When it comes to choosing travel photography/filmmaking gear, portability and versatility are two important factors to consider. The lighter the load, the easier your life will be. Sometimes getting that perfect shot might mean hiking through some wilderness or camping out for a while, and your spine will thank you in the long run for bringing lighter or less gear. Leave the heavy equipment for the studio. So let’s get right into it. Here are the essentials for any photographer/ filmmaker embarking on an adventure abroad.
7artisans 25mm F1.8 Lens
A compact and lightweight lens is a great company to you when travel. If you are looking for an affordable 25mm wide-angle lens with large aperture, 7artisans 25mm F1.8 Lens is a great choice.
25mm small wide-angle focal length can accommodate more beautiful scenery; after reducing the aperture, it increases the depth of field. The lens is suitable for travel scenery, environmental portraits, and other subjects.
The lens has the closest focusing distance of 0.18m. It is also good to shoot food, small objects, flowers, product details, and other subjects.
Sony A6500 Mirrorless Camera
If you want a camera that can produce professional results (photo and video), is lightweight, has ultra-fast focusing, and a range of lenses to choose from (from affordable to pricey), you can't do much better than the Sony a6500.
It is a versatile camera, you can also use it to vlog, or shoot time-lapses while you are working on other things. If you are a professional, it can be a great backup camera.
With the unprecedented all-in-one design, ZHIYUN Crane M2 offers great compatibility to different types of devices such as compact cameras, light mirrorless cameras, smartphones, and action cameras.
It features a compact design and great Portability. With a sleek body and compact size, CRANE-M2 offers great comfort to your hand and unrivaled control over your camera. Crane-M2 easily goes wherever you go, so it is a perfect travel gimbal for filmmakers.
Compared to most other smartphone gimbals, the Smooth-Q2 is tiny, which makes it a great travel gimbal. The handle measures just 12cm and the entire gimbal is only 20cm long. It can hold up to 260grams, which is more than enough for any smartphone. That payload means you can use the Smooth-Q2 with a smartphone and an attachable lens, and a phone in a case is no problem either.
You can also use it for taking photos, especially those that require steady hands like night mode shots or long exposures. This could be useful for panoramics, time-lapse, selfies, live streaming, etc.
If you are into landscape photography, you will need a tripod with you for travel. Pergear MT-02 Mini Tripod has a great payload of up to 15 kg with aluminum alloy legs, and 1/4'' universal screw thread that allows being compatible with many kinds of digital devices. Users can control the minimum knob of tripod ball head to achieve camera 360 degrees’ horizontal rotation, which is convenient for photographers to take panoramic photos in landscape shooting.
Users can select the height by rotating the metal ring. The tripod comes with 3 fixing straps to mount the tripod to tree or handrail for more flexible usage and multi-angle shooting.
A pocket-sized LED light is extremely useful to use for various occasions,so taking a small LED light with you when travel is essential. It can be used as a decent fill light or rim light and it is easy to take with everywhere. FalconEyes RGB LED video light is a professional mini video light for video shooting and filming creation. It features adjustable color temperature ranging from 2500-9000K, 0-360 full color, 360° Adjustable Support System, and 18 common simulations.
I hope this list brings you some good travel gear ideas. Tell us in the comment what is your must-have gear when travel. Happy travels and have fun shooting!