When we travel we take a lot of professional material with us on top of the usual luggage. Because maintaining a blog and an Instagram account means that we have to take a lot of supplies with us to capture quality photos. We believe if you use good gear, you will improve your skills and it gives a professional appearance. Below we discuss all our material that we use.
OUR MATERIAL: CAMERAS
Our latest purchase and currently also the best purchase is this D850 body from Nikon. This camera has recently become our favorite and most used camera. This professional camera is a serious investment for us but it is worth it. This camera does require some knowledge. So without prior knowledge of photography, we would recommend buying a cheaper model first. More information about this body can be found here.
With this easy model from Nikon we worked for years until we felt that we were a bit limited in our possibilities. And that is mainly because you can not change the settings that much. This camera is perfect to become familiar with Nikon. We ourselves now only use this camera at times when it is not safe enough to bring out our more expensive camera. More about this body can be found here.
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED
The latest addition to our gear is this Nikon lens with a fixed focal length 24mm. Which makes sharper photos. And because of its fast aperture of f1.4, it captures so much light that you can also use it perfectly in dark conditions. Without losing sharpness. This lens is ideal for sharpening your subject and blurring the rest of the photo. Unfortunately, this lens is not cheap. More about this lens can be found here.
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm 1:4 G ED VR
This Nikon lens is actually our all-round lens. Simply because in most cases it is very usable due to its 24-120mm lens. this ensures that you don’t have to constantly mess around with different lenses when you see something nice that you have to photograph quickly. In most conditions, this lens does good work.
AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 GII
This lens was our only lens for a long time because it did exactly what we needed it for. This lens does not work wonders and it does have some problems in really dark conditions, but that was not really important to us in the past, although it is now. However, we now only use this lens to photograph some landscapes, because with its 18 mm it can go slightly wider than all our other lenses.
TAMRON AF 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 Tele-Macro (1:2)
When we talk about our material, this zoom lens from Tamron should not be missed. Because although this lens also does not perform really good in the dark conditions, it is almost necessary for us. And that is due to its zoom qualities up to 300mm that we mainly use in nature. This lens was a cheaper version and we are currently looking for an upgrade of this lens. Because we fear that this lens will not be good enough to capture wild animals on safaris for example.
GoPro Hero Session
Although you normally record videos with a GoPro, we mainly use this one for underwater photography. Simply because our focus is slightly more on photography. That is why we have also chosen this cheap version of GoPro. You can read more about the GoPro Hero session here. A good alternative to film underwater is with your smartphone and a waterproof bag.
Ons materiaal: Extra’s
Drone Breeze 4K
Since we had no experience with a drone before we purchased this drone, this easy model is perfect for us to learn. We were therefore very happy that we were able to add these to our material. But unfortunately we have not been able to travel with it because we had to practice a bit first and because a drone is not allowed in every country. So he will join us on our next trip for undoubtedly beautiful images.
DJI Mavic Air
Due to the limitations of the Drone Breeze above, we decided to make another investment by buying a DJI Mavic Air. In addition to excellent camera quality, this drone also has a range of more than 2 km. The fact that you can also fold up this drone and easily take it with you on a trip is only an extra advantage. This drone is a lot more expensive than the first model that we bought earlier. But the functions and way of use are so much better.
DJI Osmo Mobile 2 – Stabilisator
Since we have plans to enrich our blog with some small videos, we naturally needed a stabilizer to record videos. And with this DJI Osmo we have also found the right stabilizer. You can see proof of this in our video about our trip to Marrakesh. This DJi Osmo does not cost you very much and still changes your videos considerably.
2 x Macbook Pro
What should not be missing from our material is of course a good laptop. Because without a laptop, we can not travel and work at the same time. And because we are a fan of Apple, we have chosen Apple’s Macbook Pro. Of course this is a personal choice because you have to be used to the way Apple works. We also opted for the 13-inch model instead of the 15-inch model simply because it is smaller and easier to carry.