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Travel Photography Gear – What’s In My Camera Bag

Find out what’s in my camera bag!

Below you will find information and links to all the equipment I use – pretty much everything you could need to make epic travel photography and blogging content!

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Note – you do NOT need every single one of these items to make incredible content. I started out with a basic DSLR + one lens and was still able to take photographs I was happy with. Also, I share the majority of this gear with my husband, Matthew Hahnel. Travel photography/content creation is currently our full-time profession and we are very thankful to be able to invest in such awesome photography gear.

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1  Lee Filters for longer exposures (e.g. waterfalls). The filters we own are the ND.6 Standard, ND.9 Soft Grad, and the Big Stopper 10 Stop
2 – This is the filter holder I use, plus I have two different adapter rings
3 – I mostly shoot with the Sony a7ii. Here you can see the Sony 16-35mm f/4 lens attached. UPDATE – I now shoot predominately with the Sony A9
4 – I have the Langly Camera Strap
5Sony 70-200mm f/4 lens. We are hoping to also get the Sony 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens when it is released in late July
6 – For portrait shots we will usually get out the Sony 50mm f/1.4, but to be honest we don’t use it all that often
7Pixel Wireless Timer Remote Control (TW-283)how Matthew and I get our couple photos. Check out this blog post I made about it
8 – My go-to lens is the Sony 24-70mm f/4
9GoPro floating hand grip
10Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera, just for some fun snaps!
11 – I will use a Zeiss T* Polarizing Filter (circular) to cut the reflection in images or to allow for a longer exposure
12 – My second camera body is the Sony a7Rii
13GoPro HERO5 Black, for underwater photography
14 Samsung Gear 360° Camera, which we really only use when a client requests 360° images
15Zeiss pre-moistened lens cleaning wipes (a life saver!) and some lens cleaning paper tissue
16 – A lightweight camera rain cover
17 – Lots of spare camera batteries! I like the Sony ones or these affordable alternatives
18Waterproof memory card holder to make sure our SD and micro SD cards stay safe
19 – I use the Manfrotto 190XProB Tripod with the Really Right Stuff BH-25 Ball Head. UPDATE – I now use the Gitzo Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod GT1545TUS
20 – OOWA phone lens kit, including a wide angle and telephoto lens – used for Instagram stories
21 – Lens pen to clean my camera sensor if required
22 – Rocket blower for removing dust, sand and water from my lenses, sensor etc
23Telesin Dome for our GoPro HERO5

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1DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ Drone, which has the screen display
2 Spare batteries (quite a few as they only last 30 minutes each)

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1 – My Kindle E-Reader is often found in my camera bag, especially when traveling.
2 – This ChargeTech Portable AC Outlet Battery Pack is a lifesaver for charging my laptop and camera batteries when car camping or traveling.
3MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, early 2015 model). I use Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop for editing.
4 Topo Designs Laptop Sleeve in medium – I love this!
5Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones. These have made traveling SO much more comfortable, definitely worth the splurge in my opinion.
6Topo Designs Accessory Bag in small – for my laptop charger, phone charger, hard-drive and cords.
7iPhone 6S 128GB with an OOWA case and random pop-socket (the best invention!)
8LaCie 4TB hard-drive. I own numerous of these to back-up my content

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1Topo Designs Camera Cube. I put this inside the Rover Pack and it can fit my camera and two smaller lenses inside
2 Topo Designs Rover Pack in navy. This is my every day go-to bag and I will use it for a camera bag when I only want to take a selection of my gear

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1 F-Stop Gear Ajna Bag. This 40L pack fits the pictured ICU (Internal Camera Unit) inside and my tripod strapped to the outside. Though, I do not recommend this bag for females or petite people, as the chest, back and hip straps are definitely not made to accommodation short frames or curviness… I am still on the lookout for the perfect camera bag!
2 F-Stop Medium Shallow ICU. This padded case fits all my camera gear, keeping in mind that Matthew and I usually share carrying the 70-200mm and 50mm lenses

Not picturedWe just purchased a DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer to up our video game.

