The last couple of weeks have been full to the brim with packing and visiting family and friends. I love photography and I’ve tried to create the ultimate set-up for travelling by investing wisely. I cannot wait to put the equipment through its paces.
I’ve owned this camera for approximately ten months now and, every time I use it, I’m blown away. This is practically my dream camera.
I love the retro styling which has led to many people asking if I’m still shooting film. For travel photography, I wanted a mirrorless camera that didn’t compromise on image quality. Much has been written about Fujifilm’s sensors and colour rendition but I can say that it has taken my photography to another level. In addition, the X-T2 films in 4K and this is something I cannot wait to try out.
I am very impressed and will be sticking with this camera for as long as possible.
Before I switched to a mirrorless camera, I used a Nikon D5000 with one lens; 35mm f/1.8. On a crop sensor, this was equivalent to 50mm and I always found that it wasn’t wide enough. I’m a big fan of the 35mm (full frame) field of view and Fujifilm’s 23mm offering was first on my ‘to buy’ list. The lens is very discreet for street photography and the f/2 aperture delivers impressive bokeh for portraits.
This will be my go-to lens for day to day exploring. The lens is also weather resistant which, when coupled with the X-T2, means I’ll be ready for changeable weather conditions.
I’ve always wanted a wide angle lens to capture sweeping landscapes and urban city scenes. The image quality is very high although I’m not sure how well it will fare with astro-photography. Fujifilm are planning on releasing an even wider 8-16mm f/2.8 with weather resistance. If I had the money, I would buy this lens as soon as it is released as it would alleviate concerns about the weather and photographing stars. However, there’s nothing at all ‘wrong’ with the 10-24mm and it will be perfect for all my wide-angle shots.
With the addition of a telephoto lens, I’ve got pretty much every focal length covered from 10-200mm. The aperture range allows for great subject isolation and, for the price, I don’t think there’s a better telephoto lens. I’m not sure how much use this lens will get in the cities but this will be perfect for capturing Australia’s wildlife
Dell Inspiron 13 5378
For a while, I had my heart set on the new Macbook Pro. I’ve never been so more disappointed. The price was outrageous and it only had one USB-C slot for everything. I’d also switched from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy S7 and therefore felt I could finally move away from Apple.
After spending many hours researching, I settled on this offering from Dell. With a Full HD rotating touchscreen, the laptop can be used as a tablet. I thought this would be a novelty but is actually one of the features I use the most; for watching Netflix, editing photos and web browsing.
The laptop has 3 USB ports, a HDMI slot, an SD card slot and a separate input for charging. It also has 16GB of RAM which makes editing photos a breeze. For less than half of the price of the Macbook Pro, I certainly made the right choice.
A brilliant present from my team at work which will allow me to add another dimension to any videos that I create. The Hero5 Session is tiny and not only films in 4K but also 1080p at 90 frames per second. I cannot wait for some of the super slow-mo footage this will produce.
Once we escape the cities and begin full-time van life, this camera should come into its own and, being waterproof, we should get many unique shots.
I toyed with the idea of an Instax camera for the one-off prints but, practically, the printer made more sense. The printer connects directly to not only your phone but also the X-T2 camera. There’s something nostalgic about seeing your photos develop into hard-copy prints before your very eyes. On Amazon, you can buy it with 10 free prints too!
Olympus Trip AF 30
Whilst we’ll have the Instax printer for quick access to memories, I love film cameras and this is a great walkaround camera. I probably won’t use this that much but I just couldn’t not take it with me.
To try and save space on my laptop, I had been using a 150gb external hard-drive for photo storage and for my Lightroom catalog. I have been running the risk of the hard-drive failing and losing all of my photos. I’m now going to use that hard-drive as a back-up but keep my photos for editing on my brand new shiny LaCie.
2TB is enormous but I’ll definitely need that space if I’m also filming 4K on my X-T2, Hero5 Session and Galaxy S7.
My last tripod was not carbon and weighed a tonne. My partner found out how heavy it was in the worst possible way. It fell from the top of the wardrobe straight onto the top of her foot resulting in a trip to A&E for stitches.
The scars are still there today but it meant my reasoning for a new, super-light, tripod was accepted quite readily.
This will become essential when we’re living in a van without a constant supply of electricity. The power storage is huge and can charge all of our devices (including the X-T2) multiple times. (Update – October 2018 – This was probably the most important item I had throughout my travels. Although it did end up breaking for whatever reason, Anker have an amazing warranty system and I received a replacement device from USA within days.)
The perfect way to keep your water ice cold for 24 hours and, even better, it can be filled up for free.
A polarizing filter is essential as its effects cannot easily be replicated in Lightroom or Photoshop. This will cut out reflections from glass or from water and can be used to slow the shutter speed down. My top tip is to buy the size that fits your largest lens eg 77mm and then use step-up rings. That way, the one filter will fit all of your lenses. Most importantly, for every purchase Gobe will plant five trees!
Lonely Planet Guidebook
Visiting a new country can be daunting but Lonely Planet’s guidebooks really help towards settling in. They are full of information on a place’s history, where to visit, eat and drink. This will be perfect as we make our way around the entirety of Australia. If we end up visiting any other countries, I will always invest in a Lonely Planet guidebook whether a hard copy or an electronic version.
I’m not a big fan of camera backpacks from the big brands as they make it far too obvious what is inside. After a lot of research, searching ‘cool looking camera bag’, I came across Brevite and waited until a 20% off sale to purchase the rucksack. There is a removable insert which fits my cameras and lenses in customisable sections. It also fits my tripod, laptop and accessories in and will be used most of time.
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