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My Travel Photography Gear

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.

Cameras and lenses

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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.

I definitely recommend either the newer X-T3 (if your budget allows) and X-T20 (slightly lower tier, much lower price) as a mirrorless camera for travel. Fujifilm is also renowned for their color reproduction and stunning JPEGs straight out of the camera.

Huawei P9

Camera quality is perhaps the most important consideration for me when choosing a smartphone, since it also serves as my backup camera. Huawei’s partnership with Leica began with the dual-lens P9, and I was won over when I tested it for myself – its monochrome shots are gorgeous and it also shoots RAW.

The latest models in this line are the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro (which sports a triple-lens rear camera).

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

Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0

This is the kit lens that comes with nearly all Fujifilm X cameras, and one of the best camera lens for travel: it works well for urban shooting and landscapes (35mm equivalent: 27-84mm), with lovely depth of field. I have this on my camera 80% of the time.

In fact, you should definitely get it with a body like the the X-T2 or X-T20, as it costs more on its own (check prices here).


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

Fujinon XC 50-230mm F4.5-6.7

Although the XC series comprises lower-end “consumer” lenses compared to the “professional” XF lenses, many Fujifilm users agree that the XC 50-230mm punches above its weight, literally speaking. The plastic shell makes this long-range zoom lens lighter to haul around for travel.

Image quality is honestly on par with the XF18-55m, and while it’s not super fast, it performs for daytime wildlife and action shots. Check the prices and reviews – it’s very affordable.


Travel tripod: JOBY Gorillapod

JOBY Gorillapod

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!

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Travel data storage: SanDisk Extreme PRO SD card

Sandisk Extreme PRO SD cards

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 sellers who may send counterfeit products.

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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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