For one year, photography and especially outdoor, portrait and travel photography play a central role in our life. Not only we want to immortalize the best moments of our trips but also we want to share our travel impressions and the beauty of nature with you.
Therefore we like to invest in good and reliable travel photography gear.
Usually, we buy our photography gear from Amazon as it is cheaper than retail stores but also has a high level of credibility.
List of our Photography gear:
- Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 MARK II
- Portrait lens: 25mm lens
- Landscape lens: 40-150mm lens
- Action Camera: GoPro
- Drone: DJI Mavic Pro
- Phone: Huawei P30 Pro
Our Camera and lenses
The most important piece of equipment for a travel blogger is a good camera.
We carry our travel photography gear every single day with us, wherever we go.
Therefore it was important for us to find the right balance of performance and weight/size because we want to make sure we are comfortable traveling with your photography gear.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II
We use the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II (wow, what a complex name!).
Anni owns the mirrorless camera Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II for a few years and we are super happy with it.
The interchangeable lens camera (with 16 mp) is a small and lightweight option and therefore perfect for traveling. The camera has a metal body and weights ~400g including the battery and memory card (~350g body only).
We use the camera for most of our shots on the blog and our social media accounts like Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.
Tip: Think more sustainable and save money purchasing a renewed Olympus camera model.
Way more important than the body of a camera are the camera lenses.
We always take the following two :
1. M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm F1.8
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 25mm 1:1.8 standard lens has been one of the best investments for our travel photography gear. This standard lens is a micro four thirds interchangeable lens with a high-image-quality.
We love shooting with it because it does a good job for images with background defocusing effect and is perfect for shots with low light.
On account of these imperative features, we can’t miss out on this lense when packing our photography gear for the next adventure.
2. M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150MM F4.0-5.6 R
The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6 telephoto zoom lens comes in a compact and lightweight format.
Therefore it’s a great lens nature photography and therefore an essential in our travel photography gear!
The GoPro Hero 7 black
The GoPro HERO 7 Black is the perfect buddy for action shots.
To be honest, we still have the Hero 6, but we recommend the Hero 7!
Read our arguments below!
We knew we gonna need a good action camera because we do a lot of activities outside – whether it is underwater, on the bike or the next jungle trek.
We don’t want to miss some of the most exciting moments (especially underwater like swimming with whale sharks, thresher sharks, blacktip sharks, manta rays, turtles, stingrays… just to name a few marine highlights).
The action cameras from GoPro are well known for a good reason. Super small, light and robust they are perfect for every traveler. Pair it with some essential mounts and you’ll be able to get some incredible shots and videos in every situation.
But we have a little critic as well.
Sometimes the exposure of the GoPro Hero 6 is hard to handle. On top of that, the GoPro Hero 6 has no zoom (the Hero 7 has) and the video stabilization is supposed to be improved with the last version as well.
Think more sustainable and save money by purchasing a renewed GoPro Hero Black 7.
The 10 best GoPro mounts for adventurers and travelers
A GoPro is only worth half of its price without the right mounts. GoPro mounts will enable you all the interesting perspectives, looks and possibilities to shoot awesome content.
1. 3 Way (grip/ arm/ tripod)
In our opinion, the GoPro 3-Way is one of the most important GoPro mounts for travelers.
Unfortunately, 2 out of 3 axis were worn after a few months already.
Still, we definitely recommend getting a tripod, extension or selfie pole, because this will be your all-day hand accessoir.
2. The handler (floating hand grip)
“The Handler” from GoPro is a hybrid of handler and floaty, and an absolute must-have for us! The floaty will save your GoPro in case you lose it in the water. Also on land, we used the handler all the time as an alternative for the GoPro 3-Way.
3. Curved and flat adhesive mounts
The curved and flat adhesive mounts are essential for fixing our camera anywhere.
Whether you have a surfboard, kayak or helmet, these little accessories stick to any smooth surface.
4. Dual battery charger
On so many day trips we were super glad to have a backup battery because otherwise, we would have missed countless shots.
Therefore we absolutely recommend a second battery with a dual battery charger for longer adventures.
5. Super-suit (protection and dive housing)
All latest models of GoPro are rugged, waterproof without a housing to 33ft (10m), which is perfect for snorkeling.
