As photographers we all know that it's the skills, creativity and imagination of the photographer that will set our work apart. But just like anything you want to do seriously, having the right equipment to get the job done means less time faffing around and more time making images. Here is a selection of the gear I use for travel photography.
I have been shooting Fuji's mirrorless cameras for about 3 years now. Starting with the X Pro 1, then the X-T1 and now the X-T2 is my go to body. It's small and light, with great autofocus and is really good in low light. I will mostly bring 2 bodies with me in case something goes wrong with one of them, but I won't always take both with me every day.
The latest addition to my set up the X100F has the same sensor as the X-T2 which gives me a consistent look across my images. The fixed 23mm lens is perfect for almost all occasions being favoured by photojournalists the world over. It is less obtrusive than the big cameras too, meaning I can use it when shooting candidly is required.
Fujinon 16-55mm f/2.8
The 16-55 is much bigger than then 18-55 that Fuji also makes and which is also a very good lens. Many in fact prefer it because of it's small size. But the 16-55 is weather sealed and lets more light in when zoomed all the way in so that's why I like to carry this one. Some mild discomfort is a small price to pay for getting the shot in my opinion!
Fujinon 50-140mm f/2.8
The partner lens to the 16-55 (above) this one's even bigger and heavier but I use it a lot for portraits and the image quality is fantastic. It is excellent in low light and weather sealed. These two lenses usually stay mounted to my 2 X-T2 bodies for most of the trip.
Fujinon 10-24mm f/4
This is such a cool little lens. It is ideal for shooting in tight spaces or when you want to get those dramatically wide angles of view. I wish it was f/2.8 all the way through so it was better in low light but it is a fantastically useful lens other than that. You can watch my review of this product on YouTube here.
Fujinon 18-135mm f/3.5-f/5.6
If you are on a budget and want one lens that will never leave your camera for travel photography then this is it. The versatility of this superzoom is incredible and the weather sealing and image stabilisation make this a very appealing option. It's not the sharpest Fuji makes and it's not good in low light but there are times when changing lenses is not a sensible idea and this will be just what you need in those situations.
Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4
There is a newer 35mm lens out now. The weather sealed 35mm f/2. But this is my favourite of the 3 original lenses Fuji brought out with the X Pro 1 back in 2012. I still think it delivers some of the best image quality of any Fuji prime and the low light ability of the wide aperture means it always comes with me when I travel.
Nissin 160a Speedlight
Nissin make really good quality speedlights that are smaller and lighter than the ones you get with DSLR cameras. This makes them ideal for mirrorless systems like Fuji. They make an even smaller unit called the 140a but the flash power is a little low and recycle time is on the high side. The 160a offers a good blend of portability and performance. You can watch my review of this product on YouTube here.
Peli 0915 SD
The Peli SD card holder is rugged, waterproof, drop proof and idiot proof. Which is why I really like it. With space for 12 SD cards which are held securely in place with some tough foamy stuff I have been using mine for a couple of years - hard! And it still looks like new. I review it on YouTube here.
Bagsmart Accessories Bag
This little organiser is a godsend. I keep all my chargers for the laptop and cameras, all my cables and my external hardrives in this thing and it keeps everything tidy and organised when I travel. It was cheap to - around £18 / $25 from Amazon and it has been one of my favourite things to travel with since I got it.