The gear I like to travel with.

I really wish there was one camera and lens that could do it all but that is not the case. When traveling I do pare down my camera bag but have found there are some things I cannot travel without.

First on my list are ziplock baggies. They have nothing to do with photography but everything to do with keeping things organized and dry.

My basic camera gear includes the following:

  • Nikon D4s body
  • 80-200 mm lens
  • 15-55 zoom
  • something super wide such as Rokinon 8mm fisheye
  • something waterproof - current camera GoPro Hero 5
  • lots of memory cards
  • don't forget the chargers - and check to see they work with 220v
Nikon D4s

I have been shooting with this camera for a bit less than a year now and love it. The camera has excellent light gathering capabilities and can seem to find light even where it seems to dark to find anything. Great for travel when your find yourself inside a cave and am trying to capture images of the Greek church in the cave.

GoPro Hero 5

Especially for travel to Greece I bring along something completely waterproof. Nothing better than this little box of tech. It works perfectly for the water shots and I find myself setting it up often to get time-lapse images.

Nikon 17-55mm

Now that I have upped my camera body to a FX body it is time to up my principle lens. In the mean time I will continue to work with this piece of glass. Excellent light gathering capabilities make this a good lens to travel with. Not quite wide enough for the tight places in Europe but it is quite flexible.

Nikon 80-200mm

A rather old lens in terms of age and technology but this one just keeps on shooting. Little bits and pieces have come off but it still works beautifully. Excellent for those times when you need to be a bit closer but also need to stand back and stay out of the way.

Zoom Handy H5

In the past two years I have upped my game for capturing images on the road but also sound. Nothing to bring back the memories of a place when you combine images and sound. This unit is so easy to use, easily transportable, and the quality of the sound is outstanding. I recently purchased the shotgun mic to go with it and look forward to my next chance to try it out in the field.

Rokinon 8mm fisheye

When I can afford it I will get a FX version of a fisheye lens. In the mean time this inexpensive little gem does the trick. So many places in Europe are tight and you need an extreme wide angle lens to capture it all. Great for the tiny little streets of Venice and Florence.

Nikon 60mm Macro

When I am feeling like I don't mind a bit more on my back I throw this lens into my bag. Great when your are collecting images of tiny objects and perfect for portraits. The lens does not take up too much room as it is rather compact. A good piece of glass.

LaCie 5TB Rugged Thunderbolt / USB-C Mobile HDD

I have found the LaCie rugged series of external hard drives to be excellent to travel with. They stand up well to the bounces and drops that happen when traveling. I bring two and back everything up. Often I find my wi-fi connections to be too slow to push everything up to a cloud service so this works perfectly.