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Travel Photography Gear: What We Use and Recommend

Gwangjang Market vendor. Seoul

My photography journey only began when I started writing for magazines in 2013. These required print-quality travel shots, so I quickly learned to take decent photos. Here’s the travel photography gear I pack with me on every trip.

Disclaimer: I pack as light as possible (so I can set off on a hike or other adventure at a moment’s notice). I’m also not a professional photographer, though I’m constantly learning and honing my photography skills.

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Cameras and lenses

Fujifilm X-S10

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The X-S10 is one of the newest cameras in Fujifilm’s X-series. Although I was previously using the X-T1, I chose the X-S10 over the X-T4 (which is designed for pros with weather-sealing, dual card slots, and more) simply because I want something lighter.

Lots of people recommend Sony’s Alpha cameras, but I’ve been shooting with a Fujifilm since 2015 and love the images it produces as well as the fantastic lenses.

Lenses

Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0

Fujifilm lens for travel: XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0

This kit lens comes with nearly all Fujifilm X cameras, and works well for everything from urban shots to landscapes (35mm equivalent: 27-84mm). I used to have this on my camera 80% of the time.

Fujinon XF 16-80mm F4

Fujinon XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7

Fujifilm lens for travel: XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7

This lower-end XC “consumer” lens features a simple plastic body, with no image stabilization nor aperture controls. Yet, it performs well for daytime wildlife and action shots. Check the prices and reviews – it’s very affordable.

Huawei P30

Camera quality matters a lot to me when choosing a smartphone, since it also serves as my backup camera. Huawei’s partnership with Leica began with the dual-lens P9, featuring gorgeous monochrome shots and RAW file output. I’ve been using the P30 since 2019, but may just switch to the next iPhone as that’s what James uses.

Accessories

The super-flexible Gorillapod is my choice for a trusty lightweight tripod. I’ve even wrapped it around tree branches and lamp arms and the rubberized grips really do work!

Travel data storage: SanDisk Extreme PRO SD card

Sandisk Extreme PRO SD cards

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Can’t have enough of these, especially if you shoot RAW or 4K video. I recommend buying these only directly from SanDisk/Amazon and not other third-party sellers that may send counterfeit products.

 

Mirrorless camera for travel: Fujifilm X-T1

 

Fujifilm X-T1

This weather-sealed mirrorless camera has been around since 2014, and I’m still very happy with the images it produces despite its age. I also found its analog dials more intuitive and friendly to photographers of all levels.

 

Best portable printer for travel: Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2

Fujifilm INSTAX Share SP-2 Printer

I take this portable printer with me on trips to more remote, off-the-beaten-path places. It’s a great way to interact and connect with locals by sharing photos of them.

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Portable power bank for travel: RAVPower 22000mAh

RAVPower 22000mAh Portable Power Bank

Although it’s heavy at 500g, this high-capacity power bank is an adventure traveler’s must-have. I’ve used it to charge my camera batteries and smartphone in rural Kenya and when staying with Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia.

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