Every day, I get questions about my travel gear and photography equipment for travel. I want to disclose that I am not a professional photographer but I do love sharing my travel experiences through beautiful photos, videos and vlogs.
So, here is the best photography equipment for travel blogging!
The Best Camera Bodies
For the Beginner Blogger
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. In addition to the pretty vintage style, the body is super lightweight and small in size, making it more discreet than other models.
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! The X-T20 also features a handy touch screen so it’s super easy to use!
More details on Fujifilm X-T20!
For the Aspiring or Advanced Photographer
If video isn’t a huge priority, the X-T2 is a powerful and compact camera for professionals. The X-T2 still shoots in 4k video, but there is no built-in stabilization. The body is also weather-resistant and the external dials are a trademark FUJIFILM feature that I love.
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 perfect for professional photographers and for those looking to take their photography to the next level.
More details on Fujifilm X-T2!
For the Advanced Videographer + Photographer
This camera is the newest addition to FUJIFILM’s X Series, and I’m in love! The camera body is slightly larger than it’s predecessor, the X-T2, but is still smaller than a DSLR and the added size is mostly due to its hand grip which is a welcome addition. The H1 also features a touch screen LCD which is a game changer.
With built-in stabilization, this camera is a dream for videographers!
One of my favorite things is the video quality is that it can shoot in 4k, as well as 1080/120P. Made with weather-resistant materials and a thick magnesium body, it truly is a well-rounded camera perfect for travel.
More details on Fujifilm X-H1!
For the Travel Vlogger
This is my favorite point and shoot camera for video! It has impressive quality, and shoots 1080p Full HD video in MP4 format with stereo sound.
What makes it so awesome for vlogging is the preview screen’s tilt option of 180 Degree up and 45 Degree down, so you can always see your frame, even when you’re shooting yourself. You can check out some of the vlogs I’ve shot on the the camera HERE!
More details on the Canon G7 X Mark II!
For the Adventure Traveler
The new GoPro HERO5 Black perfect for on-the-go travel and outdoor adventures– it’s waterproof and more durable than ever.
More details on GoPro HERO7 Black!
For Any Traveler
If a SLR camera isn’t in the budget for your next trip, snapping photos on your iPhone is a great alternative for taking travel photos.
A smart phone is not only good for taking photos and editing apps, but as a WiFi remote for your camera!
More details on Apple Unlocked iPhone!
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!
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.
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 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 magnification of 0.19x so when you add the 1.4X Teleconverter you get an additional 1.4X zoom.
Print Instax photos by sending images from your smartphones to the small, portable printer by using the free Instax Share app!
This bag fits your camera, a lens and a few small personal items! Remove the strap and the bg functions as a protective camera organizer inside of a larger bag.
The perfect tripod for stable video and travel photography.
Extra camera batteries are essential!
For use with the X-T2 camera and shooting 4K video (UHS-II/U3 card), a read transfer speed up to 2000x (300MB/s).
High-speed, UHS-I technology for a read transfer speed up to 633x (95MB/s).
Keep all of your memory cards organized in this portable, hard carrying case!
It is imperative to backup photos and videos, so I use this hard drive. It also automatically save photos from your social networks in cloud storage!
This mount can be used as a camera grip, extension arm or tripod for ultra versatility and a variety of shots with you GoPro.
Clamp your GoPro to objects ranging in size from 0.25” to 2”– great for extreme sports.
Be sure to protect you smartphone from water damage, but also capture underwater shots!
This LED light is a great tool for shooting on your iPhone! You can wirelessly sync it to native camera apps on iOS and Android thru Bluetooth.
This 4-in-1 lens includes a fisheye Lens, wide-angle lens, a 10x and 15x macro lens, plus 2 lens caps!
Check out my favorite smart phone photo-editing apps!
Want to learn more about photography?
Check out my South Africa Photography Tour!
This photography tour is for all women with all levels of photography experience– whether you’re a beginner, a pro, or somewhere in between. Kiersten, together with a team of professional photographers, will be guiding you through her favorite places in South Africa all while teaching technical skills through one-on-one mentorship and workshops so that you leave with unforgettable memories and beautiful photos.
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