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Disclaimer – Some of the links used above are affiliate links, which essentially means if you place an order through those links, I get a teeny percentage of the order amount  (this won’t cost you any extra, it just helps support my blog – thank you!) Also, a small amount of the gear mentioned above was gifted to me to try out, which I am obviously very grateful for. This is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.


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  1. You guys have a lot of great camera gear! Though, I think I would go crazy if I brought this much gear with me when travelling. I think one camera including 1 or 2 lenses as well as a compact system camera is enough, depending on if I’m flying, driving, or going hiking. But I’m not making money out of my travel photography, so I absolutely understand why you guys bring so much gear when travelling. Your photos are incredible!

  2. Silly question… Does the remote you linked work from a more or less long range? I have a remote right now, but I swear if I get more than 5 ft away it only *kind of* works. Drives me crazy! If I got one that could at least work from 10-15 ft away that would be so much better than what I currently have.

  3. I totally agree that one doesn’t need all these gear unless you use them to make a living/professionally. I used to only shoot photos with my iPhone, and I use the same photos for both my blog and Instagram until my husband got me a Sony a6000 two years ago. It came with the kit lens + telephoto lens, but I got myself a “nifty-fifty” last year. Much to my friends’ (and blog readers’) surprise, I’ve never owned a dSLR, but my iPhone photos then weren’t so bad either!

    I’m so happy that I stumbled upon bloggers who are Sony Alpha users, too! I don’t follow a lot of bloggers who do, so I feel like I could relate to you more! I’m saving up for the Sony a7Rii, but isn’t the Sony a9 sexy??
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  4. What a detailed list of photo gear. I just started documenting with a new, older version DSLR. As a beginner it has been great! Thanks for sharing this list!

  5. After years of shooting with my DSLR, I am planning to switch to the mirrorless a7RII, so this post is really super useful. I have bookmarked your post for purchasing using your affiliate links:-)

  6. Love this post!! You have so much gear. Do you pack it all every time? How about when you go hiking, does this present a problem. I have so many questions. I usually leave my bulky DSLR at home because of the weight.

    1. Thanks Nicole! No I definitely do not pack all of this every trip or hike. I will take the items that are most appropriate to what I will be shooting. My go-to lens if I can only take one is the 27-70mm but I also use the 16-35mm a ton. I love the Sony mirrorless cameras because they are lighter for hiking and traveling – suits me much better than a heavy/bulky set-up!

  7. Thank you for sharing, Renee! I love your pictures cos they seem ‘natural’ to me, I don’t necessarily realize that you guys have to carry all this gear haha… Which one(s) do you usually take with you when you go on a hike or just want to travel light? xx

    1. Thanks Audrey! My go-to camera body and lens is my Sony a7ii and 24-70mm lens, but it definitely depends on the situation! I don’t take every item of my gear on each trip!

    1. Thanks Leah! My favorite aspect is definitely the fact that they are lighter in weight. I do also love how Sony are bringing out some of the latest technology and innovation compared to the other leading brands.

  8. Hi ! I just discovered your blog and it’s amazing ! Makes me really want to travel.
    Since I’m found of photography and I’m planning on going to Canada soon, I wonder what is the lens you guys use the most to shoot such stunning landscapes ?
    Thank you for sharing your gear by the way, it’s really helpful and inspiring !
    Love from France

  9. Hi,

    Quick question regarding your choice of tripod. I noticed you travel a lot, how come you did not buy a tripod that collapse into a smaller compact? I recently purchased the same tripod but did not realize how long the tripod was. I’m debating if I should return as it is too much to travel with. Would love to hear your thoughts.

    1. Hi Diana. Thanks for your question. The reason I use a non-collapsible tripod is because they can go taller without losing stability. I haven’t found any collapsible ones that go high enough or are stable enough for me. I actually just got a gitzo tripod that is a similar height but quite a bit lighter (but more expensive). I hope that helped, it’s really just a personal choice!