Indeed for freediving and diving, kayaking, rafting and other water sports, a super-suit is necessary or at least advisable.
6. Anti fog inserts (for the super suit)
The little anti-fog inserts are sooo important! Trust us!
We have more than 7 years of experience filming with a GoPro (in the water) and would never go without these little moisture absorbing inserts.
Fog inside and in front of your lens will result in footage for the trash.
7. Head strap
We also pack a head strap for our GoPro when going on adventures.
If you are into videos this will be probably one of your favorite mounts, as it gives a cool ego perspective for any kind of activity.
A GoPro chesty is comparable to the head strap and will give you another great but slightly different ego perspective.
The big advantage of a chesty is the security not to lose your GoPro during any activity. Therefore you don’t have to worry about uncontrollable or unpredictable forces.
9. Dive filters
Dive filters for your GoPro enhance colors for various underwater conditions.
We bought a green water filter for snorkeling and diving. Actually, we didn’t know anything about it in advance but the results were amazing. This little add-on to your super suit will give your shots a deep-blue look in many cases.
10. GoPro dome port
Ever wondered how you get these half underwater half above water shots?
We did too!
A GoPro Dome is the solution.
It enables you to get a perfect line of the surface in your shots.
We find GoPro domes are very bulky and fracturable.
Consider whether you really need this kind of shot before buying and traveling with one.
Our drone: the DJI Mavic Pro (fly more combo)
It took us so long to decide whether we want to purchase and travel with a drone to foreign countries. After 10 months backpacking with a drone we are so happy we went for it!
The DJI Mavic Pro has a stabilized camera with 12mp. It shoots in 4k/30 fps maximum. One charge is up to 27 minutes flight (actually 21 minutes, because 15% are for a return to home and safe landing). Due to this comparable short amount of time, the two additional batteries have been essential for us. The maximum transmission range is bigger than you’ll probably ever fly but strongly depends on local interferences.
The net weight of the body is around 750g and the exact measurements are H83mm x W83mm x L198mm.
Think more sustainable and save money with a renewed DJI Mavic Pro.
Our Huawei P30 Pro smartphone
Every time when we pack our bags, we face the challenge with weight and size. For some adventures, we don’t feel like bringing our professional camera gear because it is too heavy and too big in size.
Therefore we decided on a Smartphone with an incredibly good Camera: the Huawei P30 pro.
Now we can shoot high-quality content for our blog and social media without carrying all the heavy photography gear during hiking, biking and city tours.
Make sure to get a solid case for your phone. We chose Supcase to protect our smartphone
The tripod is such an important part of our travel photography gear.
We can’t count how many people asked us:
“Who is taking the photos for us on Instagram?”
Our standard answer:
“It’s our best travel buddy, the tripod!”
Not only for portrait shots, but also for long exposure shots this is the solution.
A tripod is big and heavy!
Still, we wouldn’t travel without our tripod anymore.
If you are looking for a compromise for lightweight gear and still want to travel with a tripod, then this travel tripod might be an option for you: lightweight tripod.
Kenruipu solar power charger
On longer journeys, we take three power banks with us.
Yes, you’ve read it right!
We don’t assume you need as much as we do but if you have many electronic devices with you, a solar power charger will become a life safer on extended adventure trips or even multiple day trips without electricity.
Castries multinational power adapter
A high-quality worldwide power adapter that will plug into any power grid is always a good idea.
Even though Europe has a unified plug and most power grids in Southeast Asia are useable with the Euro plug, we always recommend having one on your travels – just in case!
San Disk memory cards (32/64GB)
We travel with four SanDisk Extreme PRO SD cards.
One for the drone, one for the GoPro, one for the camera and one additional card.
WD hard drives
You might find no photographer on this planet without a proper external hard drive. We took two of them on our journey and you won’t believe what happened: both of your hard drives (not the ones we are promoting here, haha) broke in the same week as our laptop in Malaysia.
You never have too many backups of all your footage!
For really important but not personal stuff we recommend a cloud back up.
Nevertheless in our opinion, a cloud can never replace an external back up.
Osprey dry sacks
We got different sizes of ultralight dry sacks from Osprey.
We use a small dry sack for important electronic stuff like chargers etc..
Another bigger dry sack is in use when we face rain or when we go on adventures like boat trips with our travel photography gear.