From the rice fields of Sapa, to the streets of New Orleans, we’ve travelled with our digital SLR kit – a Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 6D and four lenses, all packed into a Pelican 1510 carry-on case. I traipsed through the streets of Japan, Vietnam and North America with a camera hanging off each shoulder, returning to the hotel every night sore and tired, albeit with some pretty awesome photos. Ayesha returned disappointed with her lack of photos due to the fact that she didn’t want to carry around a few kilos of camera gear all day, every day. We thought it was about time to seriously think about what we wanted to travel with.
In July 2014 we took a trip to the Sony store in Vancouver, purchasing a Sony A6000 with the 16-55mm kit lens and 35mm f1.8 (selling my 6D to fund it). Not long afterwards we took a roadtrip through the Canadian Rockies, where Ayesha got a heap of use out of it but we found although it had incredible autofocus, we just weren’t quite satisfied with the colours and raw files. Our return to Australia and impending travels through Southeast Asia called for endless hours of online research and multiple trips to store to try to finally figure out a lightweight kit comparable to the quality of the SLRs.
And then we found the Fujifilm range. An X-T1, X-Pro2 and five lenses later and we are a couple of very happy travelling photographers.
We’ve managed to practically duplicate our SLR kit into a mirrorless kit which suits our travel lifestyle perfectly. We’ve ended up with a (MUCH) lighter, smaller and more discreet setup. Here’s our ultimate travel photography kit.
|Old heavy, big-boned kit||New lightweight, sexy kit|
|Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR||Fujifilm X-Pro2|
|Canon EOS 6D DSLR||Fujifilm X-T1|
|Canon EOS-1N 35mm SLR (film)||Leica M7 – Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4
|Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM||Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS|
|Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM||Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS|
|Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM||Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R|
|Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II||Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR|
|Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R|
|Manfrotto 293 + 494RC2 tripod||Gitzo GT1545T + 82TQD tripod|
|Pelican 1510 Carry On Case with Foam Set||MindShift Firstlight 30L backpack|
|Crumpler Haven Pouch (Large, Black/Gray)||Domke F-5XB RuggedWear Medium Shoulder and Belt Bag|