Quite frequently people ask me- “Hey Raj what camera, lens and accessories do you carry when you travel?” So, in this article I will be sharing with you all my travel gear list.
I have been shooting with Canon all my life but in 2018 I switched completely to Sony and I am so glad I did. Smaller form factor, wide dynamic range, tack sharp images, in body stabilization, amazing focus tracking are some of the features that I enjoy so much using Sony products. (PS- I am not paid by Sony to write this article).
Sony A7R III and A9Sony A9: For landscape and city scape shots I use the full frame α7R III which has an amazing dynamic range and generous 42.4-megapixel resolution. Because of tis high resolution, in post-production, in case I have to crop for a tighter composition I do not lose any details. Also, it can shoot 10 fps with continuous auto focus which makes it quite an effective camera for action photography. Overall, it is my go-to camera.
This year I bought Sony A9 for wildlife photographymainly because of its ability to shoot fast continuous 20fps (frames per sec).The αA9 comes with a 24.2 megapixel full-stacked CMOS sensor. which provides amazing low light shooting capability and very fastread out for faster burst speed.
GoPro Hero 7 – light compact camera which captures amazing videos. I use it to document my travel logs.
Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master : I absolutely love this lens, and this is my go to lens for landscape and astrophotography.The sharpness is second to none coupled with amazing handling. It is one lens that will never leave my camera bag.
Sony 24-105mm f/2.8: This is my workhorse lens for travel photography. 24-105mm is just the right focal length, enabling me to shoot everything from landscapes, cityscapes to portraits with just one lens. Moreover, with accurate, quick, quiet, autofocus capability coupled with the fact that it is one of the lightest lens in the class weighing just 1.46 lbs. (663g), makes it one of my favorite travel lens. If there is one lens and one camera, I need to carry with me it will be this lens with Sony A7R III.
Sony 200-600mm f/5/6-6.3 G : When I was a canon shooter, I had a Tamron 150-600mm lens which was a hit and miss lens for wildlife photography. After switching to Sony, I was looking for an affordable yet sharp lens. Finally after much research I bought this lens this year and I am so glad I did !This is an outstanding lens which is extremely sharp, has fast internal focusing and it feels extremely solid.Sony A9 with this lens is my combination for wildlife and action photography.
- Ball Head- Really Right Stuff BH55 -it is the best ball head- hands down!
- Filters: -I always carry 6,10 stop neutral density (ND) and circular polarizer made by Haida ,BreakthroughPhotography, andBW. These ND filters allows me to take long exposuresduring daylight creating the soft silky look of flowing water which you all have seen in so many of my images.
- Vanguard Alta Sky -This bag can easily carry all the gears including the 200-600mm lens. I took it to Patagonia and Yosemite just before the pandemic and I wasvery happy with it.