Travel Photography Gear - Cameras, Lenses, and more
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Choosing the right travel camera can be a challenge. We’re constantly receiving questions about what travel photography gear we use and how we shot a specific photo. For us, the camera and lens we carry around should work for as many situations as possible – landscapes, portraits, and low light. We also don’t want our day-to-day camera bag to be too heavy, so we try to prioritize the most practical items and brands to take along with us.

For this breakdown, Jacob (the travel photography expert!) weighs in on how we chose which camera brand to go with, what we carry now, and what items we use for specific travel photos. While we consider this set up to be perfect for us, we also have advice on choosing the right camera and lens for your own travel photos. You can click on any of the images below for direct links to the travel photography gear we mention.

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Travel Photography Gear Sony a7riii Camera Body
Travel Photography Gear Sony a7riii Camera

Two years ago we switched from Canon to Sony (very reluctantly) after holding out for a long time. I finally caved after hearing so many good things from friends using the A7 series. We first bought the Sony A7RII and then upgraded earlier this year to the new version, the Sony A7RIII. The A7RIII made some huge improvements. The battery life is great and the load time (read/write speed) is much quicker. 

One of my other motivations for switching to Sony was to have a more compact setup for video and photo. The Sony’s smaller size and lower weight allows us to carry an extra lens with us when we travel. It also helps when we shoot video, since it’s not as heavy when we need to use it on a stabilizer or for hand-held video work. 

The lens we use with this camera the most is our Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 lens. It’s what almost all of our photos on our Instagram and our blog are taken with. More about this lens below.


I always encourage people to prioritize investing in lenses over cameras because great lenses will long outlive your camera. Of course, if you switch camera systems (for instance, from Canon to Sony like we did) you have to start a new collection. When it comes to choosing the right lens for you, it really comes down to the types of photos you want to take.

Sony 25mm f/2.0

Travel Photography Gear Sony 25mm f/2.0 Lens

The Sony 25mm f/2.0 lens is the first lens we purchased after getting our Sony camera. It’s a great travel lens because it’s lightweight and small. It’s perfect for landscapes and city shots like the ones you see below. I also use it often when shooting video since it’s not heavy on our stabilizer. 

Sony 16-35mm f/2.8

Travel Photography Gear Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 Lens

Many of my favorite photographers have mentioned the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 lens as their favorite. I held off on getting this lens for years because I wasn’t sure if I would use it enough to justify the cost. It has quickly become our favorite lens, we use it for almost all the photos you see on our Instagram. The focal range is perfect for our travels, it’s diverse enough that we can use it for wide shots and closer-up shots.

Sigma 85mm f/1.4

Travel Photography Gear Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Lens

We recently purchased the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 lens because I wanted to start shooting more portraits and detail shots. Sony also makes an 85mm lens, but I had heard so many good things about the Sigma Art series lenses (and this one is significantly cheaper than the Sony), so I went for it. Even though the lens is a different brand, it’s an E mount just like Sony so it works perfectly. This lens adds a completely different feel to the types of photos we usually take. You can really emphasize the background of photos and bring them closer to your subject, or create really soft, out-of-focus, backgrounds in your images. It’s a great lens for portrait shots. 


DJI Mavic 2 Pro

Travel Photography Gear DJI Mavic Pro Drone
Travel Photography Gear DJI Mavic Pro Drone