscape shots or shooting indoors in tight spaces. I typically use it when I want to shoot a large building or monument, or give something scale. If there’s not a lot of room to capture the entire scene, I’ll always switch to this lens.

Wide angle lenses can have some warping around the edges, but this lens has very mild distortion and, as you zoom, it minimizes it even further.

Hammad Airport

The wide angle lens will capture the whole scene- it’s what I always use for “Follow Me” shots because it frames the body and allows for more background in the shot.

Pula Colosseum

Photography Tip: What is a Prime Lens?

Prime lens is a lens of fixed focal length. This means that the lenses have larger apertures while staying compact in size. A prime lens has fewer moving parts (no zoom), so there is less of an opportunity for problems and prime lenses generally capture images that are sharper!

Fujinon Prime Lens

FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R (Prime Lens)

  • When to Use: Portraits and Lifestyle Photography

For those not familiar, a prime lens has no zoom capability- it shoots a fixed range of distance, which allows for a better range of depth of field. The lens creates a beautiful out-of-focus background so it’s ideal for lifestyle and portrait photography.

If you’re looking for a good lens for fashion shots or photos of people when traveling, this is it!

Longboarding

I would consider this lens to be my “fashion lens” – I love the depth of field it provides, and allows the eye to focus on the outfit and foreground!

Ice Cream

Fujinon Prime Lens

FUJINON XF35mmF2 R WR (Prime Lens)

  • When to Use: Variety of Situations

This lens is the second 35mm prime made for the X Series cameras, but it is smaller and less expensive than the first. Your eyes see in 35mm, so this lens will offer a normal perspective to your images. It is most useful for shooting images with a shallow depth-of-field and working in low-light conditions!

This lens is weather sealed for added protection- 8 sealing points for weather and dust-resistance and will operate in as low as 14 degrees.

California Vibes

This lens is great for detail shots and getting up close and personal with the subject!

Candy Shop

Fujinon Zoom Lens

FUJINON XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Zoom Lens 

+ FUJINON XF1.4X TC WR Teleconverter Lens

  • When to Use: Working with Distant Subjects

This is a big zoom lens and not something I bring on every trip. It obviously takes a lot of space in my backpack, so I only bring it when I know I’ll need it, like when I’m going on a safari!

The lens has a focus range of 1.75m with a maximum magnification of 0.19x so when you add the 1.4X Teleconverter you get an additional 1.4X zoom. A teleconverter is great because it means you get the power of a really big zoom lens without adding the bulk.

Safari in Sri Lanka

Mind you, this elephant was about 100ft away! This lens is the perfect tool for capturing distant subjects.

Hiding Parrot

– – My Camera Bags – –

I always travel with this camera backpack– it’s sturdy and durable and can hold my camera, lenses, drone, laptop, and more. I also use both these day bags, depending on the type of trip, for carrying around my camera gear during the day.

ONA Camera Backpack

ONA Backpack

With waxed canvas and high-quality leather, the ONA Backpack has a compartment for laptops up to 17 inches, space for up to seven lenses, and room for a camera.

Prince Street Laptop Bag

ONA Messenger

For a bit more space, The Prince Street  is perfect. It’ll hold a DSLR camera with the lens attached along with one or two more lenses and an iPad.

Claremont Bag

The Claremont

Probably the swankiest camera bag you’ll ever see, The Claremont crossbody leather bag from Lo & Sons will keep your camera and accessories safe and sound.

 

